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  •  Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of piracy after a Turkish drillship docked off its southwestern shores with the intention of carrying out a natural gas drilling in an area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights The specific maritime area spans exploration blocks 6 and 7 which have been duly licensed to the European companies ENI and TOTAL The hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation of these blocks constitute exclusive sovereign rights of Cyprus said a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus State television reported that the drillship Yavuz set off on Sunday night from the port of Tasucu in southern Turkey and reached its destination later on Monday afternoon Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Ankara would continue drilling and even deploy a third drillship in areas claimed by Cyprus He said Turkey had told the European Union EU the United Nations and even Greece that the Greek Cypriots should not have carried out any unilateral activities in the Eastern Mediterranean before reaching an agreement on a fair distribution of revenue with the Turkish Cypriots but Ankara s position was ignored Cypriot state television said Turkey s escalating and provocative actions equate to utter contempt for the EU itself urging all natural and legal persons involved in Turkey s illegal drillings to immediately terminate any form of cooperation or assistance in any illegal activities within Cyprus maritime zones It added that the Republic of Cyprus will continue to defend its interests and rights using all legal means at its disposal on the basis of international and European law High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and his team are in contact with the Cypriot and Greek authorities concerning the movements of the drilling vessel Yavuz Cyprus News Agency reported citing European Commission Spokesman Peter Stano XINHUA
    Cyprus accuses Turkey of piracy after Turkish drillship docks off shores
     Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of piracy after a Turkish drillship docked off its southwestern shores with the intention of carrying out a natural gas drilling in an area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights The specific maritime area spans exploration blocks 6 and 7 which have been duly licensed to the European companies ENI and TOTAL The hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation of these blocks constitute exclusive sovereign rights of Cyprus said a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus State television reported that the drillship Yavuz set off on Sunday night from the port of Tasucu in southern Turkey and reached its destination later on Monday afternoon Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Ankara would continue drilling and even deploy a third drillship in areas claimed by Cyprus He said Turkey had told the European Union EU the United Nations and even Greece that the Greek Cypriots should not have carried out any unilateral activities in the Eastern Mediterranean before reaching an agreement on a fair distribution of revenue with the Turkish Cypriots but Ankara s position was ignored Cypriot state television said Turkey s escalating and provocative actions equate to utter contempt for the EU itself urging all natural and legal persons involved in Turkey s illegal drillings to immediately terminate any form of cooperation or assistance in any illegal activities within Cyprus maritime zones It added that the Republic of Cyprus will continue to defend its interests and rights using all legal means at its disposal on the basis of international and European law High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and his team are in contact with the Cypriot and Greek authorities concerning the movements of the drilling vessel Yavuz Cyprus News Agency reported citing European Commission Spokesman Peter Stano XINHUA
    Cyprus accuses Turkey of piracy after Turkish drillship docks off shores
    Foreign3 years ago

    Cyprus accuses Turkey of piracy after Turkish drillship docks off shores

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of piracy after a Turkish drillship docked off its southwestern shores with the intention of carrying out a natural gas drilling in an area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.

    "The specific maritime area spans exploration blocks 6 and 7, which have been duly licensed to the European companies ENI and TOTAL. The hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation of these blocks constitute exclusive sovereign rights of Cyprus," said a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus.

    State television reported that the drillship Yavuz set off on Sunday night from the port of Tasucu in southern Turkey and reached its destination later on Monday afternoon.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that Ankara would continue drilling and even deploy a third drillship in areas claimed by Cyprus.

    He said Turkey had told the European Union (EU), the United Nations and even Greece that the Greek Cypriots should not have carried out any unilateral activities in the Eastern Mediterranean before reaching an agreement on a fair distribution of revenue with the Turkish Cypriots, but Ankara's position was ignored.

    Cypriot state television said "Turkey's escalating and provocative actions, equate to utter contempt for the EU itself," urging "all natural and legal persons involved in Turkey's illegal drillings to immediately terminate any form of cooperation or assistance in any illegal activities within Cyprus' maritime zones."

    It added that the Republic of Cyprus will continue to defend its interests and rights using all legal means at its disposal, on the basis of international and European law.

    High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and his team are in contact with the Cypriot and Greek authorities concerning the movements of the drilling vessel Yavuz, Cyprus News Agency reported, citing European Commission Spokesman Peter Stano.
    (XINHUA)

  •  The Health Ministry of Cyprus announced single digit coronavirus cases for a second day running on Monday giving rise to optimism that they could get down to zero by the end of the month when a total lockdown decree expires A ministry statement said only five new positive cases were confirmed out of 1 660 tests which gave the lowest ratio of positives tests at 0 29 percent bringing the total confirmed cases to 772 Death toll in the country stood at 12 The Health Ministry statement said that it was a positive development that the program of testing 20 000 frontline workers returned just two positive cases and the program for testing health professionals did not return any positive cases The ministry also said that among the 16 confirmed coronavirus patients being treated in the primary coronavirus treatment hospital only three people were in the intensive care unit and in all hospitals eight people were on ventilators in a critical but stable condition The scientific unit advising the Health Ministry is expecting to see the impact of a large number of violations of the lockdown regulations on Easter Sunday when police said over 400 people were booked for being out in the streets without a legal excuse Authorities said they are planning a gradual relaxation of restrictions but have not decided yet when this will apply XINHUA
    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus at single digit for 2nd day, down to five
     The Health Ministry of Cyprus announced single digit coronavirus cases for a second day running on Monday giving rise to optimism that they could get down to zero by the end of the month when a total lockdown decree expires A ministry statement said only five new positive cases were confirmed out of 1 660 tests which gave the lowest ratio of positives tests at 0 29 percent bringing the total confirmed cases to 772 Death toll in the country stood at 12 The Health Ministry statement said that it was a positive development that the program of testing 20 000 frontline workers returned just two positive cases and the program for testing health professionals did not return any positive cases The ministry also said that among the 16 confirmed coronavirus patients being treated in the primary coronavirus treatment hospital only three people were in the intensive care unit and in all hospitals eight people were on ventilators in a critical but stable condition The scientific unit advising the Health Ministry is expecting to see the impact of a large number of violations of the lockdown regulations on Easter Sunday when police said over 400 people were booked for being out in the streets without a legal excuse Authorities said they are planning a gradual relaxation of restrictions but have not decided yet when this will apply XINHUA
    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus at single digit for 2nd day, down to five
    Foreign3 years ago

    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus at single digit for 2nd day, down to five

    The Health Ministry of Cyprus announced single digit coronavirus cases for a second day running on Monday, giving rise to optimism that they could get down to zero by the end of the month, when a total lockdown decree expires.

