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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-16)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-16)
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Apr 16, 2020

Sweden passes temporary law to curb Covid-19

Sweden's parliament passed a new law on Thursday that gives the government temporary extra powers to bypass parliament to adopt emergency measures to curb Covid-19.

“It is important that the government has access to more tools in the fight against the coronavirus if they should prove necessary,” said Social Democrat MP Kristina Nilsson in parliament during the debate.

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Apr 16, 2020

Podcast: French flour shortages, coronavirus in the banlieue, Notre Dame in lockdown

Where has all the flour gone? The French appear to have taken to baking during the Covid-19 lockdown, upsetting supply chains. Also, how the pandemic has highlighted inequalities in French healthcare. And reflecting on Notre Dame, a year after the fire.

French people are starting to bake, a lot - unheard of in a country which counts a boulangerie in every town and on nearly every street corner in big cities. But as the coronavirus makes people wary of buying bread they are buying flour, instead, to make their own. We look at how confinement measures have disrupted flour supply chains and shifted people's approach to daily bread in the land of baguettes. (Listen @0'00)

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Apr 16, 2020

IOM calls for halt of Ethiopia repatriations amid Covid-19 concerns

The UN's International Organisation on Migration (IOM) has called for a temporary suspension of repatriation flights to Ethiopia after many of a group of around 5,000 returned from abroad without going through any prior Covid-19 health screenings.

The organisation called for the measures to be put in to place so that the Ethiopian authorities could safely repatriate them.

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Apr 16, 2020

UK rules out Brexit deal extension despite coronavirus chaos

The British government has dismissed the idea of extending the deadline for reaching a deal on Britain's future relationship with the European Union, despite delays in talks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, suggested in an interview with the BBC released on Thursday that it would be sensible for the UK and EU to agree an extension to the Brexit negotiating period.

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Apr 16, 2020

Covid-19 strategy propels South Korea's leader to record poll victory

South Korea's ruling party has won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections, with President Moon Jae-In's Democratic Party securing a record absolute majority in the National Assembly. The vote, dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, was the largest victory since democracy was established in 1987.

Turnout, at 66.2 percent, was also the highest at parliamentary elections for 28 years.

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Apr 16, 2020

UK to extend Covid-19 lockdown as US looks to ease restrictions

The British government is set to extend the Covid-19 preventative lockdown for another three weeks, as the death toll on Thursday jumped by 861 to 13,729. Meanwhile, the United States is planning to announce measures to ease the lockdown despite the biggest jump in infections in five days and consecutive days of record fatalities. 

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the numbers continue to rise. “Whilst we've had a flattening of the number of cases, that hasn't started to come down yet. And as far as I'm concerned that is still far too high,” Hancock said Thursday.

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Apr 16, 2020

5 Bodies Scatter On Kumasi Streets

Five bodies have been found on the streets in Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

It is unclear the cause of their demise. It comes in the wake of Ghana’s fight against the global pandemic covid-19.

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Apr 16, 2020

Coronavirus risks forcing South Africa to make health trade-offs it can ill afford

South Africa's health authorities are testing, quarantining and treating individuals who have been exposed to the new coronavirus . And the country is in lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread .

Much has been said about balancing the economic trade-offs with the lives the country needs to save versus the social and economic costs of doing so. Less discussed are the trade-offs being made within health care as services are focused on COVID-19.

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Children at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed. - Source: Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty ImagesChildren at window of a building in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Children will be vulnerable if vaccinations are postponed. - Source: Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images


Apr 16, 2020

Mauritius heads into coronavirus storm with strong social welfare buffers

The global economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic will be massive, with the International Monetary Fund forecasting the worst global recession since the 1929 Great Depression . In Africa, the epidemic is gaining momentum . The continent is bracing itself for an unprecedented sanitary and economic crisis.

The World Bank estimates that the continent's pace of economic growth may drop from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1% to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in 25 years. The continent could face a balance of payments shortfall in excess of $100 billion in 2020. A balance of payments records a nation's transactions with the rest of the world. These transactions include imports and exports as well as capital inflows and outflows.

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Mauritius' social welfare system is relatively stronger than most nations' - Source: Getty ImagesMauritius' social welfare system is relatively stronger than most nations' - Source: Getty Images


Apr 16, 2020

What COVID-19 reveals about Ghana's justice system and what needs to change

Next to the health and economic sectors, the legal and justice sectors of countries have been prominent in the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The justice sector moderates all other sectors of national life and is as active in peacetime as in times of war or emergency. But I would argue that in Ghana, the justice sector is not ready for this crucial role.

