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Somalia declares emergency over locust swarms

Somalia declares emergency over locust swarms

Science
Somalia has declared a national emergency as large swarms of locusts spread across east Africa.The country's Ministry of Agriculture said the insects, which consume large amounts of vegetation, posed "a major threat to Somalia's fragile food security situation".There are fears that the situation may not be brought under control before the harvest begins in April.The UN says the swarms are the largest in Somalia and Ethiopia in 25 years.Meanwhile, neighbouring Kenya has not seen a locust threat as severe in 70 years, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).However, Somalia is the first country in the region to declare an emergency over the infestation. Drones tested to combat desert locustsSomalia's unstable se...
U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

Health
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The United States has declared a public health emergency in response to the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, making all U.S. citizens who have returned from Hubei province, China, over the past 14 days subject to up to a 14-day quarantine. In addition, all foreign nationals, other than immediate family members of U.S. citizens, who have traveled to China in the past 14 days will be denied entry into the country, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Friday. The temporary ban takes effect at 5 pm EST on Sunday. "The risk of infection for Americans remains low. With these and previous actions we are working to keep the risk low," Azar said. According to Azar, American citizens can still enter the United States from Hubei province but may be quarant...
WHO declares coronavirus a global public health emergency

WHO declares coronavirus a global public health emergency

Health
Jan. 30 (UPI) -- World Health Organization officials on Thursday declared the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The announcement was made following an hours-long meeting of the WHO's Emergency Committee. The move was expected after the agency opted against making the declaration last week. "Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the emergence of a previously unknown pathogen and witnessed an unprecedented outbreak," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom. "We must all act together now to limit further spread." There have been 7,766 confirmed cases of coronavirus in China thus far, with 170 deaths. Officials in the United States on Thursday announced the first person-to-person transmission of the virus in the country, bringing the to...
Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

Trump declares national emergency over IT threats

Business
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries".The president signed an executive order which effectively bars US companies from using foreign telecoms believed to pose a security risk to the country.Mr Trump does not name any company specifically in the order.However, analysts suggest it is mainly directed at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.A number of countries - including the US - have raised concerns that the company's products could be used by China for surveillance. Huawei has said its work does not pose any threat.According to a White House statement, Mr Trump's order aims to "protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasing...