Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Trump Threatens To Cut Funding To WHO

Trump Threatens To Cut Funding To WHO

Following COVID-19 cases in the US which passed 400,000 mark, and accusation from the the US president that, the WHO is focusing on China despite the large fund the agency gets from the US.

Trump Threatens To Cut Funding To WHO

The president of the United States, Donald Trump has threatened to cut funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the President at the White House daily press briefing on the pandemic on Tuesday, the US will consider putting WHO funding on hold.

He said;

We are going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO, we are going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see. 

Trump said his words were not based on confirmed decisions but of consideration.

He said the cut in funding will be considered and decision will be taken afterwards.

He said;

I am not saying that I am going to do it. But we are going to look at it.

No, I didn’t. I said we are going to look at it.
Nigerians In UK Must Pay For Covid-19 Test Before Evacuation — FG

Nigerians In UK Must Pay For Covid-19 Test Before Evacuation — FG

The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission says, Nigerians living in the United Kingdom, UK must undergo a £350–that’s nearly N166,000–testing for coronavirus before they can be evacuated.

Nigerians In UK Must Pay For Covid-19 Test Before Evacuation — FG

This is coming amidst concerns that many Nigerians in the UK may not meet testing conditions of the UK’s National Health Service and it would be difficult for them to be tested through the NHS.

With the commission's condition, Nigerians affected have expressed displeasure at the latest requirement, saying it was not part of conditions initially given to them.

However, the commission suggests using a private coronavirus laboratory test, said to cost £350.

The commission said in a memo;

We understand that it may be difficult through the NHS as some may not meet the NHS conditions. However, Nigerians in the UK interested in having a private COVID-19 laboratory test within the United Kingdom can use Private laboratory, one of which is [email protected] or contact Dr Funmi Adewara on +447753656688.

This is a Public Health England-approved COVID-19 testing kit. Laboratory results are said to be within 3-5 working days. The test is for patients 16 years and older. So, you are free to make your options and decisions, as we look forward to bringing you back home. You will not be allowed to board without having done the COVID – 19 Test.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

US Make A Fresh Donation Of $7m To Nigeria

US Make A Fresh Donation Of $7m To Nigeria

The government of the United States has announced a fresh commitment of $7million in health and humanitarian funding to Nigeria.

US Make A Fresh Donation Of $7m To Nigeria

According to a statement on Tuesday by the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria, the fund is for risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention and coordination.

The statement reads;

This assistance joins more than $5.2 billion in U.S. health assistance and more than $8.1 billion in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years.



Sunday, April 5, 2020

There’s Going To Be Massive of Coronavirus Death In US Next Week - Donald Trump

There’s Going To Be Massive of Coronavirus Death In US Next Week - Donald Trump

Americans have been told by President Donald Trump to brace for a big spike in coronavirus fatalities in the coming days, as the country faces what he called the toughest two weeks of the pandemic.

There’s Going To Be Massive of Coronavirus Death In US Next Week - Donald Trump

According to Trump at a briefing with newsmen on Sunday, "There’s going to be a lot of death".

Trump pushed back on criticism that the federal government has not done enough to get ventilators that many critically ill coronavirus patients need to survive to the states.

He maintain that some governors are asking for more machines than they will need.

Trump said of submissions his administration has received to dole out equipment from the strategic national stockpile;

Fears of shortages have led to inflated requests.

Trump said at the White House;

We are coming up to a time that is going to be very horrendous.

We probably have never seen anything like these kind of numbers. Maybe during the war, during a World War One or Two or something

Friday, April 3, 2020

Nigeria’s Response To Coronavirus Impressive - United Nations

Nigeria’s Response To Coronavirus Impressive - United Nations

Nigeria's response to the breakout and spread of coronavirus in the country has excites United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who described it as remarkable.

Nigeria’s Response To Coronavirus Impressive - United Nations

Guterres made the recommendations during a virtual news briefing in New York on Friday.

He singled out Nigeria as one of few developing countries that have “shown a remarkable capacity to respond.

He said;

I have to say this; some of these developing countries have shown a remarkable capacity to respond.

