BASIC CONCEPTS OF COMPUTER

INTRODUCTION

A computer is a programmable machine designed to perform arithmetic and logical operations automatically and sequentially on the input given by the user and gives the desired output after processing. Computer components are divided into two major categories namely hardware and software. Hardware is the machine itself and its connected devices such as monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. Software are the set of programs that make use of hardware for performing various functions.

OVERVIEW

Computer is an electronic device that is designed to work with Information. The term computer is derived from the Latin term ‘computare’, this means to calculate or programmable machine. Computer cannot do anything without a Program. It represents the decimal numbers through a string of binary digits. The Word ‘Computer’ usually refers to the Center Processor Unit plus Internal memory.
Today’s world is an information-rich world and it has become a necessity for everyone to know about computers. A computer is an electronic data processing device, which accepts and stores data input, processes the data input, and generates the output in a required format.

Functionalities of a Computer

If we look at it in a very broad sense, any digital computer carries out the following five functions

  1. Takes data as input.
  2. Stores the data/instructions in its memory and uses them as required.
  3. Processes the data and converts it into useful information.
  4. Generates the output.
  5. Controls all the above four steps.

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMPUTERS

  • Advantages of Computers

Following are certain advantages of computers.

  • High Speed

Computer is a very fast device. It is capable of performing calculation of very large amount of data. The computer has units of speed in microsecond, nanosecond, and even the picoseconds. It can perform millions of calculations in a few seconds as compared to man who will spend many months to perform the same task.

  • Accuracy

In addition to being very fast, computers are very accurate. The calculations are 100% error free. Computers perform all jobs with 100% accuracy provided that the input is correct.

  • Storage Capability

Memory is a very important characteristic of computers. A computer has much more storage capacity than human beings. It can store large amount of data. It can store any type of data such as images, videos, text, audio, etc002E

  • Diligence
    Unlike human beings, a computer is free from monotony, tiredness, and lack of concentration. It can work continuously without any error and boredom. It can perform repeated tasks with the same speed and accuracy.
  • Versatility

A computer is a very versatile machine.

A computer is very flexible in performing the jobs to be done.

This machine can be used to solve the problems related to various fields.

At one instance, it may be solving a complex scientific problem and the very next moment it may be playing a card game.

  • Reliability

A computer is a reliable machine. Modern electronic components have long lives. Computers are designed to make maintenance easy.

  • Automation

Computer is an automatic machine. Automation is the ability to perform a given task automatically. Once the computer receives a program i.e., the program is stored in the computer memory, then the program and instruction can control the program execution without human interaction. Reduction in Paper Work and Cost. The use of computers for data processing in an organization leads to reduction in paper work and results in speeding up the process.

As data in electronic files can be retrieved as and when required, the problem of maintenance of large number of paper files gets reduced. Though the initial investment for installing a computer is high, it substantially reduces the cost of each of its transaction.

  • Disadvantages of Computers

Following are certain disadvantages of computers.

  • No I.Q.: A computer is a machine that has no intelligence to perform any task. Each instruction has to be given to the computer. A computer cannot take any decision on its own.
  • Dependency: It functions as per the user’s instruction, thus it is fully dependent on humans.
  • Environment: The operating environment of the computer should be dust free and suitable. No Feeling
  • Computers have no feelings or emotions. It cannot make judgment based on feeling, taste, experience, and knowledge unlike humans.

COMPUTER ORGANIZATION

A computer system consists of mainly four basic units; namely input unit, storage unit, central processing unit and output unit. Central Processing unit further includes Arithmetic logic unit and control unit.

A computer performs five major operations or functions irrespective of its size and make. These are

  • Accepts data or instructions as input.
  • Stores data and instruction.
  • Processes data as per the instructions.
  • Controls all operations inside a computer, and
  • Gives results in the form of an output.

FUNCTIONAL UNITS

INPUT UNIT: This unit is used for entering data and programs into the computer system by the user for processing.

OUTPUT UNIT: The output unit is used for storing the result as output produced by the computer after processing.

PROCESSING: The task of performing operations like arithmetic and logical operations is called processing.STORAGE UNIT: The storage unit is used for storing data and instructions before and after processing.

BETTER THAN THE MINISTRY OF NOAH

Friends, I want to talk to you on the topic which I call “The Youths in Noah’s Day” or “Better than the Ministry of Noah.

