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Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia prolongs COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria amid Delta outbreak

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, PANDEMIC
A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders/File Photo Australian authorities said Victoria state would extend a COVID-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday to slow the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, despite a slight drop in new infections in the state and nationwide. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said lockdown rules would not be lifted as cases were still being detected in the community, promising more details would be provided on Tuesday, when the lockdown had been due to end. "It would be perhaps a few days of sunshine and then there is a very high ...
Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, TRADE
Participants said India and Africa should boost efforts to improve access to medicines, including vaccines and other essential drugs to tackle Covid-19 and future pandemics ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 19, 2021/ -- The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership (https://bit.ly/3rgmnDG) affirmed.Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India External Affairs Minister said the two sides must reinforce collaboration in public health, digital delivery, capacity building, and the green economy - “our goals must be to use these new tools and prac...
Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

Beijing organizers say 2022 Winter Olympics on track despite pandemic

China, COVID-19, OLYMPICS, PANDEMIC, Sports
With the postponed Summer Olympics set to open in Tokyo next week, Beijing has made moves to show its preparations for the Winter Games are well on track for February despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journalists taken on a tour of snow event venues in the outlying city of Zhangjiakou this week were shown the locations for ski jumping, snowboarding and Nordic events. While China has largely eliminated local transmission of the coronavirus, it has maintained strict quarantine regulations. Organizers have not announced what rules will be in place for athletes, officials and coaches at the 2022 Winter Olympics, or if fans will be allowed. Jia Maoting, general manager of the company overseeing construction of the venues, told reporters that the "pandemic situation...
William Samoei Ruto assures Kenyans

William Samoei Ruto assures Kenyans

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, POLITICS
Kenya:This is the time to direct our energies and resources to millions of vulnerable Kenyans and their ordinary hustles. It is the time to engage in a candid conversation that will make our country better. It is not the time to focus on the review of the Constitution to create positions for a few leaders. Engaged wananchi at Ukunda, Msambweni, on our way from Lunga Lunga where we held an empowerment for the construction of a school for Muslim teachers, Kwale County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the signing of MOU between MOH and Gruppo San Donato-

President Uhuru Kenyatta witnesses the signing of MOU between MOH and Gruppo San Donato-

COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, WORLD, World Health Organization
President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi witnesses the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Health and an Italian health firm Gruppo San Donato (GSD) on advancing mental health in Kenya. The MOU, signed by  Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and the firm's Chairman Mr Kamel Ghribi, will see Kenya and GSD collaborate in research and implementation of mental health interventions. Also present is Ms. Susan Mochache, Principal Secretary Ministry of Health. 
India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

India’s true COVID-19 death toll could be as high as 2.4 million, 6 times the official figures, experts warn

COVID-19, HEALTH, Health Workers, INDIA, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
A mass cremation of people who died due to COVID-19 in New Delhi, India, on April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Experts believe that India's COVID-19 death toll is far higher than official numbers suggest.One study estimates that between 1.8m and 2.4m people in India have died from the virus.Reports suggest that Indian officials have attempted to suppress the true figures. India's true COVID-19 death toll could be 5 to 7 times more than the official figures suggest, according to The Economist. Earlier this year, the country was ravaged by a disastrous second wave of COVID-19, with widespread reports of hospitals overflowing and oxygen shortages. The Indian health ministry claims that since the start of the pandemic, a little over 411,000 people have lost their lives t...
Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases

Australia, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past the Sydney Opera House, during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1, 2021. (Reuters) Australian authorities ordered more businesses to close Saturday along with a slew of new restrictions in the country’s largest city as a weeks-long lockdown failed to quash an outbreak of COVID-19. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Any retail deemed not “critical” would be forced to close across Sydney and its surroundings while those in hard-hit suburbs would be placed under stricter stay-at-home orders from midnight on Saturday, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told media in Sydney. “It’s not good enough for us to tread water which is what we’re d...
Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

Brazil inches close to half a million Covid-19 deaths, second worst-hit globally

BRAZIL, COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,462 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the official data. Brazil continues to be the second worst-hit nation globally - second after the United States. In the last week, Brazil saw 2,000 deaths per day on average. A health worker treats a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Ronaldo Gazolla Hospital, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 18, 2021.(REUTERS) Already battered by the delayed vaccination campaign and the government's staunch opposition to social distancing measures, Brazil is expected to cross the grim milestone of at least half a million deaths due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19). As of Friday, Brazil has registered 498,499 deaths and a total of 17,801,46...
A $1 Million Lottery Didn’t Improve COVID-19 Vaccination. Here’s What Did

