A South African court has issued an arrest warrant for former President Jacob Zuma, after he skipped court on grounds of needing medical treatment.
The judge however suspended the execution of the warrant until 6 May when Zuma’s corruption trial will resume.
Zuma’s lawyer presented the judge with a sick note from what he said was a military hospital, but the judge questioned whether the note was valid or even written by a doctor.
The former leader of Africa’s most industrialised country is on trial for on corruption charges over a 2 billion dollars arms deal with French defence firm Thales in the 1990s.
Zuma, president from 2009-2018, had previously applied for a permanent stay of prosecution on 18 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to the deal, but the court in Pietermaritzburg threw out his appeal in November.
Zuma is accused of accepting 500,000 rand (34,000 dollars ) annually from Thales in 1999, in exchange for protecting the company from an investigation into the deal.
He rejects the allegations as a politically motivated witch-hunt against him.
CNN Anchor, Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Barely three days after her colleague, Chris Cuomo revealed that he has COVID-19, CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin has tested positive for Coronavirus.
Baldwin, who hosts “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin,” from the network’s offices in New York City, is now the second CNN anchor to be infected with Coronavirus after Chris Cuomo announced his positive diagnosis on Tuesday.
Sharing the news on Instagram, she wrote:
‘Hi friends – I’ve tested positive for coronavirus, I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.
I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still – it got me.
I’m healthy… no underlying conditions…Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones. I look forward to being back on TV and seeing you real soon.
And shout out to the doctors and nurses who are doing the real work right now.
PS I am listening to Bill Withers on repeat. I knew him, adored him and will miss him.’
BREAKING: WHO Suspends Polio Vaccination To Fight COVID-19
The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has announced the body’s decision to suspend house to house polio vaccination to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
Ghebreyesus disclosed this on Friday during a media briefing on coivid-19.
According to him, “To reduce the risk of increasing transmission of COVID19, the polio oversight board has made the hard decision to suspend house-to-house vaccination campaigns, knowing that this may lead to an increase in polio cases.”
He said that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was “working to ensure that once it is safe to do so, countries can be supported to rapidly restart polio vaccination campaigns.”
The WHO DG explained that despite the effect of the coronavirus, the “EndPolio is unshakeable”
He however said that the coronavirus pandemic was a more deadly enemy, adding that WHO would support countries in the fight against other diseases.
“To reduce this risk, we will support countries to maintain essential immunization for all vaccine preventable diseases.
‘WHO has published guidance for countries on how to maintain essential health services even while responding to this crisis,” he said.
Famous Italian Shoe Designer Sergio Rossi Dies Of Coronavirus
Sergio Rossi, one of the most famous Italian shoe designers, has died of the coronavirus disease, an Italian official said on Friday.
Several Italian media reported that Rossi, who was born in 1935, died on Thursday in a hospital in Cesena in the northern Emilia-Romagna region.
Luciana Garbuglia, the Mayor of San Mauro Pascoli, confirmed the death and its link to the novel COVID-19 to dpa.
San Mauro Pascoli is Rossi’s birthplace in Emilia-Romagna.
The Sergio Rossi Company was founded in 1951 and gained fame in the 1960s.
Its shoes featured in the Italian film classic “La Dolce Vita”, as worn by lead actress Anita Ekberg.
The company was sold to Gucci in 1999 and later became part of the French PPR-Kering luxury group, and returned under Italian hands in 2015 with the Invest-industrial private equity fund.
According to the Adnkronos news agency, the luxury shoemaker had recently donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) for a hospital in Milan, treating novel coronavirus patients.
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