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Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc (ROYALE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc (ROYALE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc (ROYALE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc (ROYALE.ng) 2016 annual report.Company ProfileRoyal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover life and non-life insurance. This includes general insurance, health insurance and life assurance. The company also offers banking products and services for asset management, credit financing and microfinancing. General insurance products include money guard, burglary protection, fire protection, transit plan, public building liability, motor guard, workmen’s plan, personal and group care, group life assurance, home secure, aviation, marine, engineering, oil and gas, in-house protection and bonds and professional indemnity services. Other general insurance products include heritage, family support, personal, tuition, investment annuity, educational endowment, endowment plans and mortgage protection assurance products. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc offers reserve investment accounts, investment notes, high-yield investment papers, vehicle and asset acquisition scheme, mortgage financing and financial advisory services. Credit products include finance and customer leasing, short-term and trade finance loans, and short-term project and LPO financing services. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc offers a range of products and services for healthcare insurance and operates as a health maintenance organisation which provides financial intermediation within the health industry. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Royal Exchange Assurance Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Dividend income: 2 FTSE shares I would consider right now The economic uncertainty of the global pandemic has had a deep impact on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 dividend shares. Businesses are looking for ways to conserve cash. And a large number of companies have been announcing dividend cuts. Some boards have axed even previously-declared dividends. And there may be others that could find themselves in a situation where they have to hold on to their cash until the storm passes.However, I believe a number of companies are likely to keep their dividends intact in 2020. I think these two stocks could be worth a look for including in long-term portfolios and I’d regard any further dip in their prices as a chance to buy into the shares.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Safety in storageFTSE 250 member Safestore (LSE: SAFE) is the UK’s largest provider of self-storage. It has 163 stores nationwide as well as 38 more locations in Europe (including France, the Netherlands, and Spain).Nationwide, demand for storage space exceeds supply. And management has been successful in capitalising on the growth of self-storage for households and businesses.The group, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) since 2007, entered the FTSE 250 index in late 2015. Over the years, SAFE has grown both organically and through acquisitions. And it has consistently produced consensus-beating results. On 2 April, the storage company released a trading update which said all its stores in the UK, Paris, Barcelona and the Netherlands are “currently open or accessible… Since the Company’s AGM and update on 18 March 2020, the Group’s key trading performance indicators continue to see a relatively limited impact … Safestore is well-capitalised with a strong balance sheet”.Obviously, management’s words were quite reassuring. Year-to-date (YTD), SAFE stock is down about 9%. In comparison, the FTSE 250 has plummeted around 26%.In January, the board announced a 7.6% increase in the final dividend to 12p giving a total for the year of 17.5p. The current yield stands at 2.2%. The shares are expected to go ex-dividend next in early July.Dividends in an economic downturnDo you think we’re in a recession? If yes, then FTSE 100 member United Utilities (LSE: UU) may be a company to research further. It provides water and wastewater services to homes and businesses in the North West of England. Utilities and water may initially sound boring. But given the current volatility in broader markets, who needs more excitement? While Britons may end up cutting down on a lot of expenses, their utility bills are unlikely be at the top of that list.On 25 March, the water giant released a trading update and said”“Our revenues are fixed under the regulatory revenue control for the next five years, with shortfalls in any year being recoverable in later years”. It added that it has “a robust liquidity position extending out for 24 months. which is at the upper end of our policy range”.Despite the dynamic situation regarding the pandemic, management expects revenue to be higher than last year.YTD, the stock is down about 7.5%. In comparison, the FTSE 100 has fallen about 23%. UU stock’s 52-week price range has been 743p-1,104p and the shares are currently hovering around 873p.Finally, the current dividend yield stands at 4.8%. And the shares are expected to go ex-dividend next in the second half of June. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address IAG was the best performing share in the FTSE 100 for February. Here’s why International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE:IAG) saw a share price rally of 38% in February. Anyone who has followed the moves in IAG shares over the past year know that volatility has risen. Mainly due to the impact of the pandemic, IAG has really struggled to maintain the level of financial performance investors would have been hoping for. So although it was the best-performing share in February, it’s still down 48% when we broaden the timeline to a year. Why the short-term pop?Full-year resultsThey say that a week is a long time in politics. I’d like to tweak that and say that a week is a long time in the stock market — a very long time. So much information gets digested every day that changes how companies are perceived. IAG shares have benefited from new information both about the firm specifically and the broader economy.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Let’s start with the most recent news. IAG released full-year 2020 results late last week. They showed a stomach-churning loss of €7bn, which includes the consolidated performance from British Airways and Aer Lingus. The main reason for the loss was fairly obvious as passenger capacity was down. In Q4 2020, the group carried just 26.6% of the passengers it did in Q4 2019. For the year, it carried 33.5% of the 2019 numbers. IAG shares actually finished the day higher after the results were released. Why? A lot of this is to do with expectations. The market was expecting a terrible report, and so the share price had already dropped well before this week. The results were bad, but not as bad as they could have been, hence the rally. For example, cash and other liquid assets have been increased to over €10bn. Cost-cutting measures have also reduced expenses, such as the recent deferment of pension contributions. Overall, the full-year results were bad, but better than expected.IAG shares benefit from Covid recoveryAside from business-specific reasons, IAG shares also benefited during February from positive sentiment. The travel industry is one of the sectors most sensitive to news around the vaccination rollout and lockdown easing. During the past month, we had plenty of positive news in this regard.The UK vaccination programme has gathered pace, with over 20 million people vaccinated already. Alongside this, the UK plan to ease lockdown restrictions could mean a removal of all social distancing measures by June 21. These both give a shot in the arm (pun intended) to IAG shares. The airline group would be able to increase passenger capacity and flight numbers significantly in H2 if the above events remained on track.IAG shares performed well in February as expectations are being built in to the share price. Investors try and think ahead, with some likely buying now as they think that performance later this year will improve. How high could the share price go? Well the 38% move has taken the share price back above 190p. The 2020 highs were circa 450p, so although this is a target to aim for, it’s still some way off. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Home Indiana Agriculture News No E-15 Legal Challenge at Supreme Court No E-15 Legal Challenge at Supreme Court By Andy Eubank – Jun 24, 2013 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Corn and Bean Condition Continue ahead of National RatingNext articlePurdue Ag Economists say Second Farm Bill Extension seems Likely Andy Eubank Supremes say no to E-15 challengeMonday was a busy day for the U.S. Supreme Court but one case it no longer will deal with is the legality of E-15. The court refused to consider a legal challenge by several industry trade groups to EPA’s approval of E-15.Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said the announcement is a victory for the American biofuels industry.“Time and again Big Oil has challenged E15 and Growth Energy’s Green Jobs Waiver in attempts to deny consumers a choice and savings at the pump and this marks the end of these baseless challenges,” he said.The American Coalition for Ethanol is not surprised by the decision. ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings says the case brought to the high court did not have any real substance.“The court really was left with no other choice to make. The case that the oil companies and others were making was flimsy. They’ve spent more money in the courts fighting E-15 than they have on trying to comply with the RFS to ensure that consumers have access to affordable fuel.”Jennings says this gives oil companies no excuse for slowing down their use of E-15 and making it more available to retailers. He says consumers will choose the fuel because it’s less costly.“Consumers by fuel based on price,” he explained. “There is no close second and as soon as the retailers figure out that they can make a little bit of money and pass the huge savings on to consumers, because ethanol is less expensive than gas, then we will start to see E-15 widely available.”Buis at Growth Energy agreed, saying, “The highest court in the land has spoken. They have unequivocally rejected the attempts of Big Oil and other opponents of ethanol to challenge the EPA’s sensible decision to permit the sale of E15. Now that the final word has been issued, I hope that oil companies will begin to work with biofuel producers to help bring new blends into the marketplace that allow for consumer choice and savings.”The Supreme Court decision not to hear the case effectively kills the legal challenges to E-15.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter
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NewsLocal NewsHalloween scares aplenty around CurraghchaseBy Alan Jacques – October 14, 2017 2358 “THERE is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror,” Arthur Conan Doyle famously penned in the first Sherlock Holmes book ‘A Study in Scarlet’.This theory will be put to the test on Sunday, October 29 when Curraghchase Forest Park comes alive with spooks and spectres as AK UTD and various organisations within the Kilcornan community come together to raise funds.This is not an event for the faint of heart, as the West Limerick tourist hotspot will be taken over by vampires and zombies, werewolves and every other kind of monster imaginable, for a fright-fest that will have the hairs standing up in places you didn’t even know you had them.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The scenic forest walks will be turned into a Halloween terror trail for this nightmarish fundraiser with bumps in the night aplenty.Last year the AK United soccer club and local groups joined forces to plan a Halloween spectacular and within three weeks came up with a fantastic terror trail for pre-teens and adults that many are still recovering from.This year the event has an over 13 age warning on it as the organising committee have promised to make this a much darker experience for everyone involved.And to up the ante on the scare front, local Prince of Darkness, Darren Shan, who has sold more than 25 million copies of his terrifying young adult novels, will even help out with some of the actor’s dialogue.The Limerick writer is world renowned for sending shivers down spines, so all the stops are being pulled out for this year’s event.In 2016, Kilcornan’s community effort saw 80 volunteers acting out the terrifying parts across the forest park with 120 volunteers helping over the course of the weekend.Coilte and Warren Higgins from Curraghchase Caravan and Camping are also on board this year as the trail itself takes place around the campsite.Tickets cost €20 each and are available now at www.kilcornan.com.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSAK UnitedCurraghchase Forest ParkDarren ShanKilcornanlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMinister kicks around ideas on drug educationNext articleLiam gets European honour for Limerick Greenway pioneers Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print
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Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — At least 573 people have now died in the United States from the novel coronavirus — and officials say the pandemic is accelerating.In the U.S., there are more than 41,700 diagnosed cases of the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The coronavirus spans every state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, forcing millions of Americans to stay home in an effort to contain the disease.Over 372,000 people around the world have been diagnosed and more than 16,300 people have died across the globe. Here’s the latest on the developing situation Monday. All times Eastern:5:45 p.m.: Florida governor orders self-isolation for NY-area visitorsFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order that mandates anyone who travels to Florida from the greater New York City area will have to go into a 14-day self isolation period.“Today, there’s over 190 direct flight from the New York City area to the state of Florida. And I’d would reckon, given the outbreak there, that every single flight has somebody on it that is positive for COVID-19,” he said in a news conference.The order applies to anyone traveling to Florida from “an area with substantial community spread,” but it specifically mentions New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Florida currently has about 1,100 positive cases and 14 deaths related to the virus. DeSantis has previously blamed visitors from New York for the cases in Florida and called on the White House to suspend flights from there and other states with a high number of outbreaks.As of Monday morning, New York state had more than 15,000 coronavirus cases. 4:40 p.m.: Everyone in UK must stay homeEveryone in the United Kingdom “must stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday.Residents can only leave the house to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for medical needs and to travel to and from work when absolutely necessary and working from home is not possible, Johnson said.In the U.K. at least 6,724 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 300 of those have died.Gatherings outside the home of more than two people are now banned, Johnson said.Johnson said all unnecessary shops will close, as well as libraries and gyms. All social events must be canceled, including weddings, but excluding funerals, he said.4:28 p.m.: Instacart plans to hire 300,000 more shoppersAs the demand for grocery delivery demand, Instacart says it plans to hire 300,000 more shoppers across North America over the next 3 months.Instacart also noted how the hiring initiative can help provide flexible job opportunities to those who need it.Meanwhile, CVS said it’s hiring 50,000 full and part-time employees nationwide.3:14 p.m.: Criminal consequences possible for those who violate NJ rulesIn New Jersey, where at least 27 people have died from coronavirus, those who violate social distancing rules or keep non-essential businesses open could face criminal consequences, said Gurbir Grewal, the state’s attorney general.“The time for warning is over,” Grewal said Monday. “If you’re a retail store or an entertainment center and you stay open, or if you’re a bar and keep serving patrons in your establishment, consider this as your final warning. Your actions are against the law in New Jersey, and you will be held accountable.”