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  •  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. YEE Edited 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
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    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
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    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

  •   Gov Bello Matawalle on Friday bade farewell to 92 students sponsored by the state government to study various degree programmes in Cyprus The beneficiaries are expected to study Pharmacy Radiology Petrochemical Engineering and Architecture They are part of the 200 students the governor had promised to offer scholarship to study abroad Nigeria News Agency reports that 131 students comprising males and females had earlier left the country to their institutions in India Sudan and Cyprus While bidding the students farewell Matawalle who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Bala Maru charged them to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria and concentrate on their studies He said the scholarship scheme was for the students to study science computer technology and engineering courses in fulfilment of his campaign promise During our electioneering campaign we promised the good people of the state that the educational sector will be one of our areas of focus We specifically promised to encourage our young and talented students to further their studies within and outside the country I emphatically wish to enjoin you to dedicate yourselves to your studies and to ensure that you have justified the confidence we have reposed in you We hope to receive people who have not only improved their own lives but also people who will help reshape the future of our state and the country at large the governor said Earlier the governor s Special Adviser on Scholarship Matters Mr Lukman Majidadi gave details of the students who benefited from the foreign scholarship Currently we have 66 students in Sudan 23 students in India and now 50 students have been prepared to take off for Cyprus so as to join the 42 to make up 92 students in Cyprus He commended the governor for his efforts in the educational sector including the release of over N43 million for the foreign scholarship scheme Edited By Maharazu Ahmed
    92 Zamfara students off to Cyprus for degree programmes 
      Gov Bello Matawalle on Friday bade farewell to 92 students sponsored by the state government to study various degree programmes in Cyprus The beneficiaries are expected to study Pharmacy Radiology Petrochemical Engineering and Architecture They are part of the 200 students the governor had promised to offer scholarship to study abroad Nigeria News Agency reports that 131 students comprising males and females had earlier left the country to their institutions in India Sudan and Cyprus While bidding the students farewell Matawalle who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Bala Maru charged them to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria and concentrate on their studies He said the scholarship scheme was for the students to study science computer technology and engineering courses in fulfilment of his campaign promise During our electioneering campaign we promised the good people of the state that the educational sector will be one of our areas of focus We specifically promised to encourage our young and talented students to further their studies within and outside the country I emphatically wish to enjoin you to dedicate yourselves to your studies and to ensure that you have justified the confidence we have reposed in you We hope to receive people who have not only improved their own lives but also people who will help reshape the future of our state and the country at large the governor said Earlier the governor s Special Adviser on Scholarship Matters Mr Lukman Majidadi gave details of the students who benefited from the foreign scholarship Currently we have 66 students in Sudan 23 students in India and now 50 students have been prepared to take off for Cyprus so as to join the 42 to make up 92 students in Cyprus He commended the governor for his efforts in the educational sector including the release of over N43 million for the foreign scholarship scheme Edited By Maharazu Ahmed
    92 Zamfara students off to Cyprus for degree programmes 
    Education3 years ago

    92 Zamfara students off to Cyprus for degree programmes 

    Gov. Bello Matawalle on Friday bade farewell to 92 students sponsored by the state government to study various degree programmes in Cyprus.

    The beneficiaries are expected to study Pharmacy, Radiology, Petrochemical Engineering and Architecture.

    They are part of the 200 students the governor had promised to offer scholarship to study abroad.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that 131 students comprising males and females had earlier left the country to their institutions in India, Sudan and Cyprus.

    While bidding the students farewell, Matawalle, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Maru, charged them to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria, and concentrate on their studies.

    He said the scholarship scheme was for the students to study science, computer, technology and engineering courses, in fulfilment of his campaign promise.

    “During our electioneering campaign, we promised the good people of the state that the educational sector will be one of our areas of focus.

    “We specifically promised to encourage our young and talented students to further their studies within and outside the country.

    “I emphatically wish to enjoin you to dedicate yourselves to your studies, and to ensure that you have justified the confidence we have reposed in you.

    “We hope to receive people who have not only improved their own lives, but also people who will help reshape the future of our state and the country at large,” the governor said.

    Earlier, the governor’s Special Adviser on Scholarship Matters, Mr. Lukman Majidadi gave details of the students who benefited from the foreign scholarship.

    “Currently, we have 66  students in Sudan, 23 students in India, and now 50 students have been prepared to take off for Cyprus so as to join the 42 to make up 92 students in Cyprus”.

    He commended the governor for his efforts in the educational sector, including the release of over N43 million for the foreign scholarship scheme.