Have you ever considered that the youth though loved by God and parents alike; remain a highly endangered group? Let us go back to the days of Noah, the period between the beginning of Noah’s preaching ministry and the flood, were the last days for that generation.

NOAH'S ARK

The ark that took Noah and his family away from the flood of Judgment is a type of Christ that will take the Saints away before the Great Tribulation, just as Noah and his family returned to posses the a new earth and a new heaven.

My fellow youth, has it ever dawned on you that all the preaching done by Noah during that period that we can call that generation’s last days didn’t produce a single youth convert as only eight adults were saved? Now consider, were there no youth in Noah’s days? Were the youth not part of the people Noah preached to? Why on earth did youths in Noah’s days refused to yield to Noah’s plea to repent and flee into the ark for safety? “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30)

The pleasure of sin, peer influence and worldly pursuits prevented them from taking the right decision. Now coming to our own generation, we are also in the last days and preaching of the gospel has been on since the resurrection of Christ. Do you realize that many youths today are refusing to accept Christ? The same reason that prevented youths in Noah’s days are preventing youths today. This is where our relevance as youths in God’s gospel project now becomes critical. During Noah’s time one adult preached and eight adults including the preacher himself were saved without a single youth. Thank God in these later times, the responsibility of preaching by our mouth and lives is given to all; whether adults or youths. According to Joel 2:28 Acts of the Apostles 2:17,18, No one is exempted from the gospel. Ecc. 12:1 calls us to remember our creator now we are youths by reaching out to other youth. The question is, do you really love yourself and fellow youths?

The law of companionship suggests that birds of the same feather flocks together. We the youths are the most appropriate to reach ourselves. Noah preached for many years without getting a youth saved.

Consider which one will benefit you more; an adult who counsels you on how to endure parental persecution or a youth who shares with you how he currently copes under parental persecution? Perhaps that is why God in His wisdom decided to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh and not only on adults. This is because God is depending on you to reach out to the youth world.

Definitely, the experience of the youth will be more current and appropriate than that of the adult which occurred some years ago when conditions and circumstances were totally different. This is why you and I must rise and shine as the youth of our generation. Look, do you realize that many adults that are preaching today might have gotten converted as adults and not as youths? This would make it rather difficult for them to feel the real experience of a persecuted youth which you and I may feel as youths.

A Christian youth who currently or in recent time has experienced persecution and triumphed, stand a better chance of giving current and practically appropriate counseling to another youth. Perhaps, this inform the plan of God to present models like Joseph and Daniel in the old Testament and Timothy and the four daughters of Phillip the evangelist in the New Testament.

Dear reader, our generation is in more danger of losing out like the generation of Noah. We are the primary target of all the social, digital and media assaults being unleashed on the world today. Indeed, worldly entertainment, sport packages, godless celebrities, foul chatting and many more are displacing our interest in the things of heaven at this injury time of the Lord’s coming. My friends, we need to do something about it. However, you cannot be of help except you have the call similar to, but better than the call of Noah. The starting point is to answer God’s call unto salvation right now.

“I was once a sinner, but I came
Pardon to receive from my Lord;
This was freely given and I found
That He always keep His word”

Dear reader, are you concerned about what lies ahead of youths including yourself in this delicate period preceding the coming of Christ? Are you going to fold your hands and close your mouth seeing your fellow youths being herded down to the valley of destruction? Remember, Noah could not and cannot do it better than you. It is your duty to take up the responsibility today and do it better than him. Surely, you will do it better than Noah. God has purposed it so. You will instruct and turn many unto righteousness. Time is short, eternity is endless, victorious youth arise and shine for the Lord.

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20 PRINCIPLES YOU SHOULD LIVE BY IF YOU WANT AN AMAZING, SUCCESSFUL LIFE

Success is no accident. Living a GREAT life will not come by luck or chance. It won’t fall from the sky. There’s no magic wand. There’s no quick fix.

The good news is, there are principles that lead to success. If you commit to doing the things successful people do, you will lead a life of success and happiness. Live by these 20 principles, and you will ensure you live a GREAT life!

  1. There is Nothing You Can’t Have or Achieve In Life…

If You’re Willing To Work For It. There are no reasonable limits relating to what you can achieve, other than those that exist in your own mind. What you can have is up to YOU. Who you can be… is up to YOU. YOU are your only limit. No one else can stop you from having anything or being anyone you decide to be. Don’t let any unsuccessful person convince you otherwise.

