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‘They’re the virus’: Iraq outbreak refuels anti-govt protests

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Iraqi protesters had been rallying against government incompetence, poor public services and foreign political meddling for months. Then the novel coronavirus hit and fuelled their grievances. “The real virus is Iraqi politicians,” said Fatima, an 18-year-old protester and medical student from Baghdad. “We are immune to …

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Tests on isolated foreigners negative, Uganda still free of COVID-19

  Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Results from the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) indicate that the four foreign national isolated after presenting flu and cough symptoms yesterday, do not have the dreaded COVID-19. Minister of Health Ruth Aceng reported the negative test results Monday for a French national and …

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Trump aides defend US coronavirus response

Washington, United States | AFP | Vice President Mike Pence defended Sunday the US administration’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic after two confirmed deaths on American soil and rising criticism of the state of US preparedness. Pence and Health Secretary Alex Azar made the rounds of Sunday talk shows with the …

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Blip or bust: coronavirus economic impact still in doubt

Paris, France | AFP |  Markets have shuddered as the coronavirus spreads worldwide, but analysts doubt it will plunge economies into a crisis like the one that followed the 2008 Lehman Brothers investment bank failure. Where will the market slide end? Stock markets held up fairly well in the first weeks …

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Museveni speaks out on Coronavirus prevention

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to take precaution and protect themselves against the deadly COVID-19 alias coronavirus. In a message posted on twitter on Saturday afternoon, Museveni urged Ugandans to take personal precaution and mainly wash hands as a preventive measure, as …

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Nigeria braces as coronavirus hits megacity Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Residents of Nigeria’s economic hub Lagos scrambled for hygiene products Friday, after the chaotic megacity of 20 million announced the first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa. Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement overnight that the infected person was an Italian citizen …

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