EU urges US to think again on WHO split

By Agencies The European Union on Saturday called on the United States (US) to “reconsider” the decision to sever ties with the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump said Friday he was severing US ties with the WHO, accusing it of failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus. The United States was the largest contributor to the WHO budget, providing at least $400 million in annual funding. “The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the…

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About 200 arrested in Houston protests, four officers injured

By Agencies Houston police say nearly 200 people were arrested and four officers were injured during protests over the death of Houston native George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Those arrested “participated in unlawful assemblies, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Saturday on Twitter. “Most will be charged with obstructing a roadway,” The four officers suffered minor injuries and eight police cars were damaged during the protests, according to Acevedo. Protesters also blocked a Dallas interstate and one officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said on Twitter. Police in both cities…

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India eases lockdown, reopens hotels, worship centres

By Agencies India announced on Saturday a major relaxation of the world’s biggest coronavirus lockdown from early June, except for so-called “containment zones” with high numbers of infections. A home ministry order said that places of religious worship, hotels, restaurants and shopping malls “will be allowed” to operate from June 8, while educational establishments will be opened “after consultations” with Indian state authorities. The announcement came even after the world’s second-most populous country announced another record daily rise in infections, taking the total to more than 85,000 cases with almost…

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Nigeria releases new guidelines for international flights operations

By Agencies Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, Thursday, released new guidelines for international flights operations during the current Covid-19 pandemic for Nigerian based crew. Under the new rules, Nigerian crew operating international flights must now wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and observe Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures for the duration of the flight. This is just as the flight crew will now undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 every 14 days at cost to the Air Operator upon return to Nigeria , instead of the current quarantine in an…

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Premier League set for June 17 return

By Agencies The Premier League will return to action on June 17, more than three months after the season was halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a BBC report. Representatives from all 20 clubs met on Thursday, 24 hours after teams agreed to the second phase of restarting the season with players working in larger groups. Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players. The four teams that have games in hand will restart…

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Vladimir Putin spokesman tests positive for coronavirus

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said he tested positive for the coronavirus and was receiving treatment in hospital, news agencies reported. “I am ill. I’m being treated,” Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies TASS and Interfax, which specified he had COVID-19. Peskov is the fourth senior government official to have fallen ill, after Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev said they tested positive for the coronavirus. None were reported to be in a serious condition, with…

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COVID-19: Relieving Okowa’s Worthy Initiatives

    By FIDELIS EGUGBO   The social media has provided a means for people to express themselves freely without much hindrance. The fact that the laws on restricting its usage in Nigeria is loose has also given room for some people to make wild and unsubstantiated claims and move on without considering the damages caused by their false posts. Coronavirus disease, otherwise known as Covid-19, is changing the world order and the fact that most people have access to information via smartphones, further buttresses the reality that the world…

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Pompeo says ‘significant’ evidence that new coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the new coronavirus emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not dispute U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it was not man-made. “There is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan,” Pompeo told ABC’s “This Week,” referring to the virus that emerged late last year in China and has killed about 240,000 people around the world, including more than 67,000 in the United States. Pompeo then briefly contradicted a…

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Mauritius extends lockdown to June 1

Mauritius on Friday announced the extension of its lockdown until June 1, even as coronavirus cases appeared to plateau in the island nation where the number of victims has not changed in five days. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth asked the population of the Indian ocean Island for “a little more patience, to avoid any risk of a second wave” as he extended confinement measures that have been in place since March 20 — among the first in Africa. Mauritius — a popular tourist hotspot — initially had the highest number…

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Malaysia rounding up migrants to contain coronavirus spread-police

Malaysian authorities are rounding up undocumented migrants as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, the country’s police chief said late on Friday, after hundreds of migrants and refugees were detained in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Over 700 migrants were taken into custody, including young children and ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, during Friday’s raid in a downtown area where thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers live, rights groups had said. The operation was aimed at preventing undocumented migrants from travelling to other areas amid movement curbs imposed to…

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