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Paul Theroux Recalls A Fear-Filled Lockdown

In 1966, the writer was in Uganda at a time of curfew and violence. It shaped his thinking about travel writing’s imperative to bear witness.
Tags: News, Africa, Uganda, Epidemics, Plague, Paul Theroux, Amin, IDI, Travel and Vacations, Curfews, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


What We Know — and Don’t Know — About Possible Coronavirus Treatments Promoted by Trump

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump’s excitement about decades-old anti-malarial drugs to treat the coronavirus has touched off widespread interest in the medications, hoarding by some doctors, new clinical trials on the fly and desperation among patients who take them for other conditions. Many experts say there isn’t...
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Spain’s Hospitals Are At Their Breaking Point As COVID-19 Cases Mount

MADRID (AP) — Spain overtook China on Monday in confirmed coronavirus infections as the pandemic stretched scores of Spanish hospitals to their breaking point. As confirmed virus deaths in New York surpassed 1,000, President Donald Trump extended stay-at-home recommendations for a month in an abrupt turnaround. With a population of only 47 million people to China’s 1.4 billion, Spain’s tally of infections reached 85,195, an 8% rise from the previous day but down from earlier increases that had r...
Tags: Europe, Japan, New York, News, Australia, China, Russia, Berlin, India, New York City, Africa, West Virginia, Spain, Ap, Rome, Britain


Coronavirus: Moscow and Lagos in lockdown as countries tighten restrictions

Global death toll passes 34,000 and 725,000 have been infected as 3bn people live in isolationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s largest city and Africa’s most populous capital have gone into lockdown and countries including the US have prolonged and tightened already strict confinement orders as the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe.Moscow on Monday imposed strict isolation measures after many residents ignored official requests to stay ...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Nigeria, Africa, US, Spain, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Italy, Moscow, Lagos, Coronavirus outbreak


A World Turned Upside-Down

In 1966, the writer Paul Theroux was in Uganda at a time of curfew and violence. It shaped his thinking about travel writing’s imperative to bear witness.
Tags: News, Africa, Uganda, Epidemics, Plague, Paul Theroux, Amin, IDI, Travel and Vacations, Curfews, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


India’s Virus Emergency Is Only Just Beginning

(Bloomberg) -- It’s a mass exodus not seen since the days following India’s independence in 1947.Hundreds of thousands of the country’s poorest citizens are walking long distances from cities back to their villages, carrying what little they have on their shoulders along major highways. Many lost their jobs and housing virtually overnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-week lockdown on March 24.The decision is aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19 in a country of 1.3 bil...
Tags: Hong Kong, New York, News, Labor, Australia, Navy, Russia, India, Nigeria, Africa, Narendra Modi, General Motors, Spain, Bloomberg, European Union, Joe Biden


Elephant review – Meghan Markle adds schmaltz to Disney yarn

The Duchess of Sussex has provided the voiceover – including plenty of unverifiable comment – for this sugary documentary about elephant migrationLast autumn, before she and her husband made it into their current Californian lockdown, Meghan Markle recorded the narration for this lavish new documentary from the Disneynature production unit, streaming on Disney+, her fee being a donation to the Elephants Without Borders conservation charity working in Botswana. The film shows the annual, dramatic...
Tags: Film, Animals, Africa, Environment, Disney, UK News, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Elton John, David Attenborough, Sussex, Botswana, Zambezi, Gaïa, Okavango Delta


Africa's paradox: It may be the worst and best place to ride out coronavirus

COVID-19 may compound difficulties in a part of the world that's long grappled with conflict, humanitarian disaster and infrastructure inadequacies. Yet Africa has deep experience fighting infectious disease and a very young population.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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We Ugandans are used to lockdowns and poor healthcare. But we’re terrified

Coronavirus has given President Yoweri Museveni an opportunity to further clamp down on freedoms In Uganda, for the first time since 2013, more than three people can legally meet without needing to inform the police. Last week, parts of the Public Order Management Act, a law used to gag political opponents, was declared unconstitutional. But most Ugandans are staying away from crowds and keeping at home to control the spread of coronavirus.The government moved quickly to close schools and univer...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus in Africa: Christians urged to worship from home

