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Second COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka

Second COVID-19 death reported in Sri Lanka

March 30 ( - Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry, on Monday (30) confirmed its second COVID-19 death. The patient who had been infected by the novel coronavirus has passed away while receiving treatment at the Negombo General Hospital. The deceased had suffered from a heart attack as well as a chronic respiratory illness. Doctors said he had several other medical complications...

Mr Thomas Schaefer, 54, was Hesse state's finance chief for 10 years and had been working "day and night" to help companies and workers deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

German minister commits suicide after ‘coronavirus crisis worries’

Frankfurt, March 29 (AFP) - Mr Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany's Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming "deeply worried" over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday (March 29). Mr Schaefer, 54, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday. The Wiesbaden prosecution's office said...


Sri Lanka records first COVID 19 death

Colombo, March 28 ( - Sri Lanka's Health Ministry, on Saturday confirmed its first COVID 19 death after a 60-year-old man passed away from the virus. The deceased was from Marawila and passed away a short while ago. Doctors said he had several other medical complications ranging from a kidney transplant several years ago, diabetes to high blood pressure. The...

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Boris Johnson tests positive for Covid-19

In a video posted on Twitter minutes ago, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, confirmed he had developed mild symptoms – “a temperature and persistent cough” – over the last 24 hours and, on the advice of the chief medical officer, he took a test which returned positive for coronavirus. Boris Johnson said he is self-isolating and working from home. He...


COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rise to 80

Colombo, 22 March ( - Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi announced three more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today (March 22). This raises the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Sri Lanka to 80. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva says that more than 3,361 people have been quarantined at 45 quarantine centres in the country.

A woman wearing a face mask walks nearby the Central Mosque in Lagos, Nigeria on March 20, 2020.

Angola confirms first cases as coronavirus spreads over Africa

Nairobi/Johannesburg, March 21 (Reuters) - Angola on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, while Mauritius recorded its first death as the virus spreads across Africa. The continent has been slower to feel the impact than Asia or Europe, and most of its reported cases have been foreigners or people who have returned from abroad. But confirmed infections have...

Volunteers assisting children yesterday at a temporary hand-washing station set up by non-profit Shining Hope for Communities in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. UN chief Antonio Guterres has appealed to G-20 nations to help African countries and others in the developing world. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Coronavirus now infecting people at faster rate, says WHO

March 21 (TheStraitsTime) - The coronavirus is now infecting people at a faster pace: It took three months for the first 100,000 cases, but only 12 days for the next 100,000 on Wednesday, said the World Health Organisation. By yesterday, the global tally had gone up by more than 50,000 to surpass 250,000 cases. If the coronavirus is allowed to...

6 more covid 19 positive cases in Sri Lanka, total rises to 65

6 more covid 19 positive cases in Sri Lanka, total rises to 65

Colombo, March 20 ( - The Ministry of Health announced that 6 more patients have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 65. According to the figures released by the Health Ministry this morning from the 65 patients 78% of them were male patients while 67% were over 40 years old....

Arteta was named Arsenal manager in December 2019

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager tests positive for coronavirus

March 13 (BBC) - The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had recent contact with Arteta will now self-isolate. The Premier League will hold "an emergency club meeting" on Friday to discuss future fixtures. "This is really disappointing," said Spaniard Arteta, 37. "I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon...

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