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Coronavirus UK: Oxford University vaccine trials start this week

A call has been made for volunteers to take part in the first human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine in Britain. Imperial College London and University Hospital Southampton asked for people to take part in the study to test if a potential inoculation is effective in tackling the disease. The COVID-19 vaccine developed at the […]

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Covid-19 virus lingers longer in sicker patients, study finds

The new coronavirus lingers for as long as three weeks in the bodies of patients with severe disease, Chinese researchers reported Tuesday. The virus can be found deep in the lungs and in the stool of patients, and the sicker they are, the longer it stays, the team at a hospital in China’s Zhejiang province […]

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SARAH VINE: Dear Meghan and Harry, don’t worry about us… because we’re not worried about you 

First of all: how are you both? I know no one ever asks, so I thought it best just to check. After all, it must be so hard for you, stuck in Los Angeles in rented accommodation with only Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce for company. We all know how stressful moving house can be, and […]

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Ghana is Africa’s second highest exporter of footballers – CIES Football Observatory report

Ghana over the years has been a hub for nurturing football talents. The likes of Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah, Abedi Ayew, Ibrahim Tanko, among others remain the countries best talents yet. International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) Football Observatory’s April 2020 report shows that Ghana is Africa’s second-biggest exporter of football talents in the world […]

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300,000-year-old hunting sticks found in Germany

A 300,000-year-old hunting stick capable of killing large animals has been uncovered in Germany.  The wooden throwing stick, used by the extinct human subspecies Homo heidelbergensis, was capable of killing waterbirds and horses during the Ice Age.   Experiments show the 25-inch-long throwing stick, carved from spruce wood, could reach maximum speeds of 98 feet (30 […]

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Man jailed 20 years for defiling, impregnating step-daughter

A circuit court in Accra has sentenced a man who defiled his step-daughter to 20 years imprisonment. The man, Eric Kofitse, according to the prosecution has been having sexual intercourse with the girl (13 years)  since 2019. Eric also threatened his victim not to report the sexual activities to anyone. The prosecution further added that, […]

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N/R: Saboba market extended to enforce social distancing

Authorities at Saboba, a community in the Northern Region, have extended the Saboba market to help traders adhere to social distancing protocols. The District Assembly has mounted canopies and moved some of the traders to operate from the extended areas. Speaking to Citi News, the District Chief Executive for the area, George Bingrini said the […]

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Coronavirus: ICU nurse gives stark personal account from the frontline

An intensive care nurse has told of the final moments she spent with a dying coronavirus patient and how she held her hands until she passed away while her daughter listened on the phone. Juanita Nittla, 42, has revealed how she watched ‘the heart rate hit zero’ and saw the the patient flatline as music requested […]

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Six more health workers killed by coronavirus as death toll for staff rises above 100

A ‘dedicated and always happy to help’ orthopaedic surgeon and a ‘passionate and hardworking’ nurse are among six of the latest healthcare workers to die of coronavirus.  Sadeq Elhowsh, 58, described by his colleagues as ‘a much-loved member of the team’, worked at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Merseyside as a […]

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COA FS products not contaminated – Manufacturers reject FDA’s claim

Manufacturers of the COA FS drug, Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission, has challenged claims by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) that their product is unwholesome for public consumption. This comes days after the FDA ordered the recall of the food supplement from the market after some samples revealed E.Coli contamination. Testing of samples […]

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Aldi and Asda issue ‘no touch’ warnings for products and trolleys to prevent spread of coronavirus

Two large supermarket chains have introduced ‘no touch’ warnings for their customers in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.  Asda and Aldi’s policies are the latest in a number of measures launched to protect staff and shoppers. In Asda stores, customers are being discouraged from touching items they don’t intend to buy and Aldi […]

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Italy’s case count falls again. Iran: ‘We have not contained the pandemic.’ WHO official: Virus likely came from animals, not lab.

  A family wearing protective masks walk in Barcelona on March 13. Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images After six weeks in lockdown, children under 14 in Spain will be allowed to accompany one adult on trips to places like supermarkets, pharmacies and banks starting Monday, according to a new decree announced by the Spanish government today. “The […]

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Gov’t delays in updating Covid-19 figures creating mistrust – CDD

A research fellow with the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has bemoaned government’s delay in updating Ghanaians with current figures of Covid-19 in the country. According to Kwame Sarpong Asiedu, the practice has the tendency to increase public mistrust and suspicion for government. “Since Kumasi had their press conference today, we are going clear 4,5, […]

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Captain Tom Moore opens Nightingale hospital in Harrogate today

Captain Tom Moore has today officially opened a new Nightingale hospital via video-link alongside Health Secretary Matt Hancock which will provide an extra 500 beds for coronavirus patients. The 99-year-old veteran, who was invited to do the honours for the site in Harrogate after raising a staggering £27million for the NHS, appeared at a virtual […]

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COVID-19: Persons without nose mask prevented from entering Accra City Hall

Over 50 persons were on Tuesday denied entry into the Accra City Hall for not wearing a nose mask as part of measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The measure forms part of efforts to safeguard the health and well-being of staff of the assembly as well as other visitors into its premises. […]

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Petrol prices at ‘rip-off levels’ even before huge oil crash this week

