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EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19  after lock-down party.

EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19 after lock-down party.

Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE
Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said. Two days later, he went to a party in the southern city of Córdoba, before testing positive for Covid-19. Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium's King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party. Under Córdoba's lockdown rules, a party of this size would be a breach of regulations, as gatherings of no more than 15 people are currently permitted. Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party. Those found to have flouted lockdown rules could be fined up to €10,000 (£9,000; $11,100). Everyone who attended the party is said to be in quarantine. Prince Joachim, the youngest son of Princess Astrid and 10th in line to the Belgian throne, is said to have...
CORONAVIRUS: Uganda registers highest single-day COVID-19 cases.

CORONAVIRUS: Uganda registers highest single-day COVID-19 cases.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Uganda has on Saturday, May 30 recorded 84 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number the country has registered in a single day. This brings the total confirmed cases now to 413. According to the ministry of health, 52 new cases are truck drivers of whom 50 arrived from South Sudan via Elegu, while 2 arrived from Kenya via Busia. “32 of the new confirmed cases are contacts to previously confirmed cases. All were under quarantine at the time of test,” said the ministry. The ministry says that samples from Points of Entry tested were 1,477 and those from alerts and contacts were 358. “Total samples tested today: 1,835.” The ministry also revealed that total recoveries are now 72. Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of or...
Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at the specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased was residing in a neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications.  “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote. Further, another 4 positive cases were confirmed from the 1,368 samples tested on Saturday - rising the national total caseload to 359. Thr...
Coronavirus: Austria to ease face mask measures

Coronavirus: Austria to ease face mask measures

CORONAVIRUS
Face masks will no longer be compulsory in schools, businesses and tourist areas in Austria from 15 June, the country’s government indicated on Friday. Masks will still be required in public transport, beauty salons, hairdressers, restaurants (for waiters), and in public places when social distancing is not possible. In early April, Austria was one of the first European countries to make it compulsory to wear masks in public to limit the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Now, fewer than 650 people are still infected in the country. “We can take off our masks little by little,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, as he introduced a phase with “fewer rules and more individual responsibility.” “We are on the right track,” he added, highlighting the small number of new infecti...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Interaction with Health Workers at Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: Interaction with Health Workers at Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda

CORONAVIRUS
KAMPALA, Uganda, May 31, 2020/ -- The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Director General Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, Director Clinical/Curative Services, Olaro Charles visit Lira RRH and interact with health workers at the facility. Currently, there are 21 COVID-19 confirmed cases admitted at Lira RRH. Also in attendance are: Director, Lira Regional Referral Hospital, Deputy Incident Commander, Atek Kagirita, Prof. Henry Kajumbula, COVID-19 case management team, Dr Richard Idro, President of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and Representatives of Lira District Local Government.
Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19: FG worried over rising deaths associated with co-morbidities

Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19: FG worried over rising deaths associated with co-morbidities

CORONAVIRUS
ABUJA, Nigeria, May 31st, 2020/ -- The Federal Government has expressed concern over the rate of deaths from COVID-19 which are associated with other ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, HIV and other diseases. This was made known by the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Press Briefing on Thursday, 28th of May, 2020. Dr. Osagie Ehanire said: “We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of the persons associated with other ailments; whereas, most of those discharged had no co-morbidities, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non- communicable diseases.” He said though it is too early to generalize about mortality trend or even rates of recoveries ...
EAST AFRICA: Kenya records one of the highest single-day COVID-19 cases, numbers stand at 1888.

EAST AFRICA: Kenya records one of the highest single-day COVID-19 cases, numbers stand at 1888.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, HEALTH, KENYA
NAIROBI — Kenya’s Health Minister Dr Rashid Aman has confirmed that 143 more individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 after 2,959 samples were tested within the last 24 hours. Aman stated that the total number of COVID-19 individuals in the country stood at 1888. All the 143 cases are Kenyans, with the youngest patient being one month and the oldest being 88 years old Aman further stated that 26 individuals from hospitals around the county had been discharged, bringing the total number of those who had recovered to 464. At the same time, the ministry recorded the loss of a 59-year-old, bringing the total number of those who had succumbed to 63. The Health CAS further insisted that Kenyans should continue to follow measures that have been set by the government including;...
AMERICA: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

AMERICA: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO

CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, united states of america
President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after announcing he is ending US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany's health minister called it a "disappointing setback for international health". The head of the US Senate's health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not the time to leave. Mr Trump said the WHO had failed to hold China to account over coronavirus. The WHO, a UN agency that helps countries promote healthcare and tackle outbreaks of disease, has faced regular criticism from the US president over its handling of the outbreak. He suspended US funding to the WHO last month and on Friday permanently halted the payment, which last year stood at more than $400m (£324...
UGANDA: Busia Municipality MP detained for defying Covid-19 directives

