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Coronavirus – Seychelles: Press Update – Repeat COVID-19 PCR Test Negative for Three Persons

Coronavirus – Seychelles: Press Update – Repeat COVID-19 PCR Test Negative for Three Persons

CORONAVIRUS
VICTORIA, Seychelles, June 29, 2020/ -- The Public Health Laboratory has confirmed that repeat PCR test for COVID-19 conducted on samples from the French, the Filipino and the United Emirates nationals who tested positive yesterday morning, have returned negative results for all three persons late last night. Meanwhile the total number of positive PCR tests for COVID-19 from the group of West African seafarers is now 70. Public Health Commissioner gives media interview today, Sunday 28th June at 10.30 am at the Red Roof Building of Seychelles Hospital.
Coronavirus – Gabon: UNICEF Gabon COVID-19 Situation Report

Coronavirus – Gabon: UNICEF Gabon COVID-19 Situation Report

CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 29, 2020/ -- Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs Up to 5087 COVID-19 cases were reported in Gabon as of June 24, showing a surge of new infections in all the Country’s provinces. Even though a slight decrease from 18% to 16% in the infection rate was documented during the reporting period, an uptick of active clusters nationwide infers that the pandemic is taking hold with no strong evidence of it substantially and rapidly abating. Over 30,000 tests were undertaken with an insufficient and uneven capacity as the bulk of the testing infrastructure is based in only three provinces. The death toll rose to 40 with a fatality rate as low as 1% whilst the recovery rate kept improving with 42%. For the disaggregated data men account for 59%, wome...
Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 – Global Response Fact Sheet

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 – Global Response Fact Sheet

CORONAVIRUS
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 29, 2020/ -- KEY DEVELOPMENTS The U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) remain committed to assisting the world’s most vulnerable countries in fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. On June 18, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced an additional $75.5 million to support the global response to COVID-19, bringing the total pledged U.S. Government (USG) funding to more than $1 billion. To date, pledged funding from USAID includes more than $227 million in assistance from USAID’s Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious-Disease Outbreaks (ERFUSAID), approximately $200 million in Global Health Programs (GHP-USAID) funds, $538 million in humani...
Coronavirus – Kenya: Concern over Covid-19 infections within health care facilities

Coronavirus – Kenya: Concern over Covid-19 infections within health care facilities

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29, 2020/ -- The Government has raised concerns over incidences of COVID-19 cross infections within health care facilities. “This is a matter the Ministry is taking seriously, and I want to appeal to all hospitals, public and private, to be extremely careful, and put in-place measures that reduces the slightest possibility of cross-infection,” the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said after announcing new cases of COVID-19 in the country. “Today, we have 278 people testing positive from 4,074 samples that were run in the last 24 hours. This now brings 5,811 the total number of confirmed cases in the country, from a cumulative figure of 162, 478 tests,” she noted. Today’s cases, all, except two are Kenyans, 181 are males and...
Coronavirus – Kenya: Government adopts community based approach to improve health outcome

Coronavirus – Kenya: Government adopts community based approach to improve health outcome

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29, 2020/ -- The Ministry of Health has adopted a community based approach, that places County Governments and the people, at the centre of community health, particularly on COVID-19 related matters. The community health approach is a strategy that has been globally recognized, as an effective way for making improvements in health care delivery, as well as addressing the burden of diseases, and therefore, contributing to the health and socioeconomic development. The announcement was made today by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during the COVID-19 media update. The community based approach is a key pillar of the Primary Health Care approach adopted by countries, Kenya included in 1978, through the Alma Ata Declaration ...
Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Response – Weekly UN in Zimbabwe Update

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Response – Weekly UN in Zimbabwe Update

CORONAVIRUS
HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 29, 2020/ -- The international Organization of Migration (IOM) is scaling up operation to respond to the new evolving COVID-19 pandemic challenge in Zimbabwe. Download Report:https://bit.ly/2BLXwSq As co-lead of the Point of Entry pillar, IOM is providing technical support to the government in the COVID-19 National response plan and strengthening national capacity in migration management, ensuring all returnees are screened, registered profiled and transported to the respective provincial quarantine facilities. So, far some 10.000 returnees have been supported to come home through the main border posts. There are currently 1,792 individuals quarantined in Government-operated centres. Government is operating 44 quarantine centres, while private quarantine...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Advisory on the Use of Face Shields with Face Masks by the General Public

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Advisory on the Use of Face Shields with Face Masks by the General Public

CORONAVIRUS
ABUJA, Nigeria, June 29, 2020/ -- Following evolving evidence on the transmission of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) provided recommendations for the wearing of face masks by the general public. This is especially important where there is ongoing widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as in public transport, markets, and confined or crowded environments. In Nigeria, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 mandated the use of face masks or coverings in public spaces, on the 27th of April 2020. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) published advisories on the use of face masks and guidance on making cloth masks. The use of face masks for COVID-19 prevention is important, as recent studies indicate that a significant proportion of people w...
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates H.E Lazarus Chakwera over his victory in Malawi Presidential elections

