April 3, 2020

The United Kingdom death toll from the coronavirus rose by 684 to 3,605 as of 1600 GMT on April 2, up 23% on the previous day.

As of 9am 3 April, a total of 173,784 people have been tested of which 38,168 were positive.

Stephen Powis, the national medical director of National Health Service England, said at a Downing Street briefing on Thursday that a high death rate would continue to be seen for “a few weeks yet”.

Powis also said ther...

April 3, 2020

Nigeria has discharged 11 people who were being treated for the coronavirus in hospital.

The country's centre for disease control confirmed 10 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number to 184.

Authorities say they have increased testing capacity and can test 1,500 people a day.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire, confirmed that the country was seeing “early signs of community transmission”, and he expected an increase in the number...

April 3, 2020

The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has said, as part of efforts to supplement what the various West African countries are doing by themselves to fight COVID-19, it is sourcing ventilators to support critically ill patients for distribution across the sub-region.

Since West Africa recorded its first COVID-19 case in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, 27 February 2020, the sub-region, as of Tuesday, 31 March 2020, has seen a total of...

April 3, 2020

As nursing and care homes across Europe battle to stop the spread of Covid-19 among the elderly, France has revealed 884 residents have succumbed to the virus since the epidemic began.

Alarming cases have emerged in the Spanish capital Madrid, with reports of dozens of deaths in two nursing homes.

Residents were taken to hospital in the Italian city of Naples after a care home outbreak claimed several lives.

Cases have also been report...

April 3, 2020

China has sentenced a man to prison for 18 months after he spent nearly a week in Europe during the coronavirus pandemic and then failed to report his journey to the police upon his return.

The 29-year-old, known by his surname Guo, refused to self-isolate and tried to hide his symptoms from the authority after developing fevers and a sore throat, according to public prosecutors.

Officers put him under forced quarantine after tracking...

April 1, 2020

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said the notion of Africa being at the back of the line for life-saving ventilators would be to the detriment of humanity.

But, Pandor said, her impression from a recent virtual G20 leaders meeting, was that other countries have recognised Africa's need during the coronavirus pandemic.

She was speaking at a media briefing by several ministers on Tuesday in Pretoria, provid...

April 1, 2020

China has increased U.S. crude purchases with some buyers snapping up cargoes at the widest discounts ever as sellers seek to offload excess supplies in Asia, six trade sources said on Wednesday.

China started processing in March applications from its companies to waive import tariffs on U.S. energy goods as part of the Sino-U.S. Phase 1 trade deal and they have since bought liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LP...

April 1, 2020

A coronavirus app that alerts people if they have recently been in contact with someone testing positive for the virus "could play a critical role" in limiting lockdowns, scientists advising the government have said.

The location-tracking tech would enable a week's worth of manual detective work to be done in an instant, they say.

But the academics say no-one should be forced to enrol - at least initially.

UK health chiefs have confirm...

April 1, 2020

The European Commision proposed a short-time work scheme on Wednesday modelled on Germany’s Kurzarbeit programme to help people keep their jobs as the coronavirus pandemic hits economies across the 27-nation bloc.

Announcing the scheme by video message, Commission head Ursula von der Leyen did not give details on how it would be funded, saying only it would be guaranteed by all EU countries -a clue that it could be linked to the EU b...

April 1, 2020

As countries of the world continue to battle the spread of coronavirus, oil prices crashed below $20 amid a supply glut on Monday.

Brent crude fell to $22.58 per barrel at one point on Monday, its lowest level since November 2002.

The price of oil has sunk to levels not seen since 2002 as demand for crude collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic, analysts said.

The price of U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell below $20 a barrel, clo...

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