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Coronavirus – Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges African countries to scale up COVID-19 response

Coronavirus – Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges African countries to scale up COVID-19 response

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The African region is witnessing a rapid rise in the number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a 25% daily increase over the past five days. Today, 39 countries reported a total of 216 cases in the past 24 hours, this a significant increase from a month ago, when one country in the region was reporting a handful of cases. Since the start of the outbreak, 39 countries have reported more than 1 800 cases of COVID-19, and there have been 31 deaths.As the world races to stem the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region is calling on countries to implement critical actions in the next two weeks while there is still time to prevent the outbreak in the region from overwhelming health services. “It has been a very dramatic evolution. It is most im...
Africanews launched on DStv and GOtv across the African continent

Africanews launched on DStv and GOtv across the African continent

AFRICA, Business, ECONOMY, Entertainment, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY
After launching Euronews on its platforms in November, the MultiChoice Group has just launched Africanews (www.Africanews.com) – part of the Euronews group. The channel is available on DStv and GOtv and offers millions of households across Africa access to a pan-African multilingual news channel. As the COVID-19 crisis develops and spreads across the African continent, the MultiChoice Group and the Euronews group have partnered to offer DStv and GOtv customers access to real-time quality information. Africanews is the only international and independent news channel made for Africa. It offers its viewers content in English and French from an African perspective, made by journalists representing the diversity of the continent. With anchored shows, such as the daily bilingual...
ESMA issues guidance on financial reporting deadlines in light of COVID-19

ESMA issues guidance on financial reporting deadlines in light of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has issued a public statement on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the deadlines for publishing financial reports which apply to listed issuers under the Transparency Directive. The Statement acknowledges the difficulties encountered by issuers in preparing financial reports and the challenges faced by auditors in carrying out timely audits of accounts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may impair the ability of issuers to publish within the legislative deadlines. On that basis, the Statement recommends National Competent Authorities (NCAs) to apply forbearance powers towards issuers who need to delay publication of financial reports beyond the statutory deadline. At the same tim...
Prince Charles tests positive of Covid-19

Prince Charles tests positive of Covid-19

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, Politics, UK, UNITED KINGDOM
LONDON -- Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual. A Clarence House spokesman said the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, had also been tested but does not have the virus. The prince's Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. The palace says Charles "has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual." Prince Charles A Clarence House spokesman has issued a statement saying; “He has been displaying mild symptom...
Hospitality – COVID-19: Digital Conference to Unite the Hospitality Sector

Hospitality – COVID-19: Digital Conference to Unite the Hospitality Sector

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY, UK, UNITED KINGDOM, united states of america, USA, WORLD
The leading organizer of conferences and forums for the hotel, aviation, and restaurant sector is organizing a complete live conference experience on the internet to bring together industry leaders to discuss the unprecedented economic circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and what the industry can do collectively to rebuild confidence. The virtual conference will take place on April 7th from 10.00–16.00 BST and registration is free of charge for all participants; although an optional donation is requested to selected charities helping out those in the hospitality industry, suffering from the worst effects of the coronavirus. Puneet Chhatwal, CEO, Indian Hotels, said: “With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe, many companies in the hospitality industry are facing an unprec...
India imposes 21 days of lockdown as the country battles with Covid-19

India imposes 21 days of lockdown as the country battles with Covid-19

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Tuesday a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the largest restriction on the movement of people the world has seen. Mr. Modi said in a televised address that there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes. He said that the strict lockdown was necessary to "save India and every Indian." The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days. The prime minister said the curfew would be enforced for the next 21 days, as health experts had advised this was the most important period to counteract the spread of the coronavirus. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, and aro...
Canadian Senate recalled in anticipation of COVID-19 legislation

Canadian Senate recalled in anticipation of COVID-19 legislation

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The Senate will sit, today on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. It is anticipated that the Senate will meet for the consideration of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whenever the Senate stands adjourned, it can be recalled by the Speaker if this is deemed to be in the public interest. The Senate’s priority remains the health and safety of all Canadians. It has already taken preventative and proactive measures in response to COVID-19 and will continue to work in collaboration with its parliamentary partners to limit the spread of the virus. Canadian Senate chamber During the recall, steps will be taken to ensure the health and safety of senators and staff involved in Chamber operations. This includes operating with the minimum number of employees required to wor...
Australian Presiding Officers issue Statement regarding temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