UGANDA: Busia Municipality MP detained for defying Covid-19 directives

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, UGANDA
Busia Municipality MP, Mr Godfrey Macho has been arrested on allegations of defying directives on the prevention of coronavirus pandemic and inciting violence. Mr Godfrey Macho was allegedly found on Saturday mobilising a section of traders to go and open their shops and stalls in Busia market contrary to the directives issued by the district taskforce on coronavirus and president Museveni. The Bukedi Regional Police Commander (RPC) Mr Julius Caesar Tusingwire said the lawmaker is currently detained at Tororo Central Police station. “We arrested him for organising a section of traders to forcefully open shops and stalls in the market, something which jeopardises the fight against coronavirus in the district,” he said. The market was closed in March this year by the Busia Distr...
EUROPE: Greece to open up Lock-down  in 2 weeks, but not to the UK.

EUROPE: Greece to open up Lock-down in 2 weeks, but not to the UK.

CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE, Greece, The UK
Greece is to open up to tourists from 29 countries in two weeks - but not those travelling from the UK. Tourists from EU countries including Germany, Austria, Denmark and Finland will be able to visit from 15 June, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Friday. But some of the world's worst-affected countries - including the UK, France, Italy and Spain - are not on the list. More countries could be added before 1 July, the ministry added. Only airports in Athens and Thessaloniki will open on 15 June. Tourists from 16 EU countries will be allowed into the country, including the Czech Republic, Baltic countries, Cyprus and Malta. Other countries include China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel and Lebanon. Some visitors could be tested for Covid-19 on...
Coronavirus – Africa: Floods in East Africa – EU provides initial emergency assistance

Coronavirus – Africa: Floods in East Africa – EU provides initial emergency assistance

CORONAVIRUS
BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 30, 2020/ -- The EU has mobilised €3 million in emergency assistance to countries in East Africa that have been hit by heavy rainfall over the past weeks, triggering devastating landslides and floods. “In a region that is already battling the effects of a serious locust infestation and the coronavirus pandemic, these floods are adding to the hardships experienced by many vulnerable communities. EU aid will get essentials to those most in need,” said Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič. Funding will be supporting aid organisations in Ethiopia (€850,000), Kenya (€500,000), Somalia (€1.4 million) and Uganda (€250,000) and provide shelter material, clean water, food, hygiene kits and access to basic health assistance. More than 900,000 ...
Coronavirus: Tunisian Red Crescent collaborated with Dar Ben Gacem to Feed the Needy

Coronavirus: Tunisian Red Crescent collaborated with Dar Ben Gacem to Feed the Needy

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30, 2020/ -- The Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC)’s core value of aiding others, namely the deprived Tunisians during the current tough times, was reflected in stepping up and collaborating with Dar Ben Gacem, a 17th-century boutique hotel in Medina of Tunis. The initiative supported 45 families and 75 homeless persons before and over Ramadan. Looking for a way to contribute during the crisis of COVID-19 and feeling the necessity to help, Leila Ben-Gacem, the CEO of Dar Ben Gacem, consulted with her accounting officer and long-time TRC volunteer, Abir Saidi, who came up with the idea of a Meal Program delivered to the needy families and those who lost their jobs. Ben-Gacem described how the initiative crystalised, “there is no better organization to partner with mor...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Efforts to Find Local Remedy for COVID-19 Underway – Mamora

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Efforts to Find Local Remedy for COVID-19 Underway – Mamora

CORONAVIRUS
ABUJA, Nigeria, May 30, 2020/ -- Apart from the global efforts to find a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world since November 2019, Nigeria is making efforts to find local remedy for the treatment and cure of Coronavirus. The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Momora disclosed this during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Press Briefing of Wednesday, 27th May, 2020.   He stated that the Federal Government has received few proposals for local remedies for the disease and these have been forwarded to the relevant agencies for evaluation. The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Momora Dr. Mamora recalled that last week, the Federal Ministry of Health’s team held a virtual meeting with Traditional, Compleme...
Coronavirus – Benin: Airport testing expands Benin’s COVID-19 detection

