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Marouane Fellaini
Fellaini tests positive for COVID-19
22 March 2020, 3:35 PM

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been diagnosed with COVID-19 following his return to China, the Belgian’s Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on its official website on Sunday.

Fellaini, who joined Shandong last January from the English Premier League side, returned to the country on Friday to join up with his club and tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chinese soccer has been hit hard by the outbreak with the start of the Chinese Super League pushed back indefinitely from its intended February 22 start date.

Fellaini is the first player in the country’s top flight to have returned a positive test for the virus.

Brazilian striker Dori, who plays for second division side Meizhou Hakka, was confirmed as having the virus last week while Spain-based China international Wu Lei said he was recovering from the condition on Saturday

On Saturday, Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms, making him one of the most high-profile players to be infected so far.

The English Premier League is tentatively targeting a resumption on June 1 with a view to completing the season over six weeks before making an August start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Sunday Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The report said the sketchy plan was a “best-case scenario” aimed at mitigating the heavy losses clubs are sustaining as they continue to pay wages while football remains shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 13, all elite level soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, were suspended until April 4 with that stoppage subsequently extended until April 30.

The postponement of the Euro 2020 championship for a year, however, has cleared space in the calendar for domestic competitions to finish if the public health situation allows.

Paulo Dybala
Dybala tests positive for COVID-19
21 March 2020, 9:52 PM

Juventus and Argentina soccer forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms, the Italian Serie A club said on Saturday, making him one of the most high-profile players to be infected so far.

“The player, in voluntary home isolation since March 11, will continue to be monitored,” the Turin club said in a statement. “He is well and asymptomatic.”

He is the third player at the club, one of the biggest in Europa and Italy’s most successful in domestic terms, to test positive after midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and defender Daniele Rugani.

Italy is Europe’s worst-affected country by the coronavirus and the death toll has leapt by 793 to 4,825, officials said on Saturday.

Around a dozen Serie A players have been reported as testing positive with Sampdoria and Fiorentina the other clubs affected.

The 26-year-old, nicknamed ‘the Jewel’, joined Juventus from Palermo in 2015 and has won a Serie A title in each of his seasons at the club. He has played 29 times for Argentina.

Dybala said on Instagram that his fiance had also tested positive. “Luckily, we are in perfect condition,” he said.

Sol Kerzner
Sol Kerzner dies aged 84
21 March 2020, 9:22 PM

International hotel magnate Sol Kerzner has died of cancer at the age of 84.

Famous for creating Sun City, in Rustenburg during the then Bophutatswana government in 1979, Kerzner died surrounded by his family at his home Cape Town earlier tonight.

Sun International, the company he founded, has saluted Kerzner and described him as a visionary and a pioneer.

Earlier rumors surfaced of his death as on social media people merged with messages of condolences. Kerzner’s son Brandon had earlier rubbished the news by taking to social media that his father had not passed away but was “gravily ill”.

Free State Health dept tracing more than 400 worshippers to test for COVID-19
21 March 2020, 9:01 PM

The Free State Health Department is working with Red Cross volunteers to track down almost 500 worshippers of the Divine Restoration Ministries to test for the coronavirus.

Five international worshippers are among seven people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 in the Free State.

Free State Health MEC Montsheng Tsiu says all hotel workers who came in contact with the international travellers from France, Israel and the USA have also been screened.

“So, I think the screen is going well. We also have dispatched another mobile lab to the church. The church leaders; we started with them. We have already screened 62, and 53 of them are cleared of any signs. So, nine do have the signs and we are going to (do) the swabs to the nine at the church at this point an time,” says Tsiu.

In this video below coronavirus safety measures are outlined:

In KwaZulu-Natal, private hospitals have agreed to avail their wards and beds free of charge to treat and manage patients in the event of a large-scale coronavirus outbreak in the province.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Health, there are currently 240 confirmed cases in the country of which 27 are in KwaZulu-Natal.

Private hospital groups that have partnered with the provincial Department of Health include Mediclinic, Netcare, Busamed, Daymed and Akeso.

Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has applauded the move.

“I really appreciate the spirit that those are running private facilities evidenced in our meeting. We are then going to have side engagements in relation to the human resource and the equipment in other areas that will need to be provided because some of the facilities are empty at this point and have not been equipped. So, we are going to have discussions on how those will be equipped. But should they be equipped by the Department of Health, the equipment still belongs to the department and at the end of this pandemic that we are faced, we will then we have to return it to the facilities of the department.”



Libya Army
Libyan National Army follows Tripoli in backing call for pandemic truce
21 March 2020, 8:01 PM

Libya’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) on Saturday followed the Tripoli-based government in welcoming a call for a pause infighting to allow the country to focus on the danger from the coronavirus.

“The General Command is committed to stopping fighting so long as the other parties abide by it,” it said in a statement.

The LNA has been trying since last year to capture the capital Tripoli, seat of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), which had already endorsed a ceasefire.

LNA shelling of the area around Tripoli had continued this week, including an attack that killed four girls and young women on Thursday.

The United Nations and some individual countries had urged warring parties to stop fighting to make it easier to deal with the virus, although no cases have yet been confirmed in Libya.

The LNA said its backing for a halt in fighting was “despite repeated violations and non-commitment to it” by the GNA forces.



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