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France’s Most Popular Twins aged 72 die of COVID-19 Six days apart
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France’s Most Popular Twins aged 72 die of COVID-19 Six days apart

France's most popular twins, who became popular for hosting a TV science and science-fiction show in the 1980s on a spaceship set have died of covid six days apart. The Bogdanoff brothers were synonymous for years with popular science and were celebrities in France during their lifetime. They died of coronavirus within days of each other in a hospital with one dying on 28 December, 2021 while his brother died on Monday, January 3, 2022 Aged 72, the brothers had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 because they were convinced their healthy lifestyle would protect them but in Mid- December they were admitted to hospital. Family friend Pierre-Jean Chalençon said they had left the illness to last too long in their bodies before seeking hospital treatment, deciding it was similar ...
WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns tests positive for COVID-19
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WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns tests positive for COVID-19

The World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Roman Reigns, who was billed to defend his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at the WWE Day 1, confirmed the development via a tweet on his Twitter handle hours before the show. According to the tweet, he would only return to action when fully recovered due to proper protocols. “I yearn to perform tonight at #WWEDay1 to defend my Universal Championship. “However, unfortunately, earlier today I tested positive for Covid-19. Due to the proper protocols I am unable to compete as originally scheduled. I look forward to returning to action as soon as possible.” It was gathered that the Universal Champion had been fully vaccinated against the dreaded ...
Tuchel slams Premier League over fewer substitutes rule
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Tuchel slams Premier League over fewer substitutes rule

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says he cannot understand why the Premier League has refused to allow more substitutes. The German is unhappy with the fact that only three substitutes are still allowed in the English top-flight especially during the busy festive schedule and the outbreak of COVID. The former Borussia Dortmund manager said he cannot get his head around why the amount of subs is fewer in England than across Europe. Chelsea played on Sunday and are in action on Wednesday night against Brighton. “We love the schedule and we love to play through winter and be the only league to play through the winter, but we need also protection from the league,” Tuchel told the official Chelsea website. “I can absolutely not understand zero per cent why we are the only league t...
Manchester United will not Sign Unvaccinated Players – Manager, Ralf Ragnick
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Manchester United will not Sign Unvaccinated Players – Manager, Ralf Ragnick

Manager of Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick has hinted that the club will not sign unvaccinated players, claiming there are fears unjabbed players could miss games. Last week, the Premier League revealed that 16 per cent of players are yet to receive any form of vaccination against the coronavirus, with Covid and especially the new variant spreading in players dressing rooms across the country. The recent surge in cases has triggered debate as to whether clubs will sign unvaccinated stars, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp saying he would not sign anyone who refuses to be jabbed. The last two weeks United have been hit by a Covid outbreak of their own, resulting in the postponements of their games against Brentford and Brighton, and interim boss Rangnick has shared Klopp's concer...
PFA confirms Strike by Premier League players
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PFA confirms Strike by Premier League players

The Professional Footballers Association, PFA, has confirmed the possibility of Premier League players embarking on strike. PFA Chief Executive, Maheta Molango confirmed the prospect of strike has already been discussed. Players are worried that their welfare is not being put into consideration by the Premier League management. Some players and staff feel that their health is being undermined and put at risk on a daily basis as coronavirus returns strongly in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. Many players are going into isolation, while leaving just a few of others to shoulder the burden to fulfil match fixtures. The PFA held a meeting on Thursday night after senior executives at Premier League clubs met with top flight officials on Monday. And in a statemen...
Premier League Rejects Chelsea Request to Postpone Wolves game
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Premier League Rejects Chelsea Request to Postpone Wolves game

Chelsea have had a request to postpone their game against Wolves on Sunday rejected by the Premier League. The application was made on Saturday evening and turned down on Sunday morning ahead of the 2pm kick-off at Molineux. Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and the injured Ben Chilwell tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Blues' 1-1 home league draw against Everton on Thursday. It is understood there has been one further positive case overnight. A Chelsea spokesman said: "We are deeply disappointed that our application was rejected as we felt we had a strong case for the postponement of today's match on the grounds of players' health and safety." Chelsea named six substitutes, including two goalkeepers, instead of the usual seven, while ...
De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid
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De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid

Kevin De Bruyne says he is still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, even after scoring twice for Manchester City in their Premier League thrashing of Leeds. De Bruyne says he is not yet back to his best after testing positive for coronavirus last month. "I'm not great yet. My body still has to adapt. Sometimes after two or three sprints I feel that I have had Covid," he told Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday. But he feels things are picking up after a season in which he has also struggled with a nagging ankle injury. "It's getting better.," he added. "This season is what it is, of course. I can't help it. I got punched in the face, my ankle kicked and I caught Covid. It's not easy with the busy schedule but I'm feeling okay. I'm doing what I have to do."
FG warns Nigerians as COVID19 cases increase by 630% in 10 days
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FG warns Nigerians as COVID19 cases increase by 630% in 10 days

The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians to take their health seriously as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen astronomically by 630%. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunmimbe Mamora, made the appeal in an interview with Punch. He said there is need for Nigerians to take responsibility to tackle coronavirus as COVID-19 cases continues to increase with the country recording  5,398 infections between December 6 and 15. When asked on what the Federal Government would do in view of the increase in cases,  Mamora  stated that the government would continue to strengthen existing measures. “It’s essentially to strengthen the existing measures through advocacy, awareness creation, education and emphasis on the need for people to take responsibility for their...
Four more Premier League games postponed over COVID-19
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Four more Premier League games postponed over COVID-19

The Premier League have postponed four more matches this weekend as the coronavirus crisis wreaked further havoc on the English top-flight on Thursday. Covid outbreaks across the Premier League forced officials to cancel Southampton’s game against Brentford, Watford’s meeting with Crystal Palace and West Ham’s fixture against Norwich on Saturday. Leicester’s trip to Everton on Sunday is also off following the late postponement of their Thursday clash with Tottenham. Manchester United’s scheduled game against Brighton on Saturday was postponed earlier on Thursday due to the Old Trafford club’s virus problems. Five of the 10 Premier League matches scheduled for the weekend have now been scratched from the schedule. A host of matches in England’s lower tiers have also been po...
’90 Day Fiance’ Star, Jason Hitch Dies from COVID-19 Complications
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’90 Day Fiance’ Star, Jason Hitch Dies from COVID-19 Complications

90 Day Fiancé star, Jason Hitch has passed away at the age of 45. Jason Hitch, a reality TV personality, who appeared on the second season of the TLC series in 2014, died on Tuesday night, Dec. 14, Jason's sister Shannon confirmed to TMZ. According to Shannon, her brother passed away after suffering from complications related to coronavirus and other possible factors. In addition, Shannon explained that her brother, who was not vaccinated against the virus,  was placed in the ICU of a Florida hospital. She said she and her loved ones were able to say their goodbyes to Jason and be with him during his final moments. Following the news of Jason's death, TLC issued a statement to E! News on Wednesday, Dec. 15, sharing, "We are saddened to hear about the passing of Jason Hitch ...
Covid-19: US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths
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Covid-19: US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths

More than 800,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus, the highest recorded national death toll from the global pandemic. It comes as the US reached 50 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Monday, December, 13. Most deaths were recorded among the unvaccinated and the elderly, and more Americans died in 2021 than in 2020.  The last 100,000 deaths came in just the past 11 weeks. “As we mark the tragic milestone of 800,000 American deaths due to Covid-19, we remember each person and the lives they lived, and we pray for the loved ones left behind,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. Members of Congress including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer participate in a moment of silence for the 800,000 American lives lost to Covi...
Tottenham vs Brighton called off
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Tottenham vs Brighton called off

The Premier League has decided to postpone Tottenham’s clash with Brighton on Sunday. This is due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the north London club. Spurs manager, Antonio Conte, on Wednesday confirmed that eight first-team players and five staff members have tested positive for Coronavirus. It led to UEFA calling off their Europa Conference League match with Rennes on Thursday. The Premier League have now confirmed this weekend’s fixture at Brighton will also not go ahead “We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon. “The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the hea...
Bayern’s Kimmich out until January after COVID-19-related lung damage
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Bayern’s Kimmich out until January after COVID-19-related lung damage

Bayern Munich said Thursday that star midfielder Joshua Kimmich would not return to action until January as he recovers from lung damage caused by Covid-19. Kimmich, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for coronavirus last month. “I’m happy my self-isolation caused by the coronavirus has ended,” said Kimmich, expected to be one of Germany’s leading players at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. “I’m doing very well, but I’m not yet able to train fully due to slight infiltrations in my lungs. “I’ll therefore do some rehabilitative training and can’t wait to be fully back in action in January.” The midfielder will miss Bayern’s home game against FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday, the away game at Stuttgart on December 14 and the final game of the year against Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena...
Two Hippopotamuses Test Positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium
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Two Hippopotamuses Test Positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium

Two hippopotamuses have tested positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp zoo in Belgium. Imani, aged 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said they had been put in quarantine as a precaution. "To my knowledge, this is the first time in this species. Worldwide, this virus has been reported mainly in great apes and felines," the zoo’s vet, Francis Vercammen, said. The coronavirus is thought to have jumped from an animal to a human, and it is proved to have passed from humans to animals. Pets including cats, dogs and ferrets have become infected following contact with their owners, and zoo cases have been reported in big cats, otters, primates and hyenas. The disease has also spread in mink farms and to wild animals such as deer, Guardian reports. ...
NBA star LeBron James tests positive for COVID-19
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NBA star LeBron James tests positive for COVID-19

LeBron James has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for coronavirus. According to reports from TMZ Sports, James tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, November 30, and missed Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. James, who has said he is fully vaccinated against the virus, will miss several games. According to NBA rules, players must test negative on two separate days before they can be cleared to return. Players who test positive must sit out 10 days. According to Michael J. Babcock, an executive producer with TMZ Sports, James took three COVID tests on Tuesday. The first came back positive, the second negative. A third test was administered as a “tie-breaker” and came back positive. ”I’m t...
Covid-19: Lockdowns over Omicron variant not needed for now – Joe Biden
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Covid-19: Lockdowns over Omicron variant not needed for now – Joe Biden

US President, Joe Biden has called the Omicron Covid variant a "cause for concern, not a cause for panic" saying the US doesn't need to have lockdowns over it. Two days after the variant was detected in North America, Biden said he saw no need for a lockdown "for now", adding, "if people are vaccinated and wear their masks". Cases have been found in Canada, and the US has imposed travel bans on eight African countries including South Africa. Despite the production of vaccines and Biden's election vow to "shut down" the virus, more Americans died this year from Covid than last year when Donald Trump was president. At the White House on Monday, November 29, the president called it "almost inevitable" that the Omicron strain, will be found in the US "at some point". He added ...
COVID: Canada confirms Two Nigerians have tested positive for Omicron Variant
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COVID: Canada confirms Two Nigerians have tested positive for Omicron Variant

Canada has confirmed the detection of two cases of Omicron, a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus, health officials said in a statement. The two cases have been traced to two people who travelled to Nigeria. "Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation," a statement by the Ontario government said. This comes two days after Canada rushed to seal its borders for foreign travellers from seven Southern African nations in an attempt to prevent the spread of the newly identified Covid-19 variant, also known as B.1.1.529 variant. These seven nati...
UFC legend Diego Sanchez ravaged by Covid with blot clots in both legs and pneumonia
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UFC legend Diego Sanchez ravaged by Covid with blot clots in both legs and pneumonia

UFC legend Diego Sanchez is going through a hard time in the hospital as he is suffering with pneumonia caused by Covid. The 39-year-old fan favourite also has blood clots in his legs as a result of coronavirus and shared images of himself in his bed. Sanchez wrote: 'Pneumonia Covid never give up', alongside an image of himself with wires and diodes connected to his body with a face mask on. He also wrote: 'Covid is no motha******* joke',  Blood clots in both my legs," The former welterweight was cut from the UFC in April and was understood to have agreed on a deal with Bare Knuckle FC subject to a medical. Sanchez was the first-ever winner of the UFC's flagship reality show The Ultimate Fighter way back in 2005. He fought 32 times in the UFC but a unanim...
FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1
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FG asks grade level 12 civil servants and others to resume work at their offices from December 1

The Federal Government has directed civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below to resume duties on Wednesday, December 1. The civil servants were on March 4 asked to stay back and work from home as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus. In a circular titled ‘Resumption of duties by Officers on GL 12 and below’ with reference number HCSF/3065/VOL.I/107, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan said the latest directive followed the advice of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19. The circular added that all civil servants are advised to comply with the directive of the Federal government to get vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID19 PCR test results done within 72 hours before resumption of duties. “It will be recalle...
Boxing legend Chris Eubank battling Coronavirus
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Boxing legend Chris Eubank battling Coronavirus