Church leaders in Nigeria and Kenya urge Christians to fight coronavirus by not going to church.
Tags: News, Nigeria, Africa, Kenya


South African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers amid lockdown

Country records over 1,100 Covid-19 cases as fears about impact of coronavirus in African continent mountCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage South African police and soldiers have used rubber bullets to enforce lockdown after hundreds of shoppers gathered outside a supermarket in Johannesburg.The incident came on Saturday, the second day of the 21-day lockdown that was ordered last week by president Cyril Ramaphosa to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Continue readi...
Tags: Africa, World news, South Africa, Johannesburg, Cyril Ramaphosa, Coronavirus outbreak


South African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during Covid-19 lockdown

Officers use whips to enforce social distancing rules outside popular supermarket Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage South African police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown have fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg, an AFP photographer has said. Related: Wuhan eases quarantine as coronavirus cases in US pass 100,000 Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, US, World news, South Africa, Johannesburg, Wuhan, Afp, Coronavirus outbreak


Scientists discover three new species of pterosaurs in the Sahara

Reptiles inhabited prehistoric Morocco 100m years agoScientists have discovered three new species of flying reptiles that lived in the Sahara 100m years ago.Prof David Martill, a palaeontologist at the University of Portsmouth, made the discovery with a team of researchers from Morocco and the US. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Sahara, University of Portsmouth, David Martill


Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Cases across Africa were set to climb above 4,000 late Saturday.
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Trump Copies New Orleans’ Tragic 1853 Yellow Fever Playbook

After two weeks of skyrocketing coronavirus cases, Orleans Parish—the Louisiana county that includes the city of New Orleans—on Friday recorded the highest per capita death rate in the U.S. from COVID-19, according to The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate. With 997 cases and 46 deaths (more than half of the state’s total fatalities) reported by health officials, the city where jazz began has seen deaths surge to 11.76 deaths per 100,000 people, almost twice that of the second highest rank...
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Uganda's crackdown on public gatherings ruled unconstitutional

Swipe at lawmakers as judge says only ‘undemocratic and authoritarian regimes’ seek to ban peaceful protests Government opponents and human rights activists have welcomed a decision by Uganda’s constitutional court to overturn legislation that gave police “supernatural powers” to stop public gatherings and protests.“It is only in undemocratic and authoritarian regimes that peaceful protests and public gatherings of a political nature are not tolerated,” said Justice Cheborion Barishaki in a on...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Global development, Governance, Yoweri Museveni, Cheborion Barishaki


Record rise in Italy Covid-19 death toll, Irish PM says stay home for two weeks – as it happened

This blog is closed. Please follow live coverage on our new blog here 12.15am GMT I’m handing over to the team in Australia now. Thanks so much for joining me. Here are the developments in the global coronavirus outbreak this evening: 10.13pm GMT After many delays, and then a series of tweets earlier today, US President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to built ventilators for hospitals, he announced at the White House’s daily coronavirus brief...
Tags: Europe, Australia, White House, China, Africa, US, General Motors, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Donald Trump


Coronavirus: record rise in Italy death toll, Irish PM says stay home for two weeks – as it happened

This blog is closed. Please follow live coverage on our new blog here 12.15am GMT I’m handing over to the team in Australia now. Thanks so much for joining me. Here are the developments in the global coronavirus outbreak this evening: 10.13pm GMT After many delays, and then a series of tweets earlier today, US President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to built ventilators for hospitals, he announced at the White House’s daily coronavirus brief...
Tags: Europe, Australia, White House, China, Africa, US, General Motors, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Donald Trump


Coronavirus live news: record rise in Italy death toll as Irish PM tells people to stay home for two weeks

Varadkar brings in new restrictions; Spain records highest daily death toll; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceItaly records 969 coronavirus deaths dashing hopes of turnaroundUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 10.13pm GMT After many delays, and then a series of tweets earlier today, US President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to compel General M...
Tags: Europe, White House, China, Africa, US, General Motors, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, New Zealand


Europe Wasn’t Ready for Coronavirus. It May Never Fully Recover.

