China: Wuhan City conducts 6.5m coronavirus tests in 10 days

The Chinese city of Wuhan conducted within 10 days 6,574,093 nucleic acid tests to screen novel coronavirus infections. The tests were carried out between May 14 and 23, the local health authorities said. Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said the city performed 1,146,156 tests on Saturday alone, more than 15 times the figure on May 14, when Wuhan kicked off the citywide testing campaign. The aim was to better understand the number of asymptomatic cases of the virus. The largest single-day number was on May 22. Then the city of about…

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COVID-19 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria Working, Not Missing — Embassy

The Chinese doctors and medics, who arrived in the country last month to help the Nigerian authorities in containing the ravaging Coronavirus, are not missing. The Chinese Embassy in Abuja confirmed on Sunday that contrary to claims by one of the leading political parties in Nigeria that the whereabouts of the medics in Nigeria remained unknown, the 14 medical experts were actively helping out in their duty posts to meet the mandate for which they came to Nigeria. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Sun Saixiong, added that although…

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Fresh $319m Abacha Loot In UK, France – US

United States Embassy in Nigeria has announced that another $319m (N121bn) Sani Abacha, former Nigeria military dictator, loot is in the United Kingdom and France. This comes about a week after Nigeria got $311 million Abacha Loot from the US and the Bailiwick of Jersey. “The funds returned last week are distinct and separate from an additional $167m in stolen assets also forfeited in the United Kingdom and France, as well as $152m still in active litigation in the United Kingdom,” the embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. It…

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Trump Blames WHO For Late Pandemic Call, Threatens To Withhold Funding

President Donald Trump blamed the World Health Organization for getting “every aspect” of the coronavirus pandemic wrong and threatened to withhold funding from the international organization. “They did give us some pretty bad play calling … with regard to us, they’re taking a lot of heat because they didn’t want the borders closed, they called it wrong. They really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong,” Trump said at a White House press conference Tuesday. The WHO, the United Nations’ health agency, started sounding the alarm on the…

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Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Livestreams Mass In An ‘Empty’ St. Peter’s Amid The Pandemic

Pope Francis prays as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.  St. Peter’s Basicalla was virtually empty for Palm Sunday Mass, where usually tens of thousands would gather. Just a few nuns, prelates, and laypeople gathered, abiding by social distancing guidelines, while Pope Francis live-streamed the mass in his homily. Francis asked worshipers to think of others suffering from coronavirus. “The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the…

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Russia Moves To Imprison Quarantine Violators For Up To Seven Years

Russia’s Lower House of Parliament gave its final approval on Tuesday to legislation to send quarantine violators to prison for up to seven years. According to the legislature, if a person violating a quarantine measure causes an outbreak, that person could be imprisoned for two years. A violation that leads to the death of multiple people would be punishable by up to seven years of imprisonment. The legislation also targeted the dissemination of information. If such information is deemed incorrect and causes harm to an individual’s health, the person who…

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Somalia Closes Down Madrassas To Stop Coronavirus

The government of Somalia has ordered the closure of all religious schools or madrassas in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus. The government is keen on discouraging social gatherings. It has urged people to pray from home for the next two weeks instead of going to the mosque. Although there have only been three confirmed coronavirus cases in Somalia, the fear is the country will not be able to cope if it spreads. Health facilities have been devastated by 30 years of war and millions of displaced people…

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US: Our President Gave Us So Much Hope’: MyPillow CEO Goes Off Script At Coronavirus Briefing

President Donald Trump kicked off Monday’s press briefing on the coronavirus much like every other, by running through daily updates about the deadly virus and the White House efforts to eradicate it. But unlike in typical briefings throughout the pandemic, in which various members of the administration discuss what their agencies are doing to combat the virus or help blunt its economic toll, Trump yielded the stage first to a handful of business leaders one of them a staunch supporter who went off script in a moment of effusive praise…

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COVID-19: South Africa President Announces Start Of Mass Testing GETTY IMAGES

South Africa is on day five of a three-week lockdown. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched a mass screening programme for coronavirus. The president said 10,000 field workers would be visiting homes to screen people – and those found with symptoms would be quarantined either in their homes or in hospitals. Mr. Ramaphosa said the programme was a “new phase” in the fight against the spread of the virus. The government is also developing technology that will help in tracking down all people who may have contacted people infected…

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Uganda Begins Two-Week Lockdown To Stem Coronavirus Spread GETTY IMAGES

President Museveni last week banned the use of public transport. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a raft of strict measures to last just over two weeks to stop the spread of coronavirus. In a televised national address on Monday evening, he announced a ban on private vehicle use, meaning anyone needing emergency medical care will need to ask a high-level district official for permission to leave their home. Market traders selling food will also have to live close to their stalls for this period and cannot go back home.…

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