Thailand reports 45 new coronavirus cases, another two deaths
BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thailand reported on Saturday (April 11) 45 new coronavirus infections and two more deaths.
The dead were Thai men, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
The South-east Asian nation has registered a total of 2,518 cases and 35 deaths since its outbreak emerged in January.
Bulgaria shuts nuclear reactor for annual maintenance
SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s only nuclear plant, Kozloduy, has shut one of its two 1,000-megawatt reactors for planned annual maintenance, it said on Saturday.
It said the reactor, Unit 5, will be reconnected to the national grid in the second half of May once it is refuelled and equipment repaired and upgraded.
The other Soviet-made 1,000-megawatt unit at the plant on the Danube was working at full capacity, the operator said in a statement.
Trade & Development Bank Arranges $328 Million Loan for Uganda
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TheEastern & Southern African Trade & Development Bank arranged a 300 million euro ($328 million) loan for the Ugandan government to help support its economy during the coronavirus pandemic.
The seven-year syndicated facility will help finance the development and infrastructure needs of Africa’s top coffee exporter, TDB said in a statement on its website. The country currently has 53 confirmed cases of the virus.
Lawmakers in the East African nation this weekapproved a 284 billion shilling ($75 million) supplementary budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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Supercut Highlights Sean Hannity’s Stunning Hypocrisy On Coronavirus
Fox News host Sean Hannity’s hypocrisy on the coronavirus is laid bare in a new supercut that the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America released on Friday.
The montage features footage of the primetime “Hannity” host on Thursday evening excoriating other media outlets who initially downplayed the threat of the outbreak, many likening it to the seasonal ’flu.
However, the video is intercut with multiple other clips of Hannity continuing to dismiss the risk for weeks ― in lockstep with President Donald Trump, of whom he is a staunch ally ― long after rival media had started to acknowledge its severity.
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Japan’s Abe Asks People to Shun Bars, Night Clubs to Avert Virus
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on people nationwide to refrain from visiting late-night entertainment venues to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Abe mentioned bars, night clubs and live music venues as examples of places to avoid, in comments Saturday at a government panel charged with determining measures to fight the pandemic. There were 197 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo on Saturday, the highest daily tally so far, Kyodo News reported.
The prime minister is now calling on all of Japan to avoid such venues, compared with a plea earlier this week to refrain from visiting them in Tokyo and six other districts subject to an emergency declaration. Abe’s administration declared a month-long emergency Tuesday, fueling concern that a plunge in business activity will cause a sharp economic downturn.
Abe also called for at least a 70% decrease in the number of workers that are commuting to work, and asked relevant authorities to request that companies comply with this, according to Kyodo.
Spain coronavirus death toll passes 16,000 – but chiefs see one positive
India lockdown has highlighted inequalities
The lockdown has created a humanitarian crisis and driven the unemployment rate up from 6 to 23 percent.
India put in place what was described as the world’s largest lockdown to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
While there were positive moments of people helping one another through the stressful time, the lockdown also highlighted many issues such as the precarious existence of India’s many migrant workers.
Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam looks at the impact the lockdown has had on the world’s second-most populous country.
Timeline: How Canada has changed since coronavirus was declared a pandemic
One month ago, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, a pandemic.
The global health authority made this call a little late, according to experts — the virus, which was first reported to the organization just over 100 days ago, had already shown the ability to kill and spread between people, and had been found in several countries.