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Trump says U.S., China ‘working closely together’ to fight coronavirus; Global cases exceed 500,000; SA tops chart in Africa


US President Donald Trump

Emmanuel Yashim/ Oluwabukola Akanni

Beijing, March 27, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States and China are “working closely together” to fight the coronavirus pandemic after a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday.

Trump tweeted that he and Xi had “a very good conversation” and discussed “in great detail the Coronavirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet.”

“China has been through much and has developed a strong understanding of the Virus.

“We are working closely together. Much respect!” Trump said.

Trump, who had until recently insisted on calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” said earlier on Thursday that “you don’t know what the (coronavirus) numbers are in China.”

“You’re not able to tell what China is testing or not testing,” Trump said during a news conference before the phone call.

The U.S. on Thursday surpassed China and Italy to lead the world in reported coronavirus cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

U.S. cases topped 83,000, followed by China at more than 81,000, and Italy at more than 80,000.

The new numbers came as coronavirus hotspots appeared to be emerging outside New York state, the current epicentre of the outbreak.

Xi said China had been sharing information and experience with the international community about the coronavirus and would continue to do so in the joint fight against the pandemic, according to state media.

“Only when the international community responds together can it (the virus) be defeated,” Xi said, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Xi added that Chinese provinces, cities, and enterprises were providing medical assistance to the U.S.

“China understands the current difficult situation of the United States and is willing to provide support within its capacity,” he said.

Trump said, according to CCTV, that he was grateful to China for providing medical supplies to the U.S. and for strengthening medical exchanges.

He said that China’s experience with the virus was “enlightening” to him.

The leaders’ call came after two extraordinary sessions of the G20 and G7 groups of countries in the past few days focused on the response to the pandemic.

The G7 foreign ministers’ meeting on Wednesday failed to agree on a joint statement after the U.S. insisted that it include the term “Wuhan virus,” according to U.S. media reports.

Meanwhile, China on Thursday announced it would suspend the entry of foreign nationals in an effort to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases.

Beijing also announced it would severely limit both outbound and inbound international flights.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the John Hopkins University tally indicates that South Africa holds the top spot in African countries with 927 cases, surpassing Egypt which previously had the highest number of cases.
As at the time of filing this report on Friday,  Egypt has a total number of 495 in confirmed cases followed by 367 cases in Algeria.
Also figures released by worldometers.info on fatalities indicate that Algeria  currently has the highest number of deaths with 25 followed closely by Egypt with 24 deaths while South  Africa has recorded zero deaths.
The worldometers.info tally shows that Egypt has the highest number of recovered cases with 102, with Algeria and South Africa recording 29 and 12 recovered cases respectively.
Other countries with over 100 confirmed cases as indicated by John Hopkins University and worldometers.info include Morocco with 275 infected persons, Tunisia 197, Burkina Faso 152, Ghana 132 and Senegal recording 105 in infected persons.
Country with least number of confirmed cases within the continent is Libya with only one infected person, while Somalia and Guinea Bissau have two recorded cases each.
Other African countries with confirmed cases of the  novel conronavirus are Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mali, Liberia, Congo and Central Africa Republic.
NAN also reports that Nigeria has not remained unaffected by the raging pandemic with 65 confirmed cases including three recovered cases and one death.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday evening reported additional 14 new cases.

The NCDC on its official Twitter page, @NCDCgov, said that the confirmed cases were recorded in Lagos, Bauchi and the FCT.

“Fourteen new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria: 1 in FCT, 1 in Bauchi and 12 in Lagos.

“Of the 14, 6 were detected on a vessel, 3 are returning travellers and 2 are close contacts of confirmed cases,” the agency tweeted.

The NCDC in its #TakeResponsibility campaign emphasised hand washing, self-isolation,  information sharing from official sources, avoiding large gatherings and social distancing to prevent and contain the virus.
NAN also reports that a total of 532, 788 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded worldwide, with US overtaking China, the original epicentre of the pandemic.
According to the John Hopkins University data, the death toll has hit 24,077 globally while the virus has spread to 176 countries.

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