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Africa: COVID-19 genome sequencing laboratory network launches in Africa

Addis Ababa/Brazzaville, 10 September 2020 – With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that ...

Source: Africa CDC (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa's CDC chief explains continent's low death rate

The Covid-19 death rate in Africa has defied expectations and stayed relatively low. CNN's David McKenzie speaks to Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of Africa's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the continent's coronavirus response. Source: CNN

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Africa: Africa CDC, FIND partner to build capacity for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests in Africa

Strategic partnership between Africa CDC and FIND builds on long-standing relationship and newly signed Memorandum of Understanding to drive access to essential diagnostics across Africa in collaboration with local partners Work to ensure readiness to roll out critical antigen RDTs for COVID-19 is being conducted as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar

Source: Africa CDC (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa’s COVID-19 death toll approaches 35,000: Africa CDC

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Africa has reached 1,429,704 as of Thursday with the death toll approaching 35,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll due to illnesses related to COVID-19 in Africa has reached 34,839 ...

Source: News Ghana (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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DR Congo:  We Learnt Lessons From the Ebola Outbreak - DR Congo President Says Country Moved Swiftly to Curb Coronavirus Spread

Learning its lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) took swift and decisive measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, when the first cases were detected in March, the country's President told world leaders, gathered virtually, at the UN General Assembly. Addressing, via a pre-recorded video, President Félix Antoine ...

Source: UN News (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Kenya Horticulture Exporters Fight to Secure Markets Amid Pandemic

Nairobi — The horticulture industry in Kenya is optimistic about quick recovery as global space slowly opens after the Covid-19 disruption. Export earnings hit Sh72 billion between January and May 2020, up from Sh65 billion for the same period last year, translating to an 11 percent increase. The good earnings are largely attributed to the country's ability to ship ...

Source: Capital FM (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria, South Korea: Korean Government Boosts Nigeria’s Capacity For COVID-19 Response

The Korean Government through its aid agency, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Nigeria has successfully donated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), three (3) Smart Walk-through Booth Systems for COVID-19 test sample collection to further enhance national and sub-national efforts in the fight against COVID-19. In collaboration with the NCDC, the ...

Source: Leadership (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Insurance industry shows resilience amid Covid-19

CAPE TOWN - KPMG has said that the country’s insurance industry was financially healthy last year and had shown resilience in weathering Covid-19 this year. The auditing firm said in its South African Insurance Industry Survey that the pandemic had, however, forced the industry to reassess the risks it faces, adopt new ways of operating and accelerate its shift to ...

Source: IOL Independent (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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South Sudan, USA:  United States Announces Nearly $108 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance to Help the People of South Sudan

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa Office of Press Relations Email: press@usaid.gov Today, the United States announced nearly $108 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Republic of South Sudan. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan to nearly $907 million since the beginning of ...

Source: USAID (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa:  Can the Covid-19 Crisis Help Reboot Urban Food in Africa?

Food security is growing with the pandemic - but there are ways to fight back The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis, but for millions of people it is also a local food crisis. City lockdowns, stalled supply chains and closed borders have all limited the flow of food from farms to consumers. School closures and rising unemployment mean millions of people ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa CDC launches web-based tool to better manage public health emergency workforce deployments

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 1 SEPTEMBER 2020. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), in partnership with the International Health Regulations (IHR) Strengthening Project of Public Health England (PHE), today launched a new web-based tool, AVoHC Net, to facilitate rapid deployment and better administration of a standby workforce for public health ...

Source: Africa CDC (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: WHO says Africa escaped 'exponential' rise in cases

Africa has escaped the "exponential" rise in coronavirus cases seen elsewhere probably due to low population density and a hot and humid climate, the UN health agency said. Africa recorded 34 706 deaths from 1 439 657 cases, according to an AFP tally on Friday - far behind the other continents. The United States alone has 202 827 deaths from 6 979 937 cases. READ | ...

