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Mediterranean migrants have no place to land

International | Border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic further fuel a European crisis
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/20, 02:54 pm

The merchant vessel Marina was heading to the international shipping hub at Malta Freeport when the Maltese government ordered it to undertake a rescue mission. The ship’s 13 crew members obeyed, and on May 3, they took in 78 migrants from Libya they found drifting off southern Italy near the island of Lampedusa in a wooden boat with a busted engine.

The Marina’s crew had insufficient food and water for such a large group. None of them had experience with migrant rescues. And when the boat neared Malta, border officials refused to let the passengers come ashore.

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New coronavirus cases surface in Wuhan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/12/20, 12:21 pm

All 11 million residents of Wuhan, China, must undergo testing for COVID-19. China’s state-run media published a notice giving city officials 10 days to submit a plan for each district to carry out the tests.

Why is the city suddenly testing everyone? Wuhan’s Dongxihu district recorded six new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday and Monday, raising concerns about a new outbreak in the city where the pandemic originated. Chinese health officials also have recorded new clusters in the northeastern provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang.

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Countries slowly lift COVID-19 restrictions

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/11/20, 11:32 am

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday encouraged construction workers and companies whose employees can’t work from home to resume operations this week. He also greenlighted “unlimited amounts” of outdoor exercise. The United Kingdom is not yet ready to end all measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Johnson said, but schools and shops could reopen by June 1.

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