    A ministry statement said only five new positive cases were confirmed out of 1,660 tests, which gave the lowest ratio of positives tests, at 0.29 percent, bringing the total confirmed cases to 772. Death toll in the country stood at 12.

    The Health Ministry statement said that it was a positive development that the program of testing 20,000 frontline workers returned just two positive cases and the program for testing health professionals did not return any positive cases.

    The ministry also said that among the 16 confirmed coronavirus patients being treated in the primary coronavirus treatment hospital, only three people were in the intensive care unit, and in all hospitals eight people were on ventilators in a critical but stable condition.

    The scientific unit advising the Health Ministry is expecting to see the impact of a large number of violations of the lockdown regulations on Easter Sunday, when police said over 400 people were booked for being out in the streets without a legal excuse.

    Authorities said they are planning a gradual relaxation of restrictions but have not decided yet when this will apply.
    (XINHUA)

  •  COVID 19 cases in Cyprus for a 24 hour period dropped to a single digit for the first time since March 25 with the Health Ministry confirming six new cases on Easter Sunday This raised the total of cases announced by the Health Ministry to 767 The ministry noted that the new cases came out of 1 803 tests a ratio of 0 33 percent the lowest ever Authorities in the Turkish controlled part of Cyprus did not announce any new cases with their total remaining at 108 and death toll staying at four The grand total for the entire eastern Mediterranean island stands at 16 deaths and 875 cases Cypriots celebrated Orthodox Christian Easter their biggest and most solemn religious holiday by staying away from churches where clerics dressed in imperial like vestments chanted midnight mass in classical Greek before empty stands However hundreds of insubordinate teenagers played cat and mouse with police as they took advantage of darkness to hide in buildings under construction to let off thousands of firecrackers as church bells tolled Police reported six arrests and one case of injury in which a 17 year old boy lost three fingers of his left hand when a firecracker went off prematurely The Fire Brigade also reported that it responded to scores of calls to put off Easter bonfires lighted by teens mostly in the cities But in general people heeded bans on movement only getting out for a walk in the immediate vicinity of their homes in the daytime President Nicos Anastasiades took off time from his duties to read a story for children on Easter Sunday for the Fairytale Museum in a bid to lighten the hearts of thousands of children who remained confined to their homes In a video posted on the museum s Facebook page Anastasiades read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery At the end of the tale Anastasiades reminded that I too am a grandfather and these days I miss my grandchildren just as you of course miss your grandmother and grandfather He called on children to be patient and to be certain that days of happiness Luna Parks football gatherings birthdays will come All these things you have had to be deprived of XINHUA
    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus fall to single digit, total at 767
     COVID 19 cases in Cyprus for a 24 hour period dropped to a single digit for the first time since March 25 with the Health Ministry confirming six new cases on Easter Sunday This raised the total of cases announced by the Health Ministry to 767 The ministry noted that the new cases came out of 1 803 tests a ratio of 0 33 percent the lowest ever Authorities in the Turkish controlled part of Cyprus did not announce any new cases with their total remaining at 108 and death toll staying at four The grand total for the entire eastern Mediterranean island stands at 16 deaths and 875 cases Cypriots celebrated Orthodox Christian Easter their biggest and most solemn religious holiday by staying away from churches where clerics dressed in imperial like vestments chanted midnight mass in classical Greek before empty stands However hundreds of insubordinate teenagers played cat and mouse with police as they took advantage of darkness to hide in buildings under construction to let off thousands of firecrackers as church bells tolled Police reported six arrests and one case of injury in which a 17 year old boy lost three fingers of his left hand when a firecracker went off prematurely The Fire Brigade also reported that it responded to scores of calls to put off Easter bonfires lighted by teens mostly in the cities But in general people heeded bans on movement only getting out for a walk in the immediate vicinity of their homes in the daytime President Nicos Anastasiades took off time from his duties to read a story for children on Easter Sunday for the Fairytale Museum in a bid to lighten the hearts of thousands of children who remained confined to their homes In a video posted on the museum s Facebook page Anastasiades read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery At the end of the tale Anastasiades reminded that I too am a grandfather and these days I miss my grandchildren just as you of course miss your grandmother and grandfather He called on children to be patient and to be certain that days of happiness Luna Parks football gatherings birthdays will come All these things you have had to be deprived of XINHUA
    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus fall to single digit, total at 767
    Foreign3 years ago

    New COVID-19 cases in Cyprus fall to single digit, total at 767

    COVID-19 cases in Cyprus for a 24-hour period dropped to a single digit for the first time since March 25, with the Health Ministry confirming six new cases on Easter Sunday.

    This raised the total of cases announced by the Health Ministry to 767.

    The ministry noted that the new cases came out of 1,803 tests, a ratio of 0.33 percent, the lowest ever.

    Authorities in the Turkish controlled part of Cyprus did not announce any new cases, with their total remaining at 108 and death toll staying at four.

    The grand total for the entire eastern Mediterranean island stands at 16 deaths and 875 cases.

    Cypriots celebrated Orthodox Christian Easter, their biggest and most solemn religious holiday, by staying away from churches, where clerics dressed in imperial-like vestments chanted midnight mass in classical Greek before empty stands.

    However, hundreds of insubordinate teenagers played cat and mouse with police as they took advantage of darkness to hide in buildings under construction to let off thousands of firecrackers as church bells tolled.

    Police reported six arrests and one case of injury, in which a 17-year-old boy lost three fingers of his left hand when a firecracker went off prematurely.