Source: Sierra Leone News (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: AU calls for development of digital skills for African teachers in post COVID-19

The African Union (AU) has called for development of digital skills in teachers across Africa, especially in post COVID-19 period to ensure dynamism in learning at all levels. Prof. Sarah Agbor, Commissioner, AU Human Resources, Science and Technology, made the call at the first phase of webinar to celebrate the International Literacy Day of the […]

Source: Peoples Daily (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: OPINION: Is Africa learning any lessons from this pandemic?

When and if Africa ever comes to terms with Covid-19, whether such reckoning means the disease has been defeated or weakened but remaining low key, it will still take many years to recover from the consequences of the continent’s war against this disease.

Source: The Citizen (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa’s low COVID-19 death rate has multiple causes, WHO says

Africans may be twice as likely to experience COVID-19 without any illness, compared with people in the rest of the world, according to preliminary analysis by the African branch of the World Health Organization. The results from several blood-sample studies in Africa could help to explain the low death rate that has confounded the early predictions of devastation on the continent.

Source: The Globe and Miail (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Central Africa

Cameroon: New Academic Year : Government For Effective COVID-19 Free Start

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute on September 24, 2020 chaired the cabinet meeting essentially devoted to the preparations for the start of the 2020/2021 school year. The 2020/2021 school year in Cameroon expected to start on October 5, 2020 for the basic and secondary education sectors and October 15, 2020 for the higher education system will be taking place ...Translate

Source: Cameroon Tribune (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Congo:  Expert Panel Endorses Protocol for Covid-19 Herbal Medicine Clinical Trials

Brazzaville — The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase III clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the ...

Source: WHO (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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DR Congo: Training of trainers on infection prevention and control for COVID-19 concludes in DRC

A three-day training of trainers on infection prevention and control (IPC) for COVID-19 was concluded in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday, 1 September 2020. The training was organized by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in partnership with the Directorate of General Disease Control of the Ministry of Public Health and the ...

Source: Africa CDC (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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DR Congo: RDC : la Banque africaine de développement approuve une enveloppe de près de 142 millions de dollars pour appuyer la lutte contre la pandémie de...

Le Conseil d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement a approuvé, le 23 septembre à Abidjan, un soutien financier de 100 millions d’Unité de compte (environ 142 millions de dollars) à la République démocratique du Congo, au titre du Programme d’appui budgétaire en réponse à la crise de Covid‑19 (PABRC).Translate

Source: African Development Bank Group (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Gabon: Coronavirus - Gabon : Situation Épidémiologique au Gabon (25 septembre 2020)

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, 26 septembre 2020/APO Group/ -- Situation journalière : Tests réalisés : 5436 Nouveaux cas : 12 Hospitalisations : 4 Guérisons : 28 Décés : 0 Réanimation : 4 Distribué par APO Group pour Ministère de la Santé de la République gabonaise. Translate

Source: Africa Newsroom-fr (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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North Africa

Morocco:  Covid-19 Vaccine - Agreements Signed With Two Laboratories - Head of Govt.

Rabat — The agreements signed between Morocco and two laboratories will make it possible to benefit from Covid-19 vaccines at the end of clinical trials, Head of government Saâd Dine El Otmani said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the weekly meeting of the Government Council, El Otmani recalled that there is strong international competition to find an ...

Source: MAP (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Tunisia: Covid-19 : 936 nouveaux cas en Tunisie le 26 septembre

Dans un communiqué publié ce soir, dimanche 27 septembre 2020, le ministère de la Santé a annoncé 936 cas de Covid-19 dans la journée du 26 septembre.   3.756 tests ont été effectués. Le nombre total de cas comptabilisés en Tunisie est de 16.114. Le nombre total de décès est de 214. ...Translate

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East Africa

East Africa: Experts map out East Africa’s post-pandemic recovery strategy at ACCA meeting

East African countries must undertake several measures in a deliberate move to get their economies back on track after significant challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, experts said on Wednesday.

