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14 Americans Evacuated From Cruise Ship In Japan Test Positive For Novel Coronavirus

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14 Americans Evacuated From Cruise Ship In Japan Test Positive For Novel Coronavirus

U.S. State Department has on Monday said fourteen U.S. citizens tested positive for the new coronavirus during the evacuation of over 300 U.S. nationals and their family members from a quarantined ship in Japan.

On two chartered aircraft, the passengers were preparing to return to the United States when U.S. officials received notice that 14 persons had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

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In a joint statement from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that prior to boarding the charter planes at Tokyo International Airport on Monday, the 14 passengers were moved to a containment area on the evacuation aircraft.

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The joint statement read “all passengers are being closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight, and any who become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated.”

The Diamond Princess cruise ship with more than 3,000 passengers aboard was struck by the virus earlier this month, leaving them and crew in confinement.

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Upon arrival, all passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days.

On Monday morning, the first charter flight landed at Travis Air Force Base in California while the second landed later Monday at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

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China Temporarily Bans Foreign Nationals To Curb Spread Of Coronavirus

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China has on Thursday temporarily banned all foreign visitors from entering the country in efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said foreigners with residence permits and visa liberalization will also be temporarily suspended but foreign missions’ workers are excluded from the restriction.

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In a decision made to prevent the foreign-based spread of the virus and to be implemented on Sunday, the country is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full.

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On Thursday, China recorded 55 new cases of covid-19 across the communist country and 54 of the cases are from overseas.

Johns Hopkins University in the United States confirmed the number of cases globally has now surpassed 511,000 with a death toll higher of more than 23,000 while nearly 121,000 patients having recovered.

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Countries Must Not Squander Chance To Control Coronavirus – W.H.O.

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Countries Must Not Squander Chance To Control Coronavirus - W.H.O.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Wednesday countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can to suppress and control covid-19.

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WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world squandered the first window of opportunity two months ago, but said this is a second opportunity which should not be squandered.  The

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WHO officials are warning again the world is facing a “significant shortage” of personal protection equipment for health workers, particularly masks, gloves, gowns and face shields.

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South Africa’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 709 – Health Minister

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South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize says number of Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 709 on Wednesday, a jump of a hundred fifty-five cases from Tuesday.

In response to the rising cases in the country, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday a 21-day nationwide lockdown that will take effect by midnight tonight.  He said his government needed to escalate covid-19 response to curb the spread of the outbreak.

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South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Panic buying is reported in the country as people stock up on food and other essentials ahead of the lockdown.

Here are some of the conditions of the South African lockdown:

Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances.

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All shops and businesses will be closed except those providing essential services.

Temporary shelters will be set up for the homeless.

Medical and security personnel will be exempt from the lockdown.

In the meantime, the number of new infections – and deaths – is rising fast across Africa, in spite of lockdowns, curfews and travel bans.

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In Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, all markets and shops have been closed, except for those selling food and medicine.

France says it will send special aid to the most vulnerable countries, many of which are in Africa.

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