Archive | March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Ghana has detected 2 new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus #Ghana #pandemic #quarantine

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Coronavirus: Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tests positive for COVID-19 #Arsenal #COVID19 #coronavirus #MikelArteta #football #UK #pandemic #quarantine

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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, the football club have confirmed.

In a statement, Arsenal said its London Colney training centre has now been closed.

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British Telecom’s Chief Execuive Philip Jansen has contracted coronavirus #COVID19 #coronavirus #BT #PhilipJansen #UK #London #pandemic #quarantine

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BT has announced that its Chief Execuive Philip Jansen has contracted coronavirus.

Here’s a statement from the company:

“Philip Jansen, Chief Executive, BT Group has late this afternoon tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result has followed the Public Health England protocols to self-isolate.

BT is now working closely with Public Health England to undertake a full deep clean of relevant parts of its Group headquarters and will ensure those employees who have had contact with Philip are appropriately advised.

Philip Jansen said: “Having felt slightly unwell I decided as a precaution to be tested. As soon as the test results were known I isolated myself at home.”

“I’ve met several industry partners this week so felt it was the responsible thing to do to alert them to this fact as soon as I could.”

“Given my symptoms seem relatively mild, I will continue to lead BT but work with my team remotely over the coming week. There will be no disruption to the business.”

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Canada’s Trudeau SELF-ISOLATES after wife displays ‘flu-like symptoms’ & gets tested for COVID-19 #COVID19 #coronavirus #Canada #Trudeau #pandemic #quarantine

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is self-isolating out of an “abundance of caution” after his wife began exhibiting flu-like symptoms upon returning from a recent trip to the UK, and will get tested for Covid-19.
In a statement released Thursday, Trudeau’s office said his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau began showing mild symptoms, including a low fever, on Wednesday night.

Trudeau’s wife “immediately sought medical advice,” her symptoms have since “subsided” and she is currently awaiting her test results, the statement said.

Trudeau himself was advised by his doctor to continue his daily activities while monitoring for any symptoms, but the PM said he chose to exercise caution, self-isolate and work from home instead — until his wife’s results come back.

Due the those developments, Trudeau’s office said the next in-person First Ministers Meeting would be postponed, but that the PM would speak with his ministers via phone to discuss approaches to limit the spread of coronavirus in Canada.

Canada reported its first death from COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. There are currently 139 confirmed cases of the virus across Canada.

Trudeau warned last week against countries making “knee-jerk” reactions to the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, a spokesperson for his office said Canada would not comment on other countries’ approaches to the situation after the Trump administration implemented a ban on travel from Europe to the US.

Canada itself has not implemented similar travel restrictions.

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Coronavirus: Tenth patient dies as UK cases hit 590 #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #pandemic #quarantine #emergency

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Ten people have now died from coronavirus in the UK as the country experienced its largest daily increase in cases.

Two more patients have died in London hospitals since Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of UK deaths to 10, NHS England said.

The number of confirmed cases in the UK reached 590 on Thursday – up by 134 in the last 24 hours.

The 29% increase in confirmed cases is the largest day-on-day rise in the UK since the outbreak began in late December in Wuhan, central China.

The day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic, Thursday was also the first time the day-on-day increase reached three figures in the UK.

A week ago, on 5 March, the total number of cases was 115, making Thursday’s total of 590 more than five times greater than that.

The increase in numbers came as Boris Johnson hosted a COBRA meeting, after which he confirmed the UK has now moved from the “contain” stage to the “delay” stage of tackling the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The ninth and tenth person to have died from COVID-19 were both in London and had underlying health issues.

An 89-year-old who was “very unwell with underlying health conditions” died at Charing Cross Hospital in west London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust confirmed.

And a woman in her 60s who had been “very unwell with significant other health conditions” died at Queen’s Hospital in east London, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust said.

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Richard Challoner School in Kingston closes as student shows symptoms of Covid-19 #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Kingston #London #RichardChallonerSchool #pandemic #quarantine

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Richard Challoner School in New Malden, Kingston , has closed for the remainder of the week after a pupil showed symptoms of coronavirus.

A letter sent to parents by headmaster Sean Maher said that the student had attended school on Wednesday (March 11) but soon reported to the medical room “displaying symptoms of COVID-19”.

He was immediately isolated and sent home, while other students were told of the closure after the lunch break and also sent home.

Mr Maher’s letter said the pupil had recently “returned from a period of self-isolation as he had been in contact with someone who had tested positive over the half-term break”.

It added: “Therefore, we are taking the precautionary measure of closing the school for the remainder of this week.

“A deep clean will be conducted across the whole school site whilst we await the outcome of the affected student’s test result and further advice from Public Health England.”

The headmaster said that any student concerned about leaving early was instructed to speak to their form tutors, with arrangements made to supervise them until 3.20pm.

Work will be set for pupils to complete during the closure and parents can contact 111 if they have any concerns.

They should also keep the school informed if their child displays any symptoms of the virus.

Mr Maher added: “Whilst we understand that many of you may have further concerns or questions, we would ask that you do not contact the school office unless it is absolutely necessary. They will not be able to provide any further information at this time.”

Richard Challoner is the third school in Kingston to temporarily close as a precaution against coronavirus.

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