“The same goes for individuals,” Grewal said. “If you and your friends decide to throw a party at your home and you invite 20 of your closest friends, stop. Law enforcement officers will have to break that party up, and their will be criminal consequences.”Over 2,800 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the Garden State.3:03 p.m.: Rhode Island becomes 8th state to postpone presidential primaryRhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will sign an executive order to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.The governor also said she will make the election predominantly vote-by-mail. Applications and stamps will be sent to voters in the coming weeks, added Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.Indiana, Connecticut, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Maryland as well as Puerto Rico have all moved their primaries in the wake of the pandemic.2:56 p.m.: Virginia schools closed until end of year, North Carolina schools shuttered until May 15In Virginia, where there are 254 confirmed coronavirus cases, all schools will remain closed until the end of the academic year, Gov. Ralph Northam announced.The state is working to provide meals to students in need, Northam said.In North Carolina, all public K-12 schools will be closed until May 15, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.The governor said he arrived at this date by looking at guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials. The order would be adjusted if guidance changes, he said.1:55 p.m.: Over 6,000 dead in ItalyItaly, hardest hit by deaths from the pandemic, reported 601 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 6,077.The total confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy has climbed to 63,927, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency.12:08 p.m.: The pandemic is ‘accelerating’The coronavirus “pandemic is accelerating,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Monday.Almost every country in the world has reported cases, he announced in a Geneva press conference.“It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases. Eleven days for the second 100,000 and just four days for the third 100,000,” he said.11:39 a.m.: Minnesota governor to self-quarantineMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday morning he will self-quarantine after a member of his security detail tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday night.“I’m using this as an opportunity to lead by example,” Walz said in a statement. “Though I’m feeling healthy and not showing any symptoms, I’m going to work from home and model the protocol we are asking all Minnesotans to follow.”11:16 a.m.: Diagnosed cases soar to over 20,000 in New YorkIn New York state, where diagnosed coronavirus cases have soared to over 20,000, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said testing is also on the rise, with 16,000 tests now conducted per day.About 25% of testing nationwide is now in New York state, Cuomo said Monday.Cuomo on Monday issued an emergency order to all hospitals requiring them to increase capacity by 50%, with a goal of increasing capacity by 100%. Four facilities in the state are being converted into hospitals.Of those diagnosed in New York, 13% are hospitalized, the governor said. New York state has reported 157 deaths.“We were not ready to deal with this. And other situations will happen,” Cuomo said. “Let’s at least learn from this to be prepared for the next situation, as dramatic as this one has been.”Cuomo once again got personal at Monday’s news conference, saying a silver lining he’s gained during the pandemic is the “beautiful gift” of more time with his daughter.10:50 a.m.: Amy Klobuchar’s husband tests positive for coronavirusFormer Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says her husband, John Bessler, received positive coronavirus test results Monday morning.Bessler suffered a bad cough, including coughing up blood, and now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator, Klobuchar said in a statement.“He is exhausted and sick,” she said.“John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test,” Klobuchar said. “As everyone is aware, there are test shortages for people who need them everywhere and I don’t qualify to get one under any standard.”“I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” she wrote. “I hope he will be home soon. I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.” 10:30 a.m.: Stay-at-home advisory issued in MassachusettsA stay-at-home advisory has been issued in Massachusetts, urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel from Tuesday until April 7.Also beginning Tuesday, all “non-essential” businesses in Massachusetts will be closed, though Gov. Charlie Baker encouraged restaurants to continue to offer food for take-out and delivery.9:20 a.m. New Jersey testing site reaches capacity before it opensIn northern New Jersey, hit hard by the outbreak, a testing site at Bergen County Community College reached capacity even before it opened Monday morning, reported ABC New York station WABC-TV.8:39 a.m. One doctor’s plea for suppliesA Massachusetts emergency room doctor, who made a sharp-worded appeal on Facebook for the need for protective gear, told ABC News he’s since received a number of donated supplies. “Since that post went out, people have been showing up in our ER, donating whatever they have, people have been making masks,” Dr. Josh Lerner, who works at the Leominster campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, said in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.