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WHO defends coronavirus handling; UK toll rises: Live updates

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic after US President Donald Trump accused the agency of being “China-centric” and threatened to cut funding. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Wednesday recorded its highest daily death toll, at 938, bringing the number of total coronavirus-linked fatalities to 7,097. More: While Spain reported another 757 deaths over the past 24 hours, Wuhan began allowing people to leave for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged there late last year. Here are the latest updates. Wednesday, April 8 18:00 GMT – Gazans fear covonavirus outbreak will be their breaking point People in Gaza voice concern t...

Coronavirus: What sporting events are affected by the pandemic?

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which as of April 8 has killed more than 83,000 people globally, has affected sporting events across the world. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has infected more than 1.4 million people worldwide. More: Major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. The most significant one that was due to take place in Japan this summer was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However,the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have postponed the event to next year, where it will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. Football The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Nations League Finals, which were scheduled for June 4–7, have been suspended.Th...

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as COVID-19 that has spread to nearly every country. The disease has killed some 83,000 people and infected more than 1.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More: Below is a timeline: On April 7, Spain has reported a slight increase in the daily death toll of coronavirus for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight.  Meanwhile Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases and Singapore began a partial lockdown.  The WHO urged countries not to lift measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus “too early” after Austria and Denmark a...

Thando Thabethe 5FM Exit:This is the real reason behind Thando ‘Thabooty’ Thabethe’s leaving

Thando Thabethe 5FM Exit  South African television and radio personality Thando Thabethe has revealed the reasons behind her sudden departure from SABC owned radio station, 5FM. Although she announced last month that she was leaving the station, she did not dish out the reasons for her departure. The 29-year-old who is also known by the moniker ‘ Thabooty’ because of her voluptuous figure, recently took to social media and opened up about the circumstances that led to her abrupt departure from the station. Speaking on her official account on Twitter,  she highlighted that she was forced to hand in a resignation letter because of a protracted dispute with the station. In the post, Thando also detailed the back and forth meetings she had had with management which were meant to reso...

Before And After : Zodwa WaBantu Gets A Boob Job Worth R12k

Vosho Queen Zodwa Rebecca Libram popularly knows by her stage name Zodwa WaBantu has gone under the knife and enhanced her milk jars. Zodwa WaBantu gets a boob job and Mzansi was not prepared. The Durban based dancer who shot to fame with her explicitly raunchy dances revealed she underwent the procedure after noticing her boobs had started to sag. Zodwa WaBantu getting a boob job was trending on social media and Zodwa was kind enough to show the world the before and after pictures of the boob job she underwent. Zodwa WaBantu gets a boob job On why she decided to get a boob job, Zodwa said she made the realisation after she gave birth. It was during breastfeeding that she realised her boobs sagging. Thus came the decision for Zodwa to get a boob job. Zodwa WaBantu gets a boob job. The 34-y...

Zimbabwe’s CBZ Holdings unveils new board of directors to steer transformation and growth

AMHVoices: Education system needs facelift newsday April 8, 2020 ALTHOUGH it was on the eve of school holidays, the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a devastating effect worldwide, had an immediate … NewsDay Zimbabwe

Fastjet to resume flights on April 21

Low cost carrier, fastjet Zimbabwe intends to resume operations on April 21, two days after the lapse of the country’s lockdown period, a trading statement has resumed. By Staff Reporter The trading statement revealed that all fastjet employees have accepted a voluntary salary reduction effective from the beginning of April Furthermore, the company had reduced salaries of its staff. The company was, however, optimistic that its financial situation would not take a massive knock, as it expects that reduced global oil prices will help cushion it from the financial impact from the projected low passenger demand. In March, fastjet said they were confident they had sufficient resources to meet its operational needs until the end of June 2020, but this was before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted ...

