Pregnant girls can go to school again in Sierra Leone - After a ruling in West Africa’s regional bloc court in December, Sierra Leone has moved to overturn a ban that prevented pregnant girls from going to school. The measure was first introduced 15 years ago during the Ebola epidemic. Schools were closed at that time, and the country saw an increase in teenage pregnancies.
Coronavirus lockdown in Ghana - The cities of Accra, Tema and Kumasi in Ghana have been placed on a two-week lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Those areas of the country are considered to be hotspots for the disease. Only those who need essential services or those who work in certain professions, like health care, are allowed to leave their homes.
Olympics postponed until 2021 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee elected on Monday to push the Tokyo Olympics Games to July of 2021. The name of the games will still be called Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games have also been pushed until next year.
Doctors evicted in India - Doctors in New Delhi report they have been discriminated against as fear of COVID-19 spreads. Doctors report they are been evicted by their landlords in fear of spreading the COVID-19. Some doctors are being forced to sleep in the hospitals they serve. Arvind Kejriwal, the city’s Chief Minister condemned the evictions.
Boris Johnson has COVID-19 - United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson said he has felt mild symptoms that include a temperature and cough. He will continue to lead the country’s government by Skype.
COVID-19 slowing down in Spain - Spain Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez said COVID-19 cases in Spain appear as if they are slowing down. There were nearly 6,400 cases of COVID-19 confirmed on March 30 in the country, the least it has seen in a week. There have been 7,340 deaths from the virus in Spain.
Rebel group declares ceasefire in Colombia - The National Liberation Army rebel group in Colombia declared a ceasefire starting on April 1 due to the pandemic. The group added it is open to continuing peace negotiations with the Colombian government. The ceasefire was a “humanitarian gesture,” according to the National Liberation Army.
Brazil president continues to downplay COVID-19 - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro left self-isolation as he awaits a COVID-19 test. Bolsonaro joined rallies against Congress and shook hands with his supporters. He called COVID-19 a “little flu or the sniffles.”
Social distancing extended - President Donald Trump announced on March 29 that social distancing guidelines will last until April 30. Trump had previously said social distancing rules could possibly be scaled back by Easter. He said the highest point of the death rate from COVID-19 will likely hit in two weeks.
Stimulus package signed by Trump - The United States has officially enacted a financial stimulus package worth $2 trillion. There have been at least 3.3 million people in the country who have filed for unemployment. The United States has the most cases of COVID-19 in the world.