    The Fire Brigade also reported that it responded to scores of calls to put off Easter bonfires lighted by teens, mostly in the cities.

    But in general, people heeded bans on movement, only getting out for a walk in the immediate vicinity of their homes in the daytime.

    President Nicos Anastasiades took off time from his duties to read a story for children on Easter Sunday for the Fairytale Museum, in a bid to "lighten the hearts of thousands of children who remained confined to their homes."

    In a video posted on the museum's Facebook page, Anastasiades read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

    At the end of the tale, Anastasiades reminded that "I too am a grandfather and these days, I miss my grandchildren, just as you of course miss your grandmother and grandfather."

    He called on children to be patient and to be certain that "days of happiness, Luna Parks, football, gatherings, birthdays will come. All these things you have had to be deprived of."
    (XINHUA)

  •  The Ministry of Health said on Friday that the spread of the coronavirus appeared to be slowing in the country as the number of new infections started to decline Health Ministry advisor Leondios Kostrikis said that only 15 new cases were confirmed out of a total of 3 240 tests a ratio of only 0 46 percent with the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rising to 750 The grand total for the entire island has risen to 855 with 16 deaths The data of the last few days make up a picture that is satisfactory We now have before us tangible results and not mere indications Kostrikis said He added that the scientists keeping watch on the pandemic believe they are on the right track but he warned against relaxing the restrictions ahead of the Orthodox Easter Sunday Petros Karayiannis a virology professor and a member of the scientific team advising the Health Ministry had earlier told state television that the pandemic curve had indeed been flattening in the country but he also warned against the premature relaxation of restrictions He said that an unwanted surge in COVID 19 cases as a result of insubordination during the Orthodox Easter holiday could push back plans to relax restrictions by between two to four weeks Authorities are bracing for more results next week from a test program which involves all of the country s 6 500 health professionals The first results from less than 600 tests announced on Friday showed that the number of health professionals who tested positive for the coronavirus was increasing as six new cases were confirmed 1 Next
    Coronavirus spread slowing, says Cyprus Health Ministry
     The Ministry of Health said on Friday that the spread of the coronavirus appeared to be slowing in the country as the number of new infections started to decline Health Ministry advisor Leondios Kostrikis said that only 15 new cases were confirmed out of a total of 3 240 tests a ratio of only 0 46 percent with the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rising to 750 The grand total for the entire island has risen to 855 with 16 deaths The data of the last few days make up a picture that is satisfactory We now have before us tangible results and not mere indications Kostrikis said He added that the scientists keeping watch on the pandemic believe they are on the right track but he warned against relaxing the restrictions ahead of the Orthodox Easter Sunday Petros Karayiannis a virology professor and a member of the scientific team advising the Health Ministry had earlier told state television that the pandemic curve had indeed been flattening in the country but he also warned against the premature relaxation of restrictions He said that an unwanted surge in COVID 19 cases as a result of insubordination during the Orthodox Easter holiday could push back plans to relax restrictions by between two to four weeks Authorities are bracing for more results next week from a test program which involves all of the country s 6 500 health professionals The first results from less than 600 tests announced on Friday showed that the number of health professionals who tested positive for the coronavirus was increasing as six new cases were confirmed 1 Next
    Coronavirus spread slowing, says Cyprus Health Ministry
    Foreign3 years ago

    Coronavirus spread slowing, says Cyprus Health Ministry

    The Ministry of Health said on Friday that the spread of the coronavirus appeared to be slowing in the country as the number of new infections started to decline.

    Health Ministry advisor Leondios Kostrikis said that only 15 new cases were confirmed out of a total of 3,240 tests, a ratio of only 0.46 percent, with the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rising to 750.

    The grand total for the entire island has risen to 855, with 16 deaths.

    "The data of the last few days make up a picture that is satisfactory. We now have before us tangible results and not mere indications," Kostrikis said.

    He added that the scientists keeping watch on the pandemic believe they are on the right track, but he warned against relaxing the restrictions ahead of the Orthodox Easter Sunday.

    Petros Karayiannis, a virology professor and a member of the scientific team advising the Health Ministry, had earlier told state television that the pandemic curve had indeed been flattening in the country, but he also warned against the premature relaxation of restrictions.

    He said that an unwanted surge in COVID-19 cases as a result of insubordination during the Orthodox Easter holiday could push back plans to relax restrictions by between two to four weeks.

    Authorities are bracing for more results next week from a test program, which involves all of the country's 6,500 health professionals.

    The first results from less than 600 tests announced on Friday showed that the number of health professionals who tested positive for the coronavirus was increasing, as six new cases were confirmed.

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  •  Turkey has evacuated more than 2 700 Turkish students from eight countries amid the spread of coronavirus Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday A total of 2 721 students were flown back on 11 separate flights Cavusoglu said adding the evacuees will be placed under a 14 day quarantine Earlier on Wednesday Vice President Fuat Oktay cited on Twitter five European countries Egypt and the Turkish administered northern Cyprus among the countries the students were brought from The European countries Britain Ireland Switzerland Poland and Italy are among the 68 states to which Turkey had already halted flights Last week 2 807 Turkish citizens were flown back from Europe and quarantined Also quarantined in other cities including the capital Ankara are thousands of pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia Health Minister Fahrettin Koca late Tuesday raised the death toll to 44 and announced a total of 1 872 confirmed cases from the virus Thirty two Turkish nationals had died abroad from the coronavirus Cavusoglu said Already in place in Turkey are nationwide restrictions including the shutting down of most public spaces schools and universities and the suspension of congregational prayers at mosques Edited By Fatima Sule Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Turkey evacuates more than 2,700 from Europe, elsewhere amid virus spread
     Turkey has evacuated more than 2 700 Turkish students from eight countries amid the spread of coronavirus Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday A total of 2 721 students were flown back on 11 separate flights Cavusoglu said adding the evacuees will be placed under a 14 day quarantine Earlier on Wednesday Vice President Fuat Oktay cited on Twitter five European countries Egypt and the Turkish administered northern Cyprus among the countries the students were brought from The European countries Britain Ireland Switzerland Poland and Italy are among the 68 states to which Turkey had already halted flights Last week 2 807 Turkish citizens were flown back from Europe and quarantined Also quarantined in other cities including the capital Ankara are thousands of pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia Health Minister Fahrettin Koca late Tuesday raised the death toll to 44 and announced a total of 1 872 confirmed cases from the virus Thirty two Turkish nationals had died abroad from the coronavirus Cavusoglu said Already in place in Turkey are nationwide restrictions including the shutting down of most public spaces schools and universities and the suspension of congregational prayers at mosques Edited By Fatima Sule Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Turkey evacuates more than 2,700 from Europe, elsewhere amid virus spread
    Foreign3 years ago

    Turkey evacuates more than 2,700 from Europe, elsewhere amid virus spread

    Turkey has evacuated more than 2,700 Turkish students from eight countries amid the spread of coronavirus, Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Wednesday.

    A total of 2,721 students were flown back on 11 separate flights, Cavusoglu said, adding the evacuees will be placed under a 14-day quarantine.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Vice President Fuat Oktay cited, on Twitter, five European countries, Egypt and the Turkish-administered northern Cyprus among the countries the students were brought from.

    The European countries – Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Italy – are among the 68 states to which Turkey had already halted flights.

    Last week, 2,807 Turkish citizens were flown back from Europe and quarantined.

    Also quarantined in other cities, including the capital Ankara, are thousands of pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia.

    Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, late Tuesday raised the death toll to 44 and announced a total of 1,872 confirmed cases from the virus.

    Thirty-two Turkish nationals had died abroad from the coronavirus, Cavusoglu said.

    Already in place in Turkey are nationwide restrictions, including the shutting down of most public spaces, schools and universities and the suspension of congregational prayers at mosques.


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Abdulfatah Babatunde
    (NAN)

  •  Buckingham Palace said on Friday that Britain s Queen Elizabeth 93 has cancelled some public engagements for next week due to the coronavirus outbreak As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances changes are being made to the Queen s diary commitments in the coming weeks a statement said The queen has cancelled visits to the Camden area of London and to Cheshire in northwest England The Palace said in consultation with the medical household and government Her Majesty s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled Audiences will continue as usual A spokesman for the royal couple said prince Charles heir to the British throne and his wife Camilla have cancelled an upcoming tour of Bosnia Cyprus and Jordan on British government advice Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Felix Ajide NAN
    UK’s Queen Elizabeth, cancels some public engagements
     Buckingham Palace said on Friday that Britain s Queen Elizabeth 93 has cancelled some public engagements for next week due to the coronavirus outbreak As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances changes are being made to the Queen s diary commitments in the coming weeks a statement said The queen has cancelled visits to the Camden area of London and to Cheshire in northwest England The Palace said in consultation with the medical household and government Her Majesty s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled Audiences will continue as usual A spokesman for the royal couple said prince Charles heir to the British throne and his wife Camilla have cancelled an upcoming tour of Bosnia Cyprus and Jordan on British government advice Edited By Hadiza Mohammed Felix Ajide NAN
    UK’s Queen Elizabeth, cancels some public engagements
    Foreign3 years ago

    UK’s Queen Elizabeth, cancels some public engagements

    Buckingham Palace said on Friday that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 93, has cancelled some public engagements for next week due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    “As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to the Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks,’’ a statement said.

    The queen has cancelled visits to the Camden area of London and to Cheshire in northwest England.

    The Palace said “in consultation with the medical household and government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled. Audiences will continue as usual.’’

    A spokesman for the royal couple said prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, Camilla, have cancelled an upcoming tour of Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan on British government advice.


    Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

     

  •  European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak Speaking during a video conference of EU leaders late on Tuesday European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis The virus is spreading in all member states said Michel I think therefore we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people s health and the economy Their comments came as the World Trade Organization cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus As the virus spreads multiple countries including Austria Malta Serbia and Spain banned flights from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas including parts of Italy while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna Serbia which now has five confirmed cases on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy Croatia with 14 cases said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1 600 up 400 from the day before and announced it would close its parliament until further notice The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total to 1 784 with 33 deaths Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases taking the country s total to 373 including six deaths Nadine Dorries Britain s minister for patient safety suicide prevention and mental health also tested positive to the virus Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476 an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive according to Anadolu Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday s flights to and from the country Other airlines went one step further with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3 Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3 000 flights until mid June about 15 per cent of its flying capacity On the Spanish island of Mallorca hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt announced their first infections The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly with about 110 000 people infected worldwide according to the World Health Organization of which over 3 800 have died Throughout Europe cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants Slovakia s measures are in place for 14 days whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date and spans professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1 000 people Berlin s Senate said it was cancelling all state owned theatre opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break In the Vatican St Peter s Square and St Peter s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis Greece is set to temporarily close its schools In Poland several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May s election Similarly Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak The move came after Rome government put in place severe restrictions on domestic travel As of Tuesday Italy had the most cases of the virus outside of China and had recorded more than 460 deaths Starting Wednesday evening all non Australian residents travelling from Italy will be banned from entering the country and returning Australian residents will have to be quarantined for 14 days Morrison also announced a 2 4 billion Australian dollar 1 56 billion dollar health funding package that would focus on virus testing and looking after elderly and Indigenous Australians he said in a news conference Wednesday Australia has recorded over 100 cases of the virus so far and three deaths according to the latest government statistics Several high schools and university campuses have been shut down and travel bans have already been implemented with China South Korea and Iran Health Minister Greg Hunt said 20 000 people have been tested for the virus Australia s popular winter solstice arts festival Dark Mofo which attracts well over 100 000 visitors each June to Tasmania has been cancelled as a result of the virus outbreak organizers said on Wednesday The festival is reliant on millions of dollars of ticket revenue which organizers said they would not be able to make up amid public uncertainty but they will move the current programme to June Edited By Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    Europe, Australia ban travelers from Italy amid coronavirus fears
     European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak Speaking during a video conference of EU leaders late on Tuesday European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis The virus is spreading in all member states said Michel I think therefore we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people s health and the economy Their comments came as the World Trade Organization cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus As the virus spreads multiple countries including Austria Malta Serbia and Spain banned flights from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas including parts of Italy while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna Serbia which now has five confirmed cases on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy Croatia with 14 cases said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1 600 up 400 from the day before and announced it would close its parliament until further notice The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total to 1 784 with 33 deaths Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases taking the country s total to 373 including six deaths Nadine Dorries Britain s minister for patient safety suicide prevention and mental health also tested positive to the virus Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476 an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive according to Anadolu Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday s flights to and from the country Other airlines went one step further with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3 Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3 000 flights until mid June about 15 per cent of its flying capacity On the Spanish island of Mallorca hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt announced their first infections The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly with about 110 000 people infected worldwide according to the World Health Organization of which over 3 800 have died Throughout Europe cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants Slovakia s measures are in place for 14 days whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date and spans professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1 000 people Berlin s Senate said it was cancelling all state owned theatre opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break In the Vatican St Peter s Square and St Peter s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis Greece is set to temporarily close its schools In Poland several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May s election Similarly Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak The move came after Rome government put in place severe restrictions on domestic travel As of Tuesday Italy had the most cases of the virus outside of China and had recorded more than 460 deaths Starting Wednesday evening all non Australian residents travelling from Italy will be banned from entering the country and returning Australian residents will have to be quarantined for 14 days Morrison also announced a 2 4 billion Australian dollar 1 56 billion dollar health funding package that would focus on virus testing and looking after elderly and Indigenous Australians he said in a news conference Wednesday Australia has recorded over 100 cases of the virus so far and three deaths according to the latest government statistics Several high schools and university campuses have been shut down and travel bans have already been implemented with China South Korea and Iran Health Minister Greg Hunt said 20 000 people have been tested for the virus Australia s popular winter solstice arts festival Dark Mofo which attracts well over 100 000 visitors each June to Tasmania has been cancelled as a result of the virus outbreak organizers said on Wednesday The festival is reliant on millions of dollars of ticket revenue which organizers said they would not be able to make up amid public uncertainty but they will move the current programme to June Edited By Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    Europe, Australia ban travelers from Italy amid coronavirus fears
    Foreign3 years ago

