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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...
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...
Standard Chartered donates US$300,000 (Over Ugx 1 billion) for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts in Uganda

Standard Chartered donates US$300,000 (Over Ugx 1 billion) for immediate COVID-19 relief efforts in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, LONDON, UGANDA, UK, WORLD, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda,28 May 2020 – Standard Chartered Uganda has contributed US$300,000 (Ugx 1,110,000,000) to UNICEF programs in Uganda for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albert Saltson, CEO Standard Chartered Bank, Uganda (R) with Dr. Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF Representative to Uganda.Courtesy Photo via KMA Updates. The donation is part of Standard Chartered PLC’s US$5 million pledge to support emergency relief activities by UNICEF that provide immediate protection and education of vulnerable children across 12 markets in Africa and South Asia, including Uganda. Funding across these markets will focus on activities such as the provision of remote education via TV, radio, online and mobile platforms and child protection measures, including alternative care arrangements and ...
EUROPE: PM Cummings might have broken lock-down rules says police.

EUROPE: PM Cummings might have broken lock-down rules says police.

COVID-19, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES
he PM's top aide Dominic Cummings might have broken lockdown rules, but it would have been a "minor breach", say Durham Police. His journey from London to Durham was within the law, the force said. His later trip to Barnard Castle "might have warranted a police intervention," the force added, but it would not be taking any action now. Downing Street said the PM now "regards this issue as closed" - but Labour and the SNP still want Mr Cummings sacked. Mr Cummings has insisted he acted "reasonably" and within the law over his 260-mile journey from London to Durham to isolate with his wife, as well as the 50-mile round-trip to Barnard Castle 15 days later. About 40 Tory MPs called for Mr Cummings to resign or be fired for undermining the government's lockdown message. But t...
AFRICA: South Sudan Vice President, Hussein Abdelbagi tests postive for Covid-19.

AFRICA: South Sudan Vice President, Hussein Abdelbagi tests postive for Covid-19.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA – South Sudan’s Vice President has tested positive for coronavirus. Gen. Hussein Abdelbagi becomes the fourth senior official known to have gotten infected. Hussein is also the head of the country’s High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19, a body formed by President Salva Kiir to fight against the virus. In a statement to state media in Juba on Wednesday, Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi said he would place himself under self-quarantine for the next 14 days and carry out his duties from home. Hussein has called on South Sudanese to strictly adhere to protocols set out by the Ministry of health so as to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country. The government official underscored regular washing of hands with soap, wearing masks, and social distancing as some of the key guid...
AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, TANZANIA
DODOMA – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced lift on the ban on Dar es Salaam’s schools, hotels and companies after his announcement that coronavirus patients have significantly reduced in the country. Addressing the nation in Dodoma, Magufuli mentioned that it’s not wise to restrict economic activities whereas Hospitals within the country have discharged almost all coronavirus patients after they tested negative for the deadly virus. “The Almighty God has answered our prayers. I call upon anybody who has been touched by this crisis to utilize Friday, Saturday and Sunday and give thanks to God,” said Magufuli. Last week, Tanzania reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights following its closure last month in the wake of the COVID-1...
UGANDA: Police warns private car drivers prior there return on the road on Tuesday.

UGANDA: Police warns private car drivers prior there return on the road on Tuesday.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
KAMPALA – Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has advised private car drivers to continue respecting the presidential directives especially on curfew. In his 14th address, President Museveni said private cars will be allowed back on the road with effect from May 26 as government starts fo lift the lock down. While addressing the press on Monday, Enanga said drivers who defy the presidential directives will be arrested and their vehicles impounded. “All the vehicles must observe curfew time. Whoever will go past 7pm, the vehicle will be impounded and occupants arrested, taken to court and charged with disobeying the presidential directive,” he said. Enanga further added that the drivers should wear masks with their two occupants. By Monday, May 25, the country’s total registe...
Islamic University in Uganda donates items  of  new technology worth  Uganda Shillings 31,700,000  to the National Response Fund to  fight the Spread of Covid-19

Islamic University in Uganda donates items of new technology worth Uganda Shillings 31,700,000 to the National Response Fund to fight the Spread of Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the spread of  Covid19, the  Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has donated items worth  Uganda Shillings 31,700,000  to the National Response Fund to Covid-19 through the Office of the Prime Minister. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut second left) tries out washing her hands with the Hands-Free handwashing Machine without touching it while being helped by a student (R) and the Rector IUIU Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo. Right is the Kampala Campus Director Musa Mato...
UGANDA: 38 foreign truckers blocked as Uganda’s virus cases rise to 198

UGANDA: 38 foreign truckers blocked as Uganda’s virus cases rise to 198

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, HEALTH, UGANDA
At least 23 more Ugandans have tested positive for COVID-19 as the country’s confirmed cases on Saturday rose to 198.The new cases are part of 1,187 samples tested on Saturday from the border points and the Uganda Virus Research Institute. At least 19 of the new cases are Ugandan truck drivers who entered the country through the Elegu and Busia border points while the four cases were from the community. According to the Ministry of Health, all the community cases are contacts of truck drivers who tested positive for the virus. At the time of testing, the four cases were under quarantine. The government also blocked entry of 38 truck drivers who tested positive at different points of entry. This brings the number of drivers who have been sent back to 206, since the beginning of th...
AFRICA: Zambia’s  Info Minister tests positive for Covid-19, cases tally at 920.

