The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January
7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian
countries, Europe and the United States.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO
chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system
to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus
entering country’s with weak systems.
Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict
screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya,
Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana
have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have
cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, never expected to be president. But when a very public assassination thrust the former bomber pilot into the job, he made it his mission never to give it up.His story became Egypt's story for the next 30 years until, finally, his people found they could write it themselves, in a 2011 Arab Spring revolution that consigned him to history.
An unremarked vice president to Anwar Sadat, he was a stopgap in the anxious days of 1981 after Sadat was gunned down beside him at a military parade. Few thought he would last.Yet slowly, surviving attempts on his own life, he became "Pharaoh", presiding over decades of stagnation and oppression and offering his people a choice: Mubarak or mayhem.Many believed him, not just in Egypt. US administrations ...