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Jones tells England to follow ‘head coach Boris Johnson’ in fight against COVID-19
28 March 2020, 12:14 PM

England coach Eddie Jones said in a video message on Friday that the nation needs to get behind Prime Minister Boris Johnson in order to defeat the coronavirus.

Describing Johnson as the country’s “head coach”, Jones called for people to keep their social distance and for the rugby community to continuing training at home because the sport will start again once the pandemic is over.

Jones was speaking in Japan the day after it was announced he had accepted a pay cut of more than 25% to help ease the financial burden on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) which is set to lose millions of pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The RFU faces losses of up to 50 million pounds ($61 million) over the next year-and-a-half due to the outbreak but will still provide a 7 million-pound relief package to community clubs in the country.

Jones led England to the Rugby World Cup final in Japan last year where they lost to South Africa.

Sweeney said on Wednesday (March 25) that the RFU Executive Team would be taking a pay cut in excess of 25%.

Sport worldwide on a standstill

The pandemic has brought sport worldwide to a standstill and the RFU and Welsh rugby’s governing body, the WRU, confirmed last week the end of the 2019-20 season for all league, cup and county rugby, with the exception of the English Premiership.

England’s top-flight competition is suspended until at least April 24, with nine rounds and the playoffs still to be played.

Four Six Nations matches were also postponed due to the coronavirus.

In the video below SABC News reports on COVID-19 pandemic in the UK

Lack of social distancing in Gauteng areas: Mapisa-Nqakula
28 March 2020, 10:30 AM
Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she has noted a lack of social distancing in areas in Gauteng she has visited on the first day of the coronavirus lockdown.
She says the army has been supporting police in enforcing the national lockdown.
The Minister has confirmed the eventual deployment of troops in Alexandra where large numbers of people appear to have defied the lockdown.
Mapisa-Nqakula says a number of people have been arrested across the country but only the police are making arrests.

“I’m aware that there are people who have been arrested. We don’t have the arresting powers, we are enforcers. I know that I received messages which were now saying how many people you have arrested. We don’t arrest, we simply give support whenever a need arises,” says Mapisa-Nqakula.

In the video below Minister Mapisa-Nqakula gives an update of Day 1 of the national Lockdown:

China bans foreign travellers
28 March 2020, 10:27 AM

China’s official media told people to stay on guard against the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Saturday and restrictions on foreigners entering went into effect as the country reported no new locally transmitted infections and a small drop in imported cases.

“At this time, we must be extremely vigilant and cautious and we must prevent the post-epidemic relaxation from coming too soon, leading to the loss of all our achievements,” the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper said in a front-page editorial.

The authorities also reversed planned reopenings of movie theatres, the state-owned China Securities Journal reported, citing sources.

Reuters could not verify the existence of the National Film Administration’s order to extend cinema closures but a man answering the phone at a Wanda Cinemas theatre in Shanghai confirmed it had been ordered to close again.

Theatres in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing, remained closed, searches on an online ticketing platform showed.

Most signs of official concern remain focussed on the risk posed by so-called imported virus cases after widespread lockdowns within China helped to sharply reduce domestic transmissions.

Effective Saturday, China has suspended the entry of foreign nationals with valid Chinese visas and residence permits.

Beijing has also ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights from Sunday.

DEATH TOLL AT 3 295

China’s National Health Commission said on Saturday that 54 new coronavirus cases were reported on the mainland on Friday, all involving so-called imported cases.

There were 55 new cases a day earlier, one of which was transmitted locally.

The total number of infections for mainland China now stands at 81 394, with the death toll rising by three to 3 295, the commission said.

Hubei province reported no new cases, and three new deaths. The province of 60 million, where the virus was first detected, China’s official media told people to stay on guard against the coronavirus on Saturday and restrictions on foreigners entering went into effect, as the country reported no new locally transmitted infections and a small drop in imported cases.

“At this time, we must be extremely vigilant and cautious and we must prevent the post-epidemic relaxation from coming too soon, leading to the loss of all our achievements,” the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper said in a front-page editorial.

The authorities also reversed planned reopenings of movie theatres, the state-owned China Securities Journal reported, citing sources.

Reuters could not verify the existence of the National Film Administration’s order to extend cinema closures, but a man answering the phone at a Wanda Cinemas theatre in Shanghai confirmed it had been ordered to close again.

Theatres in major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing remained closed, searches on an online ticketing platform showed.

Most signs of official concern remain focussed on the risk posed by so-called imported virus cases after widespread lockdowns within China helped to sharply reduce domestic transmissions. Effective Saturday, China has suspended the entry of foreign nationals with valid Chinese visas and residence permits.

Beijing has also ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights from Sunday.

 

 

Red Cross reports child poisoning from hand sanitisers
28 March 2020, 9:44 AM
The Poison Information Centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town has seen an increase in inquiries due to children ingesting hand sanitizers.
The sanitisers may be harmful to children due to their high alcohol content.
The hospital is calling on all adults, parents, and caregivers to be extra vigilant and apply proper supervision over children during the lockdown period imposed due to the coronavirus.
The hospital usually sees a rapid increase in burns injuries during this time of the year, especially during school holidays.
With the extended period of lockdown, there are additional concerns.
“With children of all ages now confined in spaces they are vulnerable to a range of injuries such as burns, falls, poisons, suffocation, electrocution and even drowning. The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Child Safe are calling on on adults, parents, and caregivers to be extra vigilant and apply proper adult supervision over young ones during this time,” says Dwayne Evans, Spokesperson.
In the video below South Africans are urged to take precautionary measures against the coronavirus:

Zimbabwe orders total lockdown from Monday to combat coronavirus
28 March 2020, 7:25 AM

Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and security forces may be deployed to enforce it, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.

The decision is seen hurting an economy already struggling with a drought, shortages of foreign exchange and a staggering unemployment rate of over 90%, forcing people to survive on informal trade.

Mnangagwa said in a live broadcast that only state and health workers on duty will be exempted from the lockdown, while funeral gatherings should not involve more than 50 people.

“Some of the measures will be drastic and are sure to upset the daily routines of our lives. Should it become necessary, security forces will be deployed to assist in the enforcement of these measures,” says Mnangagwa.

Nelson Chamisa, the main opposition leader and usually a strident critic of Mnangagwa and his government said he supported the government’s decision as Zimbabwe was “in circumstances of a catastrophe.”

“Politics aside, we must unite to save lives,” Chamisa wrote on Twitter.

Zimbabwe has reported five confirmed coronavirus cases and one death, although the opposition and other critics accuse the government of understating the figures and of dragging its feet in taking necessary action to halt the spread of the disease.

The 76-year-old president said the government was still looking at ways to support the economy to avert two successive years of recession, after a 6% contraction last year.

Most Zimbabweans make a living hawking goods on the street and a shutdown will leave many without an income or food, analysts say.

Last week Mnangagwa announced measures to curb the movement of people but it has largely been business as usual in Zimbabwe so far, with informal markets and businesses remain open and public transport continue to operate.

Earlier, a Zimbabwean billionaire offered health workers new support, including life insurance and cash, after nurses and some doctors walked out over a lack of protective clothing for treating people suffering from the coronavirus.

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