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Iran’s deputy health minister says he has coronavirus

Workers from the Korea Pest Control Association, wearing protective gear, spray disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a market in Seoul on February 24, 2020.
Workers from the Korea Pest Control Association, wearing protective gear, spray disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at a market in Seoul on February 24, 2020.

‘I too have been infected with coronavirus,’ Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself

Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic.

Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.

At the time he denied a lawmaker’s claim that 50 people had died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would resign if the number proved to be true.

In a video broadcast on state television, the deputy minister put on a brave face as he admitted he was infected.

“I say this to you from my heart, look after yourselves.”

Iran’s deputy health minister has tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country struggles with one of the worst outbreaks outside of China.

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“I too have been infected with coronavirus,” Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself.

“I had a fever as of last night and my preliminary test was positive around midnight,” he said, adding, “I’ve isolated myself in a place since. A few minutes ago, I was told that my final test was final, and now I am starting medication.” 

On the same day, Iranian member of parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi also announced he had contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus, as the official death toll in the country rose to 15 on Tuesday, still the largest outside mainland China, where over 80,000 people have been infected and more that 2,700 died to the disease. 

Sadeghi, an outspoken reformist, said he was not hoping to survive and called on the government to release political prisoners from jails to make sure they do not get infected.

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US travel ban: Trump restricts immigration from Nigeria and five other countries

The US has announced it is expanding its curbs on immigration to include six more countries, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.Citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar will now be blocked from obtaining certain types of visas.People from those countries will still be able to visit the US as tourists.In 2018 the US issued twice as many immigration visas to Nigeria than to the other five nations combined.An official said the new measures were the result of failures by the six countries to meet US security and information-sharing standards.”These countries, for the most part, want to be helpful but for a variety of different reasons simply failed to meet those minimum requirements that we laid out,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told reporters on Friday.

He said officials would work with the countries on bolstering their security requirements to help them get off the list.US President Donald Trump first introduced a travel ban in 2017. It currently closes US borders to citizens from seven countries, most of them with Muslim majorities.In 2018 the US issued more than 8,000 immigration visas to citizens of Nigeria. That same year, just over 2,000 were issued to Sudanese nationals, 290 to Tanzanians, and just 31 to Eritrean.

The US had previously announced a ban on certain types of visas for Eritreans in 2017.

What are the new rules?

The US said it would suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals will no longer be allowed to apply for “diversity visas”, which are available by lottery for applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the US.Mr Wolf said non-immigrant visas given to people for temporary stays – including visitors, those doing business or people seeking medical treatment – would not be impacted by the new rules.Of the new nationalities facing visa restrictions, Nigerians account for the most immigration to the US.According to US government statistics, the State Department issued 8,018 immigrant visas to Nigerians in the fiscal year 2018.

Kyrgyzstan and Sudan have large Muslim majorities, while around 50% of people in Nigeria and Eritrea are Muslim. Tanzania also has a sizable Muslim community.What is the travel ban?Mr Trump signed a controversial travel ban just seven days after taking office in January 2017, arguing it was vital to protect Americans.The ban initially excluded people from seven majority-Muslim countries but the list was modified following a series of court challenges

It now restricts citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.While the government has suspended most immigrant and non-immigrant visas to applicants from those countries, exceptions are available for students and those with “significant contacts” in the US.

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Facebook Announces Instagram Is Down

Instagram is experiencing technical difficulties, which is preventing some users from gaining access to the photo sharing app.The app owned by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that it was working hard to fix things as soon as possible.A tweet from Instagram on Thursday said, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing Facebook’s family of apps, including Instagram. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #InstagramDown.”

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Wow! Whatsapp New Update Finally Stops People From Adding You To Unnecessary Groups (Read How

A new WhatsApp update means users will no longer be added to group chats without their consent.

The latest feature for Android and iOS devices allow users to decide who, if anyone, can add them to new groups.

It can be enabled through the messaging app’s privacy settings, with three options now available for who is authorised to add to groups: ‘Everyone’, ‘My Contacts’, or ‘My Contacts Except…’.

