2020

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Davido’s billionaire father, Adedeji Adeleke has dropped the sum of 500 million naira to fight the coronavirus in the country.
The business mogul and philanthropist has joined other billionaires in the country to release funds to fight against the deadly coronavirus which continues to spread. The news was disclosed by Davido who took to his Instagram page to share details about the donation.
According to the report, the Adeleke Dynasty would not only be giving out the sum of N500 million naira to the government but would be releasing bags of rice worth 250 million to the residents of Osun state. It was also stated that the rice would be distributed to all wards and religious parties in the state.
The “Risky” singer whose fiancee, Chioma tested positive for the coronavirus also disclosed that he and his family are doing well. He wrote:
 “Trust me, together we will beat this virus ! Thanks again for all the love y’all! The whole family still doing perfectly fine. You guys stay home and stay safe! ?? ya’ll! ?? you Papa ! #COVID19 #AdelekeDynasty”View image on Twitter

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The House of Representatives had announced that its 360 members have agreed to donate their salaries for the next two months towards the fight against the dreaded COVID- 19.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, who made the announcement in a message to Nigerians, said the contribution by the lawmakers will support provisions for welfare of frontline medical professionals and health workers during this trying times.
The Speaker said the Clerk to the National Assembly has been directed to see to it that “all members salaries are transfered to the National Relief Fund for this month and next month”.
He said the donation was independent of ongoing individual efforts by members to assist in alleviating the suffering occasioned by the virus and to improve the living condition not citizens in their constituencies.
According to a statement issued by his media office on Tuesday, which accompanied his video message to Nigerians, the Speaker said starting from March salary, the lawmakers’ donation would be transferred directly to the National Relief Fund account for the fight against the pandemic.
He said, “We have in the House of Representatives jointly committed to contributing 100 per cent of our salaries for the next two months to the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria. Our contribution will support provisions for the welfare of frontline medical professionals and health workers and other interventions, to provide for the wellbeing of all Nigerians through these trying times.
“Accordingly, I have directed the Clerk to the National Assembly to see to it that all members’ salaries are transferred to the National Relief Fund for this month and the next. This is independent of ongoing individual efforts by members to alleviate the suffering brought on by this virus and to improve the living conditions of citizens in their various constituencies.
The Speaker added that the House would exercise its oversight power to ensure faithful administration of all emergency funds and contributions made so far, to ensure they serve the purpose for which they were intended.
He said consequently, the House had already mandated the Committees on Health and Disaster Preparedness to “diligently oversee the distribution of items donated by local and foreign donors to ensure proper management.”
Gbajabiamila also said the House has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to make cash grants to the 774 local government areas of the country to alleviate the suffering by the masses.
He said, “The House also calls on the CBN, as part of its policy measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, to immediately direct cash grants to the 774 LGA administrations in the country to provide food and other essentials to at-risk individuals and communities.”
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The Republic of Congo’s former president has died of coronavirus in France, local media reported on Tuesday.
Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango died Monday at the age of 81, according to local daily Journal de Brazza.
Opango had been ill before he contracted the virus that has claimed over 37,000 lives worldwide.
He was an army officer who became the Central African nation’s first general and served as its head of state from 1977 to 1979.

Opango also served as prime minister from 1993 to 1996. He remained in exile between 1997 and 2007.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 178 countries and territories, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
More than 786,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 166,000 recoveries.
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Mediaworks employees have been asked to take a 15 percent wage cut or face widespread redundancies.
The MediaWorks property on Flower Street in Auckland central.
The MediaWorks property on Flower Street in Auckland central. Photo: Google Maps
Mediaworks chief executive Michael Anderson has today told workers that the company is in a fight for its survival.
He said Covid-19 has led to a drastic decline in advertising revenue, and a dramatic shortfall in cash flow.
Anderson has asked the company's television, radio and digital workers to take a voluntary pay cut of 15 percent.
He said the executive team was taking a 20 percent pay cut, he would be taking a 25 percent pay cut, and the Board will take a 50 percent pay cut.
Anderson said the pay cut would be for three months, with a likelihood it would be extended for a further three months.
He said if not enough people opt for the pay cut the company would immediately start planning for widespread redundancies.
  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre
In an email to staff Anderson says he was acutely aware of how much he was asking from people.
"It is in no way reflective of the hard work and passion that has gone into our business over the years. This is a critical move for our company if we intend to stay operational in the coming months and actively try to avoid large-scale redundancies in the short-term."
He said the company had applied for the government wage subsidy and expected it to be accepted.
Mediaworks brands include TV3, Newshub and radio stations such as The Rock and MoreFM.
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GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / CLIVE BRUNSKILL Former US Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus
Davis Cup-winning former US captain Patrick McEnroe said Tuesday he has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling well and no longer has symptoms.
The 53-year-old younger brother of seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe said in a video posting on Twitter that he was tested at a drive-up facility in Westchester County, the New York suburb where a major outbreak took place.
"I got some minor symptoms 10 or 11 days ago," McEnroe said. "My test just came back positive. I just got it this morning.
"That's the bad news. The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed and I feel really 100%."
McEnroe, speaking from the basement of his home, said he and his family had been self-quarantined for more than two weeks and advised others to do the same as a safety measure.
"Let's nail this thing," McEnroe said. "I'm an example of someone that has been able to fight through it and I'm doing absolutely fine."
McEnroe thanked well wishers later, tweeting, "So So touched by ALL the messages of support."
McEnroe won his only ATP singles title in 1995 at Sydney. He captured a Grand Slam doubles crown at the 1989 French Open alongside compatriot Jim Grabb.
He was captain of the 2007 US Davis Cup squad that beat Russia 4-1 in the final at Portland, Oregon.
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To accommodate homeless people during the lockdown, 38 self-contained units have been created in central Wellington.
The private accommodation is being operated by the City Mission, in partnership with the City Council, the Ministry for Social Development, and Housing and Urban Development.
Wellington Night Shelter
Photo: Supplied
Currently 18 people are taking up residence in the accommodation. 16 of those were moved from Wellington's Night Shelter, while the other two have come through the Council, all in need of a wrap-around support service alongside accommodation.
It joins the Night Shelter in providing the city's homeless with permanent accommodation for the next few weeks. The shelter has space for around 20 people.
City Missioner Murray Eldridge said they were anticipating a lockdown and started thinking about options a couple of weeks ago, but it all came together over the weekend.
"Often these things are very hard to do quickly, as you get through the bureaucracy that exists," Mr Eldridge said.
"But in a time of real need, people come together.
"What we've seen here is the ability to do something that would normally take many, many weeks, and in fact it's been able to be set up and achieved and running, and delivering effective service to people within a matter of days."
The accommodation, named Te Paapori - meaning community - will provide wrap-around support as well as a daily meal service.
Those in need of a self-contained unit to isolate in are currently being allocated spaces by the City Council. For the more high-functioning, Mr Eldridge said they were being given alternative locations, while those in need of a food service and more support, would be directed towards Te Paapori.
Mr Eldridge said he was conscious they needed to be able to look after their residents many of whom may have mental health problems or addictions.
"Some of these residents present with a range of challenges.
"We're seeking to work with them as best we can. It's a limited contact environment of course, because we're living by all the protocols we're required to under the Covid-19 planning.
"But [we won't] leave people without support, particularly when they may not have access to some of the things they may traditionally would.
"There's some withdrawal processes to manage, [and] people's anxiety is heightened, because of the strange circumstances we're all living in."
The cost of renting the facility is being covered by the Ministry of Social Development, with the City Mission managing the facility as a Kaupapa Māori service.
While the contract has currently been leased for two months, there is an option to extend further, dependent on the Covid-19 lockdown.

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GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / RONALD MARTINEZ US star Megan Rapinoe wears her jersey inside-out to hide the US Soccer Federation logo during the national anthem before a SheBelieves Cup match against Japan in Frisco, Texas
Women players suing US Soccer say in court documents filed Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged the jobs of men and women footballers require equal skill.
The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by federation lawyers earlier in March provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men's national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility.
The fierce backlash, not only from the women players but from sponsors such as Coca-Cola, ultimately forced Carlos Cordeiro to resign as president of the federation, to be replaced by vice president Cindy Parlow Cone -- a former US international.
US Soccer brought in new legal counsel, which has focused in court filings on refuting the plaintiffs' claims that the federation violated the US Equal Pay Act and other anti-discrimination legislation.
"The parties have significantly narrowed the issues to be tried by way of discovery and briefing," Tuesday's filing from the players' lawyers said.
"USSF no longer disputes that the jobs of the WNT and MNT players require equal skill, effort and responsibility -- and therefore have necessarily conceded that they perform equal work."
The documents filed by the federation outlining the case they plan to make said the women players had not identified comparable male counterparts under the law -- which requires equal payment for men and women working "in the same establishment."
"The undisputed facts show that the WNT and MNT are both geographically and operationally distinct," the US Soccer filing said.
"The WNT and MNT play in different venues in different cities (and often different countries), and participate in separate competitions against completely different pools of opponents."
The federation again stated that apparent pay discrepancies are due to a different pay structure negotiated by the women's union.
The case is set to go to trial May 5.
Parlow Cone told reporters in a conference call last week that she would like to settle the case sooner.
"I don't think a trial is good for either party or for soccer, both in this country or internationally," she said. "Obviously our women's team is the best team in the world, and I am hopeful that we can find a resolution before this goes to trial."
Tuesday's filings also included potential witnesses for both sides. The lists included all four class representatives in the lawsuit: Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn.
Former US coach Jill Ellis, Cordeiro and another former federation chief, Sunil Gulati, could also appear.
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GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / JUSTIN SULLIVAN California-based HP had rejected the last Xerox bid as too low and contended that the takeover campaign was being driven by corporate raider Carl Icahn, who has a stake in Xerox
Xerox on Tuesday dropped its unwelcomed bid to buy computer and printer maker HP for about $36 billion, blaming market turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The end of the hostile takeover campaign came less than two months after the imaging and copying giant upped by about 10 percent a bid rejected by the HP board of directors last year.
"The current global health crisis and resulting macroeconomic and market turmoil caused by COVID-19 have created an environment that is not conducive to Xerox continuing to pursue an acquisition of HP," Xerox said in a statement.
"While it is disappointing to take this step, we are prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders, and our broader response to the pandemic."
California-based HP had rejected the last Xerox bid as too low and contended that the takeover campaign was being driven by corporate raider Carl Icahn, who has a stake in Xerox.
"His large ownership position in Xerox means that his interests are not aligned with those of other HP shareholders," an HP statement said in January.
"Due to Mr Icahn's ownership position, he would disproportionately benefit from an acquisition of HP by Xerox at a price that undervalues HP."
Xerox on Tuesday said it was also dropping its effort to elect a new slate of HP board members who had been expected to support the takeover deal.
The current HP was created by the 2016 breakup of Hewlett-Packard, leaving the HP consumer division making printers and PCs, spinning off HP Enterprise for cloud computing and servers.
"There remain compelling long-term financial and strategic benefits from combining Xerox and HP," Connecticut-based Xerox said in its statement on Tuesday.
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GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Mike LAWRIE Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant is the top seed in the 'NBA 2K Players Only' tournament that will air on ESPN as the real-world NBA remains on hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic
NBA fans starved for action amid the shut-down forced by the coronavirus pandemic will get a taste of competition in an NBA 2K Players Tournament starting on Friday.
Kevin Durant may have been sidelined all season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon, but the Brooklyn Nets star is the top seed in the 16-man field of current NBA players taking on the virtual challenge.
The NBA, the NBA Players Association and game maker 2K announced the tournament, which will be aired in the United States on ESPN over 10 days.
"The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts," the league said.
Rising Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young is the second seed in a field that also features Portland's Hassan Whiteside, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura of Japan.
The seedings are determined by a player's NBA 2K rating -- Durant is a 96 -- and by tenure in the league.
After single-elimination first and second rounds the semi-finals and final will be best-of-three series.
As shelter-in-place orders and quarantines in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought actual sports to a standstill, the popular NASCAR stock car series showed that eSports can help fill the void for sports broadcasters and fans.
Over the past two weeks NASCAR drivers have competed in iRacing events that were aired on Fox Sports, drawing hundreds of thousands of viewers.
The NBA put its season on indefinite hold on March 11 after Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Teammate Mitchell is also among the NBA players who have tested positive, as is Durant.
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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has suspended monthly clearance for Corps members in keeping with the rules of social distancing as well as avoidance of crowd.
It was gathered that management of the NYSC made this known in a statement on Tuesday, stressing that Corps members would however be paid ‘allowee’ without recourse to the clearance, which was hitherto prerequisite for payments.
According to the NYSC, in the statement, suspension of the monthly clearance is for two months.
The statement reads: “The Management of the National Youth Service Corps hereby conveys to all Corps Members that the monthly clearance stands suspended for two months, in keeping with the rules of social distancing, as well as avoidance of crowd which are effective in stemming the spread of COVID-19.

“In this connection, Corps Members are assured that the payment of their monthly stipends shall be effected without recourse to the clearance letters.
“Area Directors, State/FCT Coordinators had since been notified of this directive and must ensure strict compliance.
“Corps Members are once again admonished to ensure good personal hygiene, social distancing, avoidance of crowd, use of hand sanitizers and facial masks; and above all staying at home in order to guard against falling prey to the virus.
“They are advised to always stay tuned to the NYSC traditional and social media platforms for information. With correct and responsible behaviour, we shall defeat the virus. Stay safe”.
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Alfa Sa’adu, a doctor of Nigerian origin who lives in the United Kingdom, has died of the coronavirus.
Sa’adu, 68, who is also the galadima of Pategi in Kwara state, died of complications from the disease on Tuesday.
Aisha Ahman-Pategi, Kwara state commissioner for chieftaincy affairs, confirmed his demise to TheCable.
Until his demise, Sa’adu worked at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.
He is the second reported Nigerian to die of the virus on foreign soil.
Bassey Offiong, a student of Western Michigan University in the US, died of COVID-19 on Saturday in the US.
As of Tuesday, Nigeria has 135 confirmed coronavirus cases.
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AFP/File / MANDEL NGAN The US Federal Trade Commission said it has seen rising levels of fraud schemes linked to the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus-related fraud schemes are rising fast and have cost US consumers some $4.77 million so far, a government watchdog said Tuesday.
The Federal Trade Commission said it had more than 7,800 coronavirus-related reports from consumers as of Monday, double the number from a week earlier.
The consumer protection agency said the fraud complaints include emails about travel and vacation cancellations and refunds, online shopping scams and government and business imposter schemes.
Many of the schemes were also being perpetrated by mobile text or robo-calls, the FTC said.
The median loss for consumers was $598.
The potential for fraud could rise further, notably as a result of the $2 trillion stimulus approved by Congress this month.
The FTC warned consumers earlier in March to expect scammers to ask for a social security number, which could be used for identity theft, or to pay an upfront fee to qualify for stimulus payments.
"The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money," the FTC said in a statement.
"No fees. No charges. No nothing."
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Navy Office of Information/AFP / Nicholas V. HUYNH Coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably through the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, its captain said
The captain of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt told the Pentagon that new coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably through his ship and called for immediate help to quarantine its crew.
But Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday ruled out evacuating the ship, whose plight bears similarities to that on civilian cruise ships where the COVID-19 illness spread.
Captain Brett Crozier wrote in a four-page letter that they had not been able to stem the spread of COVID-19 through the 4,000 crewmembers, describing a dire situation aboard the vessel now docked at Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.
"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die," Crozier wrote, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which published a copy of the letter on Tuesday.
"The spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating," Crozier wrote, referring to the ship's "inherent limitations of space."
He asked to be able to quarantine nearly the entire crew onshore at Guam, saying keeping them all on board the ship was an "unnecessary risk."
There is little opportunity for "social distancing", which US civilians have been told to practice, among the cramped passageways and sleeping quarters of an aircraft carrier.
"Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed US nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure," he said. "This is a necessary risk."
Asked on the CBS Evening News whether it was time for an evacuation, Esper said: I don't think we're at that point."
He added that supplies and medical assistance are being moved out to the Roosevelt.
"We're providing additional medical medical personnel as they need it."
He added that "none of them are seriously ill" and the Navy is "trying to make sure that we contain the virus, that we deploy testing kits. We get a good assessment of how much of the crew is infected."
- Over 100 cases on board -
The Chronicle said that more than 100 aboard the warship had been confirmed infected with the new coronavirus, around four times the figures given last Friday.
Crozier asked in the letter for quarantine facilities for the entire crew on Guam.
Navy Office of Information/AFP / Kaylianna GENIER Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Ernesto Santa Ana loads a sample for complex surveillance testing of COVID-19 in a mobile laboratory aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
The US Navy did not confirm the contents of the letter, which were also reported by The New York Times.
In a statement, a Navy official under condition of anonymity said that Crozier had alerted his Pacific fleet leaders on Sunday of the problems aboard the carrier.
"The ship's commanding officer advocated for housing more members of the crew in facilities that allow for better isolation," the official said.
"Navy leadership is moving quickly to take all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of the crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt, and is pursuing options to address the concerns raised by the commanding officer."
- Vietnam port stop -
Some speculated that the infection could have begun with a port stop in Vietnam by the Roosevelt.
The carrier put in to Da Nang port for five days in early March, when the virus was raging in China and more than a dozen cases had been detected in Vietnam.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told CNN Tuesday that he agreed with Crozier on the seriousness of the situation, and that they had been working over the past few days to move people off of the Roosevelt.
However, he said, facilities to sequester the afflicted sailors in Guam, which hosts a major US naval base, are limited.
"We are having to talk to the government there to see if we can get some hotel space, create some tent-type facilities there," Modly said.
In his letter published by the Chronicle, Crozier referred to a study about the Diamond Princess cruise ship which was quarantined off Japan earlier this year.
The study concluded that early evacuation of passengers and crew would have prevented many more infections. Ten passengers died and more than 700 people who were on board contracted the virus.
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Thailand’s government issued a warning Tuesday that April Fool’s Day jokes about the novel coronavirus are punishable by a law which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.
The government’s Public Relations Department posted an infographic on its Twitter account on Tuesday saying “it’s against the law to fake having Covid-19 this April Fools’ Day.”
“People around the world are suffering from #Covid19 outbreak, and that’s reason enough why people should be more considerate and not use this as a prank or a joke,” the post’s accompanying text said.
Thailand’s government had declared a state of emergency that became effective Thursday and will remain in place until at least April 30 as the country tries to halt the spread of the virus.

One of the measures under the emergency decree states “scaremongers are warned not to spread false news or rumours concerning the Covid-19 pandemic through any media channels,” the Public Relations Department said in another Twitter post on Tuesday.
It said violators would be prosecuted under computer crime laws which punishes those who input information deemed false into computer systems. It carries penalties of up to five years in prison or an up-to-100,000-baht (3,055-dollar) fine.
Thailand reported 127 new coronavirus cases and one new death on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,651, with 10 deaths.

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AFP / Hector RETAMAL The coronavirus crisis is hammering the global economy and transforming the daily existence of some 3.6 billion people
Americans were told Tuesday to brace for "very painful" weeks ahead in a worsening coronavirus pandemic projected to claim up to a quarter million US lives, as fatalities spiked in European hotspots Spain, France and Britain.
With more than 42,100 already killed by the disease barrelling around the globe, the United States registered a record 865 deaths in 24 hours -- taking its death toll to 3,873.
As field hospitals sprouted in the US outbreak's epicenter New York City, Trump said he was extending social distancing and stay-at-home orders for another 30 days.
"This is going to be a very painful -- a very, very painful -- two weeks," the president said at the White House as he described the pandemic as "a plague."
"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead."
In a matter of months, the virus has infected more than 857,000 people in a crisis hammering the global economy and transforming the daily existence of some 3.6 billion people told to stay home under lockdowns.
Deaths shot up again across Europe. While there are hopeful signs that the spread of infections is slowing in hardest-hit Italy and Spain, more than 800 died overnight in both countries.
France recorded a one-day record of 499 dead while Britain reported 381 coronavirus deaths.
But members of Trump's coronavirus task force offered a grim forecast of between 100,000 and 240,000 US deaths in coming months, taking into account current mitigation efforts.
"As sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it," Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said with Trump at his side when asked about the lower figure of 100,000.
But Fauci said mitigation was "actually working" and that authorities are doing everything they can to get the death toll "significantly below that."
AFP / Bryan R. Smith Volunteers set up an emergency field hospital in New York's Central Park
With hospitals direly overstretched, lockdowns have been extended despite their crushing economic impact.
In Belgium a 12-year-old girl died in another worrying case of a youth succumbing to the disease.
France joined the US with a surge to 3,525 deaths, an official toll that includes only those who died in hospital and not those who perished at home or in seniors' homes.
- 'We need help now' -
The inundation of patients has sent health facilities worldwide into overdrive.
Emergency hospitals are popping up in event spaces while distressed medical staff make grim decisions about how to distribute limited protective gear, beds and life-saving respirators.
AFP / STR While the crisis deepens in much of the world, some in China are returning to a normalcy of sorts
In scenes previously unimaginable in peacetime, around a dozen white tents were erected to serve as a field hospital in New York's Central Park.
While many companies and schools around the globe have shifted to teleworking and teaching over video platforms, huge swaths of the world's workforce cannot perform their jobs online and are now lacking pay and face a deeply uncertain future.
Food banks in New York City have seen a huge rise in newcomers struggling to feed their families.
AFP / Alain BOMMENEL Epidemic treatment and protection through the ages
"It is my first time," Lina Alba, a cleaner at a Manhattan hotel that closed two weeks ago, said from a food distribution center.
"We need the help now. This is crazy," said Alba, a 40-year-old single mother of five.
Three quarters of Americans are now under some form of lockdown, while off the Florida coast a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship and its sister vessel are pleading for somewhere to dock after four passengers died on board.
- Virus breeds divisions -
The extraordinary economic and political upheaval spurred by the virus is opening new fronts for cooperation and conflict.
In virtual talks Tuesday, finance ministers and central bankers from the world's 20 major economies pledged to address the debt burden of low-income countries and deliver aid to emerging markets.
Last week G20 leaders said they were injecting $5 trillion into the global economy to head off a feared deep recession.
AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE The virus has claimed more than 40,000 lives worldwide
In the European Union, however, battle lines have been drawn over the terms of a rescue plan.
Worst-hit Italy and Spain are leading a push for a shared debt instrument -- dubbed "coronabonds."
But talk of shared debt is a red line for Germany and other northern countries, threatening to divide the bloc.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen also warned against using emergency measures as a pretext for power grabs -- after a new law gave Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orban authority to rule by decree until his government deems the crisis over.
AFP / The global spread of the novel coronavirus
- 'Nothing to eat' -
The economic pain of lockdowns is especially acute in the developing world.
In Tunisia several hundred protested a week-old lockdown that has disproportionately impacted the poor.
"Nevermind coronavirus, we're going to die anyway! Let us work!" shouted one protester in the demonstration on the outskirts of the capital Tunis.
Africa's biggest city Lagos entered its first full day of a two-week shutdown -- containment will be especially tough in the megacity's packed slums, where many rely on daily wages to survive.
"There is no money for the citizens," engineer Ogun Nubi Victor, 60.
"People are just sitting at home, with nothing to eat."
While much of the world shuts down, the ground-zero Chinese city of Wuhan has begun reawakening in recent days, giving the bereaved the first chance in months to bury their dead.
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Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries, on Tuesday, called on China to cancel all debts owed it over the Coronavirus pandemic.
Suleman explained that such action would suffice for the outbreak of COVID-19.
In a series of tweets, the clergyman said that though debt cancellation won’t alienate the pain caused the world, it was the right step to take.
He also called on China to reveal to the world how they managed the virus.
According to Suleman: “I have said this over and over, China should cancel all debts owed them. Even though that won’t alienate them from the pains/pangs they have caused the world.
“They are suddenly dumb. They have handled the virus in ther country, tell others how you did it.
“China allowed people who contracted the virus leave their country..now they ban entry.
“Wuhan got but Beijing is free..how?..same country..yet the world is affected..and someone says its conspiracy theory? Asides precautions, we should all pray. God will frustrate their agenda.”
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Maggie Fitzgerald


U.S. stock futures moved lower in overnight trading and pointed to declines at the open on Wednesday, following the end of the worst first quarter on record for the Dow and S&P 500 spurred by the coronavirus sell-off.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell more than 1.2%, indicating a loss of about 220 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were also set to open lower, with losses of 25 points and 55 points, respectively.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday evening the U.S. should prepare for a “very, very painful two weeks” from the rampant coronavirus.  White House officials are projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 virus deaths in the U.S.
“This is going to be a rough two-week period,” Trump said at a White House press conference. “When you look at night the kind of death that has been caused by this invisible enemy, it’s incredible.”
On Tuesday, the Dow fell 410 points or 1.8% to 21,917.16, weighed down by American Express, which dropped more than 5%. The S&P 500 fell 1.6% to 2,584.59 and Nasdaq Composite dropped nearly 1% to 7,700.10. At its session high, the Dow was up more than 150 points. 
The Dow secured its worst first-quarter performance ever, losing more than 23% of its value in the first three months of 2020. The 30-stock benchmark had its worst quarter since 1987. The S&P 500 fell 20% in the first quarter, its worst first quarter ever and its biggest quarterly loss since 2008. The Nasdaq fell more than 14% in the first quarter.
DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach said that the coronavirus driven market rout will worsen again in April, taking out the March low.
“The low we hit in the middle of March … I would bet that low will get taken out,” Gundlach said in an investor webcast on Tuesday. “The market has really made it back to a resistance zone. ... Take out the low of march and then we’ll get a more enduring low.”
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a nationwide shutdown of the economy, halting business production and leaving millions of American workers unemployed. The unprecedented societal disruption has caused financial distress and volatility never seen before, ultimately causing the wort first quarter in history for both the Dow and the S&P 500. 
“The quarter will be remembered as the fastest and greatest drop in the stock Market for the start of any post-war bear market,” said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group. “This reflects the fact that this Bear is the only one cause by a recession which was simply ‘proclaimed’ as leaders announced they were essential shutting down the economy. Since a recession was ensured, the Bear skipped all its normal foreplay and simply went right to the end fully reflecting a recession almost immediately.”
U.S. oil experienced its worst month and quarter in history, losing more than 66% of its value in the first three months of the year. Demand has evaporated due to the coronavirus outbreak and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN that he is starting to see “glimmers” that social distancing is helping to lessen the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, U.S. cases of the fast-spreading virus have topped 177,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death roll from the virus in America has surpassed 3,400.
Wall Street also posted sharp losses for the month. The Dow and S&P 500 fell 13.7% and 12.5%, respectively, in March for their worst one-month declines since the 2008 financial crisis. 
However, stocks have managed to rally towards the end of month. Investors are hoping the market has bottomed, with many strategists expecting a “V” shaped recovery, a sharp drop in GDP in the second quarter and a swift snapback in the third quarter. The so-called bond king Gundlach called those estimates “highly, highly optimistic.”
On Wednesday, private payroll data is expected to show an evaporation in job creation. Moody’s ADP Employment data for March will be released, with economists expecting a fall of 125,000 jobs, compared to April’s addition of 183,000 non-government jobs. Markit Manufacturing PMI and ISM manufacturing index for March will also be released on Wednesday.
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Hannah Miller

Jeep Renegade at Melfi plant
A Jeep Renegade rolls down an assembly line at Fiat Chrysler’s Melfi assembly plant in Italy in 2015.
Michael Wayland / CNBC
Check out the companies making headlines after the bell.
Verint Systems — Shares of the analytics company tumbled 12% in extended trading after Verint Systems missed analysts’ estimates on both earnings and revenue in the fourth quarter. The company reported earnings of $1.11 per share excluding some items on revenue of $349 million. Analysts anticipated earnings of $1.16 on revenue of $375 million, according to Refinitiv.
HP — The technology company’s stock fell 1% in extended trading after Xerox announced that it was dropping its hostile takeover bid to merge with HP. “The current global health crisis and resulting macroeconomic and market turmoil caused by COVID-19 have created an environment that is not conducive to Xerox continuing to pursue an acquisition of HP,” Xerox said in a statement on Tuesday. HP previously rejected Xerox’s proposals, and Xerox raised its offer to $24 per share in February, which would have valued HP at approximately $34 billion.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — Shares of the automaker rose 2% after the market closed. Car manufacturers like Fiat Chrysler are offering 0% financing for 84 months and deferred payments of 90 days for well-qualified new car buyers in order to drum up sales in an industry crippled by the coronavirus.
Noble Energy — The oil exploration company’s stock fell 2% in extended trading after rising 14% earlier in the day. Oil prices rose Tuesday after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed declining oil prices over a phone call. Oil prices previously fell to an 18-year low on Monday.
SmileDirectClub — The teledentistry company’s stock rose 3% after the closing bell. Interest in telehealth companies like SmileDirectClub has grown amidst the coronavirus as people choose to consult with medical professions via phone or video chat rather than in person.
Macy’s — The retailer’s stock rose 1% during extended trading. Macy’s is moving to the S&P SmallCap 600 and is being replaced on the S&P 500 by Carrier Global, the S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Tuesday. Carrier Global is a spinoff of United Technologies. Macy’s will be removed from the S&P 500 prior to the open on April 6.
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The World Health Organisation, WHO has dropped a shocker to people wearing masks as protection against coronavirus.
It said masks do not offer protection against coronavirus.
In its latest update about the virus which has sickened close to 800,000 people worldwide and killed 38,000, WHO said emphatically that people who are healthy should not wear masks.
It warns that masks used improperly can be a source of infection.
“If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
“Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
“Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
“If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

Here is WHO advisory on how to use the mask:
“Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
“Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
“Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
“To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
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The Nigerian Army has deployed Faruk Yahaya as the new theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole, the army’s operation fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east.
Yahaya, a major-general, who was until the deployment, general officer commanding (GOC) of the army’s 1 division in Kaduna, is replacing Olusegun Adeniyi who had been in charge of the operation since August. 
In the major redeployment of generals and other senior officers, Adeniyi will now resume at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as a senior research fellow.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sagir Musa, army spokesman, said the postings which was approved by Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, is a routine exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency.
“The major highlight of the posting includes – the posting and appointment of Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters  Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL, while the erstwhile Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos  and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen OG Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu- Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison,” the statement read.
“Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding.
“Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct  Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation, Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation.”
“Others are -Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi – Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Mutkut is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander.
“Also, Colonel DJ Abdullahi from the defunct  Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces’ Command Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces’ Command Doma Nasarawa State and appointed Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel EC Emere from Nigerian Army Archives to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Deputy Commandant and Col MO Agi is to remain in Headquarters Nigerian Army Armour Corps Bauchi as Acting Chief of Staff among others.”
All the postings and appointments, the army said, are to take effect from April 1, 2020.
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More questions were fired at top government officials in the second Epidemic Response Committee meeting.
Watch the meeting here:
The committee was set up to ensure the government's response to Covid-19 is still scrutinised while Parliament is adjourned.
National MP Paul Goldsmith asked about the projection of unemployment for the rest of the year.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson said looking at the global financial crisis that resulted in a 6.7 percent unemployment, "we'll be in excess of that".
Minister of Finance Grant Robertson.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas
He couldn't say by how much but that it depended on how the subsidies were distributed. The wage subsidy scheme paid out $4.2 billion as of yesterday and it is expected to be more than $5b by the end of today.
Robertson said Treasury was in the process of finalising it now and the unemployment numbers could be expected in a matter of days.
Treasury chief executive Dr Caralee McLiesh.
Dr Caralee McLiesh. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas
Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury Dr Caralee McLiesh said a significant increase in unemployment was on the horizon "a little over 5 percent well into the double digits".
McLiesh said Treasury was looking at different industries and how they had been affected in alert level - tourism was hit hard, but essential services were better off.
"If we look across the economy, level 4 resulted in reductions in the output of about 40 percent," she said emphasising it was an estimate.
Treasury was working to set up a team of experts to help set up bespoke plans for larger businesses affected by the lockdown, she said.

Rent freeze for commercial property tenants questioned

Simon Bridges asked about a rent freeze on commercial rents after the government froze residential rent increases.
Robertson said wages and rent were the biggest costs for small and medium businesses and that the government was working on that now.
"We'll have something to say about that in the coming days."
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David Seymour. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas
ACT Party Leader David Seymour said there was confusion regarding rents and what government interventions will be.
"Our first best response has to be people making pragmatic arrangements with one another," Robertson said.
"Not everybody is playing nice so we are aware of the issues. We are talking to Property Council and working on a package that will support us through this."
Goldsmith accused the government of only releasing health-related information daily, but no specific information about the day-to-day economic impact of the lockdown.
Labour MP Ruth Dyson said it would be helpful to have more data on the Covid-19 website about the other issues being addressed and what the government was doing, in order to help build public confidence.
"It's a pretty quickly moving process," Robertson replied adding that he would consider it.

Why are supermarkets essential but not butchers, bakers?

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Simon Bridges. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas
Bridges said the government had created a "duopoly" by handing over the business to the country's two largest supermarkets.
Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said there was no evidence of "price gouging or abuse of their market position".
The public could report this kind of behaviour and some people had, he said. The [pricewatch@mbie.govt.nz pricewatch@mbie.govt.nz] address had received 866 emails so far.
MBIE Labour, Science and Enterprise deputy chief executive Paul Stocks said to minimise public gatherings, only supermarkets were allowed to operate.
As for dairies, it is a supplier that has a mixed range of products, not a single line.
The reason dairies were open was for those who didn't have access to supermarkets. However, he said there was no reason butcheries and bakeries needed to be open and not supply to supermarkets.
Bridges raised the issue of inconsistencies, food wastage, animal welfare.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford announcing the NZTA review recommendations 9 October 2019
Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas
Seymour asked if and when butchers, bakers and fresh fruit and vege stores, would be allowed to resume operations.
The government was considering that, Twyford said.
"We're weighing up all of those things now without compromising the core objective of minimising movement."
Twyford couldn't say if it was based on a health notice to have only supermarkets open where more people congregated as opposed to a local butcher.
National MP Michael Woodhouse asked if it was safer to do so. He said it was undermining butchers and bakers being able to maintain the distance rules, just as well as supermarkets.

'We will see a lot of insolvency' - economist

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub during the Epidemic Response Committee meeting on 1 April.
Shamubeel Eaqub Photo: Screengrab / Facebook
Economist Shamubeel Eaqub said he was looking at the Covid-19 experience in New Zealand in three stages:
1. The lockdown
2. The purgatory
3. The new normal
"We haven't experienced this before," he said.
He said the various subsidies were welcome but the government should not socialise all costs.
"It is important to have cash flows to preserve businesses.
"We have to be careful about the extension of the lockdown, [or] we are going to see many more businesses fail unless there are more generous provisions."
He said people in government jobs needed to be secured.
"Government needs to lead by example."
Once the lockdown ends, our borders are likely to remain quite restricted and the global backdrop likely to be unsettled.
He said there would be a demand for bridging finance after the lockdown.
"I fear we will see a lot of insolvency in the coming months," he said.
"It's important the infrastructure of the economy is protected.
"If we have business failures we don't have the economic infrastructure."
He said the new reality was businesses suddenly having to deal with loss of revenue over what previously was shortage of staff.
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Critic, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to US, Germany, France and Israel evacuating their citizens from Nigeria as a result of the deadly Coronavirus.
According to Fani-Kayode, Nigeria could fight coronavirus without them and that they should go.
He said Nigerians might not have more resources than them, but that God is with the nation.
He wrote on his twitter handle: “U.S., France, Germany & Israel evacuate citizens from Nigeria?
“Let them go! We shall get through this without them. We may not have their resources but we have God. He will never leave us or forsake us. We shall get through this and the name of the Lord shall be glorified.”
Nigeria currently has 135 people infected with Coronavirus, with nine discharged so far and two death.
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Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning, says her ministry did not request donations from the public to tackle coronavirus in the country.
In a statement on Sunday, Yunusa Abdullahi, special adviser on media & communications to the minister, dissociated the ministry from a letter circulating on social media requesting donations from the public.
Abdullahi said the letter was a ruse to deceive the public and defraud them.
He said the ministry did not at any point appeal to the public for donation, and that neither has it received any donation to that effect.
The spokesman described the letter as a scam and asked the public to disregard it.
“The attention of the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters impersonating the Ministry in an attempt to defraud unsuspecting members of the public,” the statement read.
“Of particular concern to the Ministry is the recent purported letter circulating on Social Media and part olds content reads thus ‘DONATIONS SO FAR FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID -19 IN NIGERIA” referenced FMF/HMF/EFCC1S-EFFE-REC/2020/1, and dated 28th March, 2020
“The purported letter mentioned names of notable Nigenans including Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Tony Elemelu, Jim Ovia, Tuface Idibia, Atiku Abubakar, NNPC, Access Bank, among others.
“The letter concluded by appealing to Nigerians to “Please give the little you have to aid the fight against Covid-19 Nothing is too small.”
“We wish to inform all members of the public particularly members of the social media community that by this statement the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning and the Office of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning disassociate itself from the purported donations and letter. It is fake, it is a SCAM.
“The Minister has, therefore, called on all Nigerians and the general public to disregard the letter for what it is —a SCAM. The Ministry has neither put out a request for donations nor received any.
“The Ministry also wishes to warn the general public that it will not be liable for any financial transaction which may have transpired between people and scammers who have created emails or social media accounts in the name of the Ministry or principal officers of the Ministry.
“Accordingly, the Ministry wishes to advise all members of the public to desist from transacting business(es) with imposters as doing so would be at their own risk.”
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4-5 minutes The total number of cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand has risen to 708, with 61 confirmed and probable cases in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry has confirmed.
Watch the media conference here:
  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre
Health Ministry Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said there had been 47 new confirmed cases and 14 new probable cases.
Fourteen people are in hospital - two are in intensive care but are stable. 82 people have now recovered from the coronavirus. There have been no further deaths.
Dr McElnay said a new case definition would be issued today as a guide for clinical practitioners.
The new guidelines say those with respiratory symptoms consistent with Covid-19 should be considered for testing, "regardless of travel history or contact with a confirmed case".
"But we do rely on clinical judgement at all times for any assessment of any patient."
Dr McElnay said this would result in more testing, and health authorities were prepared for that.
"Our testing capacity is currently 3700 tests, and we are currently doing an average of 1843 tests per day, based over the last seven days."
By the end of next week, there will be 10 laboratories carrying out tests, up from eight currently, and the Health Ministry hoped to raise testing capacity to 5000 tests.
Dr McElnay said that while the lower reported numbers looked encouraging, they still expect cases to rise in the next few days. She said the broadening of the case definition meant numbers were likely to rise.
"It's much to early to read into those tests," she said.
She said there was still a strong link to overseas travel and links to confirmed cases. Community transmission was estimated to be about 1 percent.
"However we continue to focus on getting better information on the data for community transmission."
She said the 1 percent community transmission figure was not concrete, as testing ramped up and more information was gathered.
The Health Ministry is developing a surveillance plan to monitor community transmission.
Labs for testing are increasing from eight to 10 and will be in place by the end of next week.
Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black said 57 people were moved yesterday from managed isolation in Auckland through Wellington to Christchurch.
She said there would be a charted regional flight this afternoon, and more were expected in the next few days.
All of the people on those flights were getting health checks before flying and going into self-isolation after they got home.
Stuart-Black said the State of National Emergency could be extended each week, and reminded people that this was distinct from the alert level.