Source: The Citizen (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Burundi: Coronavirus - Burundi : COVID-19 mettre à jour 27 septembre 2020

BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 28 septembre 2020/APO Group/ -- Le porte parole du Ministère de la Santé Publique Burundi(MSPLS) annonce que pendant la semaine du 21 au 27/9/2020 , 9 cas positifs au COVID-19 ont été enregistrés et sont tous des cas importés: 2 parmi les 104 voyageurs de SN Brussels, 1 parmi les 30 de Ethiopian Airlines et 5 rapatriés burundais.Translate

Source: Africa Newsroom-fr (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Djibouti: Coronavirus - Djibouti : Point de Presse sur la Situation COVID-19 le 25 Septembre 2020

Bilan du 26 septembre 2020 : 00 patient déclaré guéri ; 109 tests pratiqués ; 00 cas diagnostiqué positif ; 00 cas de décès. Informations clés  : II nous faut impérativement demeurer vigilant face à la ...Translate

Source: Alwhida Info (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Coronavirus: 73,944 confirmed cases,30,753 recoveries,1,177 deaths

The Ministry of Health reported 612 new coronavirus cases across Ethiopia over the past twenty-four hours. More details available below. Ethiopia Coronavirus update September 28, 2020 Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 4,747 Newly confirmed cases: 612 Total confirmed cases: 73,944 Active cases:42,012 Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 247 ...

Source: borkena.com (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Fostering access to health information on COVID 19 through community radio

Key messages, daily updates, measures and guidance on COVID 19 pandemic reaching remote, marginalized, hard to reach and most vulnerable communities in Ethiopia are available through community radio.

Source: Press Release Point (22 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia, China: China's BGI wins 1.5 million coronavirus test kit order from Ethiopia - CNN

BGI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. BGI Group's unit BGI Genomics had said it supplied over 35 million coronavirus testing kits overseas and built 58 labs in 18 countries as of June 30. The Ethiopia factory could be later converted to make test kits for HIV, malaria and tuberculosis once the Covid-19 pandemic ends, Xinhua said ...

Source: CNN Africa (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia, EU, Germany: Team Europe: Germany and European Union jointly support African Union’s response to COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 01 SEPTEMBER 2020. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) today received additional 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from the German Government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As part of the EU’s global coronavirus response, the test kits were delivered by an EU Humanitarian Air ...

Source: Africa CDC (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Family Planning Hit Hard By Focus on Covid-19

The focus on containing the spread of coronavirus has hit crucial mother-to-child health care services, including family planning and immunisation, research has shown. Half of the pregnancies in the country are unintended. The survey warned that if the shift does not change and interventions on maternal and child care remain unavailable, successes realised are likely to ...

Source: Nation (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Kenya's Covid-19 Deaths Reach 700 As Cases Rise to 38,168

Kenya on Monday recorded nine more deaths due to the coronavirus, raising its toll to 700. Health Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mutahi Kagwe issued a statement which also announced 53 new infections from 1,107 samples tested in the last 24 hours. These figures raised the country's total number of declared infections to 38,168 and that of samples analysed so far to 541,415. ...

Source: Nation (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: Kenya Extends Coronavirus Curfew by 60 Days, Reopens Bars

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the nationwide curfew by 60 days but revised the dusk-to-dawn timings from 11 pm-4 am effective Tuesday. The president also lifted the ban on the sale of alcohol by bars and restaurants but noted that the businesses must be closed by 10 pm. “…their operations shall be with strict adherence to all applicable ...

Source: Khusoko (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Kenya to Get Vaccine From 2021

Kenya will receive the Covid-19 vaccine in small portions from 2021 until the country has enough to vaccinate the people at "the highest priority" when the vaccine is available, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced. In a report published on its website on Monday this week, the WHO said that each country, including Kenya, will get doses that vaccinate one in ...

Source: Nation (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda, Belgium:  Rwandan Hospitals Get 40 Ambulances From Belgium

The Government of Rwanda on Thursday, September 24, received a total of 40 ambulances from the Kingdom of Belgium in a move aimed at scaling medical services in the country. Speaking at the handover, health minister Dr. Daniel Ngamije noted that the support contributes to the attainment of the country's national strategy in the context of epidemics response including ...

