Latest Coronavirus Update For Today, Sunday, March 8th 2020

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WHO has declared coronavirus a global health emergency (image courtesy: AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI)

Welcome to the coverage of the latest coronavirus update for today Sunday, March 8th, 2020, on Concise News.

South Africa Confirms Third Coronavirus Case

South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, on Sunday confirmed the third case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Concise News understands that this third patient is the wife of South Africa’s first coronavirus patient.

“This morning we have received results of the direct contact of the first patient, his wife. She had also travelled with him to Italy as part of a group of 10,” Mkhize said in a statement.

“I now wish to advise the public that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is therefore the third confirmed case in South Africa.”

Italy Closes Cinemas, Theatres, Museums

Museums, theatres, cinemas and other entertainment venues have been shut in Italy to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to local media.

Schools, nightclubs and casinos were also closed throughout the European country.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, signed the new regulation in the early hours of Sunday.

More than 230 people have died in Italy as a result of coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. This is the most deaths from the virus outside China, where the outbreak began in December 2019.

Nigerian Tests Positive For Disease

A Nigerian who passed through Washington D. C., United States, has tested positive for coronavirus in neighbouring state of Maryland.

The Mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, announced this at a news conference on Saturday night, saying all the persons the Nigerian had contact with are being traced in the city.

Meanwhile, 19 people have died in the United States from coronavirus, with the  number of infections in the country now more than 400.

WHO Praises Nigerian Govt For Swift Tackle Of Coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended the Nigerian government on measures taken to contain the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the country.

The Director-General of the United Nations health agency, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, recognised the government’s effort in a tweet on Saturday.

He also thanked the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) for its efforts since the index case of the virus was reported late February.

39 Quarantined Persons Have No Symptoms – Ogun State

Ogun state commissioner for health, Tomi Coker, says the 39 persons on quarantine in the isolation facility in Ewekoro have not developed any symptom of coronavirus.

The persons were quarantined following their contact with the Italian patient who came into the country with the virus.

The Italian is being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

These Have Been Strange Days – Milan Defender Speaks On Disease Outbreak

AC Milan defender Simon Kjaer has admitted it has been strange not to have played football for almost two weeks as sporting activities have been hampered by the spread of coronavirus in Italy.

The Danish Centre-back who is on loan from Sevilla of Spain is recovering from his injury struggles, and is gearing up to take on Genoa on Sunday afternoon in the Serie A.

“These have been strange days, we haven’t played for almost two weeks, but it’s allowed me to have more time to recover,” Kjaer told Milan TV.

“I’m feeling better and I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.”

That’s all for now on the latest coronavirus news on Concise News. Be sure to get more Nigerian news updates on this online news medium.


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John Andah is a fine-grained journalist. He has been a member of the fourth estate for a decade. He loves the smell of a good lead, and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. John was Senior Assistant Editor at Concise News.


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