  •  Take Responsibility For Your Life and You Will Take Control Of Your Life.

Take responsibility for where you are in life, and accept the challenge required to get where you want to be. Successful people do not make excuses or blame others; they just focus on what they CAN DO. As Florence Nightingale once said: “I attribute my success to this: I never GAVE nor took any excuse.”

Those who succeed in this world aren’t those who have escaped hardship. EVERY ONE of us carries our own baggage through life. Some let go of it, and push forward without the weight of EXCUSES on their back. Holding on to that weight of excuses is only ever going to slow you down, and hold you back from reaching your true potential. Let it go. Accept where you are AND DECIDE where you are going to be.

  • There is Always Something to Be Grateful For.

Grateful people are successful people. It’s been said many times, but it is worth repeating until it sinks in… When you are GRATEFUL for everything you do have in your life YOUR LIFE IS BETTER! Full stop.

Spending every morning thinking about, and writing down what you are grateful for will transform your life. The very act of doing this will lead to a better mood. A better mood will lead to better relationships; clearer mind, better results, and you will then attract MORE to be grateful for.

  •  Follow Your OWN Path.

The world is full of opinions, none of them should influence where YOU want to be in life. Focus on your own path, and walk that path, regardless of others opinions. You will never be successful in life unless you are living the life YOU WANT TO LIVE. Don’t wear masks to fit in to this world. Be brave enough to stand tall and WALK in the direction you really want. Be true to you.

  •  Never Stop Learning and Working On Yourself.

The key to a great life is GROWTH that comes from self development. The PRIDE that comes from that GROWTH. The inner joy that comes from that PRIDE, knowing you are self made. Knowing you made a great life, for yourself, and set the example for all those close to you. Feed your mind every day, always rising to a new level of consciousness, always seeking growth.

“The more you LEARN the more you will EARN” – Warren Buffett

The more you GROW the more you KNOW. The more you develop your SELF… The greater your true wealth.

  •  Live With Integrity!

Zig Ziglar put it best:

“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” Living a life of integrity is living a life of TRUTH. Moreover, when you are living a life of truth, there is nothing to hide. When there is nothing to hide, there is nothing but pride. You do the right thing, even when no one is watching, not because you’re getting rewarded, but because the reward is living a life of integrity.

  • Give Your All!

Nothing GREAT in life comes to those who give less than their EVERYTHING. Success doesn’t have to be a STRUGGLE. It should never feel like a chore. You should be in a place where you are ENTHUSIASTIC about giving your all, because you love what you do. Because you love the challenge. Because you love the growth. Because you love thinking about the end result.

  • You Can Change The Way You Feel At Any Moment By Changing Your Focus.

Any emotion, no matter how extreme can be changed, by learning how to change your focus, specifically to gratitude and perspective. If your life doesn’t feel like a blessing, LEARN how to shift your focus – every day to the place where it does.

  • Do not Chase Money… Follow Your Purpose.

Do nothing for the SOLE PURPOSE of money. Do what is right, do what you love, do something that helps others and more than enough money will come. Chase the money and the money will run faster. Chase your purpose and the money will chase you.

  1.  There is No Such Thing as Failure, Unless You Fail to Learn the Lesson.

Everyone fails at something, somewhere along the way. Successful people fail more than most… But the ONLY TRUE FAILURE is to give up without learning the lesson the failure brought. Failure is never the end of the story. It’s just a plot twist. Keep writing your story, and find a way to become the hero of it.

  1. The End Result Will Be Worth The Sacrifice.

Unsuccessful people think about what they have to give up in order to achieve what they want… Successful people think about what they are going to get at the end of the process. They are happy to sacrifice NOW, knowing they will be rewarded LATER.

  1.  Patience Is Power.

This doesn’t mean sit on your hands… Work hard. Work fast. Work smart. But, If it doesn’t come when you expect it to come… Be patient. The only way it is not coming is if you quit. KEEP GOING.

  1.  Nothing Worthwhile In Life Comes EASY.

If you want it bad, you must be prepared to work for it, to fight for it, to give up everything for it. If it’s worth the prize, it’s worth the fight.

  1.  Nothing That Has Happened In Your Past Can Stop You From Creating A Better FUTURE, Starting

RIGHT NOW. Let go of the past, it’s gone. FOCUS on the now. What can you do NOW that will create a better tomorrow?

