Global Coronavirus Hits 6000 As Kenya Grapples Locusts Plague

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By PATRICK KIMANZI – EDITOR & XHINUA

The global coronavirus hit it’s 6000th victim across the world, as Kenyan authorities battled an unprecedented locusts invasion in 70 years, The COUNTY DIARY reported Thursday.

HARDTIMES: As Kenyan authorities remained shocked and awed while grappling with an unprecedented locusts plague in 70 years, The infectiois Coronavirus — that originated from Chinese Wuhan province continued to race across the globe unabated©GRAPHICS/PATRICK KIMANZI/THE COUNTY DIARY

China is ramping up containment measures as the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 56 people and infected at least 1,975 more in the country accelerates.

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A nationwide ban on wildlife trade is in place and more than 56 million people in almost 20 cities are affected by travel restrictions, which have been introduced amid fears the transmission rate will balloon as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Confirmed cases have so far been announced in Europe , North America and several Asian countries.The World Health Organization (WHO ) has acknowledged the respiratory illness, which has been traced to the city of Wuhan, is an emergency in China but the organisation said on Thursday it was too early to declare it a public health emergency of international concern.

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Chinese authorities have ordered the extension of a public holiday in an effort to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

A working group chaired by Premier Li Keqiang to tackle the outbreak decided “to reduce population flows” by extending the Spring Festival holiday which had been scheduled to end on January 30, state news agency Xinhua said.

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It was not immediately clear how long the extension is.

“The meeting stressed that the country is at a crucial time in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, urging Party committees and governments at all levels to take more ‘decisive, powerful and orderly, scientific and well-planned’ measures to effective curb the spread,” Xinhua reported.

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