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Coronavirus: 1M cases worldwide as pandemic explodes in US

Global coronavirus cases have soared past one million as the pandemic explodes in the US and the death tolls continue to climb in Italy and Spain, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The deadly virus has killed more than 51,000 across the world, with the largest number of deaths in Italy, followed by […]

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Coronavirus UK: Matt Hancock promises 100k new tests a DAY

Matt Hancock’s five-point plan to increase coronavirus testing to 100,000 per day  Heath secretary Matt Hancock today unveiled a five-point plan to boost the UK’s coronavirus testing tenfold in a matter of weeks. But he faces a series of obstacles as he orders an abrupt change of course to put the UK on a par […]

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The Beckhams and Gordon Ramsay lead the stars in the nationwide applause for the NHS

The Beckhams and the Ramsays led the stars in the nationwide 8pm applause for the NHS and key workers on Thursday night.  For the second week in a row, Britons locked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause for the NHS.  Victoria, 45, took to Instagram to share a video […]

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COVID-19: Avoid unnecessary video calls, limit browsing – Telcos Chamber to Ghanaians

The Telecommunications Chamber is urging Ghanaians to be guided by the way they use mobile internet data as they stay home in compliance to lockdown directives due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Among other specific appeals, the Chamber said citizens must avoid unnecessary video calls and also limit the amount of data they use within digital […]

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Coronavirus UK: Thousands applaud NHS carers and key workers

A sickly-looking Boris Johnson tonight took to his doorstep amid his coronavirus quarantine in Downing Street to applaud NHS workers up and down the country. Stepping out in a suit, the Prime Minister made sure he showed his support after he himself was forced to self-isolate after he tested positive for the coronavirus last Friday. […]

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Coronavirus: Confirmed cases pass one million globally

More than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University – another grim milestone as the world grapples with the spreading pandemic. More than 51,000 people have died and more than 208,000 have recovered, according to the university’s figures. The US accounts for the most cases; […]

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World Bank supports Ghana’s COVID-19 fight with $100m

The World Bank is providing $100 million to Ghana to assist the country in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This $100 million will be made available to the government as short, medium and long-term support. This financing package includes $35 million in emergency support to help the country provide improved response systems. Under this emergency package, […]

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Global coronavirus cases hit 1m as deaths pass 50k

Global coronavirus cases hit one million on Thursday, April 2, as deaths passed 50,000. Currently, there are officially 1,000,938 people across the globe who have tested positive for coronavirus and the death toll stands at 51,375 with the USA recording more than 20 percent of the total infections. 210,244 people have fully recovered globally from […]

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Sprayers assigned to disinfect our markets will be screened – Volta Regional Minister

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa says all persons undertaking the market disinfection exercise across the country will be screened before they are allowed to undertake the exercise in the 18 districts of the region in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. About 4,000 men drawn from many parts of the country are implementing […]

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Information Minister assures of additional COVID-19 testing lab

Government has begun processes to expand the number of COVID-19 testing facilities across the country. The move is meant to facilitate speedy testing of COVID-19 contacts that have been traced so far. Though the government has stepped up its contact tracing efforts to identify possible cases of COVID-19, the Noguchi Medical Research Institute and the […]

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Former Formula 1 boss to become a father for the fourth time with wife Fabiana Flosi 

Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to become a father for the fourth time at the age of 89 with his wife Fabiana Flosi. The billionaire businessman, who is currently at his farm near Sao Paul, Brazil amid the coronavirus crisis, is said to be gearing up to welcome his first son in July. […]

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Violators of COVID-19 lockdown must be treated with dignity – CHRAJ to Security officials

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has cautioned security agencies against using unjustified force or torture in enforcing the law amid the partial lockdown of Accra, Kasoa, Tema and Kumasi. CHRAJ in a statement signed by its Commissioner, Joseph Whittal admitted that the emergency situation has led to the curtailing of certain […]

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British Airways will furlough workers on 80 per cent pay after grounding all flights at Gatwick

British Airways has struck a deal with its unions to suspend more than 30,000 cabin crew and ground staff in one of the airline industry’s most dramatic moves yet to survive the coronavirus pandemic. With global travel in turmoil as the virus takes hold around the world, BA’s owner, IAG, said it would also cut […]

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Italy’s coronavirus death toll rises by 760 to 13,915 with 115,242 confirmed cases

Italy has seen a small dip in the number of new coronavirus infections but daily fatalities has risen slightly to 760 as the country still waits to flatten the curve. The death toll rose by 760 to 13,915, while the number of confirmed cases hit 115,242 – up from 110,574 on Wednesday. Pressure on hospitals in […]

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Malawi confirms three coronavirus cases, 50th African country infected