  1.  It is NEVER TOO LATE To Be GREAT.

It is never too late to amaze yourself, to shock yourself, to become someone NO ONE thought you could be, not even YOU.

  1.  Not Everyone Will Be Happy For You.

Not everyone is going to enjoy your success. Some will be jealous, some will be resentful… because they haven’t reached their own true potential. This should never stop you from pursuing your greatest self. Those who truly belong in your life, will be by your side on the journey. If you have to walk alone for a while be strong enough to do so, knowing it won’t be forever.

  1. Habits Make Or Break You.

Think about every major area of your life. Health, Financial, Happiness. Are there any areas you have developed bad habits that are holding you back? If you have developed them, you can create new, better habits that take you closer to your goals. A habit is formed through consistent application and deep meaning. MAKE IT IMPORTANT to you and plan it, until it is a habit.

  1.  FEAR Is An Illusion.

FEAR is mind-made. It has no life outside your own imagination. Knowing this, you have no reason to hold yourself back, no reason to fear failure, rejection, embarrassment – ANYTHING. Go for want you want in life, FEARLESSLY.

  1. Without Direction, You’ll End Up In The Wrong Section.

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. Successful people know where they are going. They have CLEAR GOALS. BIG, CLEAR, MEANINGFUL GOALS and they FIGHT FOR THEM.

  • No One Will Believe In You, Until YOU DO.

If you want people to support you, lead by example: BACK YOURSELF. If you want people to believe in you: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

Lacking belief? PROGRESS leads to BELIEF. GROWTH leads to BELIEF. Feed your mind, every day with self development material, new knowledge, empowering speakers AND start taking action – once you start making PROGRESS, belief will come. Belief will grow.

BACK YOURSELF, YOU CAN DO THIS.

A TRUE LEADER HAS ALL IT TAKES TO LEAD

Here Emerges the Great Leader of Our Time

Mrs. Rachael Ginikachukwu Onyemairo

MEET RACHAEL👇

Rachael Ginikachukwu Onyemairo (Mrs.) is a Ph.D student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she studies Applied Linguistics.

She is the the Director of the famous online business institution known as INNOVATORS iSPACE and the CEO of a tech-based business firm called Digital Spotlight Consults.

She is a Social Entrepreneur who authored the bestseller, WHY THE YOU?
Rachael is passionate about curbing the high rate of Africa’s unemployment. Consequently, she has helped thousands of young people discover their purposes, develop through relevant trainings like STEM and others, what they have discovered and deploy them to solving high paying problems outstandingly. She sees this as a way of promoting the SDGs 8 and 9.

In her burning passion to effect socioeconomic change among the African youths, she founded INNOVATIVE MINDS VISION, AFRICA, an NGO committed to training the minds and empowering the hands of people across the African continent, to enable them create jobs for themselves and others through problem solving approaches and skills that meet global standards.

To arm these youths with the 21st century problem solving skills, in March and April 2020, Rachael led her organization to collaborate with a tech-based company known as Pintle Solutions to train over 800 people from 23 countries, including United Arab Emirates, South Africa, UK, China, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, etc. on Apps Development.

In her bid to curb immigration and emigration crimes among Africans, on May 20, 2020, Rachael organized a travel abroad clarity session, where a UK based immigration and emigration expert, Mr. Robert E. Robert spoke to people from 23 countries 17 of which are Africa. This Clarity Session was held in her online community, “INNOVATIVE MINDS VISION AFRICA.” She ensured that the members learned the legitimate, safer and easier ways to travel abroad.

In July 2019, she also led her organization to partner with a STEM certified, multiply patented inventor, who is also a Harvard trained Research Director, Science Medicine Research Institute, Dallas Texas, USA, Prof. Alphonsus N. Ekwerike, to train young people from various African countries on STEMIE.
In that same July 2019, she led her organization to collaborate with University of Nigeria Liaison Office, Abuja; Comfort Foundation, USA and Marcel Ofomata Foundation to campaign against suicide among undergraduates, where she shared stage with Dr. Marcel Ofomata, Prof. Chidi Onyia, Prof. Alphonsus N. Ekwerike, Prof. Nkechi Onyeneho and other global figures.

In September 2019, she singlehandedly trained over 50 corps members in Imo state, Nigeria on Achieving Lucrative Self Employment through Innovation.

