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Burundi, Botswanna, Sierra Leone confirm coronavirus index cases

Sierra Leone has confirmed its first Covid-19 case, after a 37-year-old male travelled from France on March 16 via Air Brussels.
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.
The United Arab Emirates has launched a drive-through coronavirus testing facility as part of the Gulf state’s efforts to fight the disease, the Abu Dhabi government’s media office announced.

UAE opens drive-through virus testing facility

The United Arab Emirates has launched a drive-through coronavirus testing facility as part of the Gulf state’s efforts to fight the disease, the Abu Dhabi government’s media office announced.
Dubai-based mega carrier, Emirates Airlines, has stopped flight operations to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos until the airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) is fixed.

Emirates to suspend passenger flights from March 25

“Today we made the decision to temporarily suspend all passenger flights by 25 March 2020,” the airline said on Twitter.

Prominent Nigerians linked to 800 properties worth N164 billion in Dubai

The chairman of the forum of governors elected on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Bagudu, and a senator representing Enugu west senatorial district, Ike Ekweremadu, are among serving political office holders named to be part of 334 prominent Nigerians who are linked to 800 properties scattered around the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Kenya Airways planes are seen parked during a pilots strike organised by Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS-Thomas Mukoya

IATA: Mideast, Africa airlines in crisis as coronavirus stifles demand

Middle East and African airlines are in crisis with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk from the coronavirus outbreak, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday, calling for state intervention.

Ecobank announces new appointments and changes on the board

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, ETI, the Lome-based parent company of the Ecobank Group, announces two new appointments and changes on its Board of Directors.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said late on Monday that Turkey had 29 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 47 since the first positive test was announced on March 11.

Turkey suspends mass prayers, shuts cafes, cinemas to contain coronavirus

Turkey has suspended congregational prayers in mosques and closed cafes, cinemas, and sports venues to contain the spread of coronavirus as the confirmed cases climbed to 47.
Separately, the country's ruling Sovereign Council on Monday decided to close all airports, land and sea border crossings, except to humanitarian aid, spokesman Mohammad al-Fakki Suleiman told journalists.

Coronavirus: Sudan declares state of emergency, restricts travel

Sudan's top security body, the Security and Defence Council, "decided today to announce a state of medical emergency in the country to tackle the coronavirus," it said in a statement, without giving further details.
A regional minister in Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus spreads to 18 African nations

Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, giving the disease a foothold in 18 countries on the African continent.

Oil prices sink further

Oil prices fell for the second straight day on Thursday amid a broad decline in global markets after the United States banned travel from Europe following the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
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: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, others report more cases

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Egypt have recorded more cases of the novel coronavirus.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, orchestrated the forcible return home of Sheikha Shamsa from Britain in 2000, the High Court ruled earlier this week.

UK police review probe into abduction of Dubai ruler’s daughter

British police said Saturday they were reviewing an investigation into the disappearance of the ruler of Dubai’s daughter after a court found that she had been abducted by her father.
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.
This undated photograph released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, shows the under-construction Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi's Western desert (Arun Girija-WAM via AP, File)

UAE issues reactor licence for first Arab nuclear power plant

The United Arab Emirates said Monday it has issued a licence for a reactor at its Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world, hailing it as a “historic moment”.
TEHRAN, IRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.

Hassan Rouhani: Donald Trump doesn’t want war ahead of 2020 election

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he doesn’t believe the U.S. will pursue war with his country, because it will harm President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.
Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.

Google removes ‘spying’ app ToTok from android play store again

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has suspended sponsorship of conference attendance for Nigerian lecturers over allegations of fraudulent practices by many the beneficiaries.

TETFund suspends conference attendance sponsorship for lecturers

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has suspended sponsorship of conference attendance for Nigerian lecturers over allegations of fraudulent practices by many the beneficiaries.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police confirm death of 22 in Sokoto bandits’ attack, foil ambush

The Police in Sokoto on Thursday confirmed the death of 22 villagers in the state following sporadic shooting by suspected bandits in Gangara community.
The Cross River Commissioner for health, Dr Betta Edu has restated the state’s preparedness to tackle Coronavirus if it eventually gets to the state.

Cross River suspected coronavirus case tests negative

Confirming the report to newsmen on phone Thursday night, Edu said the case from UCTH that went viral on the various social platform came out negative.

President Buhari’s daughter rejoins family after self-isolation

The daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari who went on self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, UK, two weeks ago has rejoined the family.
Nigeria has confirmed 12 new casesof coronavirus with total number of cases in the country rising to 151.

Coronavirus hits 51 of 55 nations of Africa

Malawi recorded three cases, on Thursday, as the number of cases in Africa struck 6,940 with 278 deaths and 567 recoveries as of 8.30p.m.

WHO concerned as coronavirus accelerates in Africa

With more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent.