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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Sudan announces first Coronavirus death

Sudan has reported its first confirmed coronavirus case after a man died in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Sudan made the announcement on Friday, March 13, following the death of a 50-year-old man the night before.

The man had visited the United Arab Emirates in the first week of March, the health ministry said in a statement.

Sudan on Thursday announced a series of measures against the novel coronavirus. It closed its land border with Egypt and suspended visa issuance and flight services from eight countries, including China, Iran, Italy, Spain, Japan and Egypt, a government statement said. Bus trips to Egypt have also been suspended.

Sudan would stop granting visas to nationals of those countries and Sudanese were advised not to travel to them.

Mass gatherings have been discouraged, and the government has asked the health ministry and military medical services to prepare quarantine centres.

Coronavirus: Trump declares national emergency, warns he may add UK to list of 26 countries banned from traveling to the US

US President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the Coronavirus epidemic, a move that will free up about $50b from federal resources to fight the virus while also indicating he could add the United Kingdom to the list of 26 countries banned from entering the US .

The move loosens regulations on the provision of healthcare and could speed up testing which has been criticised widely as being slow.

There are now 1,701 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 40 deaths and Trump says the emergency declaration will allow the federal government to tap up to $50bn in emergency relief funds while also loosening regulations on the provision of healthcare that could speed up testing of the virus nationally.

"We may have to include them in the list of countries that we will, you could say, ban or whatever it is, during this period of time," Trump said when asked why he did not include the UK on the list.

"The numbers have gone up fairly precipitously over the last 24 hours. "‘We may be adding (the UK), and we may be adding a couple of others, and we may frankly start thinking about taking some off,’ Trump said.

Trump flanked by Vice-president Mike Pence and members of the US Coronavirus response team at the Rose Garden said the emergency orders issued will also "confer broad new authorities" to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. so he can deal with the virus.

Azar will be able to "waive provisions of applicable laws and regulations to give doctors, hospitals — all hospitals — and health care providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus," he said.

Trump also claimed that the private sector will provide 5 million coronavirus tests within a month and he didn't want everyone taking the test unless necessary.

“We don't want people to take a test if we feel that they shouldn’t be doing it. And we don’t want everybody running out and taking — only if you have certain symptoms," Trump said.

“We don’t want everybody taking this test. It’s totally unnecessary,"

President Trump on Friday also said that the threat of coronavirus to young, healthy Americans "remains very low," but warned that "anyone can be a carrier" of the virus.

"While the risks to young and healthy Americans remains very low — read a lot about this in the last two weeks — anyone can be a carrier for the virus and risk transmission to older Americans and those with underlying health conditions, and those who are most at risk, they have not done very well," Trump said in the Rose Garden.

He continued: "Older Americans, who are — especially if they have a health problem — have not done well. We must take all precautions and be responsible for the actions that we take."

How I was manhandled by Police, DSS, others - Sanusi

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has opened up on how he was allegedly manhandled by security agents from the police, DSS and others in their effort to force him out the Emir palace and banish him to Nasarawa state after his dethronement by the Kano state government.

The former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria who insisted that he wasn't given a fair hearing before being dethroned in the lawsuit he filed on Thursday March 12 to challenge his detention and confinement in Awe, said that he was harassed and forced out of the palace without being allowed to pick up his personal belongings.

Sanusi accused the Kano State Commissioner of Police of putting out an order for him to be flown to Abuja without his family members in another aircraft.

The deposed Emir's Chief of Staff, Da Buram Kano said in an affidavit attached to the lawsuit;

“I verily believe the state government purportedly removed the applicant from office as the Emir Kano on March 9, 2020 without any basis or justification whatsoever and was not given any hearing on any allegation on which his removal was predicated.

“The applicant is however, not challenging his removal as Emir of Kano in this suit.”

"Sanusi's forcible relocation from the Palace of the Emir of Kano to Abuja, and later Nasarawa State, he has not been able to meet or unite with his wives, children, relatives and friends and that his rights have been severely curtailed.

“I know for a fact that the CP refused the applicant’s requests for protection and to carry his family with him to Lagos and stated that he had no such instructions from above, but instead directed that the applicant be flown to Abuja and then taken to Nasarawa State.