I was quite impressed to see, for instance, Nigeria putting in place and immediately establishing a hospital.

And I saw difficulties in countries that are much more developed to do quickly the same

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Nurse Strangled His Doctor Girlfriend To Death For Infecting Him With Coronavirus

Nurse Strangled His Doctor Girlfriend To Death For Infecting Him With Coronavirus

A 28-year-old Italian nurse, identified as Antonio De Pace has strangled his doctor girlfriend, Lorena Quaranta, to death after suspecting she infected him with Coronavirus

Nurse Strangled His Doctor Girlfriend To Death For Infecting Him With Coronavirus

The suspect, after committing the crime called the police to report the incident.

The police found the girlfriend dead, upon arrival at the scene, while De Pace was found on the floor, having cut his wrists.

Medics were able to save his life at the hospital.

He then ‘told investigators that he’d murdered her after she gave him Covid-19.’

According to reports, the young couple was said to have been one of the hands working in a local hospital in Messina, Sicily, to help during the coronavirus crisis.

However, the tests later carried on the couple returned negative as neither Lorena or De Pace had the virus.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

A 54-year-old German finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, Thomas Schaefer, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus.

Minister Commits Suicide Over Coronavirus

According to state premier Volker Bouffier on Sunday, Schaefer, was found dead near a railway track on Saturday.

However, the Wiesbaden prosecution’s office said they believe he died by suicide.

Bouffier said in a recorded statement;

We are in shock, we are in disbelief and above all we are immensely sad.

Before his death, Hesse was a home to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt, where major lenders like Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have their headquarters. The European Central Bank is also located in Frankfurt.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

Nigeria as of Saturday had a total of 81 confirmed cases and one death from COVID-19, whose global infection and fatality figures stood at no fewer than half a million and 26,000 respectively.

US Announces N2.6 Billion Emergency Health Aid To Nigeria

As part of a 274 million dollars (N103 billion) assistance package to no fewer than 63 countries affected by the disease, according to a statement by the Department of States on Friday.

The United States Government has announced a 7 million dollars (about N2.6 billion) emergency health and humanitarian aid to Nigeria amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The statement said, Nigeria’s share, will go into funding of “risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination’’.

It said;

This assistance joins more than 5.2 billion dollars (N1.9 trillion) in U.S. health assistance and more than 8.1 billion dollars (N3trillion) in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

Following announcement of World Health Organisation statistics as of 12:00 pm on Friday, which 63,570 people have been infected with coronavirus and nearly 884 have died in the US which is quickly becoming the new epicenter of the outbreak.

Apply For Visas - US Asks Doctors, Nurses Around The World

In the midst of the increasing cases of the virus, the United States has asked medical professionals seeking to work in America to apply for a work visa at the nearest US Embassy as part of measures to strengthen the health system to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to the government, in a statement published on www.travel.state.gov on Friday, it advised foreign medical professionals already in the US to consult with their sponsors to extend their programmes.

The statement read;

We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.

For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States:

J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their programme sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programmes in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.

The statement, also noted that the expiration date on a US visa did not determine how long one can be in the United States.
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JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

As World Health Organisation statistics as of 12:00 pm on Friday, there are 9,533 confirmed coronavirus cases and 463 deaths in the UK.

JUST IN: UK PM, Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Boris Johnson, United Kingdom Prime Minister, has tested positive for coronavirus.

He tweeted on Friday,

Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives.

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See tweet;
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

In a latest report, the US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 85,500 positive tests.

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surpass Those of China, Italy

The US has overtaken China, 81,782 cases, and Italy, 80,589, according to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University.

Though the US is behind China with almost 1,300 Covid-19-related fatalities, with China having 3,291, and Italy 8,215.

This is becoming as President Donald Trump predicted the nation would get back to work "pretty quickly".


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

A 35-year-old Italian nurse, Daniela Trezzi who was working on the front line of the coronavirus crisis at a hospital in Lombardy, commit suicide after testing positive for coronavirus and fearing she had infected others.

