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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-03-28)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-03-28)
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Mar 28, 2020

Worldwide death toll surpasses 30,000

The worldwide death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 30,000 according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Italy has recorded the most deaths with the toll standing at 10,023.

Earlier today Spain announced its total number of deaths had reached 5,690.

Mar 28, 2020

BREAKING Coronavirus: Cases Hit 141

Ghana has recorded four more new cases of coronavirus.

This brings the total cases as at March 28 to 141.

Mar 28, 2020

Coronavirus: 5 Dead

The government has announced that the case count for COVID-19 has risen to 141.

This comes after four new cases were confirmed at 1520GMT on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Mar 28, 2020

I'm Not Dead — Tsatsi Tsikata Dispell Fake News

“Ignore the rumours and fake news. I am well”, were the words of Tsatsu Tsikata, when The Herald spoke with him on his home phone today, Saturday March 28, 2020 over swelling rumours on social media that the highly respected legal luminary had passed on.

Ahead of the telephone call to Mr Tsikata’s Cantonments home in Accra, a senior lawyer, who has access to him and had done some cases with him, told The Herald’s Managing Editor, Larry Dogbey upon a WhatsApp chat Friday midnight; “If it’s about Tsatsu Tsikata, he is alive and well”.


Mar 28, 2020

COVID 19: Special Insurance Packages For Frontline Health Workers

The Health Ministry has announced a special life insurance cover for the 10,000 health personnel and allied professionals attending to COVID-19 response.

In a letter addressed by the Sector Minister, Kwaku Agyemang to all heads of the agencies within the sector, the government indicated that frontline staff involved in the COVID-19 response have been insured under benefits such as Group life cover with an assured sum of GHS 350, 000 per life.


Mar 28, 2020

BREAKING Italy's death toll hits 10,000

Another terrible day for Italy, with another 889 deaths in 24 hours. Italy has now seen 10,023 deaths and 92,472 cases. Some 70,065 are currently infected and 12,384 have recovered.

Mar 28, 2020

Trump 'considering quarantine on New York'

By BBC News

US President Donald Trump has said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"We'd like to see [it] quarantined because it's a hotspot," he told reporters. "I'm thinking about that."

He spoke as confirmed cases in the state increased to more than 52,000, with at least 728 deaths.

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The US president said a quarantine on New York could be implemented as early as Saturday - Getty Images

Mar 28, 2020

Covid-19 could kill millions in Africa without immediate action: UN chief

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he fears “millions and millions” of coronavirus cases in Africa, where the youth will not be spared. He called on wealthy countries to help the developing world, for their own sake.

Guterres told RFI that Africa should be the priority of the international community as the continent does have the resources to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Ninety percent of the cases are in the G20 countries which hold 80 percent of the global economy. They shouldn't be working alone, each in their corner, but in a coordinated manner to find treatments and vaccines to put at the world's disposal,” he said.


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Mar 28, 2020

Mali opposition urges huge election turnout despite coronavirus

Mali's main opposition party called for "massive participation" in Sunday's parliamentary election, despite its leader being kidnapped and the rising coronavirus threat in the war-torn West African country.

However several other opposition parties called for the vote to be postponed due to COVID-19 crisis, which has seen 18 people infected since the country's first case was diagnosed on Wednesday, according to official figures.

Though sub-Saharan Mali has had relatively few cases so far compared to other continents, the impoverished nation of some 19 million people -- where large swathes of territory lie outside state control -- is just the kind of state experts fear is particularly vulnerable.


Mali will hold a parliamentary election on Sunday despite coronavirus fears and the kidnapping of the main opposition leader.  By Souleymane Ag Anara (AFP/File)Mali will hold a parliamentary election on Sunday despite coronavirus fears and the kidnapping of the main opposition leader. By Souleymane Ag Anara (AFP/File)

Mar 28, 2020

Moody's cuts South Africa's credit ratings to junk

Moody's has downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status, piling more anguish on an economy already in recession and battered by Africa's worst coronavirus outbreak.

Moody's move "could not have come at a worse time", the South African government said, as it would "further add to the prevailing financial market stress".

The downgrade late on Friday came as South Africa began a three-week nationwide lockdown to try to halt the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,100 people in the country.


South Africa's economy was already in bad shape before the coronavirus hit.  By Phill Magakoe (AFP)South Africa's economy was already in bad shape before the coronavirus hit. By Phill Magakoe (AFP)

Mar 28, 2020

Tour de France could still take place, without roadside spectators

The French sports minister has said it is too soon to decide if the Tour de France, the world's premier cycling race, can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. But if it does take place from 27 June to 19 July as scheduled, spectators may be banned to minimise the risk of infection, said Roxana Maracineanu.

Following the postponement of the Euro 2020 football championship and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Tour de France is one of the last major global sporting events that has not yet been cancelled or postponed.