President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates H.E Lazarus Chakwera over his victory in Malawi Presidential elections

AFRICA
NAIROBI, KENYA --- The President of the republic of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, has promised to continue working with Malawi as he sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected President, H.E Lazarus Chakwera. "It is with a great sense of joy that we join our Malawi brothers and sisters in celebrating your victory as the incoming President of the Republic of Malawi following the Tuesday presidential election. On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Kenya and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey my warmest congratulations on your well-deserved victory.", said Uhuru. In his message, President Kenyatta told President Chakwera that the mandate that the Malawian people have given him is a clear expression of the confidence they have in his able leadership. ...
Coronavirius – Africa: The European Union Supports Africa’s COVID-19 Continental Response

Coronavirius – Africa: The European Union Supports Africa’s COVID-19 Continental Response

INTERNATIONAL
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 29, 2020/ -- H.E. Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci, Head of the EU Delegation to the African Union, and Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, announced the COVID-19 support package yesterday. “Global solidarity is key to fighting COVID-19. This is why in these difficult times partnership between Team Europe and the African Union is as strong and reliable as ever” said Ambassador Ranieri Sabatucci. “The European experience is teaching us that a continental approach is essential to fight COVID-19 and the Africa CDC is in a privileged position to coordinate a continental response for Africa, thanks to its solid experience in dealing with epidemics.” With this contribution, Africa CDC will provide in-country traini...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Lagos expands COVID-19 response capacity

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Lagos expands COVID-19 response capacity

CORONAVIRUS
LAGOS, Nigeria, June 29, 2020/ -- The Lagos State government has expanded its COVID-19 response capacity with the accreditation of seven private laboratories to boost its testing capacity and three private hospitals for case management. Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this on Friday at a press briefing to give an update on ‘COVID-19Lagos Response, noted that the State remains committed to bringing the outbreak under control, making economic activities continue as best as possible and improving strategies to keep the citizens safe in the face of threats posed by the pandemic.  Abayomi explained that the State government commenced the accreditation and validation of private health facilities to assist in the fight against the virus because of the need t...
Coronavirus – Egypt: British Embassy holds virtual healthcare webinar on COVID-19

Coronavirus – Egypt: British Embassy holds virtual healthcare webinar on COVID-19

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt, June 29, 2020/ -- The British Embassy in Egypt, through the work of the UK Department for International Trade hosted a virtual meeting for 30 leading British and Egyptian healthcare companies to discuss their ongoing efforts to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar brought together key decision makers from the Egyptian and UK public and private sectors. Four representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health were joined by Healthcare UK, Ain Shams University Hospitals, Cleopatra Hospital, Vodafone, GSK, Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, the Saudi German Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Public Health England, Royal Colleges, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The attendees shared their expertise in dealing with some the challenges ...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Dr. Osagie Ehanire meets Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC), seeks support for National Health Sector COVID-19 Response Plan

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Dr. Osagie Ehanire meets Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC), seeks support for National Health Sector COVID-19 Response Plan

HEALTH
ABUJA, Nigeria, June 29, 2020/ -- The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has sought for the support of the Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC) for the newly developed Integrated National Health Sector Covid-19 Response Plan derived from Pillar 4, Priority Area 1 of the NSHDP 11.  The plan is to ensure defined responsibilities and harmonization of efforts across the Federal and States and non-interruption of non COVID-19 routine health services. This came to fore when the Honourable Minister held a virtual meeting with the Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC) on Friday, 26th June, 2020. Dr. Ehanire sought for the HPCC to recall that Nigeria had earlier demonstrated commitment towards improving its health sector outputs and outcomes and achieving Univers...
Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID COVID-19 Update

Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID COVID-19 Update

CORONAVIRUS
ZALINGEI, Sudan, June 29, 2020/ -- As of 25 June 2020, UNAMID has 17 cases of COVID-19 among its mission personnel, including two cases in Kenya and one national staff in Khartoum. A total of 10 out of the 17 cases have fully recovered from the disease. In line with the Mission’s mitigation measures, 31 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted on mission personnel in Darfur as of 25 June 2020, based on their showing mild or moderate symptoms or having potentially been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case. UNAMID support to staff and uniformed personnel  UNAMID continues to provide support to federal and state authorities to prevent and contain COVID-19. From 24 June 2020, UNAMID commenced implementation of a two-week sensitization campaign in several r...
President Kenyatta chairs Jubilee Coalition National Assembly Parliamentary Group Meeting