    Europe, Australia ban travelers from Italy amid coronavirus fears

    European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings, as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy, where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak.

    Speaking during a video conference of EU leaders late on Tuesday, European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis.

    “The virus is spreading in all member states,” said Michel. “I think therefore we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together.”

    His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people’s health and the economy.

    Their comments came as the World Trade Organization cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus.

    As the virus spreads, multiple countries – including Austria, Malta, Serbia and Spain – banned flights from Italy, which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe, with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown.

    Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas, including parts of Italy, while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice, Milan and Bologna.

    Serbia, which now has five confirmed cases, on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy.

    Croatia, with 14 cases, said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy.

    Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1,600, up 400 from the day before, and announced it would close its parliament until further notice.

    The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states. France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,784, with 33 deaths.

    Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases, taking the country’s total to 373, including six deaths.

    Nadine Dorries, Britain’s minister for patient safety, suicide prevention and mental health, also tested positive to the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

    Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476, an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day.

    A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus, state news agency Anadolu reported, the first such case in the Turkish-administered part of the divided island.

    Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday, saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive, according to Anadolu.

    Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy, with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday’s flights to and from the country.

    Other airlines went one step further, with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3.

    Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans, with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations.

    The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3,000 flights until mid-June – about 15 per cent of its flying capacity.

    On the Spanish island of Mallorca, hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern.

    Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states, after authorities in Saxony-Anhalt announced their first infections.

    The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly, with about 110,000 people infected worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, of which over 3,800 have died.

    Throughout Europe, cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places, as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events. Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants.

    Slovakia’s measures are in place for 14 days, whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date, and spans professional football games and concerts, among others. However, theatres, opera houses, philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt.

    Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

    Berlin’s Senate said it was cancelling all state-owned theatre, opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break.

    In the Vatican, St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis.

    Greece is set to temporarily close its schools. In Poland, several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May’s election.

    Similarly, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced a ban on travellers arriving from Italy, where authorities are battling with a spiralling novel coronavirus outbreak.

    The move came after Rome government put in place severe restrictions on domestic travel.

    As of Tuesday, Italy had the most cases of the virus outside of China and had recorded more than 460 deaths.

    Starting Wednesday evening, all non-Australian residents travelling from Italy will be banned from entering the country and returning Australian residents will have to be quarantined for 14 days.

    Morrison also announced a 2.4 billion Australian dollar (1.56 billion dollar) health funding package that would focus on virus testing and “looking after elderly and Indigenous Australians,” he said in a news conference Wednesday.

    Australia has recorded over 100 cases of the virus so far and three deaths, according to the latest government statistics.

    Several high schools and university campuses have been shut down and travel bans have already been implemented with China South Korea and Iran.

    Health Minister Greg Hunt said 20,000 people have been tested for the virus.

    Australia’s popular winter solstice arts festival Dark Mofo, which attracts well over 100,000 visitors each June to Tasmania, has been cancelled as a result of the virus outbreak, organizers said on Wednesday.

    The festival is reliant on millions of dollars of ticket revenue, which organizers said they would not be able to make up amid public uncertainty, but they will move the current programme to June.


