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HEALTH: Anti-Malaria Pills in the UK on trial for Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Anti-Malaria Pills in the UK on trial for Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD
A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients. US President Donald Trump was criticised this week The first UK participants in the global trial are being enrolled on Thursday at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. They will be given either hydroxychloroquine or a placebo for three months. At sites in Asia, participants will be given chloroquine or a placebo. These are the first of a planned 25 UK sites, with results expected by the end of the year. ...
AFRICA: Burundi vote holds amid COVID-19 protocols.

AFRICA: Burundi vote holds amid COVID-19 protocols.

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, ELECTIONS
A crucial election has begun in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after 15 years in charge but he will remain “paramount leader” in the country that continues to reject outside scrutiny. The vote is one of the most important transfers of power in Burundi since independence in 1962. Face masks and social distancing were observed as voting began after 6 a.m. but Burundi’s government has been criticized for not appearing to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Nkurunziza himself attended crowded political rallies. The country has 42 confirmed virus cases. Regional observers are not present after being told that arriving foreigners would face a 14-day quarantine, and on Wednesday morning citizens and journalists said access to...
CORONAVIRUS: ‘your hands atleast six times a day’

CORONAVIRUS: ‘your hands atleast six times a day’

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Washing your hands at least six to times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely, a study by UK researchers suggests. It looked at data, from 2006-09, on viruses structurally very similar to the deadly pandemic strain circulating now. Coronaviruses are a family of virus that most usually cause mild illness such as the common cold. And all of them, including the pandemic one, can be killed by soap and water. Each winter the Medical Research Council asks people in England whether they have flu-like respiratory symptoms and tests those who do for common cold coronavirus infections. And the study, published in Wellcome Open Research and awaiting peer review, found the 1,663 participants were much less likely to be infected if they washed their hands...
WORLD: Masses in Chile protest over food shortage amid the Coronavirus.

WORLD: Masses in Chile protest over food shortage amid the Coronavirus.

chile, CORONAVIRUS, WORLD
Protesters and police have clashed on the outskirts of the Chilean capital Santiago amid tension over food shortages during lockdown. Local television showed police using tear gas and water cannon to quell unrest on the streets of El Bosque, where poverty is high. President Sebastián Piñera, in a televised address after the protests, pledged to get food to those in need. Chile has more than 46,000 cases of Covid-19 so far, with 478 deaths. A recent surge in cases prompted the national capital to go under a strict and total lockdown this weekend. In a separate development on Monday, dozens of members of Chile's senate and two government ministers went into preventative isolation following recent contact with infected colleagues. Why were there protests? Groups of prote...
HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

HEALTH: The first COVID-19 Vaccine test on humans shows signs of creating immunity.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans appears safe and generated antibodies which stopped the virus replicating, according to early trial results shared on Monday. Eight healthy volunteers saw few adverse effects after taking two doses of the potential vaccine, according to Moderna, its manufacturer based in Massachusetts. It appeared to trigger an immune response - the critical requirement of a working vaccine - producing "neutralising antibodies" in all eight of the patients. The levels of those antibodies were similar to that found in people who caught Covid-19 and then recovered. Dr Tal Zaks, Moderna's chief medical officer, called the result a "first important step", with much more testing needed. Some medical experts urged caution, seeking more data. A secon...
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...
AFRICA: Uganda postpones high-level G77+China summit over Coronavirus

AFRICA: Uganda postpones high-level G77+China summit over Coronavirus

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
Uganda has announced the postponement of the G- 77+China summit amid the continued spread of the deadly Corina virus. Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet that the decision was reached in consultation with the G77 countries. “The Third South Summit (G-77) that was to take place April 16-19, 2020 has been postponed to a later date this year,” he wrote. “Pre-summit preparations will continue,” Ayebare said, noting that 136 member states were to participate in the summit. The G77 at the United Nations is a coalition of developing countries with an aim to promote its members’ collective political and economic interests in the world body. The G-77 was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing count...
HEALTH: South Africa tests for the first Coronavirus case.

HEALTH: South Africa tests for the first Coronavirus case.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, South Africa
This brings to 27 the number of coronavirus cases reported in Africa. Algeria is worst-affected, with 17 cases, followed by Senegal with four. The South African couple, who have two children, were part of a group of 10 who returned from Italy on 1 March, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. The man and the doctor who checked him were both in self-isolation, he added. A tracer team had been sent to the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal to identify people who might have been in contact with the man and the doctor, Mr Mkhize said. With only a handful of coronavirus cases detected across Africa, governments have had valuable extra time to build up their testing and treatment capabilities, BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports. But there are particular conce...
HEALTH: Over 290 million students out of school worldwide in the struggle to fight the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: Over 290 million students out of school worldwide in the struggle to fight the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, EDUCATION, HEALTH, WORLD
Almost 300 million students worldwide faced weeks at home on Thursday with Italy the latest country to shut schools over the deadly new coronavirus, as the IMF urged an all-out, global offensive against the epidemic. More than 95,000 people have been infected and over 3,200 have died worldwide from the virus, which has now reached some 80 countries and territories. The vast majority of global deaths and infections are in China, where the virus first emerged late last year, prompting the country to quarantine entire cities, temporarily shut factories and close schools indefinitely. As the virus spread, other countries have also implemented extraordinary measures, with UNESCO saying Wednesday that 13 countries have closed schools, affecting 290.5 million children, while ...
UGANDA: President Museveni addresses the nation on Coronavirus.

UGANDA: President Museveni addresses the nation on Coronavirus.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
President Museveni has urged Ugandans to avoid shaking hands ‘unnecessarily’ in the face of a looming coronavirus outbreak. The president made these statements while addressing members of the Anglican church during a luncheon with the Most Reverend, Lord Archbishop Justin Portal Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, who is in the country. Museveni also reiterated the statements of his social media pages. “Fellow Citizens, People in Uganda, today I want to address you on the issue of Coronavirus. Coronavirus is real, it does not kill as much and fast like Ebola, but spreads at a very terrific rate. It undermines economies because it is disruptive and inconvenient.” Museveni expressed worry that Coronavirus could be approaching Uganda, having been recorded in Sub-...
SPORTS: International matches could be postponed due to Coronavirus – FIFA warns.

SPORTS: International matches could be postponed due to Coronavirus – FIFA warns.

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Soccer, Sports
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has refused to rule out postponing international football matches in response to the escalating global threat of the coronavirus. This weekend's matches in the leading two divisions in Switzerland, where football's global governing body FIFA has its headquarters, were postponed on Friday after the government banned all events involving more than a thousand people. Meanwhile five Serie A games in Italy will be played behind closed doors, with leagues in Japan and South Korea postponed earlier this week. "The health of persons is much more important than any football game," said Infantino as he arrived in Belfast on Friday for this weekend's annual general meeting of the rule-making International Football Association Board. "That's why...
AFRICA: Kenya has suspended all flights from China in fear of the Coronavrus.

AFRICA: Kenya has suspended all flights from China in fear of the Coronavrus.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, KENYA
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday issued a directive on the coronavirus, that included setting up a 21-member task force and the completion of an isolation centre at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi within seven days. “Kenya is a major international transport hub, with 70 per cent of international passengers in transit, and there is a significant threat arising from the spread of the coronavirus to Kenya from countries that have new and ongoing outbreaks of the pneumatic disease,” the Head of State said in his Executive Order Number 2 of 2020. The President also ordered for the identification and preparation of isolation and treatment facilities in all Level Five and referral hospitals across the country to be concluded by March 15, 2020. The National Emergency Re...
HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces -- so much so that China's central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus.It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Officials do not know what animal may have caused the ...