     


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed

  •  Roman Catholic authorities in Jerusalem on Friday instructed their priests to give communion by hand only The authorities added that the priest should stop placing the wafers on worshippers tongues and to empty holy water fonts as precautions against the spread of the coronavirus The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced the measures on Thursday shortly after the start of Lent the 40 day season that leads up to Easter Millions of pilgrims frequent Jerusalem and other holy cities such as Nazareth and Bethlehem each year Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa the Vatican s apostolic administrator said in a statement that with its many visitors the Holy Land is in a unique situation The guidelines include receiving Communion by hand only rather than placing the wafer directly on the recipient s tongue and avoiding having the faithful receive Communion from the chalice In the communion ceremony worshippers receive a wafer called a host and often sip wine or dip the wafer into wine in the chalice before putting it in their mouths Catholics believe that the host and wine after consecration by a priest become the body and blood of Jesus Christ Pizzaballa s statement also offered a preventive suggestion to empty the holy water fonts typically metal or stone basins filled with blessed water that are often placed at the entrance to a church The Latin diocese is the Vatican s representative in holy cities across Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as in Jordan and Cyprus It s most famous churches are Jerusalem s Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried Bethlehem s Church of the Nativity where he is believed to have been born and Nazareth s Basilica of the Annunciation Earlier on Friday Israel confirmed its second case of coronavirus a person it said had been in close contact with a man who tested positive after visiting Italy Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim
    Coronavirus fears lead Holy Land Catholic churches to give communion by hand only
     Roman Catholic authorities in Jerusalem on Friday instructed their priests to give communion by hand only The authorities added that the priest should stop placing the wafers on worshippers tongues and to empty holy water fonts as precautions against the spread of the coronavirus The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced the measures on Thursday shortly after the start of Lent the 40 day season that leads up to Easter Millions of pilgrims frequent Jerusalem and other holy cities such as Nazareth and Bethlehem each year Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa the Vatican s apostolic administrator said in a statement that with its many visitors the Holy Land is in a unique situation The guidelines include receiving Communion by hand only rather than placing the wafer directly on the recipient s tongue and avoiding having the faithful receive Communion from the chalice In the communion ceremony worshippers receive a wafer called a host and often sip wine or dip the wafer into wine in the chalice before putting it in their mouths Catholics believe that the host and wine after consecration by a priest become the body and blood of Jesus Christ Pizzaballa s statement also offered a preventive suggestion to empty the holy water fonts typically metal or stone basins filled with blessed water that are often placed at the entrance to a church The Latin diocese is the Vatican s representative in holy cities across Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as in Jordan and Cyprus It s most famous churches are Jerusalem s Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried Bethlehem s Church of the Nativity where he is believed to have been born and Nazareth s Basilica of the Annunciation Earlier on Friday Israel confirmed its second case of coronavirus a person it said had been in close contact with a man who tested positive after visiting Italy Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim
    Coronavirus fears lead Holy Land Catholic churches to give communion by hand only
    Foreign3 years ago

    Coronavirus fears lead Holy Land Catholic churches to give communion by hand only

    Roman Catholic authorities in Jerusalem on Friday instructed their priests to give communion by hand only.

    The authorities added that the priest should stop placing the wafers on worshippers’ tongues, and to empty holy water fonts as precautions against the spread of the coronavirus.

    The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced the measures on Thursday, shortly after the start of Lent, the 40-day season that leads up to Easter.

    Millions of pilgrims frequent Jerusalem and other holy cities such as Nazareth and Bethlehem each year.

    Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Vatican’s apostolic administrator, said in a statement that with its many visitors the Holy Land is in a “unique situation”.

    The guidelines include receiving Communion by hand only, rather than placing the wafer directly on the recipient’s tongue, and avoiding having the faithful receive Communion from the chalice.

    In the communion ceremony, worshippers receive a wafer called a host and often sip wine, or dip the wafer into wine in the chalice before putting it in their mouths.

    Catholics believe that the host and wine, after consecration by a priest, become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

    Pizzaballa’s statement also offered a preventive suggestion to empty the holy water fonts – typically metal or stone basins filled with blessed water that are often placed at the entrance to a church.

    The Latin diocese is the Vatican’s representative in holy cities across Israel and the Palestinian territories as well as in Jordan and Cyprus.

    It’s most famous churches are Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried, Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, where he is believed to have been born, and Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation.