President Kenyatta chairs Jubilee Coalition National Assembly Parliamentary Group Meeting

AFRICA
President Uhuru Kenyatta today chaired the Jubilee Coalition National Assembly Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting in his role as the Coalition's Party Leader. The PG meeting was attended by Deputy President Dr William Ruto, Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and a total of 174 Jubilee Coalition Members of the National Assembly. During the meeting held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, the PG discussed a petition made to the Party Leader regarding the Coalition's National Assembly leadership and made the following changes: 1. Appointed the Hon Amos Kimunya as the new National Assembly Leader of Government Business 2. Appointed the Hon Adan Keynan as the new Secretary of the Jubilee Coalition National Assembly PG. The Party Leader said the Coa...
Coronavirus – Africa: Over one million COVID-19 cases reported in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region

Coronavirus – Africa: Over one million COVID-19 cases reported in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region

CORONAVIRUS
CAIRO, Egypt, June 29, 2020/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed more than one million cases of COVID-19 in the 22 countries of WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region. As of 11:00 today, 1 025 478 cases and 23 461 deaths have been recorded from the Region, which spans from Morocco to Pakistan. While cases in Europe have been largely declining, countries in the Region have been seeing increases in the number of cases and deaths. Countries recently reporting increases in cases are Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory and Oman. WHO is concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in war-torn countries such as Syria, Yemen and Libya due to poor infrastructure and fragile health systems vastly weakened by conflict. In all countries, there is s...
President Kenyatta mourns Mama Anne Osure Okota-Amolo

President Kenyatta mourns Mama Anne Osure Okota-Amolo

AFRICA
NAIROBI 29th June 2020, —President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort and encouragement to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Anne Osure Okota-Amolo who passed away yesterday at a Kisumu hospital. Mama Anne Osure is the mother of Amb Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Special Envoy for Kenya’s UN Security Council seat campaign. In his message, the President described the late Mama Anne Osure as a dedicated, industrious leader who is remembered for initiating several women empowerment projects. “Mama Anne was an amiable person whose devotion to women empowerment saw her initiate and participate in a number of transformative projects in Kano, Kisumu County. “She was a role model and a loving mother who al...
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission congratulates Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his election as President of the Republic of Malawi

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission congratulates Dr Lazarus Chakwera on his election as President of the Republic of Malawi

AFRICA
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 29, 2020/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, wishes to congratulate His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera upon his election as President of the Republic of Malawi following the successful conduct of fresh presidential election in the Republic of Malawi on 23 June 2020, and the subsequent official election results published on Saturday 27 June 2020 by the Malawi Electoral Commission. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat In particular, the Chairperson extends his profound gratitude to the people of Malawi, for demonstrating their firm commitment to democracy, constitutionalism, rule of law, peace and stability. The Chairperson commends the outgoing President His Excellency Peter ...
Government bans the newspaper publication of a stronghold opposition leader ahead of elections

Government bans the newspaper publication of a stronghold opposition leader ahead of elections

INTERNATIONAL
DODOMA --- The government of Tanzania revoked the publication and circulation licence for Tanzania Daima, a daily newspaper that is associated with opposition leader Freeman Mbowe. The Registrar of Newspapers Patrick Kipangula, in a statement, said the daily had repeatedly flouted national laws and journalism ethics in its reportage. He also accused the publication of failure to comply with ethical reporting provisions as stated in its operating licence. The statement further accused the newspaper of publishing seditious reports. The daily is allowed to file an appeal with the Ministry of Information, Culture, Sports and Arts within 30 working days. The United States embassy in Tanzania on June 25 condemned the “revocation of the media licence of an opposition party newspap...
Malawi elections: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as the new President

Malawi elections: Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as the new President

AFRICA
LILONGWE --- Malawi's former opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in on Sunday as the southern African country's new president after winning the rerun of a hotly disputed election. It was a dramatic reversal of fortune for the incumbent Peter Mutharika, whose victory in a May 2019 ballot was overturned by the Constitutional Court over fraud allegations. Chakwera, a former evangelist preacher, was declared the winner of the election replay held on Tuesday with almost 59 percent of the vote, according to results announced late Saturday. H.E Lazarus Chakwera being sworn in as the new President of Malawi Malawi is only the second African country south of the Sahara to have presidential poll results overturned in court, after Kenya in 2017. And it is the first time in th...
President Kenyatta nominates Ms Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for position of Auditor General

President Kenyatta nominates Ms Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for position of Auditor General

AFRICA
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Ms Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for the position of Auditor General. Ms Gathungu was the first among the top three (3) candidates presented to His Excellency the President for nomination by the Recruitment Panel for the Selection of the Auditor General as set out in law. Consequently, His Excellency the President has forwarded the name of Ms Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu to the National Assembly for vetting.