AFRICA: Zambia’s Info Minister tests positive for Covid-19, cases tally at 920.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, HEALTH, Zambia
Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations despite being way behind continent leader South Africa. A lockdown imposed by President Edgar Lungu has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country. May 24: govt spokesperson tests positive Information Minister and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya, confirmed testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. In a video posted on Twitter, she said she had gone into immediate self-isolation despite being asymptomatic. “I have since alerted the ministry of health and I have given them all my contacts especially in the last 10 days,” she added. “Let us continue to observe social distancing, masking and washing our hands regularl...
AFRICA: Ugandans develop a digital app for Covid-19 contact tracing.

AFRICA: Ugandans develop a digital app for Covid-19 contact tracing.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, UGANDA
As Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc worldwide, many scientists are looking for possible solutions to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the infection. Defining Technologies, a Ugandan firm, has developed a contact tracing app which alerts users and the Ministry of Health in case someone has been in contact with a Covid-19 positive person. “The public users can see if they have been exposed, privately log your location and completely control your data whereas the champions of this fight (public health officials) are offered with reliable contact tracing, map infections with accuracy and anonymously verify cases,” Mr Toskin Gregory, a cyber security analyst at Define Technologies, said on Thursday. Mr Gregory explained that the app uses smartphone technologies such as Global Po...
EUROPE: The UK Prime Minister makes a second Lock down trip, he faces fresh allegations.

EUROPE: The UK Prime Minister makes a second Lock down trip, he faces fresh allegations.

CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE, UNITED KINGDOM
He and the government had said he acted "reasonably and legally" by driving from London to County Durham while his wife had coronavirus symptoms. Reports say he was seen a second time in the North East, after recovering from his own Covid-19 symptoms and returning to work in London. No 10 said the story is "inaccurate". Ministers said Mr Cummings and his wife had chosen to self-isolate at a property adjacent to other family members in case they needed help with childcare. Speaking to reporters outside his home in London on Saturday, he said he would not be resigning and had done the "right thing" by travelling 260 miles with his wife and young son to be near relatives when she developed Covid-19 symptoms at the end of March. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps justified the a...
Madhvani  donates a powerful brand new double cabin pick in the efforts to fight Covid19 in Uganda

Madhvani donates a powerful brand new double cabin pick in the efforts to fight Covid19 in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, WORLD
The brand new double cabin pick up that the Madhvani group donated. It was packed with an assortment of essential human items. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy, Mary Karooro Okurut, Uganda's Prime Minister Rt Hon,Dr Ruhakana Rugunda,the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut have received a donation of a brand new vehicle with an assortment of goods to the national response fund to Covid19 and the donation was warmly received by the prime minister Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda  worth over 250M/=. Mary Karo...
Ugandan government receives Dignity kits from UNFPA as away to fight Covid19

Ugandan government receives Dignity kits from UNFPA as away to fight Covid19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Kampala,Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy, UNFPA Country Representative in Uganda Mr. Alain Sibenaler, the Minister for Presidency Hon Esther Mbayo,, Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut and the Secretary the Fund receiving Dignity Kits.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut has, received Dignity kits from UNFPA. UNFPA Country Representative in Uganda Mr. Alain S...
Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy, Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight of the National Response Fund to Covid19, (L) Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, (Game) and the Secretary and Treasurer to the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy. .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi KMA Updates. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut has received 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) from Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, which donation goes towards...
KENYA: Virus to peak in August with 200 cases a day expected – Amoth

KENYA: Virus to peak in August with 200 cases a day expected – Amoth

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, HEALTH, KENYA
Kenya's Covid-19 cases are expected to peak between August and September, with about 200 cases a day, Ministry of Health DG Dr Patrick Amoth has said. Speaking during the daily virus briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, Amoth said the modeling used keeps on changing based on different variables in place. "Our health system has not been overrun and we shall continue to implement these measures, especially avoiding of gathering and keeping distance," he said. "The numbers that we have been reporting keep on increasing because we have ramped up our testing capacity… the more we test, the more we are likely to peak…" Amoth said Kenyans should not be surprised by rising numbers. '... We could be reporting between 200 and 300 cases per day in the months of August and September that a...
UGANDA: The Government has lost over UGX. 790b revenue in April over Covid-19.

UGANDA: The Government has lost over UGX. 790b revenue in April over Covid-19.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, ECONOMY, UGANDA
Government revenues – taxes, grants and non-tax revenues – suffered the hardest beating in April falling below target by a whopping 789.8 billion Shillings, the clearest indicator of how the coronavirus has battered the Ugandan economy. According to the Ministry of Finance Performance of the Economy Report for April 2020, everything was below target. In its projections, the government had hoped to receive at least 1.8 trillion Shillings in total but could only manage to collect 965 billion Shillings. For taxes, the government had planned to collect 1.5 trillion Shillings but only managed to get 931 billion Shillings– registering a 547 billion Shillings shortfall, one of the biggest seen in a single month in recent times. On grants, the money that comes from donors to support the bud...
Uganda Electoral Commission joins  the fight against  Covid 19 by donating  15,000,000 Million shillings.

Uganda Electoral Commission joins the fight against Covid 19 by donating 15,000,000 Million shillings.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Uganda’s  Electoral body couldn’t be left behind as individuals and other Companies are donating willingly in the fight against  Covid. Uganda’s First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD) Moses Ali receiving the UGX 15 Million donation from the Chairman of EC Justice Dr. Simon Byabakama. Left is the Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  The 50,000 notes were received Uganda’s  First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD)in the Presence of  the Political Overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon. Mary Mary Karooro Okurut ,the Chairperson of the Fund Engineer Emmanuel Katongole ,Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Administra...