    Earlier on Friday, Israel confirmed its second case of coronavirus, a person it said had been in close contact with a man who tested positive after visiting Italy.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim

     

     

  •  A 30 year old woman Precious Chike who allegedly obtained N500 000 on the pretext of procuring a Cyprus Visa was on Thursday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates Court in Lagos State Chike whose address was not given is standing trial on a three count charge of conspiracy fraud and stealing She however pleaded not guilty The prosecutor Sgt Cyriacus Osuji had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Feb 20 at 11 57a m in Eputu Town Ibeju Lekki Lagos Osuji said that the defendant obtained N500 000 from the complainant Mrs O Ogara on the pretext of processing a Cyprus Visa for her but failed to do so The prosecutor said that the defendant converted the said money to her personal use in contravention of Sections 287 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 The Magistrate Mrs L Y Balogun granted her bail in the sum of N200 000 with two sureties in like sum She said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government Balogun adjourned the case until March 9 for mention Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Ijeoma Popoola
    Woman, 30, faces N500, 000 visa fraud charge
     A 30 year old woman Precious Chike who allegedly obtained N500 000 on the pretext of procuring a Cyprus Visa was on Thursday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates Court in Lagos State Chike whose address was not given is standing trial on a three count charge of conspiracy fraud and stealing She however pleaded not guilty The prosecutor Sgt Cyriacus Osuji had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Feb 20 at 11 57a m in Eputu Town Ibeju Lekki Lagos Osuji said that the defendant obtained N500 000 from the complainant Mrs O Ogara on the pretext of processing a Cyprus Visa for her but failed to do so The prosecutor said that the defendant converted the said money to her personal use in contravention of Sections 287 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 The Magistrate Mrs L Y Balogun granted her bail in the sum of N200 000 with two sureties in like sum She said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government Balogun adjourned the case until March 9 for mention Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Ijeoma Popoola
    Woman, 30, faces N500, 000 visa fraud charge
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Woman, 30, faces N500, 000 visa fraud charge

    A 30-year-old woman, Precious Chike, who allegedly obtained N500, 000 on the pretext of procuring a Cyprus Visa, was on Thursday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

    Chike, whose  address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.

    She, however, pleaded not guilty.

    The prosecutor, Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, had told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences on Feb. 20, at 11:57a.m. in Eputu Town, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.

    Osuji said that the defendant obtained N500, 000 from the complainant, Mrs O. Ogara, on the pretext of processing a Cyprus Visa for her, but failed to do so.

    The prosecutor said that the defendant converted the said money to her personal use, in contravention of Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

    The Magistrate, Mrs L. Y. Balogun, granted her bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

    She said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

    Balogun adjourned the case until March 9 for mention.


    Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola

  •  The European Commission on Wednesday warned that Britain and Italy needed to press ahead with economic reforms while Germany should further boost public investment The warning comes against the backdrop of its latest economic health check of the 27 European Union EU member states Italy the eurozone s third largest economy has long been a growth foot dragger In the EU it is the only country besides Greece whose Gross Domestic Product GDP has not returned to pre 2008 financial crisis levels The current coronavirus outbreak in Italy s economic heartland is expected to weigh further on the economy Germany on the other hand has been called on time and again to boost public investment and help stimulate eurozone growth given its large budget surplus which reached a record 13 5 billion euros in 2019 According to the commission Italy along with former bailout recipients Greece and Cyprus is experiencing excessive economic imbalances as Rome s mountain of public debt is among the highest in the eurozone is still on the rise The EU Executive however noted that the Italian authorities made no progress in implementing reforms that would reduce the burden of old age pensions on public spending According to the commission Germany made some progress in boosting public and private investment but EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said that large surpluses remained a concern Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim
    EU executive warns Italy, Germany, others of economic imbalances
     The European Commission on Wednesday warned that Britain and Italy needed to press ahead with economic reforms while Germany should further boost public investment The warning comes against the backdrop of its latest economic health check of the 27 European Union EU member states Italy the eurozone s third largest economy has long been a growth foot dragger In the EU it is the only country besides Greece whose Gross Domestic Product GDP has not returned to pre 2008 financial crisis levels The current coronavirus outbreak in Italy s economic heartland is expected to weigh further on the economy Germany on the other hand has been called on time and again to boost public investment and help stimulate eurozone growth given its large budget surplus which reached a record 13 5 billion euros in 2019 According to the commission Italy along with former bailout recipients Greece and Cyprus is experiencing excessive economic imbalances as Rome s mountain of public debt is among the highest in the eurozone is still on the rise The EU Executive however noted that the Italian authorities made no progress in implementing reforms that would reduce the burden of old age pensions on public spending According to the commission Germany made some progress in boosting public and private investment but EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said that large surpluses remained a concern Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim
    EU executive warns Italy, Germany, others of economic imbalances
    Foreign3 years ago

    EU executive warns Italy, Germany, others of economic imbalances

    The European Commission, on Wednesday warned that Britain and Italy needed to press ahead with economic reforms, while Germany should further boost public investment.