Zimbabwe’s FX Shortage to Worsen as Virus Upends Tobacco Season

Zimbabwe’s severe shortage of U.S. dollars is set to worsen as the coronavirus threatens the start of sales of tobacco, its second-biggest source of foreign exchange. “It’s the cash flow that’s the biggest concern for everyone,” Ben Gilpin, executive director of the Commercial Farmers Union, said by phone from the capital, Harare, on Tuesday. “The people that provide finance to tobacco farmers did so until the end of March, with the expectation that from April debts are being serviced, but there is no money now.” Like its neighbors, Zimbabwe has imposed a 21-day lockdown to halt the spread of the virus. That’s shuttered mines, while remittances from abroad have also declined. The International Monetary Fund said in its latest Article IV report that the country had $109 ...

Fastjet Says Fastjet Zimbabwe Planning To Restart Flights On 21 April

* TRADING STATEMENT * FASTJET ZIMBABWE IS CURRENTLY PLANNING TO RESTART FLIGHT OPERATIONS ON TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2020 * ALL FASTJET GROUP EMPLOYEES HAVE ACCEPTED A VOLUNTARY SALARY REDUCTION EFFECTIVE FROM 1 APRIL 2020 OF UP TO 30% * SALARY REDUCTION DEPENDING ON THEIR CURRENT SALARY SCALES, WITH LOWEST EARNERS AFFECTED LEAS * EXPECTS REDUCED GLOBAL OIL PRICES TO HELP TO CUSHION FINANCIAL IMPACT OF FORECAST LOWER PASSENGER DEMAND WHEN OPERATIONS RESTART * TIMELINES DISPOSAL OF CO’S HOLDING IN FASTJET ZIMBABWE ARE NO LONGER PRACTICALLY ACHIEVABLE * FASTJET ZIMBABWE HAS FULLY PAID OFF ALL OF ITS EMBRAER EMB145 AIRCRAFT * INVESTOR CONSORTIUM CONFIRMED THAT IT REMAINS COMMITTED TO DIVESTMENT PROPOSAL * INVESTOR CONSORTIUM INDICATED THAT IT WOULD POTENTIALLY FORESEE MODIFIED TERMS OF SALE NEEDING ...

Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter Bahumi Reveals She Is Suffering From An Incurable Disease

Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter Bahumi Mhlongo, who has managed to carve her own name in the entertainment industry without the help of her father has revealed she is suffering from an incurable disease. Buhami is suffering from an incurable disease. The versatile actress posted a picture on her Instagram account which showed that her two legs are of different sizes. This prompted fans to question her about the evident anomaly. The post quickly drew a lot of comments with some being downright snide and lacking empathy. One fan asked: “Why does one leg look smaller than the other? They look out of place. It’s odd”. The comment drew a lashing from Bahumi’s fans who told the commenter off. According to sources, Bahumi suffers from a condition called Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction. According t...

COVID-19 holds up Prospect

Zimbabwe may have to wait a little bit longer to see development of its newest lithium mine, all due to the impact of coronavirus on raising capital on the world markets. — newZWire Prospect Resources, the Australian-listed company that is developing the Arcadia mine near Goromonzi, says it is to launch a rights issue and lay off workers, in response to the recent world market turmoil that has made raising working capital difficult. The company had planned to start development at Arcadia in 2020, but progress may now be delayed as the company cuts costs and looks to shareholders for extra money. Prospect will make a non-renounceable share rights issue to raise as much as US$2 million to keep operations running, pending finalisation of funding and off-take talks with Afreximbank and Russia’...

New York reports 731 new coronavirus deaths: Live updates

France has become the fourth country to register more than 10,000 deaths due to coronavirus, while New York reported 731 new fatalities, the highest overnight jump since the beginning of the outbreak. Meanwhile, Spain on Tuesday recorded a slight increase in the daily death toll for the first time in five days, with 743 people succumbing overnight.  More: Japan declared a state of emergency amid a spike in coronavirus cases, as Singapore began a partial lockdown and other countries extended stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease.  In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with coronavirus late last month, was moved to intensive care in a London hospital after his condition worsened on Monday evening. Globally, the number of people diagnos...

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