A $1 Million Lottery Didn’t Improve COVID-19 Vaccination. Here’s What Did

COVID-19, HEALTH, VACCINE
A studyTrusted Source recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that vaccine lotteries didn’t appear to make a significant impact.Public health experts suspect the lotteries did not change people’s underlying beliefs about the vaccines.Additionally, many people still face barriers to vaccination. In an effort to drive up vaccination rates, many cities and states launched vaccine lotteries to entice people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a chance to win grand prizes and large sums of money. Until now, it’s been unclear whether and how those lotteries motivated people to get inoculated. A studyTrusted Source recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the lotteries didn’t appear t...
South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa: Latest Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

COVID-19, HEALTH, South Africa
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues the monitoring and surveillance of COVID-19 in order to inform the public health response. Today the institute reports 16 435 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 253 240. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate. Although the number of positive cases appears to be decreasing, testing is critical for understanding the spread of COVID-19 infection. It’s crucial to remember that the testing data is representative of those who came forward for testing, not necessarily a reflection of current community transmission in South Africa. Testing dat...
COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC, World Health Organization
Africa has recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, as hospital admissions increase rapidly and countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week. Africa is now less than 1% shy of the weekly peak reached in January when 6294 deaths were recorded. Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia accounted for 83% of the new deaths recorded in the past week. The continent’s case fatality rate, which is the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases, currently stands at 2.6% against the global average of 2.2%. COVID-19 cases have risen for eight straight weeks, topping 6 million on 13 July 2021. Over the past month, Africa recorded an additional 1 million cases. Th...
CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

CDC Group announces US$50m trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response

COVID-19, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
Provides systemic liquidity and supports vital supply chains across Africa’s markets; Sustains and increases access to goods and services during the pandemic; Bolsters economic opportunities and inclusive growth, in markets such as Togo, Burkina Faso and Chad. CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and impact investor, has announced a US$50 million trade finance facility for Ecobank International (EBI SA), the Paris based member of the Ecobank Group. This marks CDC’s first partnership with EBISA with the commitment aimed at providing systemic liquidity to underserved markets and crucial trade finance support to local banks and businesses across Africa. The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant adverse effect on trade flows, business operations and jobs in Africa’s ma...
Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

Parenting in a pandemic: How to develop stronger family relationships during COVID-19

CHILDREN, COVID-19, FAMILY, HEALTH, PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected us. It has increased our worries and concerns about physical health. COVID-19 has added to the existing challenges parents face, and has also created greater awareness surrounding the fragility of mental health. Yet, the second wave has also paved the way for a larger discussion on ways to promote mental well-being. As a researcher and a clinical psychologist, I lead a research group that investigates how emotion regulation, values and beliefs affect the development and inter-generational transmission of mental or behavioural disorders, and how these problems can impact educational achievement. The Childhood Anxiety and Regulation of Emotions (C.A.R.E.) research group has developed a school-based program as well as a parenting pr...
‘I wish to die with my children’: Women’s mental health amid Covid-19

‘I wish to die with my children’: Women’s mental health amid Covid-19

CHILDREN, COVID-19, HEALTH, WOMEN
Yasmin Mohammed Nassur, 27, founder and director of Superb a local women’s empowerment organisation in Kibra.  “Life is hard.” In this era of Covid-19, this phrase has become too familiar in almost every conversation across the hills and valleys of this country. But it is only until you meet someone going through a personal crisis that you understand what that really means. Aisha is one such person (her name has been changed to protect her from further harm). The 21-year-old resident of Kibra DC in Nairobi is married to a tailor. Together, they have two children aged five and one. Aisha is a lonesome partner in the marriage, a change of status she has had to put up with since March last year, when Covid-19 hit Kenya. “Sometimes I wish to die with my children,” Aisha open...
Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