Source: New Times (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda:  Update Covid-19 27 September 2020

27 September 2020 -- Nine (9) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2207 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to four thousand, eight hundred, and twenty (4820). To date, three thousand, and ninety-nine (3099) patients have recovered and been discharged, including eight (8) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is one ...

Source: WHO (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda:  Schools to Reopen Gradually, Night-Time Curfew Eased

A cabinet meeting held on Friday, September 25 among others resolved that schools will resume in the coming weeks, after over 6 months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the meeting emphasized that the reopening will be a gradual process. "Schools will resume with a gradual reopening in the coming weeks based on levels of education. A detailed reopening ...

Source: New Times (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Rwanda:  Mining Sector Will Recover From Covid-19 Impact Soon - Gatare

Francis Gatare, the Chief Executive of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) says there is hope that the country's mining sector will soon recover from adverse effects brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rwanda's mining sector, just like many other sectors worldwide, has been negatively affected by the pandemic, mostly due to the total lockdown issued by the ...

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Somalia:  Somalia Observes Maritime Sector Role in Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery

With its key location along main international shipping routes and 3,300 kilometres of coastline, Somalia's potential as a key maritime player came to the fore recently as it marked World Maritime Day. "The fact that its waters are located at the geo-strategic convergence of some of the world's most important international shipping lanes, means that Somalia has a ...

Source: Dalsan Radio (27 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Somalia:  Somali parents face dilemma over COVID-19 amid polio vaccination

Sagal Faduma, a mother of three including five-month-old Maryan, is seated on a mat outside her house, a tree that lies next to the house in Xirkadheere, Banaadir region of Somalia providing a shade for the mother and daughter.

Source: Hiiraan Online (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Covid-19 Borrowing Pushes Up Public Debt By 20.5 Percent

Bank of Uganda has said Covid-19 related borrowing has pushed up public debt by 20.5 per cent between June 2019 and June 2020. The details are contained in the Bank of Uganda state of the economy report for September in which the Central Bank indicated government borrowed Shs6.362 trillion from International Monetary Fund, Trade and Development Bank and Stanbic Bank ...

Source: Monitor (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Ebola Response Bolsters Uganda's Covid-19 Fight

When much of the world was waking up to the enormous implications of a global pandemic, Uganda was already a step ahead thanks to Ebola. While COVID-19 has its unique challenges, such as quick spread, dealing with it requires the type of response Uganda has been practising over the years with the Ebola threat, "Uganda has had the 'unique' opportunity to deal with ...

Source: WHO (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Southern Africa

Angola: Coronavirus - Angola: Mais Quatro Óbitos Por COVID-19

Angola regista 82 casos positivos e 85 recuperações Translate

Source: Africa Newsroom-pt (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Angola:  Confronting the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Oil Price Shock

The COVID-19 pandemic and the shock from the falling price of oil have put severe pressure on Angola since the country's second review under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in December 2019. Only months after the conclusion of the second review in December 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic reached Angola, ushering in economic and health crises. The decline in oil prices ...

Source: IMF (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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eSwatini:  Increase in Sexual Violence Against Children As Schools Closed By Covid-19

The closure of schools in Swaziland (eSwatini) because of the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in sexual and gender based violence against children, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report suggests. Schools across the kingdom were closed in March 2020 as part of a partial lockdown of businesses and organisations because of the coronavirus ...

Source: Swazi Media (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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eSwatini:  Eswatini Faces Jobs and Poverty Crisis As Coronavirus Disruption Continues

The coronavirus crisis in Swaziland (eSwatini) is having widespread damaging effects on unemployment and poverty and many jobs might not return, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report fears. The impact could last for generations. UNDP looked at the way the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown imposed by the Swazi Government in March 2020 had disrupted life ...

