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A man wearing a protective mask due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), looks on as people celebrate a wedding party on a yacht along the bank of the Nile rive before the start of a night-time curfew in Cairo, Egypt, April 2, 2020.REUTERS

Face masks do reduce spread of flu and some coronaviruses – study

Face masks could help limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers who studied the effect of surgical masks on the transmission of other corona and flu viruses.
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.
A German army shipment of six million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus has vanished in Kenya, the defence ministry in Berlin confirmed Tuesday.

Experts say face masks can help slow coronavirus, despite previous claims

To mask or not to mask, that is the question. But scientists now think you may want to put a face mask on it after all — if you have one.

Odion Ighalo set for Manchester United stay as Obafemi Martins prepares to join Shanghai

Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins is on the verge of a return to Shanghai Shenhua, Chinese media have reported, increasing the likelihood Odion Ighalo will make his stay at Manchester United a permanent one this summer.
A biopharmaceutical employee at CureVac demonstrates research for a coronavirus vaccine at a lab in Tuebingen, Germany, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Andreas Gebert - Reuters

Coronavirus now in Tanzania, Somalia as East Africa starts closures

Tanzania and Somalia on Monday became the latest East Africa countries to confirm their first cases of coronavirus, as neighbouring countries shuttered borders and schools as fears of contagion rose.
Austria said Wednesday it will close its national museums and suspend all remaining trains to neighboring Italy to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases soar to 154,620 globally

The number of novel coronavirus cases globally stood at 154,620 with 5,796 deaths, across 139 countries and territories at 0900 GMT Sunday, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
Formula One group CEO Chase Carey, Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Paul Little, Race director Michael Masi and Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO Andrew Westacott during a press conference after it was announced the Australian Grand Prix would be cancelled after a McLaren team member tested positive for coronavirus REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

How the coronavirus has hit global sport

AFP looks at the effects on the sport of the coronavirus, which by Thursday had killed over 4,600 people while infecting more than 127,000 in 115 countries and territories.
Stock markets in Asia were mixed Wednesday, after a day of rebound from a market plunge on worries over the oil market and a coronavirus outbreak.

Stocks mixed after day of rebound

Stock markets in Asia were mixed Wednesday, after a day of rebound from a market plunge on worries over the oil market and a coronavirus outbreak.
Inovio CEO Joseph Kim said that the company designed DNA vaccine INO-4800 in just three hours after the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was published.

Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that has killed more than 3,630 people worldwide following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
At least 19 people have now died in the United States from the coronavirus as the virus spread to 30 states with the latest of the hundreds of confirmed cases nationwide reported in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York.

Coronavirus death toll rises to 3,595 globally

The number of novel coronavirus cases globally stood at 109,032, including 3,595 deaths, across 99 countries and territories by 1700 GMT Sunday, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources.
Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said Saturday.

How coronavirus has hit global sport

The Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and England was postponed on Thursday, the latest high-profile sports event to be scratched from the international calendar due to the global spread of the deadly coronavirus.
China’s National Health Commission, on Tuesday, says no fewer than 12,552 have recovered in Chinese mainland out of 72,528 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

China, South Korea, Italy lead as coronavirus cases rise to 93,108 across 81 countries

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the world rose to 93,108, including 3,201 deaths, across 81 countries and territories by 0900 GMT Wednesday, according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources.
In an effort to control the spread of the new virus ‘Coronavirus’, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam has ordered on Tuesday that the city would sharply cut the number of visitors from mainland China.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

Four chartered flights have been arranged to repatriate Hong Kong citizens from around Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the spreading coronavirus epidemic, says Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
China on Sunday reported 573 new infections, the highest figure in a week after a dip. All but three of them were in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

China says eight nationals who worked in Italy test positive for Coronavirus

China reported on Tuesday an increase in cases of the new coronavirus coming from abroad, as the country where the disease first emerged now worries about importing infections.
China’s National Health Commission, on Tuesday, says no fewer than 12,552 have recovered in Chinese mainland out of 72,528 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Over 85,000 infected globally by coronavirus, over 2,900 deaths — list

The coronavirus outbreak that began in China has infected more than 85,000 people globally.
Japanese officials tried to flush away “rumors” of a coronavirus-fueled toilet paper shortage in the country Friday, according to reports.

Japan asks residents to stop hoarding toilet paper amid coronavirus fears

Japanese officials tried to flush away “rumors” of a coronavirus-fueled toilet paper shortage in the country Friday, according to reports.
Coronavirus - Self-isolation is nowhere near as dramatic as having to live in a Hazmat suit in a tent. Stefano Guidi-Getty Images

Coronavirus: Pet dog quarantined in Hong Kong

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said it was to run further tests on the animal to determine whether it has contracted the disease, or if the result was caused by environmental contamination of the dog’s mouth and nose.
The National Symphony Orchestra cancelled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic.

National symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus

The National Symphony Orchestra cancelled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic.

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has rejected the planned arrival of a Chinese medical team to assist the country in its coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
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Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases hit 232

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Shenzhen, a city in southeastern China, has become the first city in the country to ban the consumption of pets, such as cats and dogs, CNN has reported.

Chinese city bans consumption of dog, cats, others

Shenzhen, a city in southeastern China, has become the first city in the country to ban the consumption of pets, such as cats and dogs, CNN has reported.
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Nigeria confirms 8 more coronavirus cases, 32 discharged

As at 09:30 pm 5th April there are 232 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Thirty-three have been discharged with five deaths.
“Stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, as he unveiled unprecedented peacetime measures after the country’s death toll climbed to 335.

British premier Boris Johnson hospitalised over coronavirus infection

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital over his coronavirus infection.