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Voice of America 25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Iraq Uses Anti-Riot Water Cannon to Spray Disinfectant


Iraqi security forces use an anti-riot water cannon Wednesday, March 25, to spray disinfectant around the streets of Basra in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Images show members of the Algerian police force using a water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters heading toward the presidential palace in the capital Algiers, Saturday, February 22.

Several thousand people gathered in the capital city Saturday on the first anniversary of a protest movement seeking an overhaul of the political system and which already has forced the resignation of the former president.

Iraq's government has banned large public gatherings as coronavirus spreads. It's also ordered cafes, restaurants and clubs to close.
But in Baghdad, life appears to be going on as normal and some business owners think the government's response is exaggerated.

Al Jazeera's Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad, Iraq.
The World Health Organization has appealed for almost 700 million dollars to help fight the novel coronavirus global health emergency. It says the money is needed to help countries that do not have systems in place to combat the virus. Meanwhile, the death toll is approaching 600 and more than 28,000 people have been infected. China's capital Beijing is not at the center of the outbreak, which is in Wuhan, but correspondent Mathias Bölinger found its streets and squares deserted as the government attempts to bring the disease under control.
China has "removed" several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll rises.
Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.

There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with Covid-19.

Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people, which accounts for most of the rise in cases.

China sacked two top officials in Hubei province hours after the new figures were revealed.

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