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US Futures Lack Direction as Investors Assess Stimulus, Political Turmoil

US Futures Lack Direction as Investors Assess Stimulus, Political Turmoil

Business, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, USA
US futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors digest prospects of more fiscal stimulus, political turmoil and rising coronavirus cases. Joe Biden is expected to give more details on his trillions of dollars economic package on Thursday but Bloomberg reported that he will seek a deal with Republicans, rather than trying to ram a package through without their support. Meanwhile, the House voted 223-205 to call on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office although the Vice President rejected it. On the corporate front, the earnings season will kick off later in the week with reports from Citigroup, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan. S&P 500 earnings are seen dropping 12% yoy in the final three months of 2020, according to data from Bloomberg. On Tues...
Dollar Rebounds to Trade Slightly Higher

Dollar Rebounds to Trade Slightly Higher

Business, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL
The dollar index steadied around 90.2 on Wednesday as a recent rally fuelled by soaring Treasury yields seems to be running out and as two Fed officials eased speculation that asset purchases could be tapered soon. James Bullard and Eric Rosengren said Tuesday monetary support will still be needed for some time. Meanwhile, rising coronavirus cases and fresh lockdowns in Europe and comments from ECB Villeroy de Galhau that the ECB will keep an easy stance for as long as needed pushed the euro down. Still, the long-term outlook for the USD remains bearish, as an increase in fiscal spending would raise the budget and current account deficits, making the greenback an increasingly unattractive investment.
COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, IGAD SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA
U.S. Embassy in Greetings friends and colleagues, My name is Natalie E. Brown, and I am the recently arrived U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. I am delighted to be here in Uganda, but only wish I could send New Year's wishes under better circumstances. As the New Year begins and the desire to resume normal activities increases, I wish you strength and restraint. I know that doesn't sound very festive, but we have hung on this long, and relief is coming, although not yet within reach for most of us. Strength and restraint will allow us to keep ourselves safe, protect those we love, and demonstrate the tenacity and courage we all need as COVID infections surge and new and more infectious strains of the virus have emerged. Rather than sending a traditional New Year's greeting, I ...
NIGERIA: Buhari, Osinbajo, Others To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

NIGERIA: Buhari, Osinbajo, Others To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, Nigeria, World Health Organization
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and other Nigerian leaders are expected to receive their COVID-19 vaccines on live tv. The executive director and chief executive officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib revealed this on Thursday when he disclosed plans were already in the pipeline to make this happen. Shuaib who spoke in Abuja during the regular media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 noted that the act will be in compliance with what has been obtainable in other countries of the world where leaders receive the vaccine in public view. He noted that this will not only promote awareness but also encourage others to believe in the process and safety of the vaccine.
world covid 19 tracker live today

world covid 19 tracker live today

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Health Organization
Cases location total cases new cases cases/1M people deaths Worldwide87,161,708542,39911,2091,882,643 United States21,334,427238,99964,737360,946 India10,374,93218,0887,626150,114 Brazil7,810,40056,64836,957197,732 Russia3,250,71323,95522,15258,706 United Kingdom2,774,47960,91641,76276,305 France2,676,19520,28039,89865,915 Turkey2,270,10114,49427,30021,879 Italy2,181,61915,37536,21376,329 Spain1,982,54423,70042,09251,430 Germany1,814,56518,34921,82336,757 Colombia1,702,96616,83534,47644,428 Argentina1,662,73013,79037,00043,785 Mexico1,466,49011,27111,586128,822 Poland1,330,5437,59634,66929,502 Iran1,255,6206,11315,06855,748 South Africa1,127,75914,41019,18830,524 Ukraine1,117,2565,62526,67819,929 ...
Zimbabwe: Government Bans Physical Meetings, Cuts Workforce to 30%

