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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...
AFRICA: Tension in Burundi towards Elections amid the Corona-virus Pandemic.

AFRICA: Tension in Burundi towards Elections amid the Corona-virus Pandemic.

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, ELECTIONS, HEALTH
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and growing tensions in the country, Burundi will, on Wednesday, hold general elections. The small African country of the Great Lakes region and its 11 million inhabitants are trying to emerge from a deadly political crisis born of President Nkurunziza’s controversial candidacy for a third term in April 2015. Unlike Ethiopia, which postponed its August elections because of the COVID-19, Burundi has decided to maintain them at all costs, like Mali, Benin, and Malawi. Burundi, which the government claimed was protected by “divine grace”, has so far officially recorded 42 positive cases, including one death. But authorities are accused by doctors and the opposition of hiding COVID-19 cases, attributing them to other diseases such as pneumonia. Burund...
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...
HEALTH: A second Coronavirus case is confirmed in Africa.

HEALTH: A second Coronavirus case is confirmed in Africa.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to deploy a team of experts to Algeria to support health authoritiesALGIERS, Algeria, February 26, 2020/ -- The Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform of Algeria has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Health authorities report that tests indicate that an Italian adult, who arrived in the country on 17 February 2020 has tested positive for coronavirus disease.This follows Africa’s first COVID-19 case which was reported earlier this month in Egypt. Algeria is one of the 47 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African region.“This is the first case in the WHO African region,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “The window of opportunity the continent has had to prepare for coro...
HEALTH: Egypt records Africa’s Coronavirus first case.

HEALTH: Egypt records Africa’s Coronavirus first case.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EGYPT, HEALTH
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...
AFRICA: Coronavirus hurts business.

AFRICA: Coronavirus hurts business.

AFRICA, Business, China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
African economies are also affected by the coronavirus, with China as their largest trading partner. Until a few weeks ago, China was fifth in world GDP. In 2019, the volume of trade between China and Africa reached a record US$208.7 billion. Despite a trade deficit of 17.7 billion dollars, trade continued between the 2 players until the appearance of the coronavirus last December. And today, hundreds of consumers are stuck throughout China. Maintains reduced oil production The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had to maintain the reduction in its oil production until the end of this year. The global oil sector is also experiencing disruptions due to the coronavirus epidemic. After an initial reduction to 1.7 million barrels per day to support ...
HEALTH: 3 Chinese nationals isolated in Uganda for monitoring – Coronavirus

HEALTH: 3 Chinese nationals isolated in Uganda for monitoring – Coronavirus

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
Three Chinese nationals have been isolated in Seeta-Mukono for monitoring, shortly after returning from China as precautionary measures, following the ministry directive on Coronavirus.The affected Chinese, all employees of China Star Company returned to the country recently.They are part of 220 travellers who have been isolated in different parts of the country. The move is a preventive measure against the spread of the virus that has ravaged China and been confirmed in other countries. The isolation takes two weeks after which if there are no symptoms, the isolated person is allowed to interact freely.However, their confinement left several of their co-workers in panic.Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson said that they are closely monitoring all travell...
HEALTH: More 120 people isolated over coronavirus in Uganda.

HEALTH: More 120 people isolated over coronavirus in Uganda.

HEALTH, UGANDA
More 120 people have been isolated in different parts of Uganda after they were linked to the deadly coronavirus, a Ministry of Health official has said. Emmanuel Ainbyoona, the ministry’s spokesperson said that the people were not quarantined because they showed no symptoms but were just asked to self-isolate for two weeks to avoid any incidents. “We have a thermal scanner and the moment one arrives into immigration, it scans your temperature and if it is raised, you are monitored and sometimes isolated within your place of residence,” Ainebyoona said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 71 Ugandan students are also stranded in Wuhan, Hubei province with the government saying that it has no plans of evacuating them despite their calls of distress asking to be evacuated. Coronavi...
HEALTH: Uganda’s MPs ask the government to evacuate Ugandans in China.

HEALTH: Uganda’s MPs ask the government to evacuate Ugandans in China.

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
Lawmakers have appealed for evacuation of Ugandans especially students in China in the midst of the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan province. Hon. Latif Sebaggala (Indep., Kawempe North) raised a matter of national importance during a plenary sitting on 11 February 2020, saying that he has received messages from students who are concerned about their plight. According to the letter from the students read by Ssebagala, there has been general lack of necessities including groceries and masks. The students added that prices of groceries have been hiked making it hard tp afford.In their letter, the five students appealed to government to use its diplomatic engagement with the Chinese government to allow for a timely evacuation. “If other countries have evacuated their citize...
ECONOMY: Ugandan traders in panic over goods stock-outs

ECONOMY: Ugandan traders in panic over goods stock-outs

AFRICA, ECONOMY, UGANDA
The outbreak of Coronavirus in China has thrown the business community in downtown Kampala into panic as they anticipate stock-out of goods imported from China. The effects of the outbreak of Coronavirus on the market has been made worse by stringent Chinese visa conditions that traders have to meet. Coronavirus has claimed more than 700 lives and left 34,000 infected in Wuyan, ChinaSome traders have started contemplating finding alternative sources of goods should China fail to find a solution to the virus soon.According to an online resource for international trade, Uganda imports goods worth $1.15b from China annually. Production shutdown“The virus broke out when workers in factories were on holiday, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus nobody can return to work,” Mr Sa...
HEALTH: Equatorial Guinea donates $2m to China to help combat coronavirus.

HEALTH: Equatorial Guinea donates $2m to China to help combat coronavirus.

China, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
The government of Equatorial Guinea has announced a solidarity contribution of $2 million to China over the rampaging coronavirus outbreak. The decision was reached after a cabinet meeting this week. It was chaired by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The cabinet also expressed solidarity and support for the Chinese government. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons said about the gesture: “China has always been a very strong and loyal supporter of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and this contribution is a demonstration that Equatorial Guinea stands in solidarity with China and its people as it fights a global outbreak that has already cost too many lives.” “Our ongoing Year of Investment Initiative will be a testimony to the depth of our cooper...
UGANDA: President Museveni addresses the government on coronavirus, locusts.

UGANDA: President Museveni addresses the government on coronavirus, locusts.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
On Monday, the president on Tuesday met government officials to discuss contingency measures and Uganda’s preparedness to prevent coronavirus that is currently ravaging China and is spreading to other countries. “I now understand this disease. I’m going to write about it so that the public is sensitized on how to prevent it” he said. According to the World Health Organisation, At least 427 people have died with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China. More than two-dozen nations have reported cases but, so far, no confirmations have been made across Africa or Latin America. The deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry coug...
AFRICA: Senegal’s main airport undertaking coronavirus screening.

AFRICA: Senegal’s main airport undertaking coronavirus screening.

AFRICA, HEALTH
At the Blaise Diagne airport in Dakar Senegal, medical processes are in place to control passengers coming in and going out of the West African nation. A move occasioned by growing concerns over the spread of the deadly coronavirus to Africa. Airports across the continent are screening passengers especially those coming from the region of origin. Xavier Mari, Managing Director of LAS – the company that manages the airport told the media: “As the airport authority, we have worked with the Ministry of Health and social affairs to set up a system to detect passengers with fever and who are potential carriers of the virus. “Thanks to what has been put in place, all incoming passengers are screened, and observed to see if they are carrying a virus, and if they have a tempe...