Australia's first human trials
Australia's first human trials

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ABUJA — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures effective in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and two states of Lagos and Ogun from May 4, as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.

In a presidential broadcast late Monday, Buhari said for the past four weeks, most parts of Nigeria have been under either federal government or state government lockdowns, which have contributed to the slowing down of the spread of COVID-19 in our country.
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SYDNEY — An Australian research clinic revealed on Tuesday it will seek volunteers to trial a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China-based global biotechnology company, Clover Biopharmaceuticals.

Linear Clinical Research which is based in Perth, Western Australia, said that it will be recruiting healthy adults for the trial within the next two months.
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SEOUL — South Korea’s retail sale fell last month as the COVID-19 outbreak reduced offline sale, offsetting a double-digit increase in online sale, a government report showed Tuesday.

Revenue of major retailers contracted 3.3 percent in March from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
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KIGALI — Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Monday that the East African Community (EAC) countries need to sustain efforts to promote cooperation and harmonization of certain policies in cross-border activities such as movement of cargo trucks

“While we had really taken full control of the situation (of COVID-19) and reined in the virus, and registered more recoveries than active cases,” all of a sudden cross-border activities increased rapidly, Kagame told a virtual press conference.
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NEW YORK — Governor of the U.S. state of New York Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he would extend the PAUSE order in hard-hit regions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“May 15 is when the PAUSE regulations expire statewide. I will extend them in many parts of the state,” said Cuomo at his daily briefing.
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BUDAPEST — A China-Europe freight train arrived here on Monday with much-needed medical supplies for Hungary.

Departing from Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong province on April 7, the freight train delivered face masks, gloves and other protective equipment to Hungary to help fight COVID-19.
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BEIJING — To prevent imported COVID-19 cases, China has ramped up the management of crew members of international ships and flights, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

All crew members inbound and outbound must report their health conditions, while airlines and ships are required to carry out onboard body temperature tests and report to the GAC when any anomalies occur, said GAC official Song Yueqian at a press conference Monday.
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CAPE TOWN — South Africa reported 247 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said Monday.

With the newly-added cases and deaths, the country now has a total of 4,793 cases and 90 deaths, Mkhize said in his latest update on the pandemic.
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Houston — The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations (Bush China Foundation) Monday announced that it has secured Chinese donations of nearly 100,000 masks to U.S. Houston in fighting against COVID-19.

According to the Bush China Foundation, two shipments of 97,000 masks were purchased via donations from three Chinese companies: Asia & America Consultants Ltd., China Prospect Education Group, and Shenzhen Youhua Technology Co. Ltd. The foundation is expecting another 200,000 additional masks next month.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), committee chairman Eliot Engel said on Monday.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Democratic congressman decried the decision to halt funding as a political distraction from the administration’s response to the COVID-19 and demanded that the State Department produce records and information dealing with the decision.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Health officials of several San Francisco Bay Area counties in the U.S. state of California announced Monday that they will extend coronavirus stay-at-home orders to the end of May.

“Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May,” they said in a joint statement.
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GENEVA — World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday urged the European countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases of COVID-19 while easing their containment measures.

“As lock-downs in Europe ease with declining numbers of new cases, we continue to urge countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases of COVID-19 and trace every contact, to ensure these declining trends continue,” the WHO chief said at a virtual press conference. Enditem

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