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Johnson accused of ducking COVID-19 comparisons with European nations

Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain’s COVID-19 death toll was “deeply horrifying” on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 after he was accused of avoiding comparisons with other European nations. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer told parliament he was “baffled” by the government’s withdrawal of daily graphs comparing Britain’s deaths and infections with those ...

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COP26: African Group urges developed nations to close climate finance gap

Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale

In a response to the decision to postpone the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC due to the global COVID-19 crisis, the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change (AGN) has emphasised the vulnerability of African countries to the negative impacts of climate change. The group also called on developed countries to agree on a path forward ...

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Covid-19: UNEP intensifies work on zoonotics, environmental protection

Inger Andersen

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is stepping up its work on mapping zoonotic threat and protecting the environment to reduce the risk of future pandemics, such as the COVID-19 crisis currently sweeping the globe. Executive Director of UNEP, Inger Andersen. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images In “Working With the Environment to Protect People” released on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, UNEP lays ...

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England tiptoes out of lockdown as economy dives

Sadiq Khan

England on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 tentatively began easing its coronavirus lockdown, with some people who cannot do their jobs at home urged to return to work, as stark economic data showed the disastrous impact of the pandemic. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London According to official data, Britain, the worst-hit country in Europe with over 40,000 deaths from COVID-19, has ...

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FRIN develops poly-herbal mixture to treat COVID-19 symptoms

The Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) in Ibadan, Oyo State, has developed a poly-herbal mixture of plants for the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, Director-General of FRIN The FRIN Director-General, Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Ibadan. Adepoju said that as ...

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Lesotho becomes last African nation to report first Covid-19 case

King Letsie III

The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 became the last African nation to report its first case of Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho “The patient, who is a citizen of an undisclosed Middle Eastern country, tested positive during a random testing exercise in the ...

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Italy reports 73% rise in calls to gender violence helpline

President Sergio Mattarella

Italian authorities on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 called for a national helpline for victims of gender violence and stalking, which have increased by 73 per cent during the novel coronavirus lockdown period. President Sergio Mattarella of Italy “The year-on-year increase refers to the March 1 to April 16 period,’’ statistics agency Istat said in a statement. Italy’s nationwide lockdown started ...

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PACJA launches campaign to plant 70,000 trees in Kenya riparian areas

At least 70,000 bamboo tree seedlings have been distributed to communities in the region around the Eastern Mt Kenya and will be planted in strategic areas to help build resilience against the effects of climate change. PACJA and state officials planting trees Speaking on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 when the exercise was launched virtually with participants from around the world ...

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South Africa reports 698 new cases of COVID-19

Covid-19 statistics in South Africa

A total of 369,697 COVID-19 tests have been conducted to date in South Africa, of which 13,630 were conducted in the last 24 hours. There are 698 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to the authorities. Covid-19 statistics in South Africa Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, confirmed that there is a total of 11,350 cases of coronavirus in ...

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Fauci testifies, warns against reopening ‘too quickly’

Anthony Fauci

In his highly anticipated Senate testimony on Tuesday, Anthony S. Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious disease expert, warned of avoidable “suffering and death,” and further economic damage, if states reopen too quickly. Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Anthony Fauci He also told lawmakers that the U.S. death toll is probably higher than ...

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