Source: Swazi Media (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Madagascar: Coronavirus - Madagascar : Statistiques du 25 Septembre 2020

D’après le bilan quotidien sur la situation de pandémie de Covid-19 à Madagascar rapporté ce vendredi 25 septembre, 30 personnes ont été diagnostiquées positives au coronavirus sur les 277 échantillons analysés. Ainsi, la Grande Île compte 16221 cas de contaminations depuis le mois de mars. ...Translate

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Malawi: Coronavirus – UN Malawi COVID-19 Update Situation Update No. 28 (at 25 September 2020)

Malawi Highlights – The Inter-Cluster Coordination Group is facilitating the development of the National Contingency Plan and the Food Insecurity Response Plan – New supplies valued at $992,547.78 were received this week into the Bollore Warehouse representing 81% of required procurements – 77,900 persons were screened at points of entry this week ...

Source: Alwhida Info (27 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Malawi: No COVID-19 lockdown still threatens livelihoods and trade in Malawi

Since Malawi’s high court blocked the country from entering lockdown in April 2020, how has the country responded to and contained COVID-19? Chikondi Kaponda reports on experiences from Chikwawa district, where citizens are struggling with a loss of economic activity and threats to trust in public health messaging. This blog is part of the series  Shifting Spaces , an ...

Source: Africa at LSE (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Mozambique: Coronavirus: Moçambique registou mais 2 óbitos, 190 novas infecções e 91 casos totalmente recuperados nas últimas 24h

O pais passou a totalizar 53 óbitos devido à Covid-19, com o registo de mais 2 mortes na Cidade e Província de Maputo, de pacientes infectados pelo novo Coronavírus Translate

Source: Africa Newsroom-pt (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Namibia: Oshakati and Mariental cases on the rise

Health update: The country today has recorded 83 new coronavirus infections, 180 recoveries and one death.

Source: The Namibian (27 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Namibia:  Covid-19's Scar On Economy

ECONOMIC activities in Namibia between April and June this year decreased by around N$4 billion when compared to last year - an 11,1% shrinkage and the worst ever. This dip, as announced by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) yesterday, has the agency blaming Covid-19 mostly, and analysts on the other hand saying outside Covid-19 the economy was already lean. Some ...

Source: Namibian (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: SA records 1 268 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa has recorded 1 268 new COVID-19 cases bringing the cumulative number of detected cases to 670 766 on Sunday. The Eastern Cape has recorded 88 892, Free State 46 128, Gauteng 219 039, KwaZulu-Natal 118 731, Limpopo 15 270, Mpumalanga 27 021, North West 29 012, Northern Cape 16 243 and Western Cape 110 430. The cumulative number of tests conducted to ...

Source: SAnews.gov.za (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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South Africa: Covid millions lost to greed, carelessness, and mismanagement

The dead received almost half a million. Underage people got over R244 000. Sitting in prison? You can still claim, and get, your share of R170 000. Invalid ID number? No problem, you could be among those who received R30-million in total. These, and more, are some of the appalling findings of the Auditor-General of South Africa’s first special Covid-19 real-time audit. ...

Source: Corruption Watch (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Covid-19 and Rural South Africa

The media’s focus as COVID-19 has washed over the globe has largely concentrated on urban centers, a preoccupation that is justified by the high case numbers in cities. Yet, as the pandemic slows, it is increasingly clear that COVID-19 has not been a solely urban public health phenomenon. In September, photographer Chris Allen and writer Sean Christie documented the ...

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South Africa: J&J kicks off study of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine in 60,000 volunteers

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday began a 60,000-person trial of an experimental single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that, if proven effective, could simplify distribution of millions of doses compared with leading rivals requiring two doses. The company expects results of the Phase III trial by year end or early next year, Dr. Paul ...

Source: Yahoo! Africa News (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zambia: Zambia hints at first Covid default as Africa debt burden rises

INTERNATIONAL - Zambia became the first African country to ask bondholders for relief since the onset of the coronavirus as nations from Angola to Kenya battle to cope with the economic hit from the pandemic. The southern African nation said it needed “breathing space” to plan a debt restructuring, and asked holders of its three Eurobonds totaling $3 billion to defer ...

Source: IOL Independent (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zambia: Face masks and water point ambassadors help fight COVID-19 in Zambia

Easter Kumbana had heard about the dangers of the coronavirus, but he could not afford the basic items needed to protect himself and his family from the disease.Luckily, he was able to benefit from an outreach program in Zambia that distributed thousands of face masks and hand sanitizer to vulnerable communities. The program also spread the message about the outbreak through a ...