“People are dropping off food, any type of personal protective equipment. Painters, contractors are giving us their supplies. A neighbor of mine dropped off a box of N95 masks this morning, left it on my porch,” Lerner continued. “So we are being heard by the American people.”But Lerner said it’s unclear how long the supplies will last as his emergency room starts to see an influx in acute cases of patients sickened with the novel coronavirus disease. “I think something to keep in mind is that, for any one patient, there are multiple health care workers who are at the bedside,” he said. “We could be talking about many, many supplies being used at any one time at the bedside. And so, at this moment, I don’t know how many more days of supplies we have, but we are sort of using them as judiciously as possible.” Lerner called on the U.S. government as well as leaders at the local, state and federal levels to “work together” rather than “debate with one another.” “We as an entire nation need to come together to fight this,” he said.7:48 a.m. Spain reports 462 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Monday reported 462 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has now topped 2,000. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy. With nearly 30,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.5:39 a.m. Wuhan, China, reports no new cases for five straight daysThe Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has reported no new confirmed cases for the past five days.The city is still considered a high-risk zone but signs of life are reappearing on the streets as authorities begin to relax some of the strict measures that were put in place. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as health workers disinfect the subway cars and stations.City leaders met Monday to discuss scheduling the resumption of work and production. Monday marks two months since Chinese authorities placed Wuhan on lockdown as the virus spread like wildfire throughout the city and the greater Hubei province.“The meeting emphasized the need to make overall plans to restore economic and social order, and actively and steadily promote orderly resumption of work and production,” the Wuhan government said in a statement Monday. “It is necessary to speed up the resumption of production and industrial enterprises, the return of stores and supermarkets as soon as possible, the orderly restoration of public transportation, the safe and orderly movement of personnel, and the guarantee of resumption of production and market.”4:09 a.m. Florida closes all state parksFlorida is closing all of its state parks to the public due to the coronavirus crisis.At the direction of the governor and to successfully uphold social distancing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it will close all state parks to the public, effective Monday. The Sunshine State is home to nearly 200 state parks and trails.A notice on the Florida State Parks website said the Department of Environmental Protection “has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation.”“Unfortunately,” the notice continued, “this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”There are more than 1,000 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Florida, and at least 13 of those patients have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.3:42 a.m. U.S. Secret Service employee tests positiveA U.S. Secret Service employee is in quarantine after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the agency confirmed in a statement late Sunday night.“The Secret Service has conducted a comprehensive contact trace assessment and determined that the employee has not had contact with any Secret Service employee or protectee for nearly three weeks,” the agency said.Further information about the employee’s identity was not provided due to privacy considerations.3:00 a.m. Japan to begin quarantining all visitors from the USJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday that his country will require a 14-day quarantine to all visitors from the United States amid an escalating number of coronavirus infections around the globe.The quarantine requirement includes Japanese and American citizens and will go into effect Thursday until the end of April. The move comes after Japan raised its travel advisory for the United States, urging Japanese citizens not to make nonessential trips to the nation.Abe said the new requirement is in line with containment measures taken by other countries, including the United States, which has reported a surge in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.Japan appears to have successfully slowed the spread of the virus on its soil, with just 1,101 diagnosed cases as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Still, Abe said a decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, slated to kick off on July 24, “may become inevitable” if the pandemic makes it impossible to hold the event safety.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has announced a plan to analyze the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision that could include the option to postpone, although the board emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the games. A number of Olympic athletes have called on organizers to postpone or cancel the games due to the pandemic.