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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-01)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-01)
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Apr 2, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown: NDC Decries Molestation Of Civilians

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says, it is saddened by the molestation of security personnel on civilians amid a partial lockdown in some parts of the country.

The Two weeks partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo covers Greater Accra, greater Greater Kumasi and Awutu Senya East Constituency in the Central Region.


Apr 1, 2020

Pence: US virus model looks like Italy

US appears on similar trajectory to Italy, warns Vice-President Pence

Apr 1, 2020

BREAKING US has 200,000 confirmed virus cases

The US now has more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The number stands at 203,608. Italy has the second highest number with more than 110,000 cases.

Apr 1, 2020

Johnson: This is a sad, sad day for the UK

By BBC News

Boris Johnson has said today's confirmation of 563 more coronavirus deaths marks a "sad, sad day" for the UK in a video posted on his Twitter account.

The PM, who is self-isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the virus himself last week, said his thoughts were with the families of the victims.

He also said "massively increasing" testing will be the key to allowing the UK to "unlock the coronavirus puzzle" and "defeat it in the end".

Apr 1, 2020

Alcohol sales surge in US, research suggests

By BBC News

Sales of alcohol have reportedly spiked in the US, where almost three out of four people are now under some form of lockdown.

Online sales of alcoholic drinks more than tripled last week (up 243% compared to the same time period the year before), according to market research firm Nielsen.

Shops sales also rose by 55% the research suggested - with tequila and gin named as the most popular tipples.

In the UK, some online wine merchants had been forced to suspend orders "due to unprecedented demand" after pubs and clubs were told to close.

But British off-licences have been told they can stay open - after being added to the list of essential businesses.

It came as some British supermarkets placed a limit on the amount of alcohol products shoppers can buy at one time after their supplies kept running dry.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, the sale of alcohol has been banned.

Apr 1, 2020

BREAKING Coronavirus: Top South African HIV scientist Gita Ramjee dies

By BBC News

Tributes are being paid to world-renowned South African scientist Gita Ramjee, who has died from Covid-19-related complications.

"She dedicated many years of her life to finding HIV prevention solutions for women," her colleague and friend Gavin Churchyard told the BBC.

Head of UNAids Winnie Byanyima said Prof Ramjee's death was a huge loss at a time when the world needed her most.

South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world.

The country has begun a three-week lockdown as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Apr 1, 2020

Corona Virus : Its True Origin And History

The Caucus for Democratic Governance, Ghana (CDG--Gh), through its research and its attempt to help arrest and deport COVID-19 from Ghana, has come across vital information, which might be of interest to Ghanaians


We were originally given to understand, that the virus originated from the transfusions from snakes and bats. Others suggested it came from Chinese biological weapons. Yet others suggested it was from the fish markets conditions in Wuhan. Be it as it may, the correct origin which goes beyond these assertions is left to the discretion of the individual.


Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19: NGOs urge Gov’t to warn Security Agencies against brutalities

Some five Non-Governmental Organisations in Ghana have expressed serious displeasure at the unprofessional manner some military and police personnel deployed for enforcement of the ongoing partial lockdown are abusing some civilians.

After two days of monitoring and assessing the 14 days partial lockdown declared by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NGOs say there is the urgent need for the Government to call the security operatives to order and stop them from brutalizing citizens including women and children.



Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19: 43 Persons Traced In Upper West Quarantined

Some 43 persons who had come into contact with the first Covid-19 patient in the Upper West region have been traced, identified and placed under surveillance for effective monitoring, the regional minister, Hafiz Bin Salih has disclosed.

He therefore assured the people of the region of government’s preparedness to implement the necessary measures to curb the spread of the virus as more contact tracing was being conducted in order to keep the region safe.



Apr 1, 2020

'Rambo' Soldier Recalled To Barracks Over Assault

The Ghana Armed Forces on Wednesday said it has withdrawn the soldier who allegedly assaulted a civilian back to the barracks for further investigation.

General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Kpeshie, Brigadier General A.Y. Nsiah, speaking at a media briefing in Accra, on enhanced measures put in place to enforce the restriction of movements, said the videos circulating on the social media of mass brutality of civilians by soldiers was false.


Brigadier General A.Y. Nsiah speaking at the press conferenceBrigadier General A.Y. Nsiah speaking at the press conference

Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19: Don’t Be Led To Act "Silly", "Risky" – Otabil

Pastor Mensa Otabil has advised Ghanaians, especially Christians, to be disciplined enough to follow the all the necessary health protocols to keep safe from COVID-19 and not allow anyone to use their faith in God to lead them astray.

Some pastors in the country claim to have special oils and directions than can protect their congregants and anyone who has faith in God, from getting infected with COVID-19 but Pastor Otabil said God should not be tempted.



Apr 1, 2020

Akufo-Addo's Coronavirus Prayer Meeting "Ridiculous", "Hallmark Of Pharisees, Hypocrites" – Nyaho-Tamakloe

A founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has said only Pharisees and hypocrites would organise a prayer meeting and beam it on national television in the manner President Akufo-Addo and the clergy did concerning the coronavirus situation in Ghana a few weeks ago.

According to him, what the President and the clergy did is what hypocrites and Pharisees do.



Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: Otumfuo Joins Fight, Donates To Deprived Communities

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has distributed relief items to deprived communities in the Greater Kumasi jurisdiction that have been affected by the lockdown.

This forms part of the measures by the Asantehene to support the needy in complying with the President’s directive to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.



Apr 1, 2020

Covid-19: Soldier Pulls Gun On Civilian For Flouting Lockdown Order? [VIDEO]

A viral video on social media shows a soldier pulling his gun on a civilian purportedly violating the partial lockdown directive.

The civilian, together with two others, had been punished by the soldier.



Apr 1, 2020

Germany extends lockdown measures

By BBC News

After speaking to state leaders in a conference call, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that the country's anti-virus restrictions will stay in place until at least 19 April.

Ms Merkel advised against people visiting relatives or taking trips over the Easter break. "A pandemic knows no holidays," she said.

So far Germany has reported more than 67,000 confirmed cases and 732 deaths.


Apr 1, 2020

BREAKING Wimbledon cancelled for first time since WW2

By BBC News

Wimbledon has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club confirms.

The two-week tournament, one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, was due to start on 29 June.

The entire UK grass court season has also been abandoned, including tournaments at Queen’s, Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.

There will be no professional tennis anywhere in the UK until at least 13 July.


Wimbledon attracted 500,000 spectators to the All England Club last year, with millions more watching around the world - Getty Images

Apr 1, 2020

South Africa's response to COVID-19 worsens the plight of waste reclaimers

Lockdowns to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus are dramatically transforming people's daily lives across the world. One thing that remains unchanged is that we continue to produce massive amounts of waste each day.

South Africa generates 59 million tonnes of general waste a year . As only 10,8% of urban households separate their waste , most of the recyclable items get thrown away. Yet the country has recycling rates comparable to European countries for some materials.


An unemployed man in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, collects trash for resale before South Africa went into a Covid-19 lockdown.  - Source: EFE-EPA/Kim LudbrookAn unemployed man in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, collects trash for resale before South Africa went into a Covid-19 lockdown. - Source: EFE-EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Apr 1, 2020

Africans rush for chloroquine as virus tsunami looms

Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus.

From hospitals in Senegal to pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and street sellers in Cameroon, chloroquine has fired hopes of a medicinal fix against a virus that is set to scythe through Africa's poorly protected countries.


Illicit 'street pharmacies' are major outlets for chloroquine.  By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)Illicit 'street pharmacies' are major outlets for chloroquine. By PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (AFP)

Apr 1, 2020

Measles threat grows amid COVID-19 crisis: vaccine group

With all eyes on the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, health experts fear a drop in routine vaccinations could fuel other, potentially deadlier outbreaks of diseases like measles.

With nearly half of the world's population told to stay at home, many parents are having to postpone taking their children in for routine immunisations, while big vaccine drives have been halted, leaving many vulnerable to a range of infectuous diseases.


"Routine immunisation is absolutely critical always, but is particularly critical at a time like this because if other outbreaks occur, they will overwhelm the health system," a vaccine specialist says. By JUNIOR KANNAH (AFP/File)

Apr 1, 2020

French doctor claiming Covid-19 infection jailed for coughing at police

A French doctor who claimed to have coronavirus and coughed at police responding to a domestic violence callout has been jailed for three years with one of those years suspended.

The 66-year-old doctor from a hospital in the northern city of Lille was taken into custody at his home on Saturday, according to reports from the French news agency, AFP.



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