Boxing legend, Chris Eubank has been forced to pull out of a string of public appearances as he is currently battling Coronavirus. A spokesman for the boxer said: 'Chris Eubank has tested positive for Covid 19. Following government guidelines he is now in isolation meaning he will regrettably be unable to appear at the following shows Runcorn, Coventry, Exeter, and Swindon.' The spokesman added: 'Chris has mild symptoms and is looking forward to appearing at the next event which is scheduled to be in Bristol on November 12. 'All those with tickets for the cancelled shows will be notified directly by event promoters. These shows will be rescheduled to a later date in 2021.'
Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter
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Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter

Daughters' Day 2021: Here are the best wishes, quotes, messages and images for Facebook and WhatsApp status, and to share with your daughters. Happy Daughters' Day: International Daughters' Day is celebrated globally on the fourth Sunday of September every year. This year the day is being marked on September 26. On this day, parents celebrate and appreciate their daughters by making special gestures to cherish their children. The day was conceptualised to fight against the stigma around having a girl child and honouring daughters. However, people also celebrate it by sharing wishes and presents with their girls. Happy Daughters' Day You can make this day extra special for your child by ensuring that you treat them with respect and love, not just today but throughout th...
Rihanna ‘drops lawsuit against her Father Ronald Fenty two weeks before Planned Court Appearance’
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Rihanna ‘drops lawsuit against her Father Ronald Fenty two weeks before Planned Court Appearance’

Rihanna is reportedly dropping her entire lawsuit against her father Ronald Fenty,  two years after accusing him of using her fame for profit in her suit. The pop star, who sued her father for using the family name to promote his venture Fenty Entertainment in 2019, told the court on Tuesday she was dismissing her lawsuit, according to court documents obtained by RadarOnline. The father and daughter duo were set to appear in court on 22 September, but it has now been reported she decided to reach an agreement outside of court in order to avert a spectacle around their legal proceedings, according to the site. Rihanna took legal action against her father in 2019, alleging he was seeking profit from her fame alongside a business partner. She ...
Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory
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Brazil vs Argentina: Lionel Messi doubtful, Neymar eyes victory

Brazil host Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier less than two months after their Copa America final from less than two months ago. Depleted Brazil were second best for much of their trip to Santiago having seen 11 players prevented from joining the squad by their clubs due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions. Key English based players Alisson of Liverpool, Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus were missing but crucially Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, was available. But they continued their perfect start to qualifying with a seventh win out of seven as Everton Ribeiro scored the only goal in a 1-0 away victory over Chile. Also, Argentina star Lionel Messi is a slight doubt after being subjected to a harsh tackle by Ve...
Couple who lost Son to Covid-19, Wins Lottery twice in two weeks
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Couple who lost Son to Covid-19, Wins Lottery twice in two weeks

A woman Susan Slater, 74, and her husband have won a huge lottery twice in the space of two weeks, months after their son Steve died from coronavirus. She and her husband of 55 years each won £1,000 in their People’s Postcode Lottery draw on July 15 Two weeks later, they struck gold, winning a bumper prize of £30,000 The couple from Essex, UK are now planning a ‘big memorial’ for their late son. Mrs Slater said her neighbours in Canvey Island are helping her with the planning. She said: ‘We’re going to have a big memorial for him. We want to celebrate him properly. ‘Lots of people are helping me to do it. It’s old Canvey and we are a really close-knit group. ‘I just want everyone to come and raise a glass for Steve.’ Recalling the moment she heard she was a winner, ...
Kenyan Pastor charged in the UK with selling fake oil that ‘protects’ members from Coronavirus
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Kenyan Pastor charged in the UK with selling fake oil that ‘protects’ members from Coronavirus

A Kenyan pastor and founder of Bishop Climate Ministries in Camberwell District, South London, United Kingdom, Climate Irungu Wiseman, has appeared in court after being accused of selling "plague protection kits" for £91 as a cure for COVID-19. Bishop Climate Wiseman is charged with fraud and unfair trading offences after allegedly offering the package, which contained a small bottle of oil and a piece of red yarn as a "plague protection kit". Wiseman, the head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, south London, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court on Monday August 16. The 46-year-old is said to have marketed the mixture of cedarwood and hyssop with claims it could be used to "treat, prevent, protect against or cure" coronavirus. The claims are said to have been made...
Babies born during the Covid-19 Pandemic ‘have Lower IQs’ – New Research says
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Babies born during the Covid-19 Pandemic ‘have Lower IQs’ – New Research says

