Shocked : 18 countries yet to Report coronavirus-COVID-19 case



Despite the daily increase in the number of COVID-19 cases globally, about 18 countries have not confirmed any positive case.
All countries in Europe, North America, and South America have reported at least a case of the virus while Africa, Asia, and Australia still have some virus-free countries.

Africa
Although countries in Africa started confirming cases in February, 49 out of the 54 countries in the continent have confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The remaining five countries, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, and South Sudan remain virus-free.
Comoros shares a border with Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Seychelles, nations who have each recorded more than nine cases, yet has none.

In Comoros there is no testing available for COVID-19, according to the U.S. embassy in Madagascar and Comoros. Nonetheless, passengers who have “transited through China or Japan face entry travel restrictions or quarantine.”

Lesotho is enclaved within South Africa. South Africa has the highest number of cases on the continent, confirming 1,1380 cases, five deaths, and 50 recoveries.
On March 30, authorities implemented a lockdown and entry restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. The lockdown is expected to last for 21 days.

Citizens during this period are permitted to buy food and seek medical care.
Businesses except for supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations, and health care centres have been shut.
Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, and South Sudan all share borders with affected countries.

In Malawi (bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique) a state of disaster was declared by the government on March 31 due to the pandemic. Prior to the declaration, all schools and universities were closed since March 23. Public gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned.
The Malawian government also placed a ban on foreign nationals arriving from places seriously affected by Covid-19, except for SADC countries.

In Sao Tome, the government extended the state of emergency for another 15 days.
Sao Tome shares maritime borders with Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, most precautionary and containment measures in South Sudan are focused on creating awareness. Across the country a “campaign raising awareness on the coronavirus disease and how to best protect yourself and your family” is being rolled out.
There is a total of 6,383 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the African continent.

Asia
Asia which comprises of 48 countries has four COVID-19 free countries: North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Yemen.
These countries are all bordered by countries which have confirmed a case of the virus.
In Tajikistan, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine has been implemented by the government.

Turkmenistan, an isolated Asian country with one of the most repressive governments, has, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who published a rebuke for the President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhame, allegedly placed a ban on the word ‘coronavirus’.

Turkmenistan is surrounded by Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, countries which all have numerous Covid-19 cases.
Despite the global ceasefire call by the UN Chief, Antonio Gueterres, last week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fighting continues in Yemen.

A group, Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen, said in a statement that “prisoners and detainees in Yemen are particularly vulnerable – and at high risk of death if the novel coronavirus emerges in overcrowded prisons and other detention facilities.”
They further said that “the health system in Yemen is on the brink of collapse and that prisoners must cope with a lack of adequate food and minimum standards of hygiene and contravene standards set by international law.”
There is a total of 188,159 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Asia.

Australia
In Australia, Solomon Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Federated State of Micronesia, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Marshal Islands have not confirmed a case of the virus.
Many of the countries within the continent are ill-equipped, according to The Guardian, as they are reliant on sending samples overseas.

Solomon Islands and Kiribati denied entry to citizens coming from high-risk countries. Micronesia has placed an entry ban on anyone who has been in any country with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Marshall Islands have shut down their borders.
Resorts in the continent are “emptied of tourists and some countries have found their spacious and secluded grounds useful quarantine sites.”
Countries on the Australian continent have nearly 6000 cases.
All figures in the report are gotten from Worldometer.
source
Coronavirus factsheet
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Italian Nurse Strangles Doctor Girlfriend. For Infecting him With Coronavirus


Italian Nurse Strangles Doctor Girlfriend. Says She Infeced Him With Coronavirus

Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead after her boyfriend Antonio De Pace allegedly called them to say he had killed her.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8178507/Italian-nurse-strangled-doctor-girlfriend-death-saying-gave-coronavirus.html
A nurse strangled his doctor girlfriend before telling police officers that he unleashed the attack because she gave him Covid-19, prosecutors say.Lorena Quaranta, 27, was found dead after her boyfriend Antonio De Pace allegedly called them to say he had killed her.

He called the police and informed them that he had murdered his partner, according to reports in Italy.

'I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.'

Early indications from testing carried out last night suggest that neither he nor his late girlfriend had the virus.


Lorena had posted just days before her tragic death about 41 Italian doctors dying during the pandemic.

Linking to a news report on the deaths that have hit Italy due to a lack of Personal Protective Equipment, she branded the situation 'unacceptable'.

'Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life. You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country,' she wrote.

'You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.

'I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.'

Early indications from testing carried out last night suggest that neither he nor his late girlfriend had the virus.

Oh, he just wasted this beautiful lady. R.I.P
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Philippines ambassador to Lebanon dies from coronavirus



Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, 62, died in a Beirut hospital on Thursday after contracting Covid-19, becoming Lebanon's 15th coronavirus casualty.
In a statement published on its website, the DFA announced "with deep sadness [...] the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from Covid 19."
The Phillipines' ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla died on Friday from the novel coronavirus , the country's Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed.In a statement published on its website, the DFA announced "with deep sadness [...] the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from Covid 19."
Catalla, 62, is the 15th person in Lebanon confirmed to have died from the virus, which has infected at least 479 people.
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"Bernie, as Ambassador Catalla was fondly called, has always lent a helping hand, to her family, friends and colleagues," the statement read.

"Her ever ready smile and infectious laughter may have been extinguished but her dedication to our country will always be there as a guiding light for all members of the Philippine foreign service," it added.

The statement honoured Catalla's 27 years of foreign service for The Phillipines, including in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and Hong Kong.

Catalla had spearheaded a voluntary mass repatriation programme of thousands of Filipino workers, who returned home as Lebanon's economy crashed in December 2019.
The embassy offered free tickets home to workers who had been stranded or had their wages cut as the Lebanese pound went into free fall. 
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