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COVID-19: Prince Charles tests positive

  London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is showing mild symptoms of the new coronavirus but “otherwise remains in good health”, his office said on Wednesday. The 71-year-old is self-isolating in Scotland along with his wife Camilla, who was …

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Industry races to meet demand for ventilators

Paris, France | AFP |  Manufacturers are on a mission to produce desperately needed medical ventilators for the coronavirus pandemic, even if it means converting assembly lines now making auto parts. Along with a shortage of masks and gloves, the spread of COVID-19 to almost every corner of the globe has …

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Congress on brink of $2 trillion rescue for virus-hit US economy

Washington, United States | AFP |  US lawmakers worked deep into Tuesday night trying to seal a deal that buttresses the teetering economy by giving roughly $2 trillion to hospitals, businesses and ordinary Americans buckling under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic. But a full day of intense, protracted negotiating was …

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Economic fears as Africa escalates coronavirus response

Dakar, Senegal | AFP |  African nations have ordered curfews and lockdowns in response to the growing coronavirus epidemic, raising fears of turmoil for low-income workers and cash-strapped governments across the continent. Cases have risen across the world’s poorest continent over the past week to a total of 2,137 and 62 …

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Coronavirus fight: SME body urges government to maintain strict measures

Kampala, Uganda | Julius Businge | The Federation of SMEs Uganda has urged the government to continue undertaking emergency measures to slow down the spread of the virus. The measures in question include; limiting people’s movements, conducting mass testing and rigorous tracing. In particular, through John Walugembe, the body said in …

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Schools embrace virtual engagements in the face of COVID-19

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Schools in parts of Kampala and Wakiso is devising means to virtually engage children following the premature closure of educational institutions in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease-COVID-19. President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of schools as one of the measures …

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COVID-19: NSSF declines to make partial payments to members

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Social Security Fund [NSSF] has said, it has no legal mandate to make partial payments to its members who are currently struggling with the effects of coronavirus. Since last week when the president ordered for a partial lock down of the country, prices …

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NRM orders closure of party offices over COVID-19

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Resistance Movement [NRM] party has ordered the closure of all party offices across the country over COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement issued by Rogers Mulindwa, the spokesperson of the NRM secretariat, the Secretary-General of the party, Justine Kasule Lumumba ordered for the …

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Gov’t will cancel licenses of traders who hike food prices- Museveni

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has warned traders taking advantage of the coronavirus situation to sell foodstuffs at exorbitant prices that their licenses will be cancelled. Museveni, who addressed the nation on Tuesday afternoon, described the traders taking advantage of the situation as “crooks”, noting that …

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