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Apr 16, 2020

Covid-19: NYA Set To Train 2,000 Volunteers To Support Fight

The National Youth Authority (NYA) is set to train about 2000 young volunteers to argument government's efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authority will train and equip additional thousands with entrepreneurial skills ostensibly to address the issues of job losses resulting from the pandemic.

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Apr 16, 2020

Ivory Coast races to protect jails from coronavirus

Ivory Coast is rushing to shield its overcrowded jails from highly contagious coronavirus, with a plan to free hundreds of inmates in a bid to stop the spread.

"We are praying to God that the virus doesn't get into the prison. We're afraid," said a guard, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It could be a disaster."

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Overcrowded prisons are well-known targets for coronavirus. Abidjan's main prison, designed for 1,500 inmates, has a population of 7,000.  By SIA KAMBOU (AFP)Overcrowded prisons are well-known targets for coronavirus. Abidjan's main prison, designed for 1,500 inmates, has a population of 7,000. By SIA KAMBOU (AFP)


Apr 16, 2020

Europe remains 'in eye of the storm' as coronavirus fatalities top 90,000

The death toll from the coronavirus has topped 90,000 in Europe, which remains the world's worst-hit zone with two-thirds of the global total of 137,000 fatalities and more than half of the 2,100,000 cases confirmed worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

"We remain in the eye of the storm," Hans Kluge, WHO director for Europe, told reporters on Thursday, while noting a downward trend in numbers in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.

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Apr 16, 2020

Covid-19: Akufo-Addo's Tax Reliefs For Health Workers Effected – Accountant General

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department says it has effected the three months tax relief for all health workers as directed by the President.

According to the Accountant General, the relief will reflect in the salaries this month.

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Apr 16, 2020

Police find 17 bodies at US care home

Police in the US found 17 bodies in the morgue of a care home in New Jersey on Monday following a tip-off, according to US media reports.

The officers had been told there was a body in the shed at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center II, but when they arrived they found 17 bodies in a morgue designed to hold just four.

"The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed," Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told CNN.

According to the New York Times, the deceased were among 68 recent deaths linked to the facility and the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I, including two nurses. Twenty-six of those who died had tested positive for coronavirus, while the cause of death for the remaining 42 is unknown.

During a health inspection carried out by Medicare in March, the centre was found to be "much below average".

Care homes across the world have been struggling to cope with the spread of the virus.


Apr 16, 2020

Covid-19: People Are Refusing To Sell To My Wife – Survivor

Mr Fredrick Drah, a married man with four children and a survivor of COVID-19 says he will not wish his experience with the disease on anybody.

Recounting his experience to the media on Thursday, April 16, Mr Drah said he fell ill on March 17 and decided to get tested for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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Apr 16, 2020

Kumasi: 5 Bodies Tested For Covid-19 As Police Dismiss Foul Play

The Ashanti region police command says it cannot readily point to criminal or malicious killings regarding the five bodies picked up from different locations in Kumasi.

According to the police, it will be too early to relate the deaths to COVID 19 as their preliminary checks swing closer to narcotic related triggers.

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Apr 16, 2020

COVID-19: The Time Has Come To Employ "Idly" Doctors, Other Health Workers – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has said it is time for the government to employ doctors and other health workers who have are jobless to help with the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Speaking at a ceremony to present food items to some twenty thousand households in locked-down areas such as Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa, Mr Mahama said: “This might also be the time for government to employ more doctors and other health workers-in-waiting who have been idling at home, some for many years”.

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Apr 16, 2020

COVID-19: Reduce LPG Price – Mahama To Gov't

Former President John Mahama has asked the government to reduce the cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas for consumers.

He said the move will help mitigate the economic burden of Ghanaians during the lockdown period necessitated by the outbreak of coronavirus.

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Apr 16, 2020

Covid-19: Ambulance Arrived After Two Days — Survivor Recounts

A father of four who has recovered from the Coronavirus disease in Ghana on Thursday recounted how he was diagnosed with the disease, his fears of imminent death, the wailing of his family, and his amazing recovery following treatment.

Mr Frederick Drah said he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 18 after visiting the Tema Polyclinic after suffering a fever the night before.

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SUMMARY

  • European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen says 'too many' let Italy down at the start
  • US President Donald Trump says new reopening guidelines for states will be announced today
  • Global infections passed the 2 million mark on Wednesday
  • IMF warns the impact of the coronavirus on Asia will be "severe, across the board, and unprecedented"
  • Germany has said smaller shops can start opening next week, as it eases its restrictions

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