The protest defied a ban on mass rallies in the capital Abuja that the government said was imposed earlier on Thursday to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
【The 】【rapi】【d sp】【read】【 of 】【coro】【navi】【rus 】【has 】【ratt】【led 】【glob】【al m】【arke】【ts a】【nd p】【romp】【ted 】【trav】【el w】【arni】【ngs,】【 wit】【h au】【thor】【itie】【s co】【ncer】【ned 】【it c】【ould】【 spr】【ead 】【rapi】【dly 】【as h】【undr】【eds 】【of m】【illi】【ons 】【of C】【hine】【se t】【rave】【l to】【 be 】【with】【 rel】【ativ】【es o】【ver 】【the 】【Luna】【r Ne】【w Ye】【ar.】
The president, who critics accuse of undermining the rule of law in Honduras, added that his country would continue seeking support from international partners including the OAS, the United Nations, the European Union and others.
The province of Quebec, the country’s virus epicenter, said it has started ramping up testing ahead of a plan to begin reopening businesses and schools this month. Testing will prioritize hospital patients with symptoms, health-care workers, nursing home staff and residents, Quebec public health director Horacio Arruda said.