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Spread of coronavirus confirms WHO fears

Paris, France | AFP | The sharp rise in cases and the geographical spread of the coronavirus outside China confirm WHO fears over dealing with the crisis, experts warned Sunday as they appealed for ever greater vigilance. “There has been a profound shift in the direction that COVID-19 (new coronavirus) …

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COVID-19: what we know and what we don’t

Paris, France | AFP | Researchers want to know everything about the latest coronavirus, from its mortality rate to its origins, incubation period and much more, and they still have blanks to fill in. – Mortality rate? – COVID-19, as the disease is known, is more lethal than the average …

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WHO sounds alarm over Africa coronavirus preparedness

  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | The World Health Organization warned Saturday that African health systems were ill-equipped to respond to the deadly coronavirus outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on African Union member states “to come together to be …

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CHINA: We will take care of Ugandan students like our own

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | China’s Ambassador to Uganda  Zheng Zhu-Qiang has assures parents of students studying in Wuhan that they his country will take care of their children like her own. The Chinese ambassador on Saturday met with the parents of Ugandan students who are in Wuhan, …

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China cuts loan rate as it battles coronavirus impact

  Beijing, China | AFP | China on Thursday announced it would cut interest rates in a bid to boost the economy, as it battles the economic fallout of the new coronavirus outbreak. The reduction in the loan prime rate (LPR) — one of the preferential rates commercial banks give to …

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Pangolin link to coronavirus

Researchers have long suspected that the virus was passed from an animal to a human | THE INDEPENDENT | The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said Friday. Researchers have long suspected that the virus, which had killed …

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CHINA: The only thing to fear is fear itself, not the virus

Travel restrictions on China fuelling ‘panic:’ ambassador Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Travel restrictions imposed on China over its virus outbreak COVID-19 are only fuelling “panic” and threatening attempts to resume business, the country’s ambassador to the EU warned on Tuesday. Envoy Zhang Ming also told a media conference in …

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First coronavirus case in Africa recorded in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Egypt’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, making it the first in Africa. The nationality of the person was not given in the joint statement with the population ministry, which added that they had shown no “symptoms”. Authorities have …

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