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October 19, 2020

Diplomat from Philippines first known coronavirus case at UN in New York

first_imgSeveral UN meetings planned for Friday had been canceled in the wake of the diagnosis, diplomats said.The 193-member world body began implementing coronavirus prevention measures at its Manhattan headquarters this week, including closing off access to the public, more regular cleaning and cancelling some meetings. Half the several thousand UN staff who normally work in the building will work from home by next week.The World Health Organization has described the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. The virus, which has been deadly for some people, broke out in China’s Wuhan city late last year and has so far infected some 125,000 people from 118 countries and territories. According to a Reuters tally it has killed 4,700.  Topics : The Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin posted on Twitter that the diplomat was young, spritely and “doing well,” adding that she had recently returned from Florida.The sick diplomat represented the Philippines in the UN General Assembly’s legal affairs committee. Azucena said the diplomat was last at UN headquarters on Monday for about half an hour when she was asymptomatic.She came down with flu-like symptoms on Tuesday and visited her doctor. “She got the call today that she tested positive for COVID-19,” Azucena wrote on Thursday.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the Filipino diplomat met with two other diplomats and visited only one UN meeting room, which had been cleaned three times since Monday. He said the UN medical services was contacting those diplomats.center_img A female diplomat from the Philippines mission to the United Nations tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to a note sent to UN missions, making the woman the first known case at the world body’s New York headquarters.”As of today, the Philippine Mission is in lockdown, and all personnel are instructed to self-quarantine and to seek medical attention should they develop the symptoms. We are assuming that all of us have been infected,” wrote Philippines acting UN Ambassador Kira Azucena in a message seen by Reuters.According to the online UN directory of diplomatic staff, there are about 12 diplomats at the Filipino mission, which is on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.last_img read more

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September 21, 2020

City cut gap with Villa win

first_img Tevez, who replaced knee injury victim Sergio Aguero, broke the deadlock in first-half injury-time after a mistake by Villa defender Ciaran Clark. Victory again cut runaway leaders Manchester United’s advantage to a still formidable 12 points with only 10 games remaining. City goalkeeper Joe Hart was unconvincing when attempting to punch clear a cross from Joe Bennett while Matija Nastasic did well to deal with a cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor when under pressure from Christian Benteke. Benteke was causing plenty of problems in the air and climbed above the City defence to head over an Ashley Westwood corner before the champions were indebted to Tevez clearing a Benteke header off the line after 22 minutes from a Charles N’Zogbia centre. City regrouped and Jack Rodwell forced Villa keeper Brad Guzan to tip over a shot from a narrow angle. But it was his last contribution, with the former Everton player picking up some sort of injury in the Villa box and he was replaced by Edin Dzeko. Guzan then palmed a curling drive from Pablo Zabaleta on to a post. Tevez broke the deadlock in first-half injury-time with his 11th goal of the season. Clark was caught in possession by Dzeko when trying to be over-elaborate and appealed in vain for a foul as he threaded the ball through to Tevez, who kept calm and cut back inside the box before slotting past Guzan. Matthew Lowton cleared a shot on the turn from Tevez off the line after he had been teed up by Dzeko. Then Yaya Toure’s angled low shot hit the post and Dzeko had strayed offside before converting the rebound. Press Associationcenter_img Carlos Tevez kept alive Manchester City’s slim hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title with the only goal at relegation-threatened Aston Villa.last_img read more

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July 24, 2019

Devastating fire destroys Tennessee civil rights centers main building

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