The deaths of at least 7 Catholic priests have been reported in Italy as a result of the Coronavirus.
Monsignor Vincenzo Rini (pictured above), a priest of the Diocese of Cremona, close to Milan, died on Saturday, March 14, after being infected with Coronavirus.
Msgr. Rini ran Cremona’s diocesan newspaper for 30 years, and was at one time the president of the Italian bishops’ news agency. He was also a novelist, and a noted literary expert, who served as the Church’s liaison to the Cristina di Savoia Cultural Congresses, which aim to promote Christian culture in Italy.
In addition to Rini, 6 priests in the Diocese of Bergamo have been reported dead of the coronavirus by Italian news site Bergamo News.
According to Bergamonews, Bishop Francesco Bechi told Italian journalists that in addition to six priests in his diocese who have died of the virus, 20 others have been hospitalized.
Bergamo, a city northest of Milan, has been identified as the region most afflicted by infections of coronavirus in the country.
Valencia have confirmed that 35% of the club’s players & staff tested positive for coronavirus.
The Spanish club announced last weekend players Mangala, Garay and Gaya and two other staff were infected with the coronavirus. Now things are getting worse.
According to the latest report by El Chiringuito, at least 12 Valencia players have tested positive for coronavirus.
Valencia CF inform that new positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected amongst first-team staff and players.
Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after playing a UEFA Champions League game on February 19, 2020, in Milan, an area confirmed as high risk by Italian authorities days later, distancing the squad for their work environment and the public, recent results show that exposure to those games has caused a 35 per cent positive result rate.
All of these persons are now at home, in good health and obeying self-isolation measures.
Besides providing further information over the coming hours, the club reiterate our support for the health authorities and their social awareness campaigns, and emphasise to all of the population the importance of staying at home and continuing to follow the previously published hygiene and illness-prevention measures.
Likewise, Valencia CF reiterate our confidence in the Spanish health system, and in the recommendations made by the Ministry of Health for cases of coronavirus infection such as these.
“Game of Thrones” actor Kristofer Hivju announced on Monday March 16, that he will be going into self-quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.
The Norwegian actor who played Tormund Giantsbane on the HBO series, disclosed this in an Instagram photo with his wife. Though it is unclear if his wife have the virus, Hivju however disclosed that his symptoms were mild.
“Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold.
“There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.”
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has passed 179,000 worldwide, and roughly 1,300 confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in Norway.
This is coming after British actor, Idris Elba also disclosed that he tested positive for coronavirus after coming in contact with someone who has the virus.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday March 16, disclosed that the gas explosion witnessed in Abule Ado community of Lagos State on Sunday March 15, was caused by too much pressure on the pipeline.
Southwest Coordinator of the agency, Ibrahim Farinloye debunked claim of the gas explosion being as a result of a bomb blast or Improvised Explosives Devices (IED). Farilonye told newsmen that preliminary security analysis showed that an eight-tonne truck laden with core stone and parked on the pipeline, exerted too much pressure on it. Fuel which escaped from the pipeline after the pressure stayed on overnight, saturated the atmosphere, formed a whitish substance and exploded.
Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Maikudi Shehu also backed claims of the explosion not being caused by a bomb or an IED.
“I can tell you that there was no IED there. The blast was not caused by IED. I am still expecting the report of findings from my officers to know exactly what happened.”
Also recounting how the incident occurred, a resident of the community said the truck got stuck on the pipeline overnight.
An eyewitness said;
“The truck stayed there for so long and with its weight on the pipeline, the fuel in the pipe which is about eight-foot deep was trying to force its way out. That was how a smoke-like substance started forming from under the truck and soon developed into a cloud that covered the entire area and then the blast.”
This is coming after the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said gas cylinders which were stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way caused the explosion after being hit by a truck.
Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively have donated $1 Million to food banks amid Coronavirus crisis.
The Deadpool star, 43, and the Gossip Girl actress, 32, made the announcement via Instagram. Reynolds said their donation will go to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, two organizations aiding those most at risk from the coronavirus pandemic.
He wrote on IG: “Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. If you can give, these orgs need our help.”
“Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
He then concluded with a nod to his playful feud with fellow actor and friend Hugh Jackman. writing, “Hugh Jackman’s # is 1-555-Hugh.”
“It’s a crazy time out there in the world,” the former Disney star wrote. “School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country.”
The fashion mogul and her daughter Allegra are giving back to her native Italy which has been hard hit.
“In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting every day to save hundreds of lives,” a statement on her Instagram account reads. “”This is why Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan.”
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and to all the doctors and medical staff who have been working heroically non-stop in the past weeks in the effort to take care of our loved ones,” she added.
Nigerians on Twitter are reacting to the appeal made by Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for donations for victims of Sunday March 15th explosion in Abule Ado area of the state.
While visiting the scene of the incident this morning, the governor announced that a N2 billion relief fund has been set up for the victims and that the state government has already donated N250 million. He went on to appeal to other well meaning Nigerians to donate into the accounts provided.
While some Nigerians applaud the state governor for coming out to ask for donations for the victims, others expressed displeasure at the move, saying it is another means for the government to milk the state residents.