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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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.
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...
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
This brings to 27 the number of coronavirus cases reported in Africa.
Algeria is worst-affected, with 17 cases, followed by Senegal with
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.
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.
there are particular conce...
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
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.
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.
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 ...
President Museveni has urged Ugandans to avoid shaking hands ‘unnecessarily’ in the face of a looming coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.”
worry that Coronavirus could be approaching Uganda, having been recorded
FIFA president Gianni Infantino
has refused to rule out postponing international football matches in
response to the escalating global threat of the coronavirus.
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.
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
“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
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.
National Emergency Re...
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 ...