Retain face coverings on London public transport – Sadiq Khan

COVID-19, HEALTH, London, Transport, TRAVEL, UK
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for use of face coverings to remain compulsory on public transport in the British capital after government plans to relax Covid-19 curbs begin on 19 July. Under the plans passengers on Transport for London (TfL) services - which include the city's tube, bus, tram and rail networks - would be required to wear a face covering after an England-wide requirement ends under plans set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. "I've repeatedly made clear that the simplest and safest option would have been for the government to retain the national requirement for face coverings on public transport," Mr Khan said in a statement. "I'm not prepared to stand by and put Londoners, and our city's recovery, at risk. This is why, after careful consid...
Merck Foundation Health Media Training to be organized virtually

Merck Foundation Health Media Training to be organized virtually

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, Mauritius, Ministry Of Health, Women Emamanicipation, World Health Organization
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, July 13, 2021/ -- Merck Foundation Health Media Training will be chaired by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Merck Foundation, to announce a call for applications for 6 different awards for Media, Film, Fashion and Music fraternity in Mauritius, Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles to break Infertility stigma and raise awareness about coronavirus. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, in partnership with Media Trust Board, Mauritius to conduct Merck Foundation Health Media Training, particularly for Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles media fraternities. The objective of the training is to emphasize the significant role that media plays to break the stigma around inf...
Africa CDC and MTN accelerate fight against COVID-19

Africa CDC and MTN accelerate fight against COVID-19

COVID-19, DISEASE, HEALTH, MTN, UGANDA
with “One More Push” Campaign The ‘One More Push’ Campaign is aimed at complementing the ‘Adapted Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 Pandemic’ of the African Union The campaign is a motivational call across the region to inspire the masses to keep up the fight against covid 19 through strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs as well as vaccination to foster herd immunity Tuesday,13th July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda has today rolled out yet another campaign dubbed ‘One More Push” with the aim of strengthening masses in the fight against the deadly COVID-19. The “One More Push” campaign is spearheaded by The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, (Africa CDC) and pan-African operator MTN Group. The joint campaign is meant to encourage people across the c...
COVID-19 Delta variant spreading, present in 104 countries, WHO warns

COVID-19 Delta variant spreading, present in 104 countries, WHO warns

COVID-19, HEALTH, World Health Organization
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the COVID-19 Delta variant was ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and deaths from COVID-19. WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said this at a media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday at WHO headquarters in Geneva. In his speech posted on WHO website, the director-general said last week marked the fourth consecutive week of increasing cases of COVID-19 globally, with increases recorded in all but one of WHO’s six regions. He said after 10 weeks of declines, deaths were increasing again such that “the Delta variant is ripping around the world at a scorching pace, driving a new spike in cases and death. “Not everywhere is taking the same hit though, we’re in the midst of a growing...
More than 900,000 people in France rush for COVID vaccine as tougher measures near

More than 900,000 people in France rush for COVID vaccine as tougher measures near

COVID-19, France, HEALTH, VACCINE
Unveiling sweeping measures to combat a surge in infections, Emmanuel Macron said vaccination would not be compulsory for the general public for now but stressed that restrictions would focus on those who are not vaccinated. The president said health workers had to get vaccinated by Sept. 15 or face consequences. Stanislas Niox-Chateau, who heads Doctolib, one of the country's biggest online websites used to book vaccine appointments, told RMC radio there were record numbers seeking vaccines after the president's announcement. "There were 7.5 million connections on Doctolib in a few minutes. More than 900,000 French people made their vaccination appointment yesterday, which is twice the last record which dated from May 11," Niox-Chateau said. Macron said on Monday that a h...
Iraq fire: Dozens dead after blaze engulfs coronavirus ward in Nasiriyah hospital

Iraq fire: Dozens dead after blaze engulfs coronavirus ward in Nasiriyah hospital

ACCIDENT, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ
Sources say exploded oxygen tanks caused fire that killed at least 52 people Smoke rises after fire broke out in a Covid-19 isolation ward of Al-Hussein Hospital At least 52 people died and 22 were wounded when a massive fire engulfed the coronavirus isolation ward of an Iraqi hospital on Monday, a health official said. The fire broke out at the Al-Hussein hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah late on Monday and was brought under control by local civil defence forces. A medical source with the health directorate told AFP the "main reason behind the fire... was the explosion of oxygen tanks". Haydar al-Zamili, the local health authority's spokesperson, said early on Tuesday 52 bodies were retrieved and another 22 people were wounded in the latest toll, after the f...
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