Coronavirus – Benin: Airport testing expands Benin’s COVID-19 detection

CORONAVIRUS
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), May 30, 2020/ -- Benin has set up a COVID-19 testing centre at the main airport in the capital Cotonou to boost early detection and containment of the virus. Unlike many countries in the region, Benin’s airspace has remained open since the outbreak began. Land borders were shut, however. Arriving passengers are systematically tested in one of the 20 booths using a rapid diagnostic as well as polymerase chain reaction test. The rapid testing shows results after 15 to 20 minutes. Those who test positive from the rapid test receive counselling and later medical attention at home if they are asymptomatic. If they show symptoms they are taken to treatment centres. Those who test negative from the rapid test are allowed to go home but must return 48 h...
Coronavirus – Africa: Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30, 2020/ -- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in every one of MSF’s approximately 450 projects in more than 70 countries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had two main priorities: first, to keep existing essential medical services up and running for the hundreds of thousands of patients who rely on us; and second, to prepare for, and respond to the spread of the virus itself. Faced with challenges on a scale never experienced before, our teams, like frontline healthcare workers everywhere, have had to quickly adapt to the new realities of a COVID-19 world. MSF has launched targeted COVID-19 projects in many of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, including Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Brazil and the US. At the same time, ...
Coronavirus – Gabon: UNICEF Gabon COVID-19 Situation Report

Coronavirus – Gabon: UNICEF Gabon COVID-19 Situation Report

CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK, United States of America, May 30, 2020/ -- Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs As of May 28, and within the reporting period, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,380 with the most significant increase and expansion thus far. Over the past two weeks the pandemic has spread to three other Provinces bringing the number of affected regions to eight out of nine and confirming the active and rapid community transmission patterns. The trend of patient recovery is still consolidating with a total of 631 cases discharged (an increase of 287 cases) over the reporting period the death toll stands at 14 recorded fatalities. The Estuaire and the Haut-Oggoue Provinces remain the two major outbreak hotspots with respectively 80% and 14% of the overall rep...
CNBC Africa reflects on Transformation in COVID-19

CNBC Africa reflects on Transformation in COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 30, 2020/ -- The unfolding covid-19 pandemic is both a health and economic crisis of historic and unprecedented scale. Other than a few sectors, most businesses have been affected adversely. During this very difficult period, what has stayed constant is the indispensable role that media plays in society. CNBC Africa has implemented a number of proactive and innovative measures to continue to deliver accurate, timely and informative business news. All organizations within the nuances of their own industries, have adapted to the new normal in operations to remain relevant to their customers. Being a Pan African business news network, the channel has had to review its programming grid to continue exceeding expectations of our viewers. An important aspect wa...
UGANDA: President Museveni set to deliver State of the Nation Address

UGANDA: President Museveni set to deliver State of the Nation Address

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, UGANDA
KAMPALA — President Yoweri Museveni will on Thursday June 4 deliver his State of the Nation address at Kololo Independence Grounds — highlighting achievements registered in the current financial year and plans for 2019/20 financial year. Provided for under Article 101 of the constitution, State of the Nation address is delivered at the beginning of each session of Parliament. However, in consultation with the Speaker, the President is at liberty to address Parliament at any time over pressing national matters. The State of the Nation address will be followed by the reading of the National Budget for the fiscal year 2020/21 on Thursday next week at the same venue. Museveni is expected to address issues like the economy amid coronavirus disruptions. This year’s State of the N...
EDUCATION: Schools in Uganda face social distancing  quandary.

EDUCATION: Schools in Uganda face social distancing quandary.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, UGANDA
KAMPALA- School managers and other stakeholders in the education sector have warned that the recommended social distancing guideline is near impossible to achieve as schools prepare to re-open for candidates and final year students on June 8. Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, means keeping space between oneself and other people to help stop person-to-person spread of the coronavirus disease. While the government is silent, investors in the education sector as well as the teacher’s union, have called for support to enable them keep the learners safe. Mr Filbert Baguma, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) secretary, in a statement to the Education ministry, said many institutions are crowded with limited infrastructure, making it impossible to implement ...
Coronavirus – Kenya: Team Europe supports the most vulnerable Kenyans with health and social security

Coronavirus – Kenya: Team Europe supports the most vulnerable Kenyans with health and social security

CORONAVIRUS
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29, 2020/ -- The European Union and its Member States are providing a broad package of health and social support measures for the most vulnerable Kenyans in informal settlements and across the country, through a mix of emergency response and longer term support. This includes the provision of COVID-19 related health services, support for access to universal health coverage, and cash transfers to selected households. The total value of the ongoing health and social security support is KES 8.44 billion (EUR 72.1 million – EU 10 million, France EUR 20 million, the Netherlands 14.6 million, Denmark 14.4 million, Sweden EUR 11 million, Germany over EUR 2 million, Slovakia EUR 117 000) which will also lead to longer term benefits. Kenya is still fighting the spread of the...