    The warning comes against the backdrop of its latest economic health check of the 27 European Union (EU) member states.

    Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, has long been a growth foot-dragger.

    In the EU, it is the only country besides Greece whose Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has not returned to pre-2008 financial crisis levels.

    The current coronavirus outbreak in Italy’s economic heartland is expected to weigh further on the economy.

    Germany, on the other hand, has been called on time and again to boost public investment and help stimulate eurozone growth, given its large budget surplus, which reached a record 13.5 billion euros in 2019.

    According to the commission, Italy, along with former bailout recipients Greece and Cyprus, is experiencing excessive economic imbalances, as Rome’s mountain of public debt is among the highest in the eurozone, is still on the rise.

    The EU Executive, however, noted that the Italian authorities made no progress in implementing reforms that would reduce the burden of old-age pensions on public spending.

    According to the commission, Germany made some progress in boosting public and private investment, but EU Economy Commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni, said that large surpluses remained a concern.


    Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim

  •  Sixteen beneficiaries of scholarships by a faith based organisation the Omega Power Ministry OPM have departed the country for Turkey to continue their university education Founder and General Overseer of OPM Chibuzor Chinyere disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday He said the students who departed the country on Thursday night came from less privileged families According to him the beneficiaries have been enrolled with full scholarship with feeding and accommodation to study various degree courses in Kirklareli University in Turkey for a duration of four and five years By the grace of God I have been sending children abroad to study in the last 10 years they go to Canada Cyprus U S South Africa and UK But this time we sent them to Turkey We have not sent them in bulk before but now we conducted exam for some students in Port Harcourt Rivers and in Anambra and some of them scaled through So we decided to sponsor their education Those involved are those that finished secondary school but have stayed at home for over five years because their parents had no money to send them to University We are doing this because of the potential in these children which will not only benefit the family but the entire nation So we cannot allow these potentials to be wasted It was on this basis that we decided to select such people with good result that have finished secondary school but cannot further to University level Chinyere said According to him the examination was conducted for over 5 000 secondary school graduates to prove that the results they have belong to them He explained that about 200 people have so far benefited from the scholarship since the inception of the church and that they were funded by the tithes and offerings from church members We took the best from less privileged families and disqualified those that also did well but from rich families So after the exam we made enquiries about every person that wrote the exam to know their background and we dropped those that their parents are well to do he said Apart from the scholarships OPM also established 14 free nursery and primary schools two free specialist hospitals and a skill acquisition centre that had trained over 10 000 less privileged people Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Ismail Abdulaziz
    Church sponsors 16 to Turkey for varsity education
     Sixteen beneficiaries of scholarships by a faith based organisation the Omega Power Ministry OPM have departed the country for Turkey to continue their university education Founder and General Overseer of OPM Chibuzor Chinyere disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday He said the students who departed the country on Thursday night came from less privileged families According to him the beneficiaries have been enrolled with full scholarship with feeding and accommodation to study various degree courses in Kirklareli University in Turkey for a duration of four and five years By the grace of God I have been sending children abroad to study in the last 10 years they go to Canada Cyprus U S South Africa and UK But this time we sent them to Turkey We have not sent them in bulk before but now we conducted exam for some students in Port Harcourt Rivers and in Anambra and some of them scaled through So we decided to sponsor their education Those involved are those that finished secondary school but have stayed at home for over five years because their parents had no money to send them to University We are doing this because of the potential in these children which will not only benefit the family but the entire nation So we cannot allow these potentials to be wasted It was on this basis that we decided to select such people with good result that have finished secondary school but cannot further to University level Chinyere said According to him the examination was conducted for over 5 000 secondary school graduates to prove that the results they have belong to them He explained that about 200 people have so far benefited from the scholarship since the inception of the church and that they were funded by the tithes and offerings from church members We took the best from less privileged families and disqualified those that also did well but from rich families So after the exam we made enquiries about every person that wrote the exam to know their background and we dropped those that their parents are well to do he said Apart from the scholarships OPM also established 14 free nursery and primary schools two free specialist hospitals and a skill acquisition centre that had trained over 10 000 less privileged people Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Ismail Abdulaziz
    Church sponsors 16 to Turkey for varsity education
    General news3 years ago

    Church sponsors 16 to Turkey for varsity education

    Sixteen beneficiaries of scholarships by a faith-based organisation, the Omega Power Ministry (OPM), have departed the country for Turkey to continue their university education.

    Founder and General Overseer of OPM, Chibuzor Chinyere, disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Friday.

