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The ultra-Orthodox radicals fighting the police coronavirus enforcement in Israel

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For the last few days now, the sight of police and border police confronting and arresting extremist ultra-Orthodox men for violating coronavirus social-distancing orders, and being cursed at with slurs of “Nazis,” and alternatively “Communists,” has become common place on TV and social media. Communities in radical neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh have routinely flouted the Health Ministry instructions designed to slow the spread of the epidemic and protect the very same communities from which the protestors stem. Read More Related Articles ‘Unorthodox’ – a too-tasteful version of realityPolish composer Penderecki, who was inspired by Jerusalem, dies age 86Leader of ultra-Orthodox world calls for lone prayer due to coronavirus Recommended by Hassidic men, many clad in long white and grey striped coats have been arrested, while others shout and goad, and even attack, the security services. Although there has been resistance in the broader ultra-Orthodox world to restrictions …

COVID-19: Buhari gives NCDC two weeks to locate 5,000 contacts

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) two weeks to effectively locate about 5,000 contacts of COVID-19 across the country. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 also revealed on Tuesday that Nigeria is very short of ventilators required for the treatment and handling of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Tribune Onlinereports that members of the Presidential Task Force, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Director-General, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, made these respective knownwhile speaking during a press briefing led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha in Abuja on Tuesday. The NCDC DG while speaking on the COVID-19 update said President Buhari, had asked them to fish out about 5,000 contacts of COVID-19 across the country and bring in those who required treatment. He, however, pointed out that the challenge was from the top, with the involvement of the SGF. He said: “From the pronouncement…

US might rethink Iran sanctions in light of coronavirus outbreak -Pompeo

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WASHINGTON- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held out the possibility on Tuesday that the United States may consider easing sanctions on Iran and other nations to help fight the coronavirus epidemic but gave no concrete sign it plans to do so. The comments reflected a shift in tone by the US State Department, which has come under withering criticism for its hard line toward sanctions relief even in the face of a call by the UN secretary-general to ease US economic penalties. Read More Related Articles Coronavirus: Moscow says outbreak in Russia 'much worse' than it seemsWhy do some Christians believe coronavirus is an apocalyptic prophecy?Release of ‘Black Widow’ delayed because of coronavirus Recommended by Speaking to reporters, Pompeo stressed that humanitarian and medical supplies are exempt from sanctions Washington reimposed on Tehran after President Donald Trump abandoned Iran's 2015 multilateral deal to limit its nuclear program. However, broader US sanctions deter…

#Coronavirus: Osun sets up welfare committee for indigent

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The Osun State Government has set up a 21-member food and relief committee to attend to the indigent in the state during the period of restrictions occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. The governor, Gboyega Oyetola, in a statement signed by Wole Oyebamiji, Secretary to the State Government, and sent to PREMIUM TIMES said the committee will cushion the effect of restrictions on the movement of goods and services in the state. “The committee members are Asiwaju Tunde Badmus, Chief Adebayo Jimoh, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd), Chief Tunde Ponle, Rt Hon Patricia Etteh, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, Sir Demola Aladekomo, Rt Hon Lasun Yusuff, Dr Wale Babalakin and Dr Segun Aina. “Others are Mallam Yussuf Alli, SAN, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, Mr. AbdulKabir Aliyu, Dr Deji Adeleke, Otunba Iyiola Omisore and three former governors of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbeso…