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UN takes steps to support   coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

UN takes steps to support coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
The Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries affected by local transmission of COVID-19 JUBA, South Sudan, March 18, 2020 -- The United Nations in South Sudan has announced new measures in support of Government-led efforts to prevent and prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are aimed at protecting the people of South Sudan and the UN staff.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and UN operations are continuing largely as normal across the country, providing protection, humanitarian assistance and supporting development. However, as a protection measure, the Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries aff...
Nairobi residents defy Uhuru’s order, vow not to stay home due to Covid-19

Nairobi residents defy Uhuru’s order, vow not to stay home due to Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, HEALTH, KENYA, Nairobi, Politics
Residents of Nairobi who mainly depend on daily wages for survival have vowed not to remain in their respective houses as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta. These however urged the president to instead pay them to stay in their houses. "We normally have to go out for us to put something on our table for our children,"  "If Uhuru want us to remain in our houses, then the president must come out with a clear plan of how we will get our daily meals even if it means sending us some little cash," they said. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, March 15, ordered closure of all learning institutions across the country. The president further ordered workers to work from home in renewed efforts aimed at minimum the spread of Corona Virus. ITALY, Milan: In a photograph taken...
DSTV South Africa to provide free international news channels due to Covid-19

DSTV South Africa to provide free international news channels due to Covid-19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, Entertainment, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY
DSTV executives have decided to make a number of their television channels free for all viewers across South Africa in a bid to join forces in the global fight against coronavirus MultiChoice SouthAfrica's Chief Executive Officer, Mark Rayner, said that they are aimed at enabling everyone to stay informed about Covid-19 The C.E.O stated that staying informed about coronavirus is the first step towards stopping its step. This comes after millions of South Africans have been put under strict laws by the government in order to control the spread of this pandemic. Many DSTV employees have been asked to work from home so as to limit the rise in the number of cases of Covid-19. The broadcasting service has therefore taken the decision to make six channels free for all viewer...
MTN Uganda removes mobile money charges in the wake of Covid-19

MTN Uganda removes mobile money charges in the wake of Covid-19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
MTN Uganda has announced that there will be no charges on all mobile money transaction for the transfer of money from one person to another on all transactions below Shs 30,000 for a period of 30 days to reduce the likely transmission of Coronavirus through the handling of physical cash KAMPALA — MTN Uganda has on Wednesday, March 18 waived fees on its mobile money transfer service for every transaction below UGX30,000 for the next 30 days. Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer MTN Uganda Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the company's Chief Executive Officer said this is to allow the customers to use cashless modes of payment as part of the measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. The MTN CEO said all person-to-person transactions below UGX30,000 shall be free for...
The Federation of Somali journalists calls on news organizations & journalists in their country to exercise care in coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

The Federation of Somali journalists calls on news organizations & journalists in their country to exercise care in coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, somalia
The Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) is urging journalists and news organizations to exercise care in their coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Somalia to ensure accurate and fair portrayals of Somalis to avoid to disseminate false claims ,unfounded rumors and myths about Coronavirus which some Social media users are sharing their platforms that include What's App, Twitter, and Facebook FESOJ encourages journalists to refer and turn to reliable sources like the Ministry of Health of Federal Government of Somalia , World Health Organization (WHO) and or other officially authorized agencies to report the conditions and progress of Coronavirus in Somalia. Journalists reporting Coronavirus should exercise extreme caution and not risk their lives . Federation of Somal...
CAF cancels Total CHAN Cameroon 2020 over Covid 19

CAF cancels Total CHAN Cameroon 2020 over Covid 19

AFCON, AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Soccer, Sports
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has issued a statement following the postponement of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN). In a statement issued on 17th March 2020, CAF noted out that if fears for the lives of the players and the spectators who were scheduled to participate in this tournament in Cameroon from 4 - 25 April 2020. The CAF stated, “A delegation made up of members of the CAF Medical Committee carried out an inspection visit to Cameroon for an update of the preventive measures being taken, as part of the preparations for the Total African Nations Championship, in light of the evolving nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world”. They also had discussions with the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Cameroon during their...
The South African National Assembly suspended over Covid 19

The South African National Assembly suspended over Covid 19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Politics, South Africa
The National Assembly this morning held its last sitting before it suspends its business until further notice as a precautionary measure in response to Covid-19, following the declaration of the virus’s outbreak as a national state of disaster by the President in terms of the Act. Today’s sitting was important, as the passing of the 2020 Division of Revenue Bill, which provides for equitable division of funds raised nationally among the national, provincial and local spheres of government, will also enable allocation of funds to fight the virus.   The Division of Revenue Bill also provides for determining each province’s equitable share of revenue and for any other allocations to provinces, local government or municipalities from the national government’s share of the revenue. Also speci...
Trump Claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic

Trump Claims He Always Knew the Coronavirus Would Be a Pandemic

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, united states of america, USA
WASHINGTON — For weeks, President Trump has minimized the coronavirus, mocked concern about it and treated the risk from it cavalierly. On Tuesday he took to the White House lectern and made a remarkable assertion: He knew it was a pandemic all along. “This is a pandemic,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” This is what Mr. Trump has actually said over the past two months: On Jan. 22, asked by a CNBC reporter whether there were “worries about a pandemic,” the president replied: “No, not at all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” On Feb. 26, at a White House news conference, commenting on the country’s first reported cases: ...

Ugandan speaker Rebecca Kadaga supports the manufacture of sanitizer for Coronavirus

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said that an American scientist has donated a patent to Uganda for the manufacture of a sanitizer that instantly kills the coronavirus. The Speaker who chaired the House on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 said that there had been a lot of debate on social media following her revelation that two Ugandan scientists were developing a sanitizer using a patent donated by US-based Professor Sarfaraz Khan Niazi.  “Professor Sarfaraz Khan Niazi developed an effective advanced sanitizer that has been proved to kill the COVID19 virus instantly. Tests were recently conducted in the US and Glasgow with a certificate of analysis showing the ability of the product to kill the virus in seconds. The trials are starting today in the United States of America,” said Kadaga....
CORONAVIRUS: Arsenal Manager Arteta tests positive to the disease.

CORONAVIRUS: Arsenal Manager Arteta tests positive to the disease.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Soccer, Sports, WORLD
Arsenal managerMikel Artetatested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night, according to a statement on the club’sofficial website. In the statement,Arsenaldetailed the measures taken to protect those who had been in close contact with Arteta and prevent further spread of the virus: “Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.” The Gunners also believe those who weren’t in contact with Arteta can return to work in a few days. Meanwhile, a deep clean of club f...
AFRICA: Kenya confirms first coronavirus case.

AFRICA: Kenya confirms first coronavirus case.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, KENYA
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has announced the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Kenya.The patient, the CS said in a statement, tested positive yesterday had travelled from Ohio in US via London to Nairobi has been isolated at Kenyatta National Hospital and is in a stable condition. “The government has taken preventative measures and is monitoring the patient… who is stable,” said health Kagwe. According to the minister who was addressing a press conference in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the patient is arrived in the Country on March 5, 2020 from the United States of America via London. The minister said that the patient was diagnosed on March 12 and his condition is now stable. The confirmation makes Kenya the first country in the East African communit...
AFRICA: Coronavirus cases in South Africa’s  hit seven

AFRICA: Coronavirus cases in South Africa’s hit seven

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, South Africa
Africa had a coronavirus-free weekend with no new country joining the eight “victims” as at last weekend. But as at today (March 9) South Africa reported that its current cases was at seven. Health Minister in a press briefing confirmed that four new cases had been recorded in addition to the three cases that were being handled as at Sunday, March 8. Second and third cases of the COVID-19 were confirmed on Saturday and Sunday. The second case involved a woman who had been in Italy among a group of ten people including the first case in the country. A local news outlet gave a breakdown of the four new cases. 38-year-old female who has identified 16 contacts,A male who has identified 15 contacts,45-year-old male who has identified 13 contacts and38-year-old male who has ...
WORLD: All sports events in Italy postponed following the Coronavirus outbreak.

WORLD: All sports events in Italy postponed following the Coronavirus outbreak.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, Sports, WORLD
All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced. This includes Serie A but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. Serie A – Italy’s top flight – had already said all games would be played behind closed doors until 3 April. Conte extended a series of strict quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings, to all of Italy. Earlier, Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) recommended the move to suspend all sport at all levels after hosting a special meeting of sporting federations on Monday. Italy has been the European country worst hit by coronavirus so far, with over 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 450 deaths. “This situatio...
ZIMBABWE: Suspected coronavirus patient escapes from hospital.