Scientists from Brown University in Rhode Island have found that Children born during the Covid pandemic may have lower IQs. According to the research, babies born since March 2020 have worse cognitive, verbal and motor skills than children who entered the world before coronavirus and it maybe due to reduced interactions during lockdowns. Average IQs for children aged three months to three years old dropped from around 100 in the decade before the pandemic to 79 during the pandemic. The research adds that the drop in IQ was worse in boys and those from poorer backgrounds, scientists said. Lockdowns have meant children have significantly less interaction with the outside world, leading to 'shockingly' low cognitive development. Whether or not the fall in development will ...
Adamawa APC Chairman Caught on tape Wishing Buhari Dead
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Adamawa APC Chairman Caught on tape Wishing Buhari Dead

The Adamawa State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the Yola South Local Government Caretaker Chairman of the party, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, for allegedly attacking President Muhammadu Buhari on social media. A press release issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mohammed Abdullahi, states that the APC was disturbed by the audio. In the audio, Adamu allegedly wished that Buhari was killed by coronavirus. Adamu allegedly spoke at a reconciliation meeting chaired by former Adamawa state governor, Jibrilla Bindow. The APC statement, signed by the state Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Hon Mohammed Abdullahi, said the party had noted the audio clip, following which it called an emergency state working committee (SWC) meeting where the cli...
Real Madrid announces legal action against LaLiga president, Tebas, others
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Real Madrid announces legal action against LaLiga president, Tebas, others

Real Madrid has announced legal action against La Liga president Javier Tebas and private equity firm CVC Capital Partners. La Liga last week secured a deal worth 2.7 billion euros (3.1 billion dollars) with CVC to boost Spanish clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 90 per cent of the investment earmarked for their use. However, CVC will have a ten per cent stake in a new business, which is being formed with a focus on the league’s commercial ventures. It insisted the agreement doesn’t cover league management or broadcast rights, but Real Madrid and rivals FC Barcelona both announced their opposition to the deal. They claimed audio-visual rights would be affected and they had not been properly consulted. Real Madrid is now going a step further, with a rumoured legal ...
Olympics: Greek Swimmers Isolated after Five Contract COVID-19
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Olympics: Greek Swimmers Isolated after Five Contract COVID-19

All 12 members of the Greek artistic swimming team are in isolation after five tested positive for coronavirus in the first cluster detected at the Games, Olympic officials said Wednesday. The team have withdrawn from remaining competition and the seven members who have so far tested negative have agreed to move to a facility for “close contacts” of positive cases, said Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya. None of those who tested positive so far require hospital care, Takaya added. The team did not participate in the duet competition on Tuesday and have now withdrawn from the team competition, which will start later this week. “It pains us to imagine the feelings of the athletes who have done a great deal to prepare for the Games and came all the way to Tokyo in this diff...
Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics
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Trinidad and Tobago athletes Test Positive for Covid, Out of Olympics

Two Trinidad and Tobago track and field athletes have been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus in the Games Village, officials said on Friday. Long jumper Andwuelle Wright and 400m hurdler Sparkle Ann McKnight have been transferred to hotel quarantine along with coach Wendell Williams after all three returned positive tests, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee said on its website. The long jump and women’s 400m hurdles start on Saturday. Tokyo Olympics organisers announced 27 Games-related coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest so far at the event.
Nigeria records Highest COVID-19 Cases in nearly five Months
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Nigeria records Highest COVID-19 Cases in nearly five Months

558 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed in Nigeria on Thursday July 29, as confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The federal agency said the figure reported on July 29 was the highest in almost five months. The last time Nigeria reported a daily figure higher than 558 was on March 4, 2021, when a total of 708 cases were confirmed. While Lagos State reported 376 new infections, Oyo recorded 33 more cases, Akwa Ibom and the FCT had 26 and 22 fresh infections respectively. Other states included Imo – 15, Bayelsa – 13, Ekiti – 13, Kano – 12, Ogun – 11, Plateau – 11, Delta – nine, Jigawa – six, Rivers – four, Zamfara – four, Edo – two, and Ebonyi – one. Two deaths were also recorded on Thursday, increasing the number of fatalities to 2,141. Since the count...
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Panic at the Tokyo Games as 12 police officers guarding athletes at the Olympic Village ”test positive for Covid-19”

