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Maradona pleads for ‘Hand of God’ to end pandemic

Buenos Aires, Argentina | AFP | Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has asked the “Hand of God” to deliver the world from the coronavirus pandemic and allow normal life to resume. The World Cup winner referred to his hand-assisted goal in the 1986 World Cup after Argentine football chiefs voted to …

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Vendors starve as DRC protects rich and powerful from virus

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | DR Congo has cordoned off the poshest and richest neighbourhood in its chaotic capital Kinshasa to protect it from coronavirus, dealing a body blow to thousands of street hawkers who earn a meagre living there. Gombe, a waterfront district housing ministries, top government officials, millionaires …

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Football’s return ‘good for everyone’ – Mourinho

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes bringing football back, even behind closed doors, would be a much-needed morale boost for fans starved of action during the coronavirus crisis. No Premier League games have been played since March 9 due to the pandemic, which has claimed more …

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Pandemic: Less air pollution means thousands fewer die

Paris, France | AFP | There will be 11,000 fewer deaths in European countries under coronavirus lockdown due to a sharp drop in fossil fuel pollution during April, according to research released Thursday. Measures to halt the spread of coronavirus have slowed the region’s economies to a crawl, with coal-generated power …

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Eyes on ECB for bigger virus-fighting moves

Frankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP |  The European Central Bank could reiterate Thursday its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response. ECB chief Christine Lagarde last week warned …

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Tunisia medics spending Ramadan in isolation

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP |  Amira Jamoussi, a doctor on the front line fighting the novel coronavirus in a hospital in Tunisia, is spending the Muslim holy month of Ramadan away from her family. “It’s been five weeks since I’ve held my children in my arms,” Jamoussi said, before putting on …

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Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 81

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Two contacts of an earlier confirmed case of a Burundian refugee tested positive to coronavirus disease on Monday bringing Uganda’s total cases to 81.  According to the Ministry of Health, the 24-year-old male Ugandan and 21-year-old Burundian National are under isolation at Rakai Hospital. They …

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