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Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS Awards

Merck Foundation Calls for Applications for Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS Awards

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UNESCO Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2020 in partnership with African Union will be held in Zambia with the aim to empower Women and Youth in ResearchLUSAKA, Zambia, March 23, 2020/ -- Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany plans to conduct the New Edition of their “UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) 2020” with the aim to Empower Women & Youth in Research on the 13th of October in Lusaka, Zambia on the side of their annual conference Merck Africa Asia Luminary.Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and Chairperson of UNESCO-MARS explained “The summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in the African research community, with special focus on ‘The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – Two eme...
Japan puzzled as more countries threaten to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games

Japan puzzled as more countries threaten to pull out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games

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The Canadian Olympic Committee announced that it will not send athletes to the Tokyo Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee plans to sit and discuss whether or not to postpone the event during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the uncertainty, Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, said on Monday that the torch relay would start on Thursday as planned. Organizers have asked people not to line the route when the flame begins its journey through Japan’s 47 prefectures in Fukushima. Seiko Hashimoto , Japan’s Olympics minister Australia has also revealed plans of not participating in these games too. The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees called on the IOC to postpone the games for one year. They insisted that with COVID-19 and the associated risks, it ...
German Chancellor goes into self Covid-19 quarantine

German Chancellor goes into self Covid-19 quarantine

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The German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on Sunday in quarantine after meeting a doctor who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as Germany further tightens rules on public gatherings. News of Merkel's potential exposure to the virus came minutes after she announced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and further infection control measures. Steffen Seibert, Merkel's spokesman announced in a press statement on Sunday that Angela Merkel is going into home quarantine immediately, after a doctor who gave her a vaccination on Friday had tested positive for coronavirus, Earlier Sunday, Merkel had announced still-tighter restrictions on public gatherings after a telephone conference with regional leaders that aimed to get Germany's 16 federal states into a common pol...
Uganda tracks down 84 passengers who came with its first confirmed victim of Covid-19

Uganda tracks down 84 passengers who came with its first confirmed victim of Covid-19

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KAMPALA – Health Minister Jane Aceng has said that they are following up on the 84 passengers who arrived in Uganda aboard the Ethiopian Airways flight on that was boarded by the Ugandan who tested positive of coronavirus. Ugandans were shocked to learn that the 84 passengers who flew into the country on Saturday at 2 am and exposed to the coronavirus patient, were allowed to mix freely with the rest of the population “There were about 84 passengers on the plane that transported the 36-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus”, according to the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. The confirmed case, who is a resident of Kibuli, Kakungulu zone in Kampala traveled aboard Ethiopian Airlines that arrived at Entebbe International Airport at around 2am on March 21, 2020. He ha...
Cuba sends doctors to Italy to assist in a battle against Covid-19

Cuba sends doctors to Italy to assist in a battle against Covid-19

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The Caribbean island has sent its doctors to disaster sites around the world largely in poor countries. A Cuban medical team made up of 52 health professionals, some of whom with experience combating Ebola in Africa, arrived on Sunday in Italia to help fight Covid-19 in Lombardy, the most hardly hit city. On Saturday, another 144 health workers belonging to the Henry Reeve contingent, specialized in responding to disasters and major epidemics, left for Jamaica to join the efforts to control and confront the new coronavirus on that Caribbean island. With the 52-strong brigade, this is the first time Cuba has sent an emergency contingent to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries, demonstrating the reach of its medical diplomacy. The group is made up of doctors and nursing grad...
Atleast 18 priests confirmed dead due to Covid-19 in Italy

Atleast 18 priests confirmed dead due to Covid-19 in Italy

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Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak. All but three of the priests were over the age of 70, and more than half were over 80 years old. The youngest priest to die from coronavirus, Fr. Andrea Avanzini of the Diocese of Parma, was 54 years old. Five more fatalities were registered in the city of Parma. Still more virus-related deaths emerged among priests in Brescia, Cremona and the northern industrial hub of Milan itself. Eleven of the deceased priests come from the Diocese of Bergamo, where at least 15 other priests have been hospitalized, according to the local bishop  “Pope Francis has promised that he will carry us in his heart and in his daily prayers,” Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo told his dioces...
New worries as Covid-19 damages lungs of recovered patients

New worries as Covid-19 damages lungs of recovered patients

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Chinese researchers have found fluid- or debris-filled sacs in the lungs of those who were infected by COVID-19. Scans suggest sustained organ damage. The WHO says the elderly and people with underlying problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. More than 86,000 people worldwide have now recovered from the lung disease COVID-19. In those cases, the infection manifested itself in mild to moderate form, or it is because these patients received excellent medical care. Speaking to the Guardian Australia, Prof John Wilson, president-elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a respiratory physician said that when people...
Covid-19 claims a life of former Real Madrid boss

Covid-19 claims a life of former Real Madrid boss

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MADRID : Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz, who was hospitalized with Covid-19, died on Saturday (March 21) at the age of 76, says his son. "My father has just died," he wrote. "He did not deserve it to end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion." He had been admitted to hospital this week with coronavirus-like symptoms, the pandemic having sent Spain and other nations into lock down. Lorenzo Sanz lifting the European Cup in 1995 Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who along with his teammates is in quarantine after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz. He tweeted: "Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo ...
Uganda shuts down all entries in the country as it confirms its first Covid-19 case

Uganda shuts down all entries in the country as it confirms its first Covid-19 case

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President Museveni on Saturday evenning ordered the closure of all Ugandan borders for both exits and entries starting midday on Sunday. Addressing the country, President Yoweri Museveni said starting 12:00 am on Sunday 22 March 2020, no passenger planes or human movement will be allowed into or out of the country. Museveni also announced the closure of all border entry points, saying only three cargo crew will be allowed in the country. All those entering the country via air, land or water will not be allowed, Museveni said, and that it is easier to screen cargo than multitudes of incoming passengers. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni The president ordered for the prohibit of all incoming passengers whether by air, water or road. He noted that the government had decided to...
Uganda confirms its first Covid-19 case

Uganda confirms its first Covid-19 case

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Uganda has confirmed its first case of Coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has announced. The Health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has confirmed Uganda's first coronavirus case in a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai on Saturday at 2.00 am aboard Ethiopian Airlines. The announcement was made on Sunday morning by the minister of health, Dr Ruth Aceng, from Lourdel Towers, in Kampala.  According to Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, The case is a Ugandan male national aged 36 who arrived in the country from Dubai on Saturday, 20, March 2020. He is currently isolated at Entebbe Grade B Hospital.  She said the man and was in stable condition. Uganda's Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng Minister Aceng said that the positive case had a temperature of 38.7 degrees C at the t...
European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger ROME, Italy, March 20, 2020/ -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €3.2 million (US$3.5m) contribution from the European Union, which will help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict-affected regions of Maradi, Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi with food assistance. Humanitarian agencies and the government are scaling up emergency response in these regions, where tens of thousands of people have sought refuge and support after fleeing violence instigated by non...
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn warns about the usage of chloroquine to treat Covid-19

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn warns about the usage of chloroquine to treat Covid-19

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President Trump said Thursday that the antimalarial drug chloroquine had shown “very encouraging early results” treating COVID-19 and will be rolled out “almost immediately” to help fight the growing coronavirus outbreak. But moments later, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn cautioned that chloroquine had not yet been approved for treating COVID-19. Trump said that chloroquine had been very encouraging, and produced very encouraging early results. He said that they were going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately, and that’s where the FDA had been so great.  “They’ve gone through the approval process, it’s been approved and they did it, they took it down from many, many months to immediate.”, Trump said.  Commissioner Stephen Hahn  said that t...
American country music star, Kenny Rogers dies

American country music star, Kenny Rogers dies

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Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. According to a statement posted by his family. He was 81.  A representative for the singer said in a statement that the country music star passed away peacefully at his home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley. After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was lau...
Italian military trucks line up to take bodies outside the city as Covid-19 death toll rises

Italian military trucks line up to take bodies outside the city as Covid-19 death toll rises

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Bergamo, Italy's worst-hit City, has been overwhelmed by the number of people killed, the Daily Mail reported. According to Italian media reports, the military sent a caravan to stop on the road outside the cemetery in the city of Bergamo, intending to transport 70 bodies to other nearby cities for cremation. Previously, the remains have been placed in coffins and temporarily parked in the chapel to which the cemetery belongs. Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy, burials at the cemetery have been overloaded, and a cemetery worker told the media that the maximum number of bodies to be handled daily by current manpower was 24, including those who died for other reasons, which was twice as high as usual. In addition to the alarming number of d...
The UK to control food supply sharing

