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COVID-19: Togo declares 3 months state of emergency

Togo President Faure Gnassingbé has declared a 3-month state of emergency to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The President said the seriousness of the situation warrants a quick response, which includes the immediate start of a curfew from 7pm to 6am local time. President Gnassingbe announced that an alleviation package of nearly 400 billion CFA francs (about $650 ...

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Johnson said he developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough. He said he will now self-isolate in No 10 but will “continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”. Mr Johnson was last seen on Thursday night, as he ...

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Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus

The heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles, has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN has reported. The 71-year-old Prince of Wales left London earlier this week to head to Balmoral, in Scotland, where he is believed to be staying for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. According to his office, “he has been displaying mild symptoms, but otherwise remains ...

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WHO warns Africa to ‘prepare for the worst’

African countries have been told to prepare for the worst by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO). In all, 16 deaths have been reported: Six in Egypt, six in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and one in Burkina Faso. Africa has been the least affected continent, but health experts warn that strained public health systems could ...

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Côte d’Ivoire confirms first Coronavirus case

Ivory Coast has confirmed its first case of coronavirus. The patient is a 45-year-old Ivorian man who had recently traveled to Italy, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa’s largest economy, is the eighth country in sub-Saharan Africa to report a confirmed case after Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of ...

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Coronavirus: UK Health minister Nadine Dorries tests positive

Health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Ms Dorries, the first MP to test positive, said she had taken all the advised precautions after finding out and has been self-isolating at home. This comes as a sixth person died from the virus in the UK, which has a total of 382 cases. The latest person ...

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Nigerian soldier kills himself and four colleagues

A formal investigation has been launched in Nigeria after a soldier shot dead four colleagues on Wednesday before taking his own life, the army says. Two other soldiers were injured in the incident at a military base in Borno state and were taken to a military hospital in Maiduguri for treatment, army spokesman Sagir Musa added. Borno state is one ...

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Tanzanian preacher granted bail over deaths in stampede

Tanzania’s Boniface Mwamposa has been released on bail after he was arrested over a stampede that killed 20 people on Sunday during an outdoor religious service he was leading in the northern town of Moshi. Mr Mwamposa – who refers to himself as “the apostle” – was arrested together with seven other suspects though the charges against him were not revealed. He ...

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Coronavirus: 7000 quarantined on cruise ship

Passengers who were in lockdown on a cruise ship in the Italian city of Civitavecchia have now been allowed to leave after confirmation that two people on board do not have coronavirus. The Costa Smeralda ship – carrying 7,000 people including some Britons – had been kept on the ship since Thursday morning after a 54-year-old Chinese woman from Macau ...

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