In April 2019, she partnered with PeCap Development Centre to share how she discovered purpose and how to leverage the digital space for entrepreneurial benefits.

She has helped over 3,000 young people start and run edupreneurship, fashionpreneurship, infomerce, book authorship and sales and lots more. She trains visionary individuals from Benin, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria to reproduce her impacts in their various countries and communities.

Rachael writes for businesses, corporate bodies and serves as the Personal Development Coach for high profile individuals in Nigeria and beyond. In 2019, she got published in the University of Nigeria Nsukka’s festschrift, where she wrote on Social Entrepreneurship.

Seeing her undeniable impacts, federal radio stations and reputable private ones in Nigeria as well as blogs (https://attainworld.blogspot.com/…/young-heart-vision-afric…) have profiled her.

Rachael has been invited to train for organizations, tertiary institutions, mega online communities and lots more on Purpose Discovery; Idea Creation and Management; Building High Profitable Online Business, etc.

Rachael is happily married to Mr. Promise D. Onyemairo and currently lives in Nigeria with her family.\

David Lyon Breaks Silence After Supreme Court Sacked Him Again

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State, David Lyon who was also the governor-elect until he was sacked by the Supreme Court has spoken on the actions of the apex court.

Naija News recalls the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the APC and its candidate, David Lyon winner of the November 16th, 2019 Bayelsa governorship election.

However, barely 24 hours to the expected inauguration of Lyon as the state governor, a Supreme Court order of 13th February 2020, sacked him based on the fake results presented by his running mate, Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo.

The court further gave victory to Duoye Diri and his running mate, Senator Lawrence Ewrujakpor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who have since been sworn in as the authentic state governor and deputy governor respectfully.

However, not satisfied with the initial Supreme Court ruling, the APC had requested a review of the apex court’s judgment. Their request was however dismissed on Wednesday, 26th February by the court for lack of merit.

The sacked David Lyon has now released a statement on Thursday 27th February in which he said though the apex court has refused to shift ground on his sack, he has accepted the final decision of the court in good faith.

He also advocated that his supporters and those of the APC should remain calm and maintain peace despite the unfavourable outcome.

He said: “The Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Wednesday, 26 February, 2020, reviewed the judgment it gave against us on 13th February, 2020 and decided to maintain its earlier judgment

“I am aware of the extent to which this decision has further dashed the hope of Bayelsans as it upturned the democratic mandate of the Bayelsa electorate.

“I hereby unequivocally state my decision to accept the Supreme Court verdict however distressing as it is. It is the decision of the Supreme Court, and we are all bound to accept the outcome as law-abiding citizens of this great country.

“I wish to appeal to my party faithful, my supporters, all Bayelsans and all lovers of peace and justice to accept this verdict and maintain the peace.

“While they have a right to think that this is a case of judgment without justice, I strongly appeal against all forms of violence or any conduct that threatens the peace and development of our state.

“I strongly believe that God still loves Bayelsans and will still allow His Will to come to pass in their lives.

He also thanked the leadership of his party, APC for following all the processes to a logical conclusion.

I seize this opportunity to thank the leadership of our party, the All Progressives Congress at the National, State , local Government and ward levels for their tenacity in upholding the ideals of constitutional democracy”.

He then added that all stakeholders should join hands in developing Bayelsa State irrespective of their political allegiance.

“I appeal to all Bayelsans not to shy away from participating in the governance of our dear state for the common good and wellbeing of its people.

“In the same vain, I urge the good people of the state to continue to uphold the dreams of our founding fathers in our aspiration to lead the state irrespective of party affiliations.

“Lastly, it is my resolve to continue to join forces with well-meaning individuals, institutions and organisations towards bringing the much-needed development to Bayelsa State which has bee in dire need of development.”

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms first case in sub-Saharan Africa

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A Port Health Service staff member stands next to a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos,
Image captionNigerian officials have been screening passengers arriving at the country’s main airports

The first case of the coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has been confirmed in Nigeria.

The patient is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on 25 February.

Authorities say he is stable with no serious symptoms and is being treated at a hospital in the city.

Elsewhere on the continent, Algeria and Egypt have also confirmed cases of the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned that Africa’s “fragile health systems” meant the threat posed by the virus was “considerable”.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s health ministry has announced that two nationals aboard a cruise ship docked in Japan have tested positive for the virus.