This final option allows users to blacklist certain contacts, who will be forced to send any group chat invites through private chats. Users will then have three days to decide whether or not to accept the invite.

The new update was first rolled out in India last month but will be available to download for all WhatsApp users from today.

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Facebook removes Accounts From UAE, Nigeria And Others

Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts, pages and groups from its social network platforms for their involvement in ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’, according to the company.

The tech giant said it removed a total of 443 Facebook and 125 Instagram accounts, as well as 200 pages and 76 groups originating in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia.In a blog post Thursday, Facebook said that one of the operations was sharing local news in targeted countries and promoting content about UAE as well as criticism of Qatar, Turkey and Iran.A smaller operation was involved in “domestic-focused coordinated inauthentic behaviour in Indonesia,” with fake accounts sharing content in support of the independence movement in West Papua province, while others posted criticism of it.A third operation, originating in Egypt, focused on Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon and Qatar, the social media company said.

The fake accounts “typically posted about domestic news and political topics including content in support of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.The fake account also made criticism of Qatar, Iran, and Turkey; and Yemen’s southern separatist movement.”Over 7 million accounts followed one or more of the pages and some 3,000 accounts joined at least one of the groups

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Names Of Phones Whatsapp Will Be Working On Effectively February 2020

WhatsApp is an app which works across platforms. In fact, even affordable feature phones support the app. But every now and then, WhatsApp does fish out a list of old phones for which support is discontinued and if you have an old phone lying around as a backup, you might want to read on.The super popular messaging app is basically ending support for a number of older operating systems which means that users won’t be able to create new accounts or reverify existing accounts on a number of old phones. WhatsApp in a post on its FAQ page now mentions that users of phones running Android version 2.3.7 and older, as well as iPhones running iOS 7 and older, will no longer be supported after February 1, 2020.This update shouldn’t affect you unless you’re have an old iPhone or Android phone lying around as a worst-case-scenario backup. But this is WhatsApp’s way of suggesting that they won’t be supporting age old phones forever.

Accoding to a tweet posted by WABetainfo, WhatsApp will also no longer support devices running on iOS8. However, users can still use WhatsApp on iOS 8 but won’t be able to verify the account if they reinstall it.The latest/updated FAQ WhatsApp also asks feature users to switch to phones running KaiOS 2.5.1+, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

WhatsApp has been adding up new features regularly and some of these features require powerful phones and newer Android and iOS versions to function properly. Features like picture-in-picture video within chats, fingerprint authentications etc are resource heavy and require powerful phones with enough RAM and newer OS. WhatsApp has said that some of the phones won’t be able to support the feature that it plans to bring in future and that is why it is ending the support for them.”We’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems; some features might stop functioning at any time. If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version…,” WhatsApp said on its support page.

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Names Of Phones Whatsapp Won’t Be Working By January, 2020

 All Android phones running on Android 2.3.7 operating system and iPhones running on iOS7 will not support WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, from February 1, 2020. According to the FAQ section of WhatsApp, users of these Android phones and iPhones will no longer be able to create new accounts, nor would they be able to verify existing accounts.

WhatsApp further notes that users with very old Android phones and iPhones will be the only ones who will be affected this. Considering most smartphone users change their phones in some years, most Android phone and iPhone users need not worry as WhatsApp will continue to work on their phones.

However, WhatsApp’s end of support will not affect many users as people change and update their phones regularly. Only those people who are still using old Android phones and iPhones will be affected.

According to a tweet posted by WABetainfo, WhatsApp will also no longer support devices running on iOS8 or lower. However, they can still use WhatsApp on iOS 8 but won’t be able to verify the account if they reinstall it. The iOS 8 compatibility will be fully removed on February 1, 2020.