Malawi president Peter Mutharika on Thursday confirmed that the country had recorded three cases of COVID-19. They are the first recorded cases in the southern African country. Local news outlets report that the President made the announcement in a Special Address to the Nation. The address carried by the state-owned MBCTV lasted one minute and […]

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COVID-19: Assembly convert Takoradi Jubilee Park into market centre

The Sekodi-Takoradi Metropolitan has converted the Takoradi Jubilee Park into a market as a measure to enforce social distancing at the Takoradi Market Circle. This follows fears of a possible spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the congested market with over 500 traders and customers who scramble for space. The Sekondi-Takoradi Metro Director of National […]

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US unemployment claims soar to 6.6million

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week has shot to a record 6.6 million – as layoffs increased amid the coronavirus pandemic and more states enforced stay-at-home orders.   New claims for unemployment benefits rose to 6.65 million in the week ending March 28, according to figures released by the Department of Labor on […]

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Parliament to consider COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill under certificate of urgency

Parliament has determined that the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill be considered under a certificate of urgency. This follows the presentation of the Bill to the House with a request for it to be considered urgently by the Attorney General. The Bill is to establish a fund to properly receive and regulate donations for dealing […]

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Andorra orders 150,000 antibody tests from South Korea

Tiny Andorra has ordered enough antibody tests to screen the whole population twice, it has emerged.  The Pyrenees micro-state with a population of 77,000 has placed an order for 150,000 of the coronavirus tests from South Korea, local media says.  Health minister Joan Martínez Benazet says the tests are ‘absolutely reliable’ and will arrive via Spain […]

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COVID-19: Mahama to distribute PPEs, other supplies to Tamale Teaching Hospital

Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to procure some Protective Personal Equipment (PPEs) and other supplies for distribution to the Tamale Teaching Hospital and other Regional facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Despite the shortage of essential medical supplies we are managing to procure some PPEs and other supplies, which we shall […]

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Coronavirus: Tigray first to get regional testing center across Ethiopia

April 1: Tigray is first regional state with COVID-19 lab Northern Tigray region has become the first regional state in Ethiopia to have a COVID-19 testing lab. This development comes at a time when the state has no confirmed case of the coronavirus pandemic. Reports indicate that the medical facility is as a result of […]

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Coral Princess captain confirms cases of coronavirus on cruise ship

Cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on board a cruise ship carrying 400 Britons in the Caribbean, passengers say.   The captain of the Coral Princess announced that ‘there were positive results for Covid-19’, according to a recording shared by one of the guests.  Samples were sent for testing in Barbados after the ship’s medical centre […]

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How Cheltenham Festival has become a hotspot for coronavirus cases

Dozens of celebrities and royals along with hundreds more Cheltenham Festival racegoers could have been infected with coronavirus, it was feared today.  Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles today joined a growing list of famous names thought to have caught the virus at the event held from March 10 and 13, including comedian Lee Mack and West […]

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Sierra Leone announces 3-day national lockdown, doctors push for 14 days

April 2: Sierra Leone announce 3-day lockdown with two cases Twenty-four hours after confirming an index case, Sierra Leone announced a second case which involved a medical doctor with no links to the first patient. Both cases were registered in the capital Freetown. On Wednesday April 1, authorities announced a three-day nationwide lockdown as a […]

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20 killed in Congo-Brazzaville as lightning triggers electrocution

Twenty people were killed on Wednesday when a lightning strike damaged a high-voltage power line in a suburb of the Congolese capital Brazzaville, the local mayor and witnesses said. The mayor of Kintele, Stella Mensah Sassou Nguesso, told state radio that seven bodies had been sent to a nearby morgue and another 13 to a […]

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Health Ministry authorises more imports of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment

Importers are being allowed to bring in more stocks of hydroxychloroquine to help treat novel coronavirus cases in Ghana. At a press conference on Wednesday morning, Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, said he had given authorisation to the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to allow its use despite it not being on Ghana’s drugs […]

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Chessington FINALLY starts testing NHS staff 

NHS staff were today finally being swabbed for coronavirus at a make-shift facility in Chessington – after the Government’s testing fiasco was exposed yesterday through pictures showing the site completely deserted. Queues built-up outside the temporary drive-through station – set-up at the entrance to the Chessington World of Adventure, with clear warnings for drivers they […]

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UK looks to Germany to scale up testing | Infections near 1M | India issues fask mask manual

In many ways it was just like any other wedding. On the day of the ceremony, the groom’s parents got themselves prepared early in the morning, dressing in their best wedding clothes. When they were ready for the service to begin, they walked into the living room and joined other family members to watch on […]

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Sammy Gyamfi writes: Day three of partial lockdown and civilian brutality

The President’s announcement of a partial lockdown of some parts of the country has entered day three. Of course, there have been positive and negative takes from the exercise so far. Today’s brief which reveals that the nation’s positive case count now stands at 195, means that a lot needs to be done in the […]

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