Italian Nurse Commit Suicide After Testing Positive For Coronavirus And Worrying She Had Infected Others

After confirming the her death, the National Federation of Nurses of Italy expressed its 'pain and dismay' in a statement last night.

According to them, the nurse had been suffering 'heavy stress' because she feared she was spreading the virus while trying to bring the crisis under control. 

The body added that medical workers were suffering 'heavy stress' from the coronavirus crisis.

The sad incidence is coming as Italy's death toll surged again yesterday with 743 new fatalities recorded in one day, dampening hopes that the tide was starting to turn.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, which examines the state of global happiness in countries.

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

UN’s annual International Day of Happiness, which ranked 153 countries, was released on Friday, March 20.

However, Nigeria was ranked as the 39th unhappiest nation in 2020 World Happiness Report, by the United Nations.

See report ranking;

UN Ranks Nigeria World’s 39th Unhappiest Country

African countries that ranked happier than Nigeria are Morocco, Cameroon, Algeria, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Gabon, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Benin, Congo and Ghana.
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Meanwhile, according to the report, the top 20 world’s happiest countries are Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Israel, Costa Rica, Ireland, Germany, United States, Czech Republic, and Belgium.

Part of the report read;

African countries will double in population by 2050 and more than 80 per cent of that increase will occur in cities. Africa’s largest city, Lagos, Nigeria is predicted to expand by 77 people every hour between now and 2030.

By 2025 there will be 100 African cities with more than one million inhabitants, twice as many as in Latin America. Already 70 per cent of Africans are under 30 years old, accounting for about 20 per cent of the population, 40 per cent of the workforce, and 60 per cent of the unemployed.

It seems that Sub-Saharan Africa is not prepared for its urban expansion and many African governments are trying to limit rural-urban migration.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

Following reports that, the United State President, Donald Trump has approved chloroquine for treatment of Coronavirus.

COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved

The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Thursday disagreed with President Donald Trump, noting that ‘chloroquine’ was never approved for use with Covid-19 patients.
ALSIO REDA: COVID19: FDA Chief Disagrees With Trump, Chloroquine Has Not Been Approved
While speaking at a press conference, FDA chief Stephen Hahn said it was only for use in trials at the moment.
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Despite a claim early in Thursday’s White House briefing on the pandemic by President Donald Trump that one proposed treatment, anti-malarial chloroquine, had already been approved by the FDA for COVID-19 treatment.

Hahn said that in fact the agency is currently looking at widespread clinical trials of the drug, but it is not yet approved for that use.

He said;

In the short term, we’re looking at drugs that are already approved for other indications.

Many Americans have read studies and heard media reports about this drug chloroquine, which is an anti-malarial drug. It’s already approved, as the president said, for the treatment of malaria as well as an arthritis condition.

That’s a drug that the president has directed us to take a closer look at, as to whether an expanded use approach to that could be done to actually see if that benefits patients. And again, we want to do that in the setting of a clinical trial, a large pragmatic clinical trial to actually gather that information and answer the question that needs to be answered.
VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States keeps jumping each day by the hundreds, pushing health care officials and political leaders to take steps to keep the pandemic from overwhelming the system.

VIDEO: Trump Approves Chloroquine For Treatment Of Coronavirus

As the US death toll grew to almost 150, states are ordering more shutdowns.

Hospital employees are making their own face masks or sometimes using them twice.

And doctors are begging the public to keep their distance from others.

The United State President, Donald Trump has approved chloroquine for treatment of Coronavirus.

While speaking at a press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the Chloroquine was approved as a test-treatment for COVID-19 by the Food and Drug Administration.

Chloroquine is a drug used to treat malaria and severe arthritis.

Watch video here;


As the world is fighting to curb the spread of COVID-19, the deadly virus recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) has killed over 6,000 people with over 162,000 cases in more than 50 countries.


Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

As the African continent is so far the least-affected region in a global coronavirus pandemic, 233 cases of the deadly virus has been registered in Africa and still counting. 

Wake Up And Prepare For Worst – WHO Warns Africa Over Coronavirus

African countries have been warned by the World Health Organization, WHO, to prepare for the worst as coronavirus cases increase in the continent.