WhatsApp has been adding up new features regularly and some of these features require powerful phones and newer Android and iOS versions to function properly. Features like playing videos directly inside the chat window, fingerprint authentications etc are resource heavy and require powerful phones with enough RAM and newer OS. WhatsApp has said that some of the phones won’t be able to support the feature that it plans to bring in future and that is why it is ending the support for them, a report if the Business Today said

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Akon Signed Olamide To Konvict Music Worldwide

US-based Senegalese R&B superstar, Akon has reportedly signed Nigerian rapper Olamide to his record label, Konvict Music Worldwide.Akon made this known during an interview on the Breakfast Club. According to him, they have already begun working together.ALSO READ: Lady dances to Olamide’s ‘Pawon’ with anointing oil on her chest

Akon stated this after he revealed that Nigerian music artistes don’t honour record deals. According to him, what is done in Nigeria is just a gentleman’s agreement with no papers signed.He also revealed that he once signed Wizkid and Davido, but due to the way Nigerian artiste honour deals, nothing much could be gotten out of their agreement.The revelation by Akon is yet to be confirmed by Olamide who has his own record label named YBNL Records.

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He also talked about his four new record labels which cater to Latin/Caribbean music, African music and so forth.

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Whatsapp Status Now Has Share To Facebook Feature

At the start of this year, Facebook shared its vision to unify three apps under its umbrella — Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp –and looks like the plan is in action now. WhatsApp users on Android can now share their Status updates directly to Facebook Stories, the Indianexpress.com has learned.The option to share Instagram Stories to Facebook is already available and WhatsApp has joined the party as well. Select users in WhatsApp Android beta program were given the access to the feature back in June this year, and now the feature is finally available to the latest stable version of WhatsApp.

How to share WhatsApp Status to Facebook Stories

*Go to ‘My Status’

*Tap on the Hamburger icon next to the Status you want to share to Facebook*Tap on ‘Share to Facebook’

*You will see your Facebook profile picture at the bottom with your default privacy setting*Tap on ‘Share now’ to share the StoryBefore sharing the WhatsApp Status to the Facebook Story, you can change the Facebook Story privacy settings directly from WhatsApp to choose from Public, Friends and connections, Friends, or Custom.

Once a WhatsApp Status is posted as Facebook Story, it will stay there for 24 hours. A WhatsApp Status can be shared as Facebook Story multiple times and it stays there even if you delete the original WhatsApp status. Notably, the WhatsApp Status updates shared to Facebook Stories appear only as a screenshot. So, if you are sharing a WhatsApp update that carries a link, it will not be clickable on Facebook but appear only as a picture with text.

The option to cross-post Stories on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook could be the first step for the social media giant towards enabling cross-platform messaging while retaining the three apps as independent platforms. However, unifying the infrastructure of these apps is technically challenging because unlike Facebook Messenger and Instagram, WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption by default and doesn’t store user data. But, the end result could be profitable for Facebook as it will tie up billions of its users.

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Post Malone Drops $3 Million On Apocalypse Ready Mansion

Post Malone’s preparing for the end of the world. If an apocalypse occurs, we now know that none other than Post Malone will be ready to survive and bunker down since the “Circles” musician has dropped $3 million on a Utah mansion that’s apocalypse ready. TMZ reports on the real estate update that’s located in Northern Utah outside of Salt Lake City. The home (that’s seen in the video below) sits on 6.75 acres and boasts stunning views of the canyons, gorgeous mountains and some of the city skyline. The estate has five bedrooms and six bathrooms, wine cellar, fire pit, basketball court, hot tub, home gym and Post plans to build a recording studio – by no surprise. Furthermore, Post is making sure the home is equipped with an underground bunker for when the end of the world hits and is even planning on setting up numerous bunk beds for his entourage.

In other Post news, he recently dropped off his Hollywood’s Bleeding album and shared a true explanation of where the album is coming from. “I wanted to be super organic, I wanted to be the way I wanted to be,” he explained. “Not to separate my fans from me or alienate my fans but at the same time to make something that I think is bitchin’, and that I think other people will think is bitchin’. I’m not trying to make huge smashes. I want to make songs that tell stories that are genuine to me, which I think is really awesome.”