“In order not to jeopardise his safety or the safety of any member of his family or indeed other persons around, the applicant cooperated and proceeded in the vehicles provided by officers under the command of the respondents.

“They said the Commissioner of Police, along with other officers under the command of the respondents, harassed and rushed the applicant out of the Emir Palace, Kano, without letting him take any personal belongings and personal effects, along with him as they took him into their waiting vehicles.

“The applicant was then taken in company with loads of armed men, being officers under the command of the respondents, to the Nigerian, Air Force Base in Kano where he was put in a private aircraft to Abuja and departed Kano at about 6.40pm.

“The applicant was separated from his family who were also carried out of the palace.

“Upon arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, he was conveyed first to Lafia, then to Loko area of Nasarawa State, after being driven for about seven hours in the dead of the night.

“On March 10, 2020, he was taken back to Lafia and from there to Awe in Nasarawa State.

“That the applicant is personally being detained in Nasarawa State by agents of the first and second respondents (IG and DG of the DSS), purporting to carry out the orders of the third and fourth respondents (Muktar and Malami).

"Sanusi has not been alleged to be a threat to peace and security but rather cooperated with the officers under the command of the respondents, and has since his travails under the hand of the officers under the command of the respondents issued public statement of peace for order, for reconciliation, for cooperation with the new Emir and the avoidance of any security breach or conflict.”

Sanusi also asked the court to order the respondents to pay him N50m as damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional arrest and detention, and also publish an unreserved written apology in at least three national dailies for a breach of his fundamental human rights.

The dethroned monarch also sought for a restraining order against the respondents and their agents from banishing him from Kano or any other place of his choice, which according to him will be a violation of his fundamental right to reside in any part of Nigeria.

Recall that Justice Anwuili Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the immediate release of dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from confinement/detention in Awe community in Nasarawa state on Friday March 13. The case was subsequently adjourned to March 26 for further hearing.

The respondents to the application are, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu; the Director General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN.

Ellen DeGeneres announces that The Ellen Show will suspend production amid coronavirus fears

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has suspended production until the end of March due to the ongoing coronavirus threat.

Host Ellen DeGeneres announced the news via her Twitter page on Friday night.

“Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored.” DeGeneres tweeted.

Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 13, 2020

News of the suspension comes a day after she announced they would follow in the steps of other popular shows by scrapping her live audience because of the deadly coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Barcelona stars including Lionel Messi go into quarantine

Spanish giants, Barcelona is the latest club to be hit by the coronavirus outbreak as the whole squad including Lionel Messi have been quarantined.

The news comes days after their arch-rivals Real Madrid's squad were also put on lockdown after a player from the club's basketball team tested positive for coronavirus at their training HQ.

Barcelona have now been forced to suspend all activity until further notice with players told to undertake personalised regimes at home.

The decision was made after meeting on Friday, which was attended by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a series of medical professionals.

A statement from Barcelona read: "Given the health situation and following the recommendations of the Club's medical managers, the first soccer team suspends all its activity until further notice.

"This decision was made after the meeting held this morning by the first football team with President Josep Maria Bartomeu, Dr. Jaume Padros ??and Dr. Antoni Trilla."

The Spanish LaLiga has also been suspended two-week because of the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta reveals he is recovering well after testing positive for coronavirus

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta has revealed he is "feeling better already" after he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Posting on Twitter, the 37-year-old spaniard wrote: 'Thanks for your words and support. Feeling better already. We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge. Everyone’s health is all that matters right now. Protect each other by following the guidelines & we’ll come through this together. Well done PL for making the right decisions.'

On Thursday, it was revealed that the Arsenal manager had been diagnosed with the deadly virus with the first-team squad and coaching staff forced to self-isolating in line with government health guidelines.

Chelsea's full squad has also gone into self-isolation after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus, the club said in a statement in the early hours of Friday morning.

He later revealed that he's recovered from the virus.

The winger tweeted: "As you may be aware, I've had the virus for the last couple of days, which I've recovered from.

"I'm feeling fine. Following the health guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon."


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