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Lagos State Governor, Bajide Sanwo-Olu, has sent words of encouragement to his colleagues from Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi respectively.
Sanwo-Olu in a tweet on Monday wished the three governors speedy recovery after being hit by the coronavirus.
According to him, the governors play a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19 in their respective states and the country.
“I wish H.E Gov @elrufai, H.E Gov Bala Mohammed and H.E Gov @seyiamakinde who tested positive for #COVID19, a speedy and safe recovery.

“As leaders and co-visionaries in building Nigeria, they play critical roles and we hope to continue to benefit from their insight and leadership,” he said.
Governor Mohammed had on May 24 announced through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, that he tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Gidado explained that the Bauchi governor was infected after having contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, confirmed to have also been hit by the virus.
Four days after, Governor El-Rufai announced via his verified Twitter handle of testing positive for COVID-19.
“Earlier this week, I submitted a sample for the COVID-19 test. The result came in this evening, and I regret to say that it is positive,” the governor said.
Similarly, Governor Makinde announced on March 30 that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.
“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”
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Technology is helping to maintain sanity during these unprecedented times

By Shawn Knight
Editor's take: It’s anyone’s guess as to how much longer this whole ordeal will last but it’s almost a guarantee that it’ll leave a lasting scar on society and how we go about things moving forward. For example, I wouldn’t be surprised if massive gatherings like tech conferences turn increasingly digital and working from home becomes a bit more commonplace.
Business-focused and video conferencing apps are seeing record growth as work from home policies, social distancing measures and government mandated lockdowns continue to grip the globe in an effort to slow down the spread of Covid-19.
Between March 15 – 21, video conferencing apps like Hangouts Meet and Houseparty realized explosive growth across numerous countries as observed by app market data and insights company App Annie. In the US, for example, Hangouts Meet was downloaded 30x more than the weekly average during Q4 2019 in the US.
Houseparty was equally as popular in France as downloads were up 30x during the same period. The app really shined in Spain and Italy, however, as growth mushroomed by 2360x and 423x in these regions, respectively.
During the week of March 14 – 21, global downloads of business-minded apps topped 62 million across Google Play and the App Store. The growth represents an increase of 45 percent over the previous week and up 90 percent from the weekly average across all of 2019 in the business app category.
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The only coronavirus-hit patient in Ekiti State has tested negative and allowed to go home.
The unidentified male patient has been discharged from hospital.
The patient had served as a driver to an American who came on a visit to Nigeria and spent two weeks in Ibadan.
The American later died on suspicion of succumbing to the virus.

But while the care-giver tested negative, the driver tested positive.
He was discharged Tuesday, a day after five persons also overcame the virus in Lagos.
According to NCDC, Nigeria now has 135 confirmed cases of the virus.
Nine persons have been discharged while two died..
Here is a breakdown of cases by states in real time:
Lagos- 81
FCT- 25
Ogun- 4
Enugu- 2
Ekiti- 1
Oyo- 8
Edo- 2
Bauchi- 2
Osun-5
Rivers-1
Benue- 1
Kaduna- 3
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