Motorists are not benefiting from the oil price crash because petrol suppliers are ‘dishonestly holding back’ from passing on savings at the pumps, campaigners said today. FairFuelUK founder Howard Cox said average prices of a litre of unleaded and diesel should be 98p and 106p respectively. But they are instead 110.05p and 115.13p, according to the RAC Fuel […]

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Kenya coronavirus: case count at 296; air force, media appreciate medics

April 21: Kenya case count hits 296, medics appreciated Kenya on Tuesday confirmed an increase of fifteen cases bringing the national tally to 296. Five new recoveries meant the tally in that area had reached 74. The death toll still stands at 14. Today’s briefing was by Dr. Mercy Mwangangi, CAS, Ministry of Health. “Some […]

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Coronavirus: Sweden hits highest number of daily deaths at 185

Sweden reported a record 185 new coronavirus deaths today, as a top health official defended the country’s refusal to go into lockdown. Epidemiologist Anders Wallensten said ‘voluntary restrictions’ could be ‘maintained for a longer period’ than the compulsory lockdowns which most of Europe has imposed.  People in Sweden accepted the ‘reasonable’ rules without being forced to […]

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Last ship belonging to a major cruise line finally reaches port

(CNN) — A global scramble to bring cruise passengers home amid the coronavirus pandemic reached its endgame on Tuesday as the last ship at sea operated by a major company headed into the Italian port of Genoa to disembark its passengers. Prior to docking, Costa Deliziosa, which departed Venice on a round the world voyage […]

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Arctic ocean will be ice-free in summer before 2050 even if emission cutting goals are met

The Arctic ocean will be ice-free in the summer before 2050 — even if emission cutting goals are met, a shocking study has revealed.  Experts modelled the impact of various levels of carbon dioxide emissions on Arctic sea ice, finding that the targets of the Paris Climate agreement will not be enough. Sea ice in […]

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Uganda arraigns Chinese quarantine escapees after treatment

Authorities in Uganda are set to press charges against half dozen Chinese nationals who escaped from institutional quarantine about a month ago. In all, there are six Chines and two Ugandan co-conspirators expected to be arraigned before the Nakawa Magistrates court according to a local journalist, Mujuni Raymond. The suspects are: Huang Haigiang, Li Chaochyan, […]

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Battle of Britain hero thought to have been inspiration for Tom Hardy’s character in Dunkirk

Kenny Hart is thought to have been the squadron leader behind Tom Hardy’s role in Dunkirk A Battle of Britain hero thought to have been the real life inspiration for Tom Hardy’s character in the film Dunkirk has been revealed after his bravery medals emerged for sale. Squadron leader Kenny Hart crash-landed his Spitfire on […]

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Benedicta Gafah speaks after Kennedy Agyapong exposed her secret affair with Obinim

– Advertisement – Barely 12 hours after Kennedy Ohene Akompreko Agyapong revealed that Benedicta Gafah is in a relationship with Bishop Daniel Obinim, the actress has hit back. In a message shared on social media by the actress, Gafah stated boldly that she was born to be successful and no amount of backbiting and lies […]

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COVID-19: Six persons fined GHS86,400 for attending party

An Accra Circuit Court has today, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, fined six persons GHS14,400 (1,200 penalty units) each for violating the restrictions law. As part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in Ghana, the government placed a ban on public gatherings and partially locked down the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan areas. […]

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Ghana COVID-19: Prez defends lockdown lifting, opposition NDC kicks

April 21: President defends lifting of lockdown as opposition NDC kicks President Akufo-Addo on Monday defended the decision of government to lift a partial lockdown on the capital and two other key metropolis in the West African country. The president told member of the Ghana Medical Association, GMA, during a meeting at the presidency that […]

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Ben Dotse Malor writes: Something fun and fact-laden against COVID-19 on Richard Sky’s Facebook page

Yes, something attractive, educative, and deeply reflective has been initiated by Richard, with an important element to educate Ewe speakers on the key messages for defeating the COVID-19 disease: staying-at-home, hand-washing, social-distancing and the other precautionary and preventive steps. The #AfeviaChallenge is not just about moving the messaging from English to a local language that […]

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Matt Hancock’s 100,000-a-day testing pledge ‘could come back and bite’ warn Downing Street sources

Coronavirus testing centres across Britain have been left eerily quiet as fears build that Health Secretary Matt Hancock will not fulfil his pledge to test 100,000 people a day by the end of this month. Photographs taken yesterday showed near-empty test centres at the likes of Twickenham Stadium in West London, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, […]

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Tullow Oil plc appoints Rahul Dhir as new CEO

Tullow Oil plc (Tullow), has announced the appointment of Rahul Dhir as Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of the Group. Rahul will take up his appointment from 1 July 2020 and Dorothy Thompson, currently Executive Chair of Tullow, will return to her position as Non-Executive Chair after a limited period ofhandover. Rahul brings […]

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England’s Covid-19 death toll higher than reported | 5-year-old daughter of first responders dies

Police personnel march through Kandivali in Mumbai, India, during the nationwide lockdown on April 17. Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times/Getty Images A total of 53 journalists tested positive for Covid-19 last week in in Mumbai, India, according to the local council body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. BMC said it had tested 167 journalists in the city who were […]

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