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

  •  European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Speaking during a video conference of European Union leaders late on Tuesday European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis The virus is spreading in all member states I think therefore we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together said Michel His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday evening who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people s health and the economy Their comments came as the World Trade Organisation cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus As the virus spreads multiple countries including Austria Malta Serbia and Spain banned flights from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas including parts of Italy while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna Serbia which now has five confirmed cases on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy Croatia with 14 cases said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1 600 up 400 from the day before and announced it would close its parliament until further notice The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total to 1 784 with 33 deaths Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases taking the country s total to 373 including six deaths Nadine Dorries Britain s minister for patient safety suicide prevention and mental health also tested positive to the virus Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476 an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday night saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive according to Anadolu Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday s flights to and from the country Other airlines went one step further with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3 Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3 000 flights until mid June about 15 per cent of its flying capacity On the Spanish island of Mallorca hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt announced their first infections The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly with about 110 000 people infected worldwide according to the World Health Organisation of which more than 3 800 have died Throughout Europe cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants Slovakia s measures are in place for 14 days whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date and spans professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1 000 people Berlin s Senate said it was cancelling all state owned theatre opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break In the Vatican St Peter s Square and St Peter s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis Greece is set to temporarily close its schools In Poland several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May s election YEE Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown
     European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Speaking during a video conference of European Union leaders late on Tuesday European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis The virus is spreading in all member states I think therefore we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together said Michel His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday evening who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people s health and the economy Their comments came as the World Trade Organisation cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus As the virus spreads multiple countries including Austria Malta Serbia and Spain banned flights from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas including parts of Italy while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna Serbia which now has five confirmed cases on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy Croatia with 14 cases said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1 600 up 400 from the day before and announced it would close its parliament until further notice The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total to 1 784 with 33 deaths Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases taking the country s total to 373 including six deaths Nadine Dorries Britain s minister for patient safety suicide prevention and mental health also tested positive to the virus Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476 an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday night saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive according to Anadolu Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday s flights to and from the country Other airlines went one step further with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3 Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3 000 flights until mid June about 15 per cent of its flying capacity On the Spanish island of Mallorca hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt announced their first infections The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly with about 110 000 people infected worldwide according to the World Health Organisation of which more than 3 800 have died Throughout Europe cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants Slovakia s measures are in place for 14 days whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date and spans professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1 000 people Berlin s Senate said it was cancelling all state owned theatre opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break In the Vatican St Peter s Square and St Peter s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis Greece is set to temporarily close its schools In Poland several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May s election YEE Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown
    Foreign3 years ago