Source: African Development Bank Group (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe, China: 10 Chinese specialist doctors arrive

A 10-member Chinese team of specialist doctors has arrived in the country and will be stationed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for the next 12 months. The doctors will be assisting their c...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Zimbabwe

With Zimbabwe's coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease ar...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (27 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe records 27 new Covid-19 cases

TWENTY-SEVEN new Covid-19 cases were recorded on Thursday while 36 people recovered from the virus as the cumulative figure rose to 7752.Bulawayo had the highest number of new infections after...

Source: Bulawayo24 News (25 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Mobile Networks Reap Increased Data Gains During Lockdown

Strict enforcement of Covid-19 lockdown regulations during the second quarter of 2020 increased mobile data usage to record levels and sustained a 45.8 percent revenue increase to ZWL$3 billion from ZWL$2.1 billion recorded in previous quarter for the county's mobile network operators, a latest sectorial report shows. During the period, other revenue heads such as mobile ...

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West Africa

Burkina Faso: Covid-19 au Burkina Faso : 20 nouveaux cas et un décès à la date du 26 septembre 2020

Le point de la maladie à Coronavirus au Burkina Faso fait état de 20 nouveaux cas à la date du 26 septembre 2020. Ouagadougou compte 13 cas, 6 à Fada N'gourma et 1 à Bobo-Dioulasso. Au même moment, trois cas de guérison ont été enregistrés portant à 1279 le nombre total des personnes guéries de la maladie. ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (29 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Burkina Faso: Covid-19 : Des chercheurs burkinabè mutualisent leurs connaissances pour contrer la pandémie

Trois équipes de recherche internationales (Burkina Faso, France et Canada) et multidisciplinaires ont mutualisé leurs forces pour contrer le Covid-19. Ainsi, elles ont lancé le projet « ANRS COV-13/EMuL-COVID-19 ». Dans le but de mieux faire connaître ce projet à l'opinion nationale, les chercheurs ont organisé un atelier, le jeudi 24 ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Burkina Faso: Lutte contre le Covid-19 : La Croix-Rouge burkinabè offre du matériel au ministère de la Santé

La Croix-Rouge burkinabè a fait don de matériel et d'équipements biomédicaux au ministère de la Santé, ce mercredi 23 septembre 2020. Ce don, d'une valeur de 162 millions de F CFA, a été rendu possible grâce au financement de l'Union européenne et permettra de soutenir la lutte contre le Covid-19. Dès les premiers ...Translate

Source: Le Faso (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ghana, China: Goldstar Air, E-Station donate PPE to Ghana Police

Goldstar Air, wholly Ghanaian owned airline, together with E-Station, a Chinese logistics company, have donated assorted personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ghana Police Service, in Accra to boost their daily activities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation was done as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the airline, where Goldstar Air ...

Source: News Ghana (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Ghanaians advised to observe COVID-19 protocols to prevent new infections - Ghana Business News

The government has called on the citizenry, to continue the strict observance of all the preventive etiquette of COVID-19, to prevent a new wave of infections. Mr Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information, who was addressing a News conference in Accra on Sunday, said the Government had taken note of a new wave of COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world ...

Source: Ghana Business News (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Countries must mitigate impact of COVID-19 on Malaria, TB, and AIDS

Measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on HIV, TB, and malaria should involve a combination of intensive community engagement, Mrs Cecelia Senoo Executive Director, Hope for Future Generations has said. Mrs Senoo, who is also the Focal Person of the Global Fund Advocates Network- Africa (GFAN-Africa) in Ghana, a continent-wide social movement that demands health for ...

Source: News Ghana (27 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Liberia, China:  Chinese Embassy Donates to Covid-19 Fight in Liberia

Paynesville — The Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) have jointly received a donation of food and computers and accessories from the Embassy of China, accredited near Monrovia to help fight COVID-19 pandemic. The items which include 10 desktop computers, 20 printers, 100 bags of 25kg rice and 100 tin of Argo oil and two ...