In Kenya, the High Court has ordered the temporary suspension of flights from China following a petition by the Law Society of Kenya.

It comes amidst public outrage after China’s Southern Airlines resumed flights to Nairobi amid concern about the spread of coronavirus.

Globally, more than 80,000 people in nearly 50 countries have been infected. Nearly 2,800 have died, the vast majority in China’s Hubei province.

What is happening in Nigeria?

Nigerian authorities say the Italian patient – who had flown in from Milan, a city badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak – is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

The patient was screened when he arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Tuesday and did not show any symptoms of the virus, according to Nigerian health authorities.

They have obtained the passenger manifest from the airline and started tracking people who had contact with the patient, Health Minister Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire said.

He added that there was no need for alarm as Nigeria was well prepared to deal with the disease, adding that the country had four laboratories where patients can be tested.

At least 60 doctors have been deployed to Lagos’s main airport to support the ongoing screening effort.

The authorities also say Nigeria was not planning to halt flights from affected countries; nor planning to quarantine those travelling into the country.

Health authorities are advising people to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitisers, to avoid contracting the virus.

People have also been told to stay home if they have persistent coughs and sneezes, and contact authorities if they have any concerns.

However, the president of the Nigeria Medical Association has expressed fears over the safety of health workers in the country.

The association has directed all its members to treat every single case as a possible coronavirus infection, Dr Francis Faduyile told the BBC.

Nigeria was widely praised for its efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in 2014 which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

NHS advice

The coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point” and has “pandemic potential”, WHO head Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.

He urged governments to act swiftly and aggressively to contain the virus.

“We are actually in a very delicate situation in which the outbreak can go in any direction based on how we handle it,” he said.

“This is not a time for fear. This is a time for taking action to prevent infection and save lives now,” he added.

What about the South Africans?

The country’s health ministry has announced that two nationals – working for the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan – have contracted the coronavirus.

It quoted Japanese officials as saying the two patients were not outwardly displaying symptoms of the virus but were receiving treatment.

The cruise liner was carrying 3,700 people when it was quarantined on 5 February, but more than 600 have since been allowed to leave after being cleared.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the repatriation of some 132 citizens living in Wuhan.

No timeframe for the repatriation was given but the government said the 132 citizens – out of a total of 199 South Africans living there – had put in requests to be returned home.

None has been diagnosed with the virus or exhibited any symptoms of the disease, but they will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival in South Africa as a “precautionary measure”, the president’s office announced in a statement.

What’s behind the outrage in Kenya?

The arrival of a Southern Airlines flight from China’s Guangzhou city in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Wednesday sparked public anger.

Many criticised the government for allowing the 239 passengers into the country amid concern of the spread of the coronavirus.

The passengers were screened and cleared and also told to self-quarantine for 14 days, Kenyan authorities say. The Chinese embassy in Kenya also said it was working with Kenyan health officials to monitor all the passengers.

But the assurances have done little to assuage the anger and anxiety of many Kenyans worried about the spread of the virus and the country’s ability to contain it.

One of the local papers labelled some of the government ministers “enemies of the people”

Coronavirus: South Korea reports 813 more cases, total 3,150

ByAgencies -February 29, 2020

Coronavirus- A person wearing a face mask. David Mercado-Reuters

South Korea reported its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases on Saturday as concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States and the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level.

The virus has rapidly spread across the world in the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy.

More than 2,900 people have died and over 85,000 have been infected worldwide since it was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

The vast majority of infections have been in China but more daily cases are now logged outside the country, with South Korea, Italy and Iran emerging as major hotspots.

South Korea has the most cases outside China, with 3,150 infections as 813 more patients were reported on Saturday, the country’s biggest increase to date.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak on their side of the border.

The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory.

The virus has also spread to new zones — in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries including Azerbaijan, Mexico and New Zealand, as well as reaching sub-Saharan Africa with Nigeria reporting its first case.

“We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday.

US health officials on Friday reported three more cases of the new coronavirus transmitted to people who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, indicating the disease was spreading in the country.

There are now four such cases in the United States, all on the Pacific seaboard, in addition to some 60 other infections in the country.

“The virus is here, present at some level, but we still don’t know to what degree,” said Sara Cody, director of public health for California’s Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley where tech giants like Apple and Google are based.

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