  The Tokyo 2020 Olympic is facing a fresh coronavirus panic after 12 police officers guarding the Olympic Village reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. According to Mail Online, a further 38 have also been told to self-isolate. The policemen, all in their 20s, make up half of a special deployment of 100 from the Hyogo province to provide security for athletes at their accommodation during the Games.   The report said the officers had been staying at a cramped dormitory accommodation in a Tokyo suburb where they had to share washing facilities which have been blamed for the explosion in cases. Despite the outbreak, officers from the same Hyogo unit continue to man security posts at the Olympic Village and were seen interacting with the athletes and the ...
Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may not be highly effective against Delta and lambda variant – New study says
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Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may not be highly effective against Delta and lambda variant – New study says

A new study suggests that those who received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may need a booster to help their bodies combat the Delta and Lambda variants of the pathogen. Researchers at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine tested blood samples drawn from people who had received the three coronavirus vaccines that the U.S. has approved for use in this country and found them to be less effective in the J&J version than the other two, Moderna and Pfizer. The study was published online in a pre-print — meaning it has not yet been peer-reviewed — journal BioRxiv on Tuesday. The study is important given that the Delta variant is now the source of 83% of all COVID-19 cases in the US, and is also the fastest spreading variant, citing U.S. Centers for Dis...
Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor suspended by Twitter over ‘misleading’ COVID-19 posts
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Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor suspended by Twitter over ‘misleading’ COVID-19 posts

Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended by Twitter for posting "misleading" information about Coronavirus. Greene was suspended for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated Twitter's policy against sharing misleading information about the Coronavirus. In two tweets on Monday July 19, she argued that vaccines should not be required, and that COVID-19 was not dangerous for people aged under 65 who are not obese. Both posts are still on display, but have been tagged by Twitter as "misleading". A Twitter spokesperson said; “We took enforcement action on the account @mtgreenee for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the Covid-19 misleading information policy." The congresswoman has been an outspoken opponent of vaccines and masks as tools ...
Ancelotti tells Real Madrid board to sign Man Utd star
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Ancelotti tells Real Madrid board to sign Man Utd star

Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has recommended the signing of Manchester United star Diogo Dalot to the club’s board, AS reports. Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the Portuguese right-back. The Italian was keen on signing Dalot during his time at Everton and he feels the defender could make the step up at Los Blancos, either on loan or on a permanent basis. Dalot spent last season on loan at AC Milan and the Serie A giants are keen on signing him permanently after he impressed during his 33 appearances for the San Siro club. He was given a late call-up into the Portugal squad this summer at Euro 2020 after Joao Cancelo had to pull out due to Coronavirus and the European championship further enhanced his reputation with Ancelotti. Dalot joined Man United from Porto i...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona has Cristiano Ronaldo’s Posters at Training ground

Barcelona has pasted news reports about Cristiano Ronaldo’s positive COVID-19 test, as a warning to their players to stay in line, AS reports. Ronaldo was the most high-profile player to contract Coronavirus after he was infected while on international duty with Portugal last October. It caused Ronaldo to miss Juventus’ Champions League group stage game in Turin, a match the Barca won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi. Although the walls of Barca’s training ground are covered with pictures of Messi, there is also a small dedication to his eternal rival. It is understood that in one of the dressing rooms at their Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper facility, a story relating to his positive test is pinned up. It is placed to serve as a warning to Ronald Koe...
Darts legend Andy Fordham dies at 59, months after revealing he was ‘terrified’ of death
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Darts legend Andy Fordham dies at 59, months after revealing he was ‘terrified’ of death

Darts legend, Andy Fordham has passed away at the age of 59, months after admitting that he was 'terrified' of death after suffering health issues in recent years. Fordham faced health problems during his life and once weighed 31 stone, revealing that he would drink 25 bottles of lager a day. He contracted coronavirus in January this year and revealed to The Sun that doctors warned him that the disease could hit him 'very quickly'. 'This is the scariest thing I've ever had to face in my life,' he said. 'My biggest fear is waking up one morning, not being able to breathe and being placed in the back of the ambulance - then not seeing my wife and children again.' Known as The Viking, died on Thursday afternoon, July 15, with his wife, Jenny, by his side. At the peak...
Mayor of Johannesburg Dies of COVID-19
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Mayor of Johannesburg Dies of COVID-19