“If it is difficult to hold in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” Japan’s prime minister said at a press conference Monday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 26,900 people around the world.Globally there are more than 586,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The United States has over 100,000 cases of COVID-19, the highest of any country.There have been at least 1,544 deaths in the U.S. More than 1,000 people have died in the past week alone.At least 862 people in the U.S. have recovered.Here are the latest developments. All times are in Eastern.7:59 p.m.: Pence says over 685,000 tests doneVice President Mike Pence said more than 685,000 tests for coronavirus have been done in the U.S. as of Friday morning.“As a great credit to our partnership with commercial laboratories across the country, this morning it was reported that more than 685,000 tests have already been performed, and we are particularly grateful to the American Hospital Association whose members are now reporting in to the CDC and FEMA in real time, giving our experts more visibility on those that have contracted the disease around the country,” Pence said.The number is an increase of 133,000 from Thursday, and includes private testing.6 p.m.: US cases top 100,000The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has now topped 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins.There are now 100,717 cases, most in the world by over 14,000, and 1,544 deaths.Meanwhile, the number of cases worldwide is creeping closer to 600,000, now standing at 590,594.4:48 p.m.: 2 more congressmen test positiveTwo more congressmen, Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., have tested positive for coronavirus.Neither was there for today’s stimulus package vote.There are now four members who have announced they’ve received positive tests, including Ben McAdams, D-Utah, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.4:45 p.m.: 25-year-old with no underlying conditions diesA 25-year-old pharmacy technician with no underlying health issues has died from COVID-19, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the Riverside County, California, public health officer.The 25-year-old had been self-quarantining. The victim’s body was found Wednesday in a home in La Quinta, officials said.“This is a deeply saddening reminder that COVID-19 kills the young and healthy too,” Kaiser said in a statement. “Stay safe. Keep travel and errands to essentials, and observe social distance no matter how young or well you are. Our condolences and thoughts are with everyone this pandemic has touched.”4:20 p.m.: Trump uses Defense Production Act for 1st time, compelling GM to make ventilatorsPresident Donald Trump for the first time on Friday used the authorities granted by the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to produce ventilators. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course,” Trump said in a written statement. “GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives.”Trump said in the memo that the Secretary of Health and Human Services “shall use any and all authority available under the Act to require General Motors Company to accept, perform, and prioritize contracts or orders for the number of ventilators that the secretary determines to be appropriate.” A GM spokesperson said, “Ventec, GM and our supply base have been working around the clock for over a week to meet this urgent need. Our commitment to build Ventec’s high-quality critical care ventilator, VOCSN, has never wavered. The partnership between Ventec and GM combines global expertise in manufacturing quality and a joint commitment to safety to give medical professionals and patients access to life-saving technology as rapidly as possible.”Trump signed the COVID-19 relief package in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.The historic measure was passed by the House of Representatives earlier Friday.The $2 trillion package, which the Senate approved on Wednesday, is the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history.3:50 p.m.: Disney World, Disneyland closed until further noticeWalt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will stay closed until further notice.The company said it’s been paying its cast members since the parks closed and will now extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.(Disney is the parent company of ABC News.)3:32 p.m.: New Jersey offering exclusive testing to health care workers, first respondersNew Jersey will offer exclusive COVID-19 testing to health care workers and first responders this weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.Beginning Saturday, the Bergen County College and PNC Bank Arts Center drive-through sites will be reserved for health workers and first responders only. On Monday, the two sites will reopen again to anyone in need of a test.The state has at least 8,825 confirmed cases. The virus has killed 108 people in New Jersey, including 27 people in the last 24 hours.Although the state is working hard to expand testing to more people, officials can only commit to testing those who are symptomatic, Murphy said.3:15 p.m.: LA County beaches to closeLos Angeles County beaches are all closing to the public immediately because the crowds there last weekend “were unacceptable,” said LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.