The UK to control food supply sharing

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Major UK supermarkets are struggling to cope with increased demand, with many introducing rationing over the past few days due to Covid-19. The bill, which is widely expected to be tabled in the UK parliament in the coming days, would let government authorities compel persons in the food supply chain to disclose information relating to their activities. The powers would only apply if persons such as producers of food and drink, intermediaries and suppliers – but not individuals – have failed to provide requested information, or have submitted materially false or misleading information. The authorities can only force disclosure for the purposes of establishing whether food chains are being disrupted or are at risk of disruption, or to establish the nature of existing disrupti...
Covid-19 death toll in Cuba rises to 3

Covid-19 death toll in Cuba rises to 3

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia, March 20, 2020 - Cuba has reported the first fatality due to ‘coronavirus’, an Italian citizen. The island suspended all sporting activities until April 30th 2020. The Cuban government confirmed on Wednesday the first death from the coronavirus on the island, a 61-year-old Italian tourist who was in critical condition. The Ministry said the Italian tourist, from the Lombardy region in northern Italy, died due to “complications of his illness.” A 77-year-old American also contracted the virus, the Ministry of Health said in a statement published in the official newspaper, Granma. Previously, Cuban authorities had said they had 13 travellers from the United States under medical observation. A 67-year-old Cuban woman who arrived on March 11 from New Jersey,...
Uganda’s Sam Kuteesa hails businessman Sudhir Ruparelia over his appointment as Nepal’s consul in uganda

Uganda’s Sam Kuteesa hails businessman Sudhir Ruparelia over his appointment as Nepal’s consul in uganda

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Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia the new Consul of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Uganda has on Tuesday March 17, 2020 presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa at his offices in Kampala. The businessman was accompanied by Nepalis residents and Ambassador Jhabindra Aryal in Uganda as he becomes the South Asian nation’s first ever Consul to Uganda. Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa yesterday said the consulate will boost bilateral relations between the two countries, and called for efforts to promote Uganda’s tourism sector. Mr Kutesa acknowledged the appointment of Mr Ruparelia and pledged to support him. Speaking at the opening of the consulate office at the Crane Chambers in Kampala, Mr Ruparelia promised to promote the bilateral trade b...
One of the first astronauts in space dies at 88

One of the first astronauts in space dies at 88

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Al Worden, an astronaut from the Apollo lunar program has died, NASA says. Worden was command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing -- and although he never got to walk on the moon, he performed three spacewalks on the flight back from the moon to retrieve film from cameras on the spacecraft, according to NASA. As astronauts David Scott and James B. Irwin explored mountains on the moon, Worden circled around them. "During this time he earned a world record as 'most isolated human being' while his crewmates roamed the lunar surface, and he was 2,235 miles away from anyone else," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. He died Wednesday in Texas at the age of 88. He spent more than 295 hours in space. Before joining NASA, Worden was a test p...
Mikel Obi’s wife defends him from critics over his Tranbzonspor exit

Mikel Obi’s wife defends him from critics over his Tranbzonspor exit

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John Mikel Obi spouse, Olga Allegra has praised him for his courage to leave Trabzonspor in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. "You are vile, but My man is a hero. Family over everything. Good friends show their love in times of trouble, not just in times of happiness. — Euripides," she responded in an Instagram post. Turkish Topflight league side Trabzonspor has reached a mutual agreement with former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel to part ways on mutual consent. Mikel joined the Turkish side as a free agent on a two-year deal after a short spell with the English Championship side Middlesbrough. The former Chelsea player has helped the Trapzonspor to top this season playing 19 games and giving a good account of himself. The mutual agreement is believed ...
Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of the republic of Uganda to the nation on the Covid 19 guidelines and the preventive measures

Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of the republic of Uganda to the nation on the Covid 19 guidelines and the preventive measures

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Countrymen and Countrywomen, Greetings to you all. Today, I have come to address you on the issue of the Corona virus, abbreviated as Covid19.  They call it corona because, under the micro-scope, it looks like a crown (ekiruunga, engure).  This is a new virus but it belongs to the family of the common-cold (Senyinga, Rubyamira) group of viruses. It makes some people very sick because, being a new virus, all of us do not have immunity against it because we had never been exposed to it. Fortunately, after listening carefully to our scientists and after watching commentators in the countries where it is already active, it seems to have two characteristics that will help us to survive it and defeat it.  Characteristic number one is that it does not kill many of the people i...