"The Tour is a sports monument. It is too soon to decide. There is a time for everything. For now, we have a more urgent battle to fight. Let us focus on this mountain in front of us and then consider what's next," French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu wrote on Twitter.



Mar 28, 2020

Europe's virus toll surges but Wuhan cautiously reopens

The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in Europe surged past 20,000 on Saturday, even as the Chinese city where the outbreak began cautiously returned to life.

Europe and the United States are facing a staggering increase in new cases of COVID-19 -- despite perhaps a third of humanity now living under lockdown.

The grim new death numbers were reported after the IMF confirmed the world economy has plunged into a historic slump and the US invoked wartime procurement powers.


Spain recorded another 832 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, following the patten of hardest-hit Italy as the epidemic surges through Europe.  By Josep LAGO (AFP)Spain recorded another 832 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, following the patten of hardest-hit Italy as the epidemic surges through Europe. By Josep LAGO (AFP)

Mar 28, 2020

Macron urges European solidarity to help Italy, Spain in Covid-19 crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted Europe must help Italy face the Covid-19 pandemic as he reiterated his support for budget solidarity in the European Union. 

“France stands with Italy,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Italian newspapers La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, and La Stampa on Saturday, a day after Italy recorded over 9,000 Covid-19 related deaths.

Macron, who is in favour of “corona loans” despite Germany's reticence, called for stronger economic solidarity in Europe.


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Mar 28, 2020

Spread of infections continues

Countries around the world have been updating the number of people caught up by the pandemic. Here's a breakdown of some of the latest figures:

  • Authorities in the Netherlands have reported 1,159 new coronavirus cases and 93 deaths. So far, 9,762 cases have been reported in the country and 639 deaths
  • Switzerland says deaths from coronavirus have risen to 235 - an increase of 40 in 24 hours. The country has confirmed 13,213 cases
  • Vietnam's health ministry says there have been a total of 174 confirmed cases and no deaths
  • In Russia, officials have reported a total of 1,264 cases - an increase of 228 in 24 hours. The country has reported four deaths in total, but these figures have been disputed
  • The Czech Republic says 2,422 people have tested positive so far, and nine people have died
  • Belgium has reported 1,850 new cases and 64 deaths in 24 hours. In total, the country has reported 9,134 cases and 353 deaths
  • Iran says 2,517 people have now died from coronavirus, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours. In total, the country has reported 3,076 cases

Mar 28, 2020

BREAKING UK deaths climb above 1,000

By BBC News

A total of 1,019 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday, the Department of Health has said, up from 759 the day before.

Mar 28, 2020

Where are the most new cases?

By BBC News

The US now has more new cases than any other country worldwide.

The table below shows the three-day rolling average for each country, with the US now having more than Italy.


Mar 28, 2020

My father died of COVID-19; I didn’t hide his travel history - Obour

The immediate past President of MUSIGA, Bice Obour Osei Kuffour has officially announced the death of his 75-year-old father, Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour, who tested positive for Coronavirus. Obour’s father passed away at the Ridge Hospital in Accra on Friday evening.

In a statement issued on social media, Obour sorrowfully said “With sadness and a heavy heart I announce the death of Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour my biological father”.



Mar 28, 2020

South Korea offers hope

By BBC News

South Korea says that for the first time it now has more people who have recovered from the virus than are still infected.

It reported 146 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 9,478 - of whom 4,811 have been released from hospital.

South Korea has been praised for its response to the epidemic, which has involved tracing the infection, testing large numbers of people and isolating patients quickly.

Medical workers test foreign passengers as they arrive at Incheon airport in South KoreaMedical workers test foreign passengers as they arrive at Incheon airport in South Korea

Mar 28, 2020

BREAKING Spain death toll tops 5,000

By BBC News

The death toll from coronavirus in Spain has now exceeded 5,000, after 832 more fatalities were reported there in the past 24 hours.

The death toll now stands at 5,690, while a total of 72,248 people have been infected.

Spain is currently the second-worst-hit country after Italy, in terms of fatalities.

A state of emergency is in place until at least 12 April, with most shops and businesses closed and people's movements severely restricted.

The army has been deployed to deep-clean hospitals and other facilities. Hospitals have been under intense pressure and, like in many other countries, health workers have complained of inadequate protective equipment.

The army has been disinfecting hospitals and other facilitiesThe army has been disinfecting hospitals and other facilities

Mar 28, 2020

A 101-year-old survivor in Italy

The situation remains bleak in Italy, but it's not all bad news. In the north-eastern city of Rimini a man aged 101, identified publicly as only "Mr P", was released from hospital on Thursday after being admitted last week and testing positive for Covid-19.

Gloria Lisi, Rimini's deputy mayor, said that his "truly extraordinary" recovery gave "hope for the future".

"Mr. P made it," she added. "The family brought him home, to teach us that even at 101 years the future is not written."

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