The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen’s government-controlled provinces increased to 419 on Wednesday, as 20 new cases were confirmed.
The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a brief statement that during the past 24 hours, 20 cases of COVID-19 were detected in a number of provinces under the control of internationally-recognized government.
The ministry said that the number of recoveries in the government-controlled areas increased to 17 since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on April 10.
Also, the government announced that the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease climbed to 95 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city of Aden.
The Yemeni government has taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including imposing a partial overnight curfew in Aden and other major cities under its control.
The government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organizations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.
Resumption: Schools comply with COVID-19 protocol
As schools across Osun state resumed today, the authoritiest of all schools complied with the Federal Government COVID-19 protocol.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored resumption of schools in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Monday, observed compliance with the Covid-19 protocols of use of face mask and observance of social distancing in the schools visited.
The Principal, Anglican Central Government Middle School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, Mr Rufus Ojedokun, commended the state government for the re-opening of schools.
He described as impressive the turn out of students and teachers in school, adding over 90 per cent were in attendance.
Ojedokun said that all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home, while the school already put all materials in place for the schools as well.
He admonished parents to support their children academically by providing necessary materials for them and ensure they are punctual in schools.
Also, Mrs Kehinde Olafimihan, Coordinator for Triumphant Baptist Private Primary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, told NAN that the school resumption was a welcomed development.
Olafimihan said that ahead of resumption, government had decontaminated the school premises and classrooms, provided washing hand basin with soaps and sanitizers for the pupils, staff and visitors.
She said that also provided were thermometers to checkmate the temperature of the children before entry into the school compound while the pupils complied with social distance protocols in their classrooms.
According to her, all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home while the school also provided as well.
Also, Mr Ademola Sanusi, the Principal, Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, stated that almost 90 per cent of the students resumed today, because majority of them were already tired of staying at home.
He said that all the students came with their face masks and sanitizers from home, while the schools also provided for their students, staffs and visitors to the schools.
The principal urged the students to face their studies, saying that they have limited time to run the abridge third term, for they would write unified promotion examinations.
Also, Johnson Agboola, the Vice-Principal, Ambassador College, said that as a private school, they were happy at the resumption and all their staff and students were 100 per cent present in school.
Agboola added that the school had provided face masks for the students, staff and the visitors.
He stated that the school ensured compliance with social distancing, provided thermometers to check the students temperature and water and hand washing basin with soap and sanitizers
The Vice-Principal appealed to the students to be diligent in their studies, saying this was necessary because of the time lost due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Bayo Sekoni
Italy to host Netherlands in Bergamo in honour of COVID-19 victims
Italy will play next month’s UEFA Nations League home match against The Netherlands in Bergamo to honour the town that was severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.
Besides remembering the people who died in Bergamo, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said on Monday the match was relocated from Milan’s Giuseppe Meazza to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.
It added that the Oct. 14 match would take place behind closed doors.
“The Azzurri, who will be in Bergamo from Oct. 12 onwards, will pay homage to the city, while adhering to all the necessary sanitary protocols,” FIGC said.
Bergamo and its province, which lies east of Milan, reported thousands of cases when the pandemic peaked in northern Italy during March and April.
Coronavirus deaths have since considerably dropped in the country, where more than 35,000 casualties have been reported.
The Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia has recently been renovated to host Atalanta’s UEFA Champions League games.
Italy last played in Bergamo in 2006.
Italy will play a friendly against Moldova in Florence on Oct. 7, a match originally scheduled to take place in Parma.
Four days later, the national team will visit Poland in Danzig for the third round of the Nations League.
Italy are top in Group A1 of the competition’s top tier.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France
Italy on Monday announced compulsory virus testing for anyone wishing to enter the country from Paris or other parts of France with high rates of coronavirus infection.
Explaining the decision on Facebook, Health Minister Roberto Speranza wrote that the situation in Europe “cannot be underestimated” and called for “great caution.”
“Italy today is doing better than other countries, but great caution is still required in order not to jeopardize the efforts made until now,” he wrote.
Italy was the first Western country to be hit by the pandemic but, after a severe health emergency in March and April, it brought infection rates under control in the following months.
However, virus numbers have crept up again since the second half of July and, with the reopening of schools this month, fears of a possible second wave of infections have increased.
By comparison, Spain has had 300.5, France 192.5 and Germany 25.9.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests, Munich premier concerned
Bayern Munich fans started undegoing coronavirus tests on Monday ahead of their trip to the European Super Cup match in Budapest, amid grave concern voiced by Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder.
UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich are offering free testing for ticket-holders until Tuesday, ahead of Thursday’s match against Europa League champions Sevilla, and on their return.
Europe’s ruling football body UEFA is sticking to its plan to host the Super Cup final at the Puskas Arena and in front of fans.
Both clubs were allowed to sell 3,000 tickets to their fans as 30 per cent of the 67,000 stadium capacity are to be used.
Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said 2,100 Bayern Munich fans are expected to travel to Hungary.
A negative test not older than 48 hours is needed to gain entry into the country.
But there have been ticket cancellations after German health authorities declared Budapest a high-risk area.
The number of new coronavirus infections in seven days there has been stable at high value of 100.
Bayern Munich are traveling with a very small delegation, and Soeder is considering stricter quarantine rules in connection with the game.
Soeder said on Monday that everyone should think “carefully” before attending the game, saying: “I really have stomach ache when it comes to the Super Cup.
“It is a very high risk area and we must be very, very careful to not have an additional risk, a football version of Ischgl so to speak,” Soeder said.
He was comparing it to the ski resort in Austria where many holiday-makers were infected with the virus in the past winter.
For now anyone who has been abroad in a risk area for less than 48 hours does not have to be in a two-week quarantine at home.
But Soeder wants to propose to the cabinet on Tuesday that people attending sports and other cultural events abroad should respect the quarantine regulations.
This means football fans would have to go into self-isolation or take appropriate tests after their return, even if they stayed less than 48 hours abroad.
“My appeal, however, will be to reconsider whether [the game] is really necessary. The Super Cup is an exciting game, but not the most important one”, Soeder said.
Due the increasing number of coronavirus infections in Munich, no spectators were allowed at Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga opener against Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena on Friday.
That was after originally 7,500 were permitted to attend.
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn praised that decision and, with Cologne also having to play behind closed doors on the weekend, has not ruled out similar short-term steps in the future.
“The city of Munich has done the right thing,” Spahn said on Monday.
“As bitter as it may be for the fans and the football atmosphere, if the regional numbers are increasing, no fans should be allowed in the stadiums.”
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)