Zimbabwe: Government Bans Physical Meetings, Cuts Workforce to 30%

AFRICA, COVID-19, World Health Organization
Government has suspended face-to-face meetings in the public service to ensure the safety of its employees and trimmed its workforce to 30 percent as the fight against Covid-19 intensifies. This comes as 34 people died yesterday, while 1 365 cases were recorded. Harare recorded 777 of the new cases. This was announced by the Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Dr Jenfan Muswere during an update on the Level Four lockdown that began yesterday. The lockdown was announced by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care on Saturday with Acting President Kembo Mohadi giving policy direction on the implementation of the lockdown on Sunday. Dr Muswere said the Public Service Commission (PSC) had streamlined to ...
Man City confirm more coronavirus cases

Man City confirm more coronavirus cases

COVID-19, premier league, Sports, World Health Organization
Manchester City confirmed three more cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with goalkeeper Scott Carson, teenage midfielder Cole Palmer and a member of staff testing positive. City were without six other players for their Premier League victory at Chelsea on Sunday following positive tests. "Manchester City FC can confirm that Scott Carson, Cole Palmer and one member of staff have tested positive for Covid-19," the club said in a statement. "Both personnel will now observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK government protocol on quarantine." With first-choice goalkeeper Ederson one of the other players already isolating, Carson's positive test leaves City short of options for Wednesday's League Cup semi-final against Manchester United. Zack St...
World Covid-19 tracker: Latest cases and deaths by country.

World Covid-19 tracker: Latest cases and deaths by country.

AFRICA, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
Reported cases and deaths The figures below are based on data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. These numbers are updated every 15 minutes but may differ from other sources due to differences in reporting times. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow our live coverage. LocationCases...per 100K peopleDeaths...per 100K peopleUnited States20,823,3456,365353,621108India10,356,844766149,85011Brazil7,753,7523,702196,56194Russia3,226,7582,23358,20340United Kingdom2,713,5634,08175,431113France2,655,9153,96565,04997Turkey2,255,6072,74021,68526Italy2,166,2443,58575,680125Spain1,958,8444,19251,078109Germany1,796,2162,16635,74843Colombia1,686,1313,39644,18789Argentina1,648,9403,70643,63498Mexico1,455,2191,153127,757101Poland1,322,9473,48329,16177Iran1,2...
The ministry of Health has announced that Uganda will access the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.

The ministry of Health has announced that Uganda will access the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca.

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, UGANDA, World Health Organization
This is based on the evidence available and recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee. The resolution has been announced by the ministry permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwine following a meeting by the covid-19 task force team chaired by President Museveni at state house on Saturday. Dr Atwine adds that government will also explore other traditional vaccines options such as the one from China, when they receive approval from the World Health Organization. She meanwhile assures Ugandans that access of the vaccine will be done in an equitable manner starting with the most vulnerable and those at more risk. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 48 vaccines under clinical evaluation in various countries with prospects of release this year.
World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India-  Prime Minister Narendra Modi

World’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India- Prime Minister Narendra Modi

COVID-19, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the world's biggest inoculation drive against coronavirus is set to begin in the country, a day after the drugs regulator approved two vaccines for restricted emergency use. Lauding the scientists and technicians for the 'Made in India' vaccines, he said the country is proud of them. "World's biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme set to begin in India. For this, the country is proud of the contributions of its scientists and technicians," Modi said. Addressing scientists at the National Metrology Conclave, Modi said it must be ensured that 'Made in India' products not only have global demand but also global acceptance. "Quality is as much important as quantity; our standards should rise with our scale in our quest for Atmanirbh...
Uganda moves to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Uganda moves to receive Covid-19 vaccine

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, World Health Organization
Dr Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary has revealed that Uganda is in its final stages to receive Coronavirus vaccine. According to her, this was reached at by the National Task Force on Covid-19 chaired by President Yoweri Museveni during a meeting at State House, Entebbe on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She said that Uganda will participate in the Global COVAX initiative for Covid-19 vaccine access, revealing that they have already submitted an application to this effect, which has been accepted by the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI). “Based on the evidence available and recommendations of the Science Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, Uganda will access the vaccine from AstraZeneca,” she said in a statement. The meeting directed th...
UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