    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown

    European countries attempted to block a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy from spreading any further on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings, as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics.Speaking during a video conference of European Union leaders late on Tuesday, European Council President Charles Michel urged the continent to coordinate its response to the crisis.“The virus is spreading in all member states. I think, therefore, we should try to coordinate as much as possible and see where we can do more together,” said Michel.His remarks were echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday evening, who tweeted that Europe should prevent instability and do everything necessary to protect people’s health and the economy.Their comments came as the World Trade Organisation cancelled all meetings through March 20 after learning that one of its employees has become infected with the new coronavirus.As the virus spreads, multiple countries – including Austria, Malta, Serbia and Spain – banned flights from Italy, which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe, with more than 460 deaths and has gone into nationwide lockdown.Denmark said it had banned flights from badly affected areas, including parts of Italy, while Austrian Airlines stopped flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice, Milan and Bologna.Serbia, which now has five confirmed cases, on Tuesday refused to permit 10 travellers to disembark from their plane from Bergamo and returned them to Italy.Croatia, with 14 cases, said it would quarantine all arrivals from Italy.Spain raised its own concerns after registering a sharp jump in cases to 1,600, up 400 from the day before, and announced it would close its parliament until further notice.The virus has now been reported in all 27 member states.France confirmed 372 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,784, with 33 deaths.Britain confirmed an additional 54 cases, taking the country’s total to 373, including six deaths.Nadine Dorries, Britain’s minister for patient safety, suicide prevention and mental health, also tested positive to the virus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.Swiss authorities confirmed the number of cases in the country rose to 476, an increase of 52 per cent on the previous day.A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus, state news agency Anadolu reported, the first such case in the Turkish-administered part of the divided island.Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also confirmed the first case in Turkey on Tuesday night, saying that a male citizen who recently returned from Europe tested positive, according to Anadolu.Airlines joined the efforts to limit the spread from Italy, with British Airways announcing it was cancelling all Tuesday’s flights to and from the country.Other airlines went one step further, with Ryanair suspending flights to and from Italy until April 8 and Air France and Easyjet until April 3.Airlines have been badly hit by travel bans, with Norwegian the latest to announce flight cancellations.The carrier said it was cancelling an estimated 3,000 flights until mid-June – about 15 per cent of its flying capacity.On the Spanish island of Mallorca, hoteliers said they were eyeing a dramatic slump in Easter bookings with concern.Germany confirmed on Tuesday that the virus had reached all 16 of its federal states, after authorities in Saxony-Anhalt announced their first infections.The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly, with about 110,000 people infected worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, of which more than 3,800 have died.Throughout Europe, cultural and sporting life ground to a standstill in more places, as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events.Austria and the Czech Republic stopped all indoor events with more than 100 participants.Slovakia’s measures are in place for 14 days, whereas the ban in Poland did not have an end date, and spans professional football games and concerts, among others.However, theatres, opera houses, philharmonic concert halls or art galleries are exempt.Pop star Madonna announced she was cancelling two Paris concerts on March 10 and 11 after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.Berlin’s Senate said it was cancelling all state-owned theatre, opera and concert events until the end of the Easter break.In the Vatican, St Peter’s Square and St Peter’s Basilica have been closed to the public due to the crisis.Greece is set to temporarily close its schools.In Poland, several universities cancelled classes and other events while President Andrzej Duda said he would refrain from organising large gatherings as he campaigned ahead of May’s election.YEEEdited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  European countries attempted to shield themselves from a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Austria announced an entry ban for anyone arriving from Italy and warned its citizens against travelling anywhere in the neighbouring country which has gone into a national lockdown to try and slow the spread of Covid 19 The Serbian government banned foreigners arriving from the whole of Italy as well as parts of China South Korea Iran and Switzerland Malta banned travel to and from Italy with immediate effect including all sea and air links Prime Minister Robert Abela said The ban will be in place until further notice and is only related to passengers Shipments of food medicine or other cargo between the two countries will continue Abela said Airlines joined the efforts to limit the international spread of the Italy outbreak British Airways said it was suspending all routes to and from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with over 460 deaths Denmark announced that flights from areas badly affected by coronavirus including parts of Italy would not be given permission to land while Austrian Airlines stopped its flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna German airline Lufthansa had already cancelled thousands of its services with flights to and from Italy particularly affected The German Foreign Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to Italy Health Minister Jens Spahn on Tuesday appealed for an all hands on deck response to the new coronavirus in an op ed printed in the country s most read newspaper In the Bild tabloid Spahn called the outbreak a major challenge for us as a whole society while stressing that the German health system was well placed to deal with the virus The virus will change our everyday life We can only do it together he said The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly across the globe European Union leaders will hold a video conference at 5 pm 1600 GMT to coordinate efforts to respond to the outbreak Germany has confirmed 1 139 cases of infection according to the latest official data and recorded two deaths It has reached all 16 of Germany s federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt confirmed cases of infection there on Tuesday A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island The 65 year old woman was among a group of 30 tourists who arrived in Cyprus on Sunday from Germany s Balingen Anadolu quoted the Turkish Cypriot Health Minister Ali Pilli as saying The entire group was placed in quarantine at a hotel in Famagusta Pilli said Cultural and sporting life on the continent ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria said all indoor events with more than 100 participants would be stopped Slovakia s measures would be in place for 14 days the ban in Poland did not have an end date and will cover professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries will be exempt Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he will refrain from holding large conventions as part of his electoral campaign The risk that the coronavirus may spread is too big I don t want to endanger people who come to these meetings Duda said late Monday evening In the Czech Republic all schools are being shut and all events with more than 100 participants are being banned In North Macedonia the director of a Skopje dermatology clinic is facing suspension because of reckless disregard for epidemiologic procedures Health Minister Venko Filipce said The doctor returned from skiing in Italy a week ago then went to work for five days without any precaution or testing and even held a lecture to more than 100 people before she finally tested positive on Monday evening Filipce said on Tuesday The leaders of Northern Ireland s devolved government have cancelled a planned visit to the U S coinciding with St Patrick s Day celebrations while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar still plans to travel to Washington this week but has cut short his trip to allow more time to deal with the coronavirus outbreak Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown
     European countries attempted to shield themselves from a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics Austria announced an entry ban for anyone arriving from Italy and warned its citizens against travelling anywhere in the neighbouring country which has gone into a national lockdown to try and slow the spread of Covid 19 The Serbian government banned foreigners arriving from the whole of Italy as well as parts of China South Korea Iran and Switzerland Malta banned travel to and from Italy with immediate effect including all sea and air links Prime Minister Robert Abela said The ban will be in place until further notice and is only related to passengers Shipments of food medicine or other cargo between the two countries will continue Abela said Airlines joined the efforts to limit the international spread of the Italy outbreak British Airways said it was suspending all routes to and from Italy which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe with over 460 deaths Denmark announced that flights from areas badly affected by coronavirus including parts of Italy would not be given permission to land while Austrian Airlines stopped its flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice Milan and Bologna German airline Lufthansa had already cancelled thousands of its services with flights to and from Italy particularly affected The German Foreign Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to Italy Health Minister Jens Spahn on Tuesday appealed for an all hands on deck response to the new coronavirus in an op ed printed in the country s most read newspaper In the Bild tabloid Spahn called the outbreak a major challenge for us as a whole society while stressing that the German health system was well placed to deal with the virus The virus will change our everyday life We can only do it together he said The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly across the globe European Union leaders will hold a video conference at 5 pm 1600 GMT to coordinate efforts to respond to the outbreak Germany has confirmed 1 139 cases of infection according to the latest official data and recorded two deaths It has reached all 16 of Germany s federal states after authorities in Saxony Anhalt confirmed cases of infection there on Tuesday A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday the first such case in the Turkish administered part of the divided island The 65 year old woman was among a group of 30 tourists who arrived in Cyprus on Sunday from Germany s Balingen Anadolu quoted the Turkish Cypriot Health Minister Ali Pilli as saying The entire group was placed in quarantine at a hotel in Famagusta Pilli said Cultural and sporting life on the continent ground to a standstill in more places as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events Austria said all indoor events with more than 100 participants would be stopped Slovakia s measures would be in place for 14 days the ban in Poland did not have an end date and will cover professional football games and concerts among others However theatres opera houses philharmonic concert halls or art galleries will be exempt Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he will refrain from holding large conventions as part of his electoral campaign The risk that the coronavirus may spread is too big I don t want to endanger people who come to these meetings Duda said late Monday evening In the Czech Republic all schools are being shut and all events with more than 100 participants are being banned In North Macedonia the director of a Skopje dermatology clinic is facing suspension because of reckless disregard for epidemiologic procedures Health Minister Venko Filipce said The doctor returned from skiing in Italy a week ago then went to work for five days without any precaution or testing and even held a lecture to more than 100 people before she finally tested positive on Monday evening Filipce said on Tuesday The leaders of Northern Ireland s devolved government have cancelled a planned visit to the U S coinciding with St Patrick s Day celebrations while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar still plans to travel to Washington this week but has cut short his trip to allow more time to deal with the coronavirus outbreak Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown
    Foreign3 years ago

    Europe imposes new travel bans after Italy’s national lockdown

    European countries attempted to shield themselves from a severe coronavirus outbreak in Italy on Tuesday with travel bans and warnings, as they introduced ever stricter measures to contain their own domestic epidemics.

    Austria announced an entry ban for anyone arriving from Italy, and warned its citizens against travelling anywhere in the neighbouring country, which has gone into a national lockdown to try and slow the spread of Covid-19.

    The Serbian government banned foreigners arriving from the whole of Italy, as well as parts of China, South Korea, Iran and Switzerland.

    Malta banned travel to and from Italy with immediate effect, including all sea and air links, Prime Minister Robert Abela said.

    The ban will be in place until further notice, and is only related to passengers. Shipments of food, medicine or other cargo between the two countries will continue, Abela said.

    Airlines joined the efforts to limit the international spread of the Italy outbreak.

    British Airways said it was suspending all routes to and from Italy, which has seen by the worst outbreak in Europe, with over 460 deaths.

    Denmark announced that flights from areas badly affected by coronavirus, including parts of Italy, would not be given permission to land, while Austrian Airlines stopped its flights to the northern Italian cities of Venice, Milan and Bologna.