On November 28th, 2019, the European Union officially and solemnly declared the "climate emergency," in a ceremony presided over by the would-be 17-year-old prophet Greta Thunberg. Today, almost four months later, in the midst of a real emergency, the only thing that remains official and solemn in that declaration is its ridiculousness. That, and the no-holds-barred death match between the Union's partners to seize containers of respirators and face masks destined for other countries in orde...
Tags: Europe, UK, News, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Africa, Spain, European Union, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tokyo, Holland, Union


Coronavirus live news: record rise in Italy death toll takes total to 9,134, as France extends lockdown by two weeks

Spain records highest daily death toll; China closes borders; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUK coronavirus – liveUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 5.15pm GMT In a move that will puzzle many, Sweden has refused to shut bars and restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters reports on the situation on the ground in the country’s capital, Stockholm:The words ...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, France, China, Africa, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, New Zealand, Boris Johnson


Libya fighting intensifies as rival forces defy UN call for global ceasefire

Factions step up offensives while international actors distracted by coronavirus pandemicLibyan armed factions have defied a UN call for a “global ceasefire” by escalating fighting across the country, with forces loyal to eastern warlord Gen Khalifa Haftar claiming to have gained control of a string of towns in the north-west.A spokesman for Haftar said his forces, the Libyan National Army (LNA), had also repulsed an offensive by the UN-backed government of national accord designed to capture it...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, Tripoli, Haftar, Gen Khalifa Haftar, Libyan National Army LNA


With Most Coronavirus Cases in Africa, South Africa Locks Down

South Africa is now the epicenter of the pandemic in Africa, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases across the country’s nine provinces.
Tags: News, Africa, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Cyril, Ramaphosa, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19, Africa South Africa Locks Down


Coronavirus live news: France extends lockdown by further two weeks, as Italy is warned it has not yet reached peak

Spain records highest daily death toll; China closes borders; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUK coronavirus – liveUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 4.26pm GMT There have been more than half a million confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide and in excess of 20,000 deaths, says the World Health Organization’s director-general, who is giving a press conference live.More...
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Africa's web of creditors complicates coronavirus debt relief

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON (Reuters) - Africa is crying out for debt relief to weather a perfect storm of coronavirus, plummeting oil and commodity prices, mounting budget deficits and weaker currencies. When the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank launched their Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt relief program in 1996, African nations mainly owed money to wealthy countries and multilateral institutions.
Tags: News, Africa, World Bank, Imf, JOHANNESBURG LONDON, Reuters Africa, HIPC


Coronavirus live news: Spain records highest daily death toll as Italy is warned it has not yet reached peak

South Africa records first Covid-19 deaths; China closes borders; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUK coronavirus – liveUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 3.17pm GMT It appears icy relations between Washington and Beijing are thawing as Chinese president Xi Jinping told Donald Trump on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus.There has ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Washington, China, Africa, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa


Africa lockdowns begin as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000

Uganda, Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected.
Tags: News, Africa, Angola, Uganda Eritrea


Coronavirus live news: Spain records highest single-day death toll and withdraws 'inaccurate' testing kits

South Africa records first Covid-19 deaths; China closes borders; UK records biggest daily rise in deathsCoronavirus latest – at a glanceUK coronavirus – liveUS now has more cases than any other countryXi Jinping calls on Trump to improve US-China relationsSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.21am GMT For all live UK coronavirus news, please do read our UK facing live blog Related: UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19 11.17am GMT The BBC is reporting that the ...
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Minibuses keep Kenya’s wheels turning amid Covid-19 fears – in pictures

Matatus, the shared, tightly-packed minibuses popular throughout the country, are feared to be a weak link in efforts to contain coronavirus, but conductors are working to make journeys as hygienic as possibleAll photographs by Joost Bastmeijer Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Kenya, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak, Joost Bastmeijer


Coronavirus live news: French hospitals to reach capacity in 48 hours; US must improve relations, Xi says

South Africa records first Covid-19 deaths; China closes borders; UK records biggest daily rise in deathsCoronavirus latest – at a glanceUK coronavirus – liveUS now has more cases than any other countryXi Jinping calls on Trump to improve US-China relationsSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.23am GMT Authorities in Bosnia have ordered the transfer of thousands of migrants to a remote camp in Lipa, a village about 25 kilometres from the border with Croatia, due to the coronavirus outbreak in ...
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