Geoff Makhubo, Mayor of South Africa’s economic hub and largest city, Johannesburg, has died after contracting the Coronavirus. Earlier this month, the City's spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase said Makhubo had been hospitalised for Covid-19 complications following a positive test result in late June. He however succumbed to the infection on Friday morning at the age of 53. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development Eunice Mgcina has been appointed as acting mayor. Mgcina in her tribute to the late Mayor said; "We had hoped that Makubo would defeat the virus, return to work and lead the City as we face this pandemic that has devastated lives and livelihoods. Sadly, it was not to be. "Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, daughters, mother an...
Nick Kyrgios Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics after fans were Banned from the Major sport event
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Nick Kyrgios Withdraws from Tokyo Olympics after fans were Banned from the Major sport event

Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, after fans  were banned from the tournament due to a surge in Coronavirus cases. On Thursday, July 8, it was announced that there will be no fans inside stadiums for the Tokyo Games after a state of emergency was declared in the host city. The Games will still go ahead, beginning on July 23 and ending on August 8, but Kyrgios will not be taking part, as he cited the lack of fans and also admitted he ‘wants to get his body right’. The 26-year-old got to the third round of Wimbledon last weekend but had to withdraw from his match against Felix Auger Aliassime with an abdominal injury. Taking to social media on Thursday night, Kyrgios said: ‘Hey guys – I just want to let you know that I’ve decided to wi...
Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million
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Global Covid-19 death toll surpasses 4 million

More than 4 million people around the world have died of Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University published Thursday, July 8, 2021. Out of the over four million fatalities be, three countries- The US, India and Brazil account for more than a third of all global deaths. The United States, which has the highest number at 606,000, is followed closely by Brazil and India. The milestone comes as new cases and deaths are dropping in the US and Europe, where significant numbers of people have been vaccinated, but countries like Indonesia and Haiti are seeing an uptick in infection rates. The Delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, is also contributing to an increase in cases in some countries. In the US, the Delta va...
UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock Resigns after he was caught locking lips with an aide (Photos)
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UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock Resigns after he was caught locking lips with an aide (Photos)

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigned from his position after he broke government coronavirus restrictions during an affair with a close aide. The Sun had published images of the married Cabinet minister locking lips with senior aide Gina Coladangelo, a married mother-of-three in an office in the government’s Department of Health. The outlet said the images were from a leaked CCTV footage from May 6 before the country’s strict regulations were loosened to allow hugs with family members The Health Secretary quit on Saturday amid mounting pressure from Tory colleagues over the images of him kissing and cuddling married mother of three, Gina Coladangelo. "The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is lead...
Euro 2020: Croatia Suffer Setback ahead of Clash with Spain
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Euro 2020: Croatia Suffer Setback ahead of Clash with Spain

Croatia has suffered a major setback ahead of their Euro 2020 round of 16 clash against Spain on Monday. Croatia star, Ivan Perisic, has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the clash at Parken Stadium in Denmark. England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of players to start Euro 2021 tie According to BBC Sport, the 32-year-old will now have to self isolate for ten days. This means Perisic will have to sit out the cracker against Spain, and it could be costly for the 2018 World Cup finalists. Croatia head to the game following a 3-1 win over Scotland in their last game. Spain, meanwhile, defeated Slovakia 5-0. The kick-off time for Croatia vs Spain is 5 pm.
England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs
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England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs

Raheem Sterling was England's Wembley match-winner once again as his early header earned a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic, sealing top spot in Group D and setting up a last-16 tie next Tuesday with the runners-up of the pool containing France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Local lad Sterling (12) made the difference against Croatia in England's opening match of Euro 2020 and he doubled his tally for the tournament with a close-range header from Jack Grealish's excellent cross, after earlier hitting the post inside two minutes. England were without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, who had been forced to isolate after Scotland's Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus, but played with an attacking freedom in the first half which had been missing from their first two group game...
Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions
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Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's expected announcement delaying the final stage of easing coronavirus restrictions is likely to have a significant knock-on effect for sports fans. On Monday, the Prime Minister is likely to put on hold for four weeks plans for the lifting of controls - slated for June 21 - amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 first identified in India. That will directly impact Wembley's hosting of the Euro 2020 semi-final and final, Wimbledon and other major events like Formula 1's British Grand Prix and golf's Open Championship. Image:The announcement could directly impact the remainder of the Euro 2020 matches at Wembley Gareth Southgate's side opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia, watched by 22,500 supporters who g...
Euro 2020: Portugal Suffer Major Setback as Key Player Pulls Out of squad
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Euro 2020: Portugal Suffer Major Setback as Key Player Pulls Out of squad