    German airline Lufthansa had already cancelled thousands of its services, with flights to and from Italy particularly affected. The German Foreign Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to Italy.

    Health Minister Jens Spahn on Tuesday appealed for an all-hands-on-deck response to the new coronavirus in an op-ed printed in the country’s most-read newspaper.

    In the Bild tabloid, Spahn called the outbreak a major challenge for us as a whole society, while stressing that the German health system was well placed to deal with the virus.

    “The virus will change our everyday life. We can only do it together,’’ he said.

    The outbreak originated in central China in December and has spread rapidly across the globe.

    European Union leaders will hold a video conference at 5 pm (1600 GMT) to coordinate efforts to respond to the outbreak.

    Germany has confirmed 1,139 cases of infection according to the latest official data and recorded two deaths.

    It has reached all 16 of Germany’s federal states, after authorities in Saxony-Anhalt confirmed cases of infection there on Tuesday.

    A German woman on vacation in Northern Cyprus was diagnosed with coronavirus, state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday, the first such case in the Turkish-administered part of the divided island.

    The 65-year-old woman was among a group of 30 tourists who arrived in Cyprus on Sunday from Germany’s Balingen, Anadolu quoted the Turkish Cypriot Health Minister Ali Pilli as saying.

    The entire group was placed in quarantine at a hotel in Famagusta, Pilli said.

    Cultural and sporting life on the continent ground to a standstill in more places, as Poland and Slovakia joined Italy in banning all sports and cultural events. Austria said all indoor events with more than 100 participants would be stopped.

    Slovakia’s measures would be in place for 14 days, the ban in Poland did not have an end date, and will cover professional football games and concerts, among others. However, theatres, opera houses, philharmonic concert halls or art galleries will be exempt.

    Polish President Andrzej Duda announced he will refrain from holding large conventions as part of his electoral campaign.

    The risk that the coronavirus may spread is too big. I don’t want to endanger people who come to these meetings,” Duda said late Monday evening.

    In the Czech Republic, all schools are being shut and all events with more than 100 participants are being banned.

    In North Macedonia, the director of a Skopje dermatology clinic is facing suspension because of reckless disregard for epidemiologic procedures, Health Minister Venko Filipce said.

    The doctor returned from skiing in Italy a week ago, then went to work for five days without any precaution or testing and even held a lecture to more than 100 people before she finally tested positive on Monday evening, Filipce said on Tuesday.

    The leaders of Northern Ireland’s devolved government have cancelled a planned visit to the U.S. coinciding with St Patrick’s Day celebrations, while Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar still plans to travel to Washington this week but has cut short his trip to allow more time to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  The Zamfara government has canceled the trip of 20 of its youth who were earlier screened to travel to China for studies under the state government s sponsorship The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov Bello Matawalle had secured admission for 200 indigent students to study various science and technology related courses They were slated to study in India Sudan Cyprus China among others The state s Scholarship Board had screened many of the successful candidates some of whom had left Nigeria for the countries where they would study With the recent outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus however the students who were being processed to study in China were asked to hold on Malam Lukman Majidadi the Special Adviser to Gov Matawalle on Scholarship Matters who confirmed the development to NAN said that the measure was for the safety of lives of our young men and women For the safety of the students and other Nigerians we decided to cancel the China trip of these 20 youths whose admissions were supposed to be in China We are currently working on the possibility of securing admissions for the affected persons in safer countries We have also informed the affected students not to panic since the governor has given them the opportunity it is an order and we are bound to send them to school Lukman assured The Nigeria News Agency reports that the students are expected to study courses like medicine radiology computer technology architecture among others Edited By Josephine Obute and Ephraims Sheyin
    Coronavirus: ZMSG cancels foreign study of 20 students to China
     The Zamfara government has canceled the trip of 20 of its youth who were earlier screened to travel to China for studies under the state government s sponsorship The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gov Bello Matawalle had secured admission for 200 indigent students to study various science and technology related courses They were slated to study in India Sudan Cyprus China among others The state s Scholarship Board had screened many of the successful candidates some of whom had left Nigeria for the countries where they would study With the recent outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus however the students who were being processed to study in China were asked to hold on Malam Lukman Majidadi the Special Adviser to Gov Matawalle on Scholarship Matters who confirmed the development to NAN said that the measure was for the safety of lives of our young men and women For the safety of the students and other Nigerians we decided to cancel the China trip of these 20 youths whose admissions were supposed to be in China We are currently working on the possibility of securing admissions for the affected persons in safer countries We have also informed the affected students not to panic since the governor has given them the opportunity it is an order and we are bound to send them to school Lukman assured The Nigeria News Agency reports that the students are expected to study courses like medicine radiology computer technology architecture among others Edited By Josephine Obute and Ephraims Sheyin
    Coronavirus: ZMSG cancels foreign study of 20 students to China
    Education3 years ago

    Coronavirus: ZMSG cancels foreign study of 20 students to China

    The Zamfara government has canceled the trip of 20 of its youth who were earlier screened to travel to China for studies under the state government’s sponsorship.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Gov Bello Matawalle had secured admission for 200 indigent students to study various science and technology-related courses.

    They were slated to study in India, Sudan, Cyprus, China, among others.

    The state’s Scholarship Board had screened many of the successful candidates, some of whom had left Nigeria for the countries where they would study.

    With the recent outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, however, the students, who were being processed to study in China, were asked to “hold on”.

    Malam Lukman Majidadi, the Special Adviser to Gov Matawalle on Scholarship Matters, who confirmed the development to NAN, said that the measure was “for the safety of lives of our young men and women”.

    “For the safety of the students and other Nigerians, we decided to cancel the China trip of these 20 youths whose admissions were supposed to be in China.

    “We are currently working on the possibility of securing admissions for the affected persons in safer countries.

    “We have also informed the affected students not to panic since the governor has given them the opportunity; it is an order and we are bound to send them to school,” Lukman assured.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the students are expected to study courses like medicine, radiology, computer technology, architecture, among others.


    Edited By: Josephine Obute and Ephraims Sheyin

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