ZIMBABWE: Suspected coronavirus patient escapes from hospital.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, ZIMBABWE
A Thai national suspected of having coronavirus has escaped from a hospital in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, state-owned Herald newspaper reported on Monday. The outlet in a tweet said the patient had escaped from the Wilkins Infections Disease Hospital where he was scheduled to undergo testing, “authorities are looking for the Thai national,” the newspaper added. The escapee is reported to have been referred to the Wilkins Hospital from a local hospital where he had reported sick. The facility hosts Zimbabwe’s coronavirus isolation center. The southern African country has no confirmed case of the deadly virus. Neighbouring South Africa as at March 9 had recorded seven cases. It is the only country in the region to be affected. A suspected coronavirus patient has escape...
AFRICA: GE Healthcare and the Kenya Association of Radiologists host 2nd Radiology with Over 100 Healthcare Professionals.

AFRICA: GE Healthcare and the Kenya Association of Radiologists host 2nd Radiology with Over 100 Healthcare Professionals.

AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 9, 2020/ -- The clinical radiology trainings by GE (http://www.GE.com) and KAR are geared towards achieving better health outcomes; The first GE Healthcare (http://www.GEHealthcare.com) Radiology Day was held in 2019 on “Interventional Radiology”.  GE Healthcare and the Kenya Association of Radiologists (KAR) held the ‘2nd Radiology Clinical Day’ to train more than 100 Kenyan radiologists on the latest medical imaging technologies and techniques to improve diagnosis and disease management. The one-day forum themed ‘Elevating Radiology’ was focused on Gastrointestinal and abdominal radiology. Topics covered included advanced technologies in body imaging, advanced digital mammography techniques, functional imaging of prostate cancer, imaging of the l...
HEALTH: South Africa confirms a second Coronavirus case.

HEALTH: South Africa confirms a second Coronavirus case.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, South Africa
Minister of health Dr Zwelini Mkhize has confirmed a second case of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in SA. The 39-year-old lady from Gauteng was in direct contact with the first case from KwaZulu-Natal. She was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy. Mkhize also confirmed that a 39-year-old male South African working in Daegu, South Korea, had also tested positive for Covid-19. He was due to return to SA but had since remained in South Korea. “The public must be notified that we have information and know the whereabouts of all the other 10 people who were part of the group that had travelled to Italy. All those who came back to SA, are currently being tested. We are now awaiting their test results to come out.” Mkhize said  Mkhize said the second patient w...
HEALTH: Drinkers in the USA ignore Corona beer amid coronavirus outbreak.

HEALTH: Drinkers in the USA ignore Corona beer amid coronavirus outbreak.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, USA
Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak -- but the matter may be no joke for the brand. The phrase "38% of Americans" was trending last week on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers "would not buy Corona under any circumstances now." Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there is "no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus." "While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there's no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand," Torossian said in a statement. "After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing peop...
WORLD: Twitter CEO drops Africa trip amid  Coronavirus fears.

WORLD: Twitter CEO drops Africa trip amid Coronavirus fears.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey on Thursday said he is rethinking plans to spend as long as six months in Africa, partly due to concerns over the new-coronavirus epidemic. The news came with Dorsey facing a challenge from an activist investor seeking to oust the social media executive, who is also CEO of the digital payments firm Square. Dorsey unveiled his plan in November, saying in a tweet concluding a visit to several countries: “Africa will define the future… Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020.” On Thursday, a Dorsey statement tweeted from the Twitter Investor Relations account said the plans are in flux. “I had been working on my plans where I’d work decentralized, as my team and I do when we travel, but in light of COVID-1...
HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Man tells how he escaped the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Connor Reed, a 25-year-old expat from Llandudno in North Wales, has worked in a school in Wuhan, China, for almost a year. In November he became the first British man to catch the coronavirus. From coughs and aches to burning up and spending the night in hospital, here’s how he beat the illness that is sweeping the globe. Day 1 — Monday Nov. 25: I have a cold. I’m sneezing and my eyes are a bit bleary. It isn’t bad enough to keep me off work. I arrived in this country to teach English as a foreign language — but now I’m a manager at a school in Wuhan, the city in central China where I have lived for the past seven months. I speak Mandarin well, and the job is interesting. My cold shouldn’t be very contagious, so I have no qualms about going to work. And I live alone, so I...
HEALTH: World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners join forces to fight COVID-19 in Africa.

HEALTH: World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners join forces to fight COVID-19 in Africa.

AFRICA, HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, -- With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners are strengthening cooperation to better coordinate readiness and response efforts across Africa. WHO convened a meeting in Nairobi this week, with representatives from the Kenyan Health Ministry, the African Union and key United Nations partner agencies in attendance.  A parallel meeting was also taking place in Dakar with Francophone partners, also led by the WHO Regional Office for Africa. This week’s meetings were to ensure that efforts are coordinated, not duplicated, and that scarce resources are used in the most effective way possible.  At the meetings, a regional partner coordination mechanism was establis...