Australian Presiding Officers issue Statement regarding temporary and precautionary changes to Parliament House operations

AUSTRALIA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics
Following the implementation of pandemic planning measures, ongoing consultations between the Presiding Officers, Parliamentary Departments, and relevant Commonwealth officers and agencies including the Chief Medical Officer, temporary and precautionary changes have been made regarding the operations of Parliament House. These measures are directed at reducing the risk of transmission while enabling the essential work of Parliament to proceed. Parliament House will remain open to the general public to access the public areas and Marble Foyer. The parliamentary sitting which commenced on Monday 23 March will be closed to the public. Parliamentary proceedings may still be viewed on the Parliament House website. All school group bookings and tours during the next parliamentary...
The British Health Secretary gives update on new measures announced to tackle coronavirus

The British Health Secretary gives update on new measures announced to tackle coronavirus

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The British Government announced measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic. These included a 'lockdown': citizens should now stay at home apart from essential travel or risk fines and all non-essential shops were to close. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that people should only be leaving their houses for four reasons: to buy foodto exercise once a day alone or with members of the same householdbecause of a medical need or to provide care for a vulnerable personto travel to or from work that cannot be done from home. For work that cannot be done at home, Mr. Hancock recommended a 2-meter gap between employees. The British Health Secretary Matt Hancock The Minister said that any non-essential shops must close and that gatherings of more than two people were not al...
Birmingham City asks players to take a pay cut

Birmingham City asks players to take a pay cut

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Birmingham City has asked their players to take a pay cut in a bid to protect the club's short-term future. According to a report in the national press, players who earn over £6,000 per week at St Andrew's will see their salaries cut in half for the next four months. The salaries are to be paid back in four installments when the EFL season resumes. According to the report, Birmingham has a number of players earning in excess of £6,000 a week, including on-loan Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, goalkeeper Lee Camp, and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. Birmingham City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. The outbreak of Covid-19 has suspended all-but-one of Blue’s remaining nine games of 2019-20, the May 2 clash with Derby County the only match scheduled to go ahead. The Telegraph report tha...
Ighalo on a verge of a permanent move at United

Ighalo on a verge of a permanent move at United

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Manchester United are reportedly ready to seal the permanent transfer of Odion Ighalo after the striker's impressive start at the club. The Nigerian striker is ready to give up £6 million in wages in order to stay at Manchester United, according to reports. Ighalo's current loan deal only runs until May, which as things stand would mean he would leave before the season is completed. The Nigeria international has impressed since his surprise loan move from Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window. He scored four goals in eight appearances since his arrival at Old Trafford and has been praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.  Ighalo is willing to take a pay cut in order to make that happen. The report claims that the striker is currently earning £240,000 a week with Shanghai She...

Hope in China as new Covid-19 cases continue to drop

ASIA, CLIMATE, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Authorities in China have confirmed that it had 78 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, of the new cases, 74 were imported infections, up from 39 imported cases a day earlier. Hubei, the province at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, announced that restrictions on Wuhan will be removed starting April 8, which would end a lock down that began on Jan. 23. Over the last five days, health authorities have reported only one new locally transmitted case of Covid-19 – a patient in Guangdong province infected by someone traveling from abroad. In Wuhan, the center of the outbreak and the country’s worst-hit area, officials on Monday reported a fifth day without new cases. Business in China is slowly returning to normal The Chinese capital was the hardest-hit, with a reco...
Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS Awards

Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS Awards

AFRICA, Business, ECONOMY, EUROPE, Germany, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2020 in partnership with African Union will be held in Zambia with the aim to empower Women and Youth in ResearchLUSAKA, Zambia, March 23, 2020/ -- Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany plans to conduct the New Edition of their “UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) 2020” with the aim to Empower Women & Youth in Research on the 13th of October in Lusaka, Zambia on the side of their annual conference Merck Africa Asia Luminary.Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and Chairperson of UNESCO-MARS explained “The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on ‘The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – Two eme...
Japan puzzled as more countries threaten to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games

Japan puzzled as more countries threaten to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games

