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Coronavirus: China reports no Covid-19 deaths for first time

China reported no coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, the first time since it started publishing daily figures in January. The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on Monday. It comes as the government is under scrutiny as to whether it is underreporting its figures. The government says more than 3,331 people have died and 81,740 …

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Ex-Libyan leader who helped oust Gaddafi dies of coronavirus

Libya’s former interim prime minister after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi has died of coronavirus. Mahmoud Jibril died in a private hospital in Egypt’s capital Cairo where he was undergoing treatment since contracting the virus in March. Jibril in 2011 during the peak of the Libyan revolution abandoned Gaddafi to become Libya’s rebel prime minister. He led the onslaught …

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UN Chief condemns ‘horrifying global surge’ in domestic violence amid pandemic

As countries around the world try to slow the spread of COVID-19 with lockdowns, quarantines and stay-at-home orders, forcing most people into prolonged home confinement, those with abusive partners and family members face a greater danger of domestic abuse. The United Nations secretary-general on Sunday warned that “we have seen a horrifying global surge in domestic violence,” and urged world leaders …

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WHO says Africa will not be a testing ground for any vaccine

The World Health Organization has declared that Africa will not be a testing ground for any vaccine as it slams two French scientists who called for coronavirus vaccine to be tested first in Africa. The director general of the WHO, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the calls from the French scientists as “racist” Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at Cochin hospital in Paris, …

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Is it safe to reuse a face mask to protect yourself against coronavirus?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to primarily pass from person to person through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces, so properly used face masks can act as a barrier to help prevent its spread. One major problem: Masks, along with other protective gear, are in short supply. That includes cloth and thin surgical masks as well as N95 respirators, which are used by construction workers and in hospital …

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Tumble of global cocoa price causes Ghana $1bn deficit – COCOBOD

Ghana’s cocoa industry could suffer darker days ahead as the coronavirus pandemic has not just plunged cocoa prices on the world market but also stalled the current syndication process for loan facilities for the 2020/2021 crop season.  CEO of COCOBOD, Joseph Boahene Aidoo told JoyBusiness, the plunge in cocoa prices has so far caused the country $1 billion, fearing for …

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care after contracting coronavirus

UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been taken into intensive care in hospital with coronavirus. He has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a No 10 spokesman said. The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday. The PM has insisted that despite his illness, he’s still leading Britain’s …

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Covid-19: Ethiopian drug ready for clinical trials

As scientists around the world race to develop a vaccine for the Covid-19, Ethiopia says it is also developing a cure for the highly contagious virus. In a joint press statement, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said “a domestic treatment drug” is being developed by traditional medicine experts in the country. The two ministries …

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Kenya: Recovered covid-19 patients say virus is ‘real and treatable’

Kenya’s Covid-19 survivors have been speaking out about the virus and how they recovered. Their identities were made public for the first time after they recovered and held a live video call with Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta. Brenda and Brian who were among Kenya’s first cases urged Kenyans during their live chat to take the virus seriously and seek treatment …

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Somalia’s ex-prime minister dies of coronavirus

Somalia‘s former prime minister, Nour Hassan Hussein Nour Adde, has died of coronavirus in Britain, his family has said. His son, Mohamed Nour Adde confirmed the death of his father in a statement on Wednesday. He said the former prime minister died in King’s College, London, where he had been receiving treatment in recent weeks. Nour Adde’s family said he …

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