While on Wednesday in a virtual news conference, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said Africa needs to wake up as official numbers of COVID-19 cases do not likely reflect the full picture.

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The WHO director warned that numbers of positive cases could scale up quickly if care is not taken.

Tedros said;

Till date more than 200,000 people have been and more than 8,000 killed with Africa as the least affected.

Africa should wake up,Probably we have undetected cases or unreported cases.

Even if there truly were no more than 233 cases of the disease in Africa, he warned that that number could scale up quickly.

In other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point, so the best advice for Africa is to prepare for the worst and prepare today

WHO’s recommendation is actually that mass gatherings should be avoided.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

BREAKING: FG Imposes Travel Ban On UK, US And 11 Others Over Coronavirus

BREAKING: FG Imposes Travel Ban On UK, US And 11 Others Over Coronavirus

Following pressure from political, social and religious institutions and individuals,  the Federal government has issued a travel ban on 13 countries over the spread of the Coronavirus.

BREAKING: FG Imposes Travel Ban On UK, US And 11 Others Over Coronavirus

The Ban will take effect from Saturday, March.
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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha made the announcement at a media briefing on Wednesday.

The affected countries are the United State of America, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Norway, Netherland, France, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Spain.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

US, China In Cold War Over Coronavirus

US, China In Cold War Over Coronavirus

There is a cold war between the US and China over the novel coronavirus escalated on Tuesday as President Donald Trump angered Beijing by referring to the pathogen as the “Chinese Virus.”

US, China In Cold War Over Coronavirus

For days now, the two countries have sparred over the origin of the virus with a Chinese official promoting conspiracy theories claiming it was brought to China by the US army and American officials using terms seen as stigmatising a nation.

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Trump tweeted Monday night;

The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus.

Trump’s allies had previously referred to the pandemic as the “Chinese coronavirus”.

According to Beijing on Tuesday, it was “strongly indignant” over the phrase, which it called “a kind of stigmatisation.

Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the United States should “immediately stop its unjustified accusations against China".

Trump’s comments were criticised inside the US, with warnings it could incite a backlash against the Asian-American community.

New York city mayor Bill de Blasio, whose state is one of the hardest-hit by the virus in the US, tweeted;

Our Asian-American communities, people YOU serve  are already suffering. They don’t need you fueling more bigotry



Africa Does Not Need To 'Burn Down The House' To Defeat COVID-19

Africa Does Not Need To 'Burn Down The House' To Defeat COVID-19

According to Foreign policy, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus epidemic “a public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC), more than 70 countries responded by imposing travel restrictions against China. There's is such a possibility in Africa not burning down house' all in the process of trying to control the pandemic Coronavirus, convid-19

Virus Travel Bans Are Inevitable But Ineffective

Africa Does Not Need To 'Burn Down The House' To Defeat COVID-19
Global health experts overwhelmingly decry travel and trade restrictions as bad policy and irresponsible violations of international law.

Yet governments continue to implement them, even though scientific evidence—and economic self-interest—advises otherwise. If experts can’t reliably prevent such restrictions, they must take steps to mitigating their most harmful effects.

Aljazeera in their opinion says "Plague epidemics on the continent had predated the arrival of the Europeans, and Africans were not unaware of the dangers they posed. Still, in places like central Kenya, plague was not a significant cause of African morbidity and mortality.

Colonial medical officials were, however, concerned about the threat epidemics posed to the extractive colonial economy, the flow of migrant labour from Africa to Europe and production in cash-crop growing areas.

The measures they imposed on the locals were unpopular, and Africans quickly became loath to cooperate with the colonial authorities or to report cases in their homesteads knowing it meant the destruction of their homes. More than a century later, a similar dynamic is at work as the world confronts yet another pandemic.

Since it was first identified in China in late December, the coronavirus has swept across the world, killing thousands and wreaking social and economic havoc on a massive scale. Disregarding the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as global health experts, many countries have resorted to imposing travel restrictions, the latest being the sweeping US ban on all travel from Europe.

