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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he said on Twitter, posting a video message. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference… Read More »

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Ramaphosa tests negative for coronavirus as South Africa to begin lockdown

The president underwent the test on Tuesday on the advice of physicians and received his results on Wednesday night, the statement said, adding Ramaphosa had held meetings with a variety of people in recent weeks. South Africa has 709 confirmed coronavirus cases, with no reported deaths. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has warned infections are expected… Read More »

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Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus: palace

Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday. The 71-year-old and his wife Camilla — who does not have COVID-19 — are currently self-isolating in Scotland, Clarence House said. “The Prince of Wales… Read More »

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Nobel-winning peace negotiator Ahtisaari has coronavirus

Nobel laureate and former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari has contracted the new coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday. The 82-year-old was awarded the Peace Prize in 2008 for his career over three decades mediating peace deals to conflicts around the world, including Indonesia, Kosovo and Namibia. The former UN diplomat, who went on to serve… Read More »

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Iran rejects Trump’s virus aid offer as toll jumps to 1,685

Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said Sunday his country would never accept any aid to fight the novel coronavirus from arch-enemy and “charlatans” the United States, as Tehran announced 129 new deaths. Speaking in a televised address, Khameini charged in a message directed at Washington: “No one trusts you. You are capable of bringing into… Read More »

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Italy passes China’s virus deaths and braces for long lockdown

Italy on Thursday overtook China’s coronavirus death total and braced for an extended lockdown that could see the economy suffer its biggest shock since World War II. The Mediterranean country’s toll reached 3,405 after it recorded 427 new deaths on Wednesday. China has officially registered 3,245 deaths since reporting its first infections to the World… Read More »

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Pope urges hugs, phone calls to fight off isolation

Pope Francis stressed Wednesday the importance of families and friends making small gestures such as hugs and phone calls during times of isolation in a pandemic. “We must rediscover the concrete nature of small things, of making small gestures toward those around us — family, friends,” the 83-year-old pontiff told the La Repubblica newspaper. “They… Read More »

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Coronavirus: Canada Shuts Borders To All Countries Except US

Canada has closed its borders to nationals from all countries except the United States in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This is even as 27 African countries have now recorded at least one case of the virus, according to the BBC. Benin, Liberia, Somalia, and Tanzania are the latest African countries to… Read More »

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Trump Declares National Prayer Day For Coronavirus

United States President, Donald Trump, on Saturday declared Sunday a national day of prayer. This is coming less than 24 hours after the president declared national emergency in the country over the coronavirus outbreak which has led to over 5000 deaths across the world. The country confirmed its first case of person-to-person transmission of the… Read More »

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Coronavirus: Trump ‘concerned’ as Brazilian officials he met tests positive

President Donald Trump is reportedly worried after coming into contact with people who have tested positive to coronavirus. They include the Brazilian official confirmed to have contracted the disease. “He is very concerned about all the people he met who have it, including the Brazilian,” CNN quoted a source as saying. Fabio Wajngarten, spokesperson to… Read More »