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The Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it will not send athletes to the Tokyo Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee plans to sit and discuss whether or not to postpone the event during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the uncertainty, Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, said on Monday that the torch relay would start on Thursday as planned. Organizers have asked people not to line the route when the flame begins its journey through Japan’s 47 prefectures in Fukushima. Seiko Hashimoto , Japan’s Olympics minister Australia has also revealed plans of not participating in these games too. The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees called on the IOC to postpone the games for one year. They insisted that with COVID-19 and the associated risks, it ...
German Chancellor goes into self Covid-19 quarantine

German Chancellor goes into self Covid-19 quarantine

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, Germany, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Sunday in quarantine after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as Germany further tightens rules on public gatherings. News of Merkel's potential exposure to the virus came minutes after she announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures. Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman announced in a press statement on Sunday that Angela Merkel is going into home quarantine immediately, after a doctor who gave her a vaccination on Friday had tested positive for coronavirus, Earlier Sunday, Merkel had announced still-tighter restrictions on public gatherings after a telephone conference with regional leaders that aimed to get Germany's 16 federal states into a common pol...
Cuba sends doctors to Italy to assist in a battle against Covid-19

Cuba sends doctors to Italy to assist in a battle against Covid-19

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
The Caribbean island has sent its doctors to disaster sites around the world largely in poor countries. A Cuban medical team made up of 52 health professionals, some of whom with experience combating Ebola in Africa, arrived on Sunday in Italia to help fight Covid-19 in Lombardy, the most hardly hit city. On Saturday, another 144 health workers belonging to the Henry Reeve contingent, specialized in responding to disasters and major epidemics, left for Jamaica to join the efforts to control and confront the new coronavirus on that Caribbean island. With the 52-strong brigade, this is the first time Cuba has sent an emergency contingent to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries, demonstrating the reach of its medical diplomacy. The group is made up of doctors and nursing grad...
Atleast 18 priests confirmed dead due to Covid-19 in Italy

Atleast 18 priests confirmed dead due to Covid-19 in Italy

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak. All but three of the priests were over the age of 70, and more than half were over 80 years old. The youngest priest to die from coronavirus, Fr. Andrea Avanzini of the Diocese of Parma, was 54 years old. Five more fatalities were registered in the city of Parma. Still more virus-related deaths emerged among priests in Brescia, Cremona and the northern industrial hub of Milan itself. Eleven of the deceased priests come from the Diocese of Bergamo, where at least 15 other priests have been hospitalized, according to the local bishop  “Pope Francis has promised that he will carry us in his heart and in his daily prayers,” Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo told his dioces...
New worries as Covid-19 damages lungs of recovered patients

New worries as Covid-19 damages lungs of recovered patients

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Chinese researchers have found fluid- or debris-filled sacs in the lungs of those who were infected by COVID-19. Scans suggest sustained organ damage. The WHO says the elderly and people with underlying problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. More than 86,000 people worldwide have now recovered from the lung disease COVID-19. In those cases, the infection manifested itself in mild to moderate form, or it is because these patients received excellent medical care. Speaking to the Guardian Australia, Prof John Wilson, president-elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a respiratory physician said that when people...
Covid-19 claims a life of former Real Madrid boss

Covid-19 claims a life of former Real Madrid boss

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MADRID : Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalized with Covid-19, died on Saturday (March 21) at the age of 76, says his son. "My father has just died," he wrote. "He did not deserve it to end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion." He had been admitted to hospital this week with coronavirus-like symptoms, the pandemic having sent Spain and other nations into lock down. Lorenzo Sanz lifting the European Cup in 1995 Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who along with his teammates is in quarantine after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz. He tweeted: "Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo ...
Uganda confirms its first Covid-19 case

Uganda confirms its first Covid-19 case

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
Uganda has confirmed its first case of Coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced. The Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has confirmed Uganda's first coronavirus case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines. The announcement was made on Sunday morning by the minister of health, Dr Ruth Aceng, from Lourdel Towers, in Kampala.  According to Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, The case is a Ugandan male national aged 36 who arrived in the country from Dubai on Saturday, 20, March 2020. He is currently isolated at Entebbe Grade B Hospital.  She said the man and was in stable condition. Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng Minister Aceng said that the positive case had a temperature of 38.7 degrees C at the t...