Source: FrontPageAfrica (24 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  'GOL's Covid-19 Food Distribution Too Slow -- IREDD's monitoring findings report

After three months of monitoring the Liberian government's food distribution to households and communities, the Institute for Research and Democracy (IREDD) on Thursday, released its findings with 5.5% of the population receiving COVID 19 stimulus food in four months with a serious reservation of flaws and unreasonable ...

Source: Observer (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Liberia: Liberia's Weah orders dismissal of healthcare workers on Covid strike

Striking Liberian health workers who are demanding salary increases and hazardous pay for working during the Covid-19 pandemic are to be fired and replaced, following a new directive by President George Weah. The government says that despite initial steps to peacefully resolve the situation, the leadership of the National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL) refuses to compromise during negotiations ...

Source: Liberia News (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: COVID-19: Nigeria records 126 new cases, total now 58,324

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 126 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 58,324. The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday. On the 27th of September 2020, 126 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in ...

Source: Tribune Headlines Today (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Speak out on Ondo COVID-19 funds -PDP tells Akeredolu

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja The PDP National Campaign Council for Ondo Governorship Election has charged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, to speak out on the alleged diversion of billions of naira COVID-19 intervention funds received by the state. This demand, the PDP said, is predicated on alleged diversion of […]

Source: Peoples Daily (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: UNICEF to donate Covid-19 test kits to NCDC tomorrow

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam In its determination to assist the Federal Government to curb the covid-19 pandemic, the United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) said it will donate test kits to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tomorrow. The donation is funded by IHS Towers NG Ltd, a Nigeria-based company established in 2001 to provide […]

Source: Peoples Daily (28 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: Our Investment In Tourism Sector Will Drive Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery, Says Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured that his administration will invest in the tourism sector of the state to attract local and international investors to drive post-coronavirus (COVID-19) economic recovery. Obaseki gave the assurance on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, celebrated on September 27, each year. According to the governor: […]

Source: Leadership (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Sao Tome and Principe, China: New Chinese medical mission heads for São Tomé e Príncipe

Eight doctors have left the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, bound for São Tomé e Príncipe on the fifth in a series of Chinese medical missions to the country, the Sichuan News website reports. The provincial government-run website says the doctors include a general surgeon, a stomatologist, a cardiologist, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and an …

Source: Macauhub (15 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Senegal: Coronavirus - Sénégal : Communique 209

Ce samedi 26 septembre 2020 , le Ministère de la Santé et de l’Action sociale a reçu les résultats des examens virologiques ci-après : Sur 1141 tests réalisés, 30 sont revenus positifs , soit un taux de positivité de 2,63 % . Les cas positifs sont répartis comme ...Translate

Source: Alwhida Info (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Senegal:  Le trafic maritime reprend à Dakar, après une fermeture due au Covid-19

C'est reparti pour les liaisons maritimes entre Dakar et Ziguinchor, dans le sud du pays. Elles étaient suspendues depuis le mois de mars, en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus. Un premier bateau a quitté Dakar ce mardi soir 22 septembre, direction la Casamance. « C'est un plaisir de reprendre les commandes de ce bateau. C'est un jour ...Translate

Source: RFI (23 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Sierra Leone, China: Sierra Leonean VP praises Chinese doctors for efforts in COVID-19 fight

Chinese and Sierra Leonean medical workers bid farewell to an infant COVID-19 patient discharged from the China-Sierra Leone Friendship Hospital, in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, May 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Ling) Sierra Leonean Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said local people will always remember the touching stories of members of three Chinese medical teams, who ...

Source: Sierra Leone News (22 Sep 2020 )  Share

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Togo: Coronavirus - Togo : Chiffres mis à jour le 25 septembre 2020 à 19:40

Covid-19 Mise à jour du Togo : 5 nouveaux patients guéris et 15 nouveaux cas confirmés sur les 946 personnes testées ce jour. Distribué par APO Group pour La Coordination Nationale de Gestion de la Riposte au COVID-19 - République Togolaise ...Translate

Source: Alwhida Info (26 Sep 2020 )  Share

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