“We cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus,” Hahn said.The county is also closing public trails and beach bike paths.LA County has at least 1,465 diagnosed cases and five deaths.2:18 p.m.: Italy’s death toll climbs over 9,000Italy — by far the hardest-hit nation for coronavirus fatalities — recorded over 900 deaths in one day, a daily record, said Domenico Arcuri, the national commissioner for the emergency.Italy’s death toll is now over 9,000, according to the Johns Hopkins data.Despite the grim numbers, officials with the Italian Higher Health Institute said Friday that the nationwide lockdown continues to show a reduction in the rate of new cases each day.Overall there was a 7.3% growth in the spread of the virus from Thursday nationwide. This is the fifth day in a row of single-digit percentage growth in the overall number of new cases, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.The total number of cases in Italy is now over 86,000, according to the civil protection agency.12:29 p.m.: Pennsylvania becomes 13th state to delay primaryPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Friday to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 2.Pennsylvania marks the 13th state to delay its nominating contest over coronavirus concerns. Pennsylvania joins Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wyoming, as well as Puerto Rico.12:06 p.m.: 519 deaths in New YorkDiagnosed coronavirus cases have jumped to 44,685 in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Of those diagnosed, 6,481 are hospitalized, including 1,583 people in the ICU, Cuomo said.New York has by far the most cases of any state in the nation. In second is New Jersey with 6,800, according to Cuomo.At least 519 have died in the state. Cuomo warned, “That is going to continue to go up.”“The reason why the number is going up is because some people came into the hospital 20 days, 25 days ago and had been on a ventilator for that long a period of time,” Cuomo said. “When somebody is on that ventilator for a prolonged period of time, the outcome is usually not good.”As the pandemic escalates, New York state schools will remain closed until April 15, and Cuomo said he will re-assess from that point. New York City schools are closed until at least April 20.Hospitals in the state have 53,000 beds but need 140,000 beds, the governor said. Hospitals have to increase capacity by 50%, Cuomo said, adding that he hopes hospitals can increase capacity by 100%.The state is also looking to build temporary emergency hospitals and is scouting sites, he said.11:28 a.m.: Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrives in Los AngelesThe Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in the port of Los Angeles Friday morning where it’ll help ease the burden on the city’s hospitals.With 1,128 active duty medical personnel on board, the USNS Mercy will treat non-COVID-19 patients.Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, will depart Virginia on Saturday to head to New York City’s harbor.11:09 a.m.: Mark Zuckerberg commits $25 million to accelerate coronavirus treatmentsFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he and his wife are giving $25 million to accelerate the development of coronavirus treatments.“We’re partnering with the Gates Foundation and others to quickly evaluate the most promising existing drugs to see which ones might be effective at preventing and treating the coronavirus,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Friday morning. “Since these drugs have already gone through clinical safety trials, if they’re effective, it will be much faster to make them available than it will be to develop and test a new vaccine — hopefully months rather than a year or more.”10:12 a.m.: Man arrested for making threats toward Dems, Speaker Pelosi A 27-year-old Texas man has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, related to their work on Congress’ coronavirus stimulus bill, according to the FBI.Gavin Perry was charged with making threats over Facebook in which he allegedly described Pelosi as part of a “satanic cult” and said that “Dems of the establishment will be removed at any cost necessary and yes that means by death.”In a separate post that featured a photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Perry allegedly wrote, “If youre a dem or apart of the establishment in the democrats side I view you as a criminal and a terrorist and I advise everyone to Go SOS [shoot on sight] and use live rounds… Shoot to kill. This is a revolution.”Perry appeared in court Thursday but has not entered a plea.9:52 a.m.: 911 calls reach record high in NYCIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — the fire department handled more than 6,000 911 calls on Thursday, the busiest day ever in terms of individual medical incidents.That number is nearly double the normal amount of 911 calls for the department.The record-high call volume is largely being driven by calls from people who are scared or concerned they have coronavirus, officials said.The FDNY is imploring people not to call 911 if they feel sick. Instead, they should ring a doctor and call for an ambulance only in a true emergency.There are 2,000 New York City firefighters and paramedics out sick, or about 17% of the department, officials said.At least 170 members of the FDNY have tested positive for COVID-19.9:18 a.m.: UK Prime Minister, UK Health Secretary test positive for COVID-19Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said in a tweet. “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.”U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Friday said he too has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.Hancock said his symptoms are “very mild” and he would continue to work from home.8:20 a.m.: NYC mayor projects half of city will be infectedIn New York City — the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic — Mayor Bill de Blasio projects “over half the people in this city will ultimately be infected.”