Portugal have suffered a major setback ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Hungary on Tuesday. Portugal defender, Joao Cancelo, pulled out of the team’s squad at the weekend after testing positive for coronavirus [COVID-19]. The Manchester City star is now replaced by Manchester United full-back, Diogo Dalot, who spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at AC Milan. A statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) read in part: “Under-21 international Diogo Dalot will join the National Team’s delegation in Budapest to prepare for his debut at Euro 2020. “The AC Milan player will replace Joao Cancelo, who tested positive for Covid-19 following a rapid antigen test carried out this Saturday by the FPF Health and Performance Unit. “All players and members of the ento...
Lagos ranked Second Least Liveable City in the world 2021, Behind Damascus
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Lagos ranked Second Least Liveable City in the world 2021, Behind Damascus

Lagos City of Nigeria has been ranked the second worst city to live in. Auckland in New Zealand has been named the world's most liveable city in an annual ranking that has been shifted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey ranked 140 cities on factors including stability, infrastructure, education  and access to healthcare but also added the factor of the Coronavirus pandemic which has greatly decided people's choices when choosing places to live in. Due to the pandemic factor, European cities fell while those in Australia, Japan and New Zealand rose up the rankings. These countries that are all islands responded swiftly to thr coronavirus outbreak and were able to minimise cases and loosen restrictions. Damascus just like last year, rem...
Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or
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Kante Opens up on Possibility of Winning Ballon d’Or

  Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, has opened up on winning the 2021 Ballon d’ Or. Recall that the Ballon d’ Or was not handed out in 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Kante, who produced a spectacular display as he helped Chelsea to claim a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final last month, was backed by Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, to win this year’s Ballon d’ Or. Reacting to the development ahead of Euro 2020, Kante told a press conference that the talks of him winning the Ballon d’ Or this year are premature, adding that there is a long way to go. “It is a bit early to talk about it now,” Kante told reporters when asked about winning the Ballon d’Or. “We’re in the middle of the year, there are six months l...
Spain’s Euro 2020 Plans in Crisis as Captain Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid-19 eight days before Opening match
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Spain’s Euro 2020 Plans in Crisis as Captain Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid-19 eight days before Opening match

Spain's preparations for Euro 2020 have been hit after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for coronavirus just eight days away from their game. The Barcelona midfielder led the team in a friendly against Portugal on Friday June 4 but contracted the virus over the weekend and will now enter a period of self-isolation. The rest of the squad all tested negative, but the players and staff who were in close contact with the 32-year-old must also quarantine. Spain, who open their European Championship campaign against Sweden next Monday, are set to play their final friendly against Lithuania on Tuesday. The game will still go ahead, but under-21s manager Luis De la Fuente will take charge and use players from his squad. A statement from Royal Spanish Football Federation r...
Family Shocked as woman believed to have died from Covid returns home two weeks after cremation
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Family Shocked as woman believed to have died from Covid returns home two weeks after cremation

The bereaved family of an Indian woman who had been declared dead after contracting Covid-19 were shocked when she returned home two weeks after her funeral. Muktyala Girijamma, 60, had reportedly "died of coronavirus" in May. Her nephew, Nagu, told reporters that when they tried to visit her at Vijayawada Government General Hospital on May 15, they were told that she had died and had to be cremated. Due to Covid guidelines, the family could only view the body from a distance and it remained tightly wrapped in plastic right up until the point of cremation. Nagu said: "The duty doctor on that day failed to inform my uncle that she was shifted to another ward and told him that she succumbed to Covid. "Believing it, we went to the mortuary to find her body where we were given ...
Stray Dogs Seen Eating Bodies of Dead Covid Patients as Families Throw Bodies in river due to full Cemeteries
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Stray Dogs Seen Eating Bodies of Dead Covid Patients as Families Throw Bodies in river due to full Cemeteries

Stray dogs have been pictured eating charred human bodies that washed up on the banks of a river in India. Due to the increase in coronavirus-related deaths in India, the country has been struggling to dispose of dead bodies. Cemeteries and crematoriums are overwhelmed and, as a result, relatives have been forced to toss the bodies of their loved ones into the river. Residents of Uttarkashi in Uttrakhand, India, claim to have seen stray dogs consuming human flesh after bodies drifted onto banks of the river Bhagirathi. One resident said he was painting by the river on Monday, May 31, when he noticed the dogs "gnawing and feeding on" the dead, MailOnline reports. One resident said he was painting by the river on Monday, May 31, when he noticed the dogs "gnawing and feeding o...

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