UN health agency clears COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

COVID-19, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
Regulatory experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) from around the world and UN agency’s own teams reviewed the data on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and found on Thursday that it met WHO’s must-have criteria for safety and efficacy – with its benefits offsetting any potential risks.  “This is a very positive step towards ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines,” said Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products.   “But I want to emphasize the need for an even greater global effort to achieve enough vaccine supply to meet the needs of priority populations everywhere”.  ‘Working night and day’   The move opens the door for countries to expedite their own regulatory approval processes to import and...
UGANDA: Husband and sister of deceased Kyotera Woman MP Robina Nakasirye also succumb to COVID

UGANDA: Husband and sister of deceased Kyotera Woman MP Robina Nakasirye also succumb to COVID

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
Joseph Ssentongo, the husband of the late Kyotera Woman MP Robina Nakasirye and her younger sister Dorothy Mukasa have too succumbed to Covid-19 disease. The two died on Tuesday, a week after the burial of Nakasirye who also succumbed to the virus. Tom Darlington Balojja, a friend to the deceased’s family confirms that the duo also fell sick shortly after the death of Nakasirye, and their conditions continued deteriorating until Tuesday. According to Balojja, the victims were identified as primary contacts of Nakasirye. He adds that the close family relatives have now been advised to seek medical testing for the virus to prevent more incidents. Meanwhile, all family members and close supporters of the former Woman MP Freda Nanziri Kase Mubanda have been instructed to go for self-...
Uganda Decides 2021: The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago has asked the government to declare a state of emergency if the pandemic situation in the country is uncontrollable other than suppressing people’s freedom of expression.

Uganda Decides 2021: The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago has asked the government to declare a state of emergency if the pandemic situation in the country is uncontrollable other than suppressing people’s freedom of expression.

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago has asked the government to declare a state of emergency if the pandemic situation in the country is uncontrollable other than suppressing people’s freedom of expression. This follows last week’s decision by the Electoral commission banning political campaigns in more than 10 districts in Uganda citing the surging numbers of covid-19. Lukwago says the government should admit there is a problem which they have failed to manage and as such declare a state of emergency. Lukwago on Monday petitioned the court seeking orders to reverse a decision by the commission saying it is irrational and an infringement on his rights to associate. A special report done by Daily Monitor has shown that at least half of the 16 districts in which the electora...
Chinese Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid 19 Reporting

Chinese Citizen Journalist Zhang Zhan Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid 19 Reporting

COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL
Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, is the first known person to be tried for challenging the Chinese government’s narrative about the coronavirus pandemic. A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a citizen journalist who documented the early days of the coronavirus outbreak to four years in prison, sending a stark warning to those challenging the government’s official narrative of the pandemic. Zhang Zhan, the 37-year-old citizen journalist, was the first known person to face trial for chronicling China’s outbreak. Ms. Zhang, a former lawyer, had traveled to Wuhan from her home in Shanghai in February, at the height of China’s outbreak, to see the toll from the virus in the city where it first emerged. For several months she shared videos that showed crowded hospitals and residents worrying abou...
NRM will abide by the Electoral Commission directive to  suspend  Political Campaign meetings-Kasule Lumumba

NRM will abide by the Electoral Commission directive to suspend Political Campaign meetings-Kasule Lumumba

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA, USA, WORLD
  Kampala,Uganda: The NRM party has said they are willing to abide by the Electoral Commission’s directive to suspend all campaign meetings in 12 districts and cities across the country. NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba during the Weekly Press Conference.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. EC Chairman Justices Simon Byabakama Mugenyi effective yesterday suspended all campaign meetings in districts and cities categorized by Ministry of Health as having high spread of COVID-19.  The commission noted that despite several reminders to candidates to conduct campaigns in a manner that will not put the lives of Ugandans at risk, some candidates have continued to address mass gatherings, which has led to fast spread of the virus in Uganda.   NRM Sec...