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A refrigerated trailer serving as a temporary morgue at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

New York’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 9/11

As New York City faced one of its darkest days with the death toll from the coronavirus surging past 4,000 — more than the number killed on 9/11 — the Chinese city where the global pandemic began lifted its final restrictions on movement Wednesday as deaths there plummeted.
China, the coronavirus pandemic’s original epicentre reported 47 new infections, all of them recent arrivals from abroad.

China reports zero coronavirus deaths over past day

There were also no new locally transmitted infections in the original epicenter of the disease, in Hubei province, and across mainland China, the National Health Commission said.
A research assistant holds coronavirus test samples. Peter Steffen-dpa via AP

Tokyo records high rise in new coronavirus cases

Tokyo on Sunday recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the number of people, who have tested positive for it, to over 1,000.
On an abandoned sidewalk in Baghdad, a city under strict government curfew to contain the novel coronavirus, a handful of volunteers with masks and gloves make food packages for needy families.

Iraqis rally to help needy families as coronavirus hits, economy falters

On an abandoned sidewalk in Baghdad, a city under strict government curfew to contain the novel coronavirus, a handful of volunteers with masks and gloves make food packages for needy families.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran says low-risk economic activities to resume from April 11

Iran’s president said on Sunday “low-risk” economic activities would resume from April 11 in the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the new coronavirus.

Togo suspends two newspapers over French complaint

Authorities in Togo should lift the suspensions of the Liberté, L’Alternative, and Fraternité newspapers and ensure all media are free to cover politics and all other newsworthy topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Nigeria has confirmed 12 new casesof coronavirus with total number of cases in the country rising to 151.

South Korea coronavirus infections pass 10,000 mark

The number of coronavirus infections in South Korea passed the 10,000 mark, health authorities said on Friday, with 86 new cases recorded since the previous day.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Nigerian authorities must uphold human rights in fight to curb coronavirus

The Nigerian authorities must adopt a rights-respecting approach and give clear instructions to security agencies not to abuse their powers as the nation tightens its effort to tame the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation, has said.

US evacuates national who tested positive for coronavirus in Nigeria

The U.S. has evacuated its national who tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria and was being treated at the Infectious Disease Centre in Lagos, an official has said.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCTA to enforce cessation of movement over coronavirus

In a bid to stem the spread of the Coronavirus Disease, the Federal Capital Territory Administration will enforce the cessation of movement order placed on the FCT by President Muhammadu Buhari to the letter. =
Prominent cleric Augustine Yiga has been accused by the Uganda prosecutors of telling his congregation their is no coronavirus in Uganda and Africa.

Pastor jailed for ‘claiming coronavirus doesn’t exist in Africa’

Prominent cleric, Augustine Yiga, has been accused by the Uganda prosecutors of telling his congregation their is no coronavirus in Uganda and Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said the federal government will provide relief materials for residents of Lagos and Abuja whom he ordered to stay-at-home as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Nigerians brace for lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus

Over 20 million Nigerians on Monday scrambled to prepare for lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggled to curb the spread of coronavirus.
A member of the nursing staff at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, March 27, 2020. Stephane de Sakutin, AFP

France records 292 deaths in a day, total death toll now 2,606

French health authorities reported 292 new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, up 13% on the previous day and taking the total to 2,606 since March 1, as the government raced to relieve pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in the east.
A security guard controls a crowd queuing outside a bank on March 23, 2020, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. – On March 23, 2020, Zimbabwe announced a first COVID-19 coronavirus related death. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY - AFP)

Zimbabwe begins coronavirus lockdown

Zimbabwean authorities on Monday began enforcing a three-week lockdown in its fight against the spread of coronavirus after the disease left one person dead and infected six others.
Illinois health authorities are carrying out an investigation into the state’s first known death of an infant from the novel coronavirus. David Crosling-AAP

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.

Air ambulance crashes in Philippines

An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.

SERAP seeks weekly publication of spending details on coronavirus

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal Government to publish weekly details of the exact funds and other resources allocated by the authorities.
Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported on Sunday.

Saudi seizes five million illegally stored medical masks

Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported on Sunday.

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Nigeria records 22 new coronavirus cases, total now 276

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Wednesday evening that fifteen of the cases are Lagos, four in FCT, two in Bauchi and one is Edo
Following the arrival of the 15-member Chinese medical team, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have declared they will not allow the Chinese attend or touch any patient.

Chinese medics can’t attend to our patients – Nigerian doctors

Following the arrival of the 15-member Chinese medical team, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) have declared they will not allow the Chinese attend or touch any patient.

Coronavirus: Doctor’s death in Katsina causes panic in Kogi

There was palpable panic on Wednesday in Kogi when the news of the death of a medical doctor in Katsina who was an indigene of the state filtered into the state.

NUPENG seeks justice over killing of Abia petrol station worker

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has expressed outrage over the killing of one of its members, Chibuisi Chikezie Okameme, aged 26, a petrol station worker in Abia State, on April 5.
Residents of parts of Port Harcourt were forced off the streets on Tuesday by security personnel as Gov. Nyesom Wike imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the state.

Rivers governor dares federal government, declares Carveton helicopters ‘persona non grata’

The Rivers State Government has shut down Carveton Helicopters in the state for endangering the lives of Rivers people over what it tagged as “suspicious operation of the company in the state.”