Nigeria: Nollywood star arraigned for breaching coronavirus rules

Funke Akindele was arrested for throwing a birthday party during the lockdown in Lagos, police say. A popular Nigerian actress has been arraigned in court for throwing a birthday party during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country’s commercial capital, Lagos. Funke Akindele, a Nollywood film star popularly known as Jenifa, and her husband pleaded guilty in […]

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Boris Johnson receiving oxygen, does not require ventilator

Johnson was stable overnight in intensive care and is in good spirits as he fights coronavirus, says UK PM’s spokesman. London, United Kingdom – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is battling worsening coronavirus symptoms, was stable during his first night in an intensive care unit at a London hospital, the PM’s spokesman said on Tuesday. “The prime minister has […]

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'Dire shortage' of equipment to fight coronavirus in Zimbabwe

Medics accuse the government of failing to put in place measures to protect health practitioners across the country. Medics in Zimbabwe have warned there is a “dire shortage” of ventilators, oxygen tanks, biohazard suits and N95 face masks for healthcare professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights complained about inadequate screening of people […]

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Somalia struggles with coronavirus as infections go undetected

Experts believe actual tally of cases is much higher than current numbers due to country’s limited testing capacity. Six weeks after registering its first coronavirus case, Somalia on Monday had confirmed 480 infections out of 764 people tested for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease that has disrupted life worldwide.  The figures, given to Al Jazeera by Dr Abdirizak Yusuf […]

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Bolsonaro taps family friend as Brazil top cop, Supreme Court OKs probe

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday named a family friend to head the federal police, days after his justice minister quit and accused the president of meddling in law enforcement, triggering talk of impeachment and a criminal investigation approved by the Supreme Court. The government’s official gazette confirmed the appointment of new federal police chief Alexandre Ramagem, […]

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City planner resigns after tossing cat during Zoom meeting

A California official who cursed, drank and threw his cat during a Zoom meeting has resigned from his post, amid growing calls for city leaders to throw the book at him over the incident. Vallejo, Calif., city planner Chris Platzer stepped down from the job on Saturday over the incident, which occurred during an online meeting with the city’s planning […]

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Greece plans gradual relaxation of lockdown measures

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday restrictions on citizens’ movements would be lifted and more shops allowed to reopen from May 4 in a gradual easing of a lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Greece has so far registered 2,566 coronavirus cases including 138 deaths, much fewer than many other European […]

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