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Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralysed US

Washington, United States | AFP |  US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis that has triggered the shutdown of schools, sporting events, offices and travel in the world’s richest country. Trump’s declaration Friday frees up …

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Rwanda confirms first coronavirus case

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  Rwanda on Saturday confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus — an Indian citizen who arrived last week from Mumbai, the health ministry said. “He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted …

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Beyond human toll, coronavirus could shake up global politics

Washington, United States | AFP | Thousands of people have died, the US response has infuriated European allies, and China has gone on a propaganda offensive. The new coronavirus is shaping up to be a cataclysmic event with far-reaching consequences in global politics. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than …

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English Premier League suspended until April 4

London, United Kingdom | AFP | The English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 4 on Friday after a spate of coronavirus cases, including Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. “Following a meeting of shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on …

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China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

Beijing, China | AFP | A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and Washington calling it the “Wuhan virus”. The spat comes as China tries to deflect blame for …

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Coronavirus: Religious leaders cautioned against handshaking

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT | The Inter Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU has cautioned the clergy against hugging and shaking hands during worship as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus. This was part of the guidelines issued on Thursday by IRCU, which brings together religious leaders from various …

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Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya announced Friday the first confirmed case of coronavirus in East Africa, as the region so far unscathed by the global pandemic scaled up emergency measures to contain its spread. A 27-year-old Kenyan woman tested positive for the virus on March 12 in Nairobi, a week after returning from the …

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Speaker asks MPs to reconsider travel abroad to tame COVID-19

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has advised Members of Parliament to reconsider travels abroad as the world battles the worst Coronavirus -COVID-19.  Kadaga made the caution upon the cancellation of the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting that had been scheduled to take place between …

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