Somalia reports first coronavirus death

Somalia on Wednesday reported its first death of a patient suffering from COVID-19 and also said transmission was occurring among people who had no history of foreign travel.Though the Horn of Africa country officially has just 12 positive cases, Wednesday’s announcement highlights concerns that the coronavirus may in fact be more widespread and could soon[...]

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R. Kelly loses bid to leave jail amid coronavirus pandemic

R. Kelly will have to stay trapped in the lockup while he awaits trials on charges of racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday.The 53-year-old R&B icon filed requests with federal judges in the Windy City and Brooklyn to spring him from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, arguing that both his age and[...]

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South Africa’s minister who flouted lockdown rules sent on leave

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday placed on special leave a minister seen lunching at a friend’s house in violation of the coronavirus lockdown.Ramaphosa has ordered a three-week national lockdown to try to break the virus, which has infected 1,749 people, killing 13 of them, according to an official tally.But a picture posted on[...]

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COVID-19: World Bank supports Nigeria with N31.2bn

THE World Bank has announced N31.2 billion ($82 million) to support Nigeria’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.Announcing the support in a statement, the bank said it is moving quickly to provide fast and flexible support to help Nigeria and other African countries in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing direct and long-term[...]

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Czech coronavirus cases top 5,000 but growth slows

The number of cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic has risen past 5,000, although a slowing growth rate has given the government confidence to start easing some lockdown measures that have hit the economy. The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 195 new cases the previous day, a 4.0% daily rise to bring[...]

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1,739 foreigners evacuated from Nigeria

Regional Manager, South West Airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba yesterday, disclosed that about 1,739 foreigners have so far been evacuated from Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, since the evacuation exercise commenced about 10 days ago.This came as Delta Airlines yesterday evacuated 200 Americans through the Lagos[...]

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Boris Johnson ‘put on oxygen’ as he battles coronavirus in hospital

However, his effective deputy Dominic Raab is chairing the daily coronavirus crisis committee meeting this morning, and the PM will clearly not be playing the same role as usual.In a Twitter video posted on Friday from quarantine in No11, where he has been in self-isolation, an exhausted-looking Mr Johnson revealed he was still suffering from[...]

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Thousands sign French petition for chloroquine in virus fight

More than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided health experts worldwide.Support for the treatment has gained ground as doctors try to keep the COVID-19 outbreak from overwhelming hospitals, with some saying early use of[...]

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STRANGE!! Tiger tests positive for Coronavirus in US

A female tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization that oversees the Bronx Zoo. The positive test was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.“Public health officials believe these large cats became sick[...]

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Five London bus workers die from coronavirus

Sadiq Khan has reached out to commuters who are refusing to stay at home following the deaths of five London bus workers who tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor of the capital said he was ‘absolutely devastated’ following the coronavirus deaths.He tweeted a statement saying that ‘lives depend’ on people following Government rules to stay[...]

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Israel detains Palestinian governor of Jerusalem again

Israel detained the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Sunday over “illegal” activities, in at least the seventh time Adnan Ghaith has been arrested in less than 18 months.“Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for Palestinian activity in Jerusalem, which is illegal,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.The Palestinian Authority (PA) official was arrested by Israel[...]

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Man in Russia kills five people for ‘talking loudly’

A man in central Russia shot and killed five people for talking noisily at night under his windows, investigators said Sunday.The shootings took place in the Ryazan region during stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.A 32-year-old man from the small town of Yelatma opened fire on a group of four young[...]

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Eleven die in Colombian coal mine explosion

Eleven people were killed and four injured in an accidental explosion at a Colombian coal mine in Cucunuba, near Bogota, on Saturday, according to the local fire department.The victims were miners who were working despite the health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Most Colombians are quarantined by government order, but mining is among the[...]

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Trump warns ‘toughest week’ ahead as global virus deaths top 60,000

US President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “very horrendous” number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days, ahead of a rare speech by Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday aimed at rallying hard-hit Britain.Global deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have soared past 60,000, with Europe continuing to bear the brunt of the virus[...]

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Consulate announces death of 3 Nigerians from COVID-19 in US

The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, has confirmed the death of three Nigerians from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the United States.Okoyen made the announcement in a statement in New York on Saturday evening.He said one of them, a doctor from Abia, contracted the virus while on duty in New[...]

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One dead, four injured in gas explosion outside Moscow

One person was killed and four were injured when a gas explosion ripped through a five-storey residential building outside Moscow on Saturday, authorities said.The gas explosion took place in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo during stay-at-home orders from authorities trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Zhanna Terekhova, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry, said in[...]

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One dead, four injured in gas explosion outside Moscow

One person was killed and four were injured when a gas explosion ripped through a five-storey residential building outside Moscow on Saturday, authorities said.The gas explosion took place in the town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo during stay-at-home orders from authorities trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Zhanna Terekhova, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry, said in[...]

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Four soldiers, 63 ‘terrorists’ killed in Niger clash

Four Nigerien soldiers and 63 “terrorists were killed in fighting between the army and “heavily armed” men in western Niger, a government statement said on Friday.“After a fierce fight” on Thursday in the Tillaberi region near the border with Mali, the soldiers who had been on an anti-terrorist operation put the attackers “on the run”[...]

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CONCACAF Nations League finals postponed due to pandemic

The CONCACAF Nations League finals scheduled to be staged in Texas in June have been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the region’s governing body said Friday.CONCACAF, the ruling body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, said the four-team finals would take place at a date to be determined.The finals[...]

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South Africa to conduct mass community testing for COVID-19, says Health minister

South Africa will conduct mass community testing for coronavirus as cases continued to rise, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.An uptick in local transmissions prompted the need to prepare for mass community testing, the minister said while updating the nation on the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Until Friday, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections[...]

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