African governments too have been scrambling to contain the virus before it establishes a firm toehold on the continent. As is the case in much of the rest of the world, initial fears and efforts focused on the possibility of importing COVID-19 from China. Across the continent, air links with China have been severed and, in some countries such as Kenya, this has led to a spike in racist anti-Chinese sentiment. Yet as publics and governments were looking east, the virus sneaked in from an entirely different direction.
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As of this week, at least 18 African countries, 14 of them in sub-Saharan Africa, have so far reported a combined total of almost 200 coronavirus cases. The majority of infections outside Egypt, where there are the most reported cases but where the source of the virus is disputed, originated in Europe. In Burkina Faso, which was the latest to confirm the presence of the virus, a couple was quarantined after returning from a trip to France. Nigeria was introduced to the virus by a 44-year old Italian while the cases in Cameroon and Togo involved people who had been travelling in Europe. In fact, according to the WHO, Europe is now the "epicentre" for the pandemic, reporting more daily cases than China did at the height of its outbreak.

For a continent with long historical ties to Europe, measures such as indiscriminate travel bans will be difficult to swallow, akin to burning down the house. For example, according to a report by the Kenyan government, arrivals from Europe last year dwarfed those from China, with five arrivals from the Old Continent for every one from the People's Republic. In fact, arrivals from Europe were double those from Asia and the Middle East combined and accounted for 45 percent of visitors to Kenya from the top 12 countries outside the African continent. Given that two-thirds of international visitors to Kenya came to holiday, pumping $1.6bn into the local economy, and helping to sustain over a million jobs, a strategy of shutting the doors to Europe begins to look rather unappealing.

Of course, this has not stopped some countries from trying. Uganda has asked Italians, Spaniards, Germans and the French not to come and has also banned international conferences on its soil including the United Nations Group of 77 and China Summit, which had been expected to attract more than 6,000 delegates. Across the border, Kenya has issued a similar ban, which will mean foregoing much-needed income for the region's economies.
Africa Does Not Need To 'Burn Down The House' To Defeat COVID-19
Yet questions linger over the sustainability of travel bans for a continent where travel and tourism remain one of the key drivers of growth. Although Africa captures a tiny fraction of the global tourism market, the industry still accounted for 8.5 percent of the continent's gross domestic product in 2018 and employed over 24 million Africans. With the virus now present in over 115 countries, the Kenyan transport minister has noted the impossibility of stopping flights from them all.

The decision by the WHO to declare COVID-19 a global pandemic is itself an admission that containment efforts have failed. Last week, WHO officials had said that declaring a pandemic would be tantamount to throwing in the towel on containment and would be a signal to governments that efforts should focus instead on mitigation: treating patients, developing and providing vaccines and reducing the strain on health systems and society.

For African countries, it should be treated as a caution against wrecking an important source of livelihoods by imposing indiscriminate travel bans. That does not mean abandoning reasonable precautions to stop infected persons getting into the continent, but rather changing focus to ramping up capacity for free testing for the virus, shoring up dilapidated health systems to deal with local infections, and, importantly, public education - measures that some countries are now implementing.

However, huge gaps remain. At a press briefing on Friday to announce Kenya's first confirmed case, the Cabinet Secretary for Health offered contradictory advice, alternately asking the sick to stay at home and then later saying the responsible thing was actually to head to the hospital. The panic buying that followed the announcement exemplified a lack of faith in the government's ability to manage the epidemic driven largely by its failure in the preceding weeks to prepare the population for what was coming.

The continent could look to Asian countries such as Singapore and South Korea, where public information coupled with widely available free testing and contact tracing as well as rigorously enforced isolation of infected cases has minimised the need for Italian-style shutdowns.

Africa can beat COVID-19. It just doesn't need to burn down the house to do it.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Vatican Cancels Easter Celebrations Over Coronavirus

Vatican Cancels Easter Celebrations Over Coronavirus

According to the Vatican on Sunday, Pope Francis will not lead any public celebration for Easter due to the coronavirus.


A statement from the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said;

All the Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful.

In a separate statement, Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said;

The celebrations will still take place, but in ways that have yet to be defined in accordance with anti-virus contagion measures.