“For over 80% [there] will be very little impact,” de Blasio told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. “But 20% of the people infected, it’s going to be tough, and for some of them, it will be fatal.”New York City has over 23,112 diagnosed cases — more than a quarter of the confirmed cases in the country.At least 365 people have died in New York City, twice as many deaths as any state.The mayor said the city has enough hospital supplies to get through this week and next week but “that’s all I can guarantee, and after that unfortunately, we think this crisis is going to grow through April into May. ““We need help now. When the president says the state of New York doesn’t need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he’s not looking at the facts of this astronomical growth of this crisis,” de Blasio said. “A ventilator means someone lives or dies … if they don’t get a ventilator, a lot of people won’t make it.”The city needs 15,000 ventilators, he warned.“We have some, and I’m thankful for that, but it has to keep coming,” de Blasio said. “The president has to make that contract happen with the companies that can create ventilators not just for New York City and New York state, but for the whole country. This is going to get worse before it gets better … all parts of this country are going to need them.”De Blasio called the president’s goal to reopen the country for Easter “a false hope.”“It would be better for the president to be blunt with people that we’ve got a really tough battle ahead,” the mayor said. “Throw in the military who are not yet being fully engaged, and they’re ready, but the president has to give the order. Build those ventilators, get the supplies all over this country. People are going to need it in April and in May.”7:29 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday morning that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.“Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson tweeted. “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.”Johnson was tested on the advice of England’s chief medical officer, according to a Downing Street spokesperson.“We will get through it,” Johnson said in a video message Friday.5:19 a.m.: Michigan health system develops contingency plan to deny ventilators and ICU treatmentA Michigan health system has come up with a contingency plan for doctors to make life-or-death decisions when treating patients in the coronavirus pandemic.A draft letter from Henry Ford Health Systems outlining the plan to families was widely shared on Twitter late Thursday night. The plan, typed on what appeared to be hospital letterhead, said that coronavirus patients with the best chance of surviving will be “our first priority,” while those who are “extremely sick and very unlikely to survive” will receive “pain control and comfort measures” rather than ventilators and intensive care treatment.“Treating these patients would take away resources for patients who might survive,” the letter stated. “This decision will be based on medical condition and likelihood of getting better.”Responding to a flurry tweets about the letter, Henry Ford Health Systems confirmed its accuracy but clarified that the policy has not yet been implemented.“With a pandemic, we must be prepared for worst case,” the company tweeted. “With collective wisdom from our industry, we crafted a policy to provide guidance for making difficult patient care decisions. We hope never to have to apply them. We will always utilize every resource to care for our patients.”4:37 a.m.: South Africa cases top 1,000 as country begins three-week lockdownThe number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in South Africa has topped 1,000, the country’s health minister said Friday.Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest national total of known cases on the continent.South Africa also recorded its first two deaths from COVID-19, both of which occurred in the Western Cape province.“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhizethe said in a statement Friday.Friday marked the start of a three-week nationwide lockdown in South Africa, aimed at curbing the rising number of cases.3:30 a.m.: Trump and Xi discuss coronavirus crisisU.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the coronavirus pandemic.Trump posted about the telephone conversation on Twitter early Thursday morning, saying they discussed the situation “in great detail.”“Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China,” Trump tweeted. “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!”Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020 Xi told Trump that “China and the United States should unite to fight the epidemic” and that he hoped “the United States will take substantive actions to improve Sino-U.S. relations,” according to Chinese state television network CCTV.The Chinese president also emphasized that the relationship between their two countries is “at a critical juncture” and that “cooperation is the only right choice,” according to CCTV.Trump has clashed with China over the global fight against the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The U.S. president reportedly angered Beijing officials this month when he repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.