    He said the students, who departed the country on Thursday night, came from less privileged families.

    According to him, the beneficiaries have been enrolled with full scholarship; with feeding and accommodation, to study various degree courses in Kirklareli University in Turkey for a duration of four and five years.

    “By the grace of God, I have been sending children abroad to study in the last 10 years; they go to Canada, Cyprus, U.S., South Africa and UK. But this time we sent them to Turkey.

    “We have not sent them in bulk before, but now, we conducted exam for some students in Port Harcourt, Rivers and in Anambra, and some of them scaled through. So, we decided to sponsor their education.

    “Those involved are those that finished secondary school, but have stayed at home for over five years because their parents had no money to send them to University.

    “We are doing this because of the potential in these children, which will not only benefit the family but the entire nation. So, we cannot allow these potentials to be wasted.

    “It was on this basis that we decided to select such people with good result that have finished secondary school, but cannot further to University level,” Chinyere said.

    According to him, the examination was conducted for over 5,000 secondary school graduates to prove that the results they have belong to them.

    He explained that about 200 people have so far benefited from the scholarship since the inception of the church and that they were funded by the tithes and offerings from church members.

    “We took the best from less privileged families and disqualified those that also did well but from rich families.

    “So, after the exam we made enquiries about every person that wrote the exam to know their background and we dropped those that their parents are well to do,” he said.

    Apart from the scholarships, OPM also established 14 free nursery and primary schools, two free specialist hospitals and a skill acquisition centre that had trained over 10,000 less privileged people.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  The Vatican on Monday said that Pope Francis would visit Malta on May 31 as the small Mediterranean country would be celebrating its annual Feast of St Paul s Shipwreck Earlier the pontiff had urged Catholics to welcome migrants just as the Maltese had welcomed St Paul The biblical retelling of St Paul s shipwreck notes that the Maltese had greeted him with unusual kindness and that line has been chosen as the theme for the papal visit in May Malta is among the Euiropean Union EU countries most directly affected by irregular migration to Europe In 2018 the country had the EU s third highest number of asylum applications per capita after Cyprus and Greece Maltese President George Vella and Prime Minister Robert Abela both said they hoped the visit would help foster national unity Malta s archbishop Charles Scicluna said the visit was a reminder of Malta s heritage as a safe haven and the need to welcome migrants who knock on the shores of our islands It is the first overseas visit Pope Francis has announced for 2020 and the fourth papal visit to the strongly Catholic Malta in 30 years Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim
    Pope Francis to visit Malta in May
     The Vatican on Monday said that Pope Francis would visit Malta on May 31 as the small Mediterranean country would be celebrating its annual Feast of St Paul s Shipwreck Earlier the pontiff had urged Catholics to welcome migrants just as the Maltese had welcomed St Paul The biblical retelling of St Paul s shipwreck notes that the Maltese had greeted him with unusual kindness and that line has been chosen as the theme for the papal visit in May Malta is among the Euiropean Union EU countries most directly affected by irregular migration to Europe In 2018 the country had the EU s third highest number of asylum applications per capita after Cyprus and Greece Maltese President George Vella and Prime Minister Robert Abela both said they hoped the visit would help foster national unity Malta s archbishop Charles Scicluna said the visit was a reminder of Malta s heritage as a safe haven and the need to welcome migrants who knock on the shores of our islands It is the first overseas visit Pope Francis has announced for 2020 and the fourth papal visit to the strongly Catholic Malta in 30 years Edited By Yahaya Isah Emmanuel Yashim
    Pope Francis to visit Malta in May
    Foreign3 years ago

    Pope Francis to visit Malta in May

    The Vatican, on Monday said that Pope Francis would visit Malta on May 31, as the small Mediterranean country would be celebrating its annual Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck.

    Earlier, the pontiff had urged Catholics to welcome migrants just as the Maltese had welcomed St Paul.

    The biblical retelling of St Paul’s shipwreck notes that the Maltese had greeted him “with unusual kindness,” and that line has been chosen as the theme for the papal visit in May.

    Malta is among the Euiropean Union (EU) countries most directly affected by irregular migration to Europe.

    In 2018, the country had the EU’s third-highest number of asylum applications per capita, after Cyprus and Greece.

    Maltese President George Vella, and Prime Minister Robert Abela, both said they hoped the visit would help foster national unity. Malta’s archbishop Charles Scicluna said the visit was a reminder of Malta’s heritage as a safe haven and the need to “welcome migrants who knock on the shores of our islands.”

    It is the first overseas visit Pope Francis has announced for 2020 and the fourth papal visit to the strongly Catholic Malta in 30 years.


    Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim

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