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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...
HEALTH: Scientists criticise conspiracy theories about artificial origin of the coronavirus.

HEALTH: Scientists criticise conspiracy theories about artificial origin of the coronavirus.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
A group of 27 scientists from nine countries have strongly condemned rumours and conspiracy theories stipulating that the novel coronavirus outbreak was triggered artificially. The scientists are from the U.S., the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. “We stand together to strongly condemn the conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 (coronavirus) does not have a natural origin. “Scientists from multiple countries have published and analysed genomes of the causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). “They overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, as have so many other emerging pathogens,’’ a statement read, as quoted by The Lancet medical journal. The scientists added that the U.S. National Academies of Sci...
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...
HEALTH: Indian hangs himself after mistakenly believing he had coronavirus.

HEALTH: Indian hangs himself after mistakenly believing he had coronavirus.

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
A 50-year-old man in India who mistakenly thought he had contracted the coronavirus hung himself to protect his family, a news report said. K. Bala Krishna was treated by doctors in Tirupati for a viral fever but was assured he did not have the deadly disease that has killed more than 1,350 worldwide, according to the Times of India. Despite the doctors’ assurances, Krishna began watching videos on the virus on his mobile phone and became convinced that he had been infected, the newspaper said. He feared he would put his family in harm’s way. “My father watched coronavirus-related videos the whole day on Monday and kept saying he had similar symptoms,” his son, Bala Murali, told the Times. “He attacked us when we tried to tell him that he did not suffer from the deadly...
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...
ASIA: Malaysian authorities confirm new coronavirus infection

ASIA: Malaysian authorities confirm new coronavirus infection

ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
Malaysian health authorities on Thursday (Feb 13) confirmed a new coronavirus infection involving a woman from China, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 19. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 39-year-old victim, who arrived from Wuhan, China, on Jan 25, is believed to be linked to two other victims, also from Wuhan, who are being treated at the isolation ward in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. The two others are her mother and a friend. They tested positive for the coronavirus on Feb 5 and Feb 7. The 39-year-old victim was initially placed under home surveillance and monitoring. "She had arrived in Malaysia from China on Jan 25 with four other women. While under surveillance, she began developing symptoms such as cough and feve...
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...
HEALTH: Coronavirus: expert warns infection could reach 60% of world’s population.

HEALTH: Coronavirus: expert warns infection could reach 60% of world’s population.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The novel coronavirus epidemic could spread to around two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who have never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of Public Health Medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to around 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%. ...
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: Coronavirus death toll soars to 722.

HEALTH: Coronavirus death toll soars to 722.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
The number of deaths from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 722 on Saturday, surpassing the toll from the SARS outbreak on the mainland and Hong Kong almost two decades ago. Another 86 people died from the virus, according to the national health commission, with all but five in hard-hit Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December. In its daily update, the commission also confirmed another 3,399 new cases. There are now more than 34,500 confirmed infections across the country. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease in the same family as the new coronavirus, left nearly 650 people dead in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. More than 120 others died around the world. China has struggled to contain the current virus despite hav...
HEALTH: “Evacuate us,” Ugandan students in Wuhan cry out to government.

HEALTH: “Evacuate us,” Ugandan students in Wuhan cry out to government.

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, UGANDA
Ugandan students in Wuhan the epicenter of the coronavirus in China have cried out to government asking to be evacuated from what they’ve termed as a ‘horror experience.’ The students have said that they cannot keep calm anymore as some of them have run out of supplies and masks as the number of virus infections continues to rapidly increase in the Wuhan province of China and beyond. By February 5, 2020, the number of new infections had increased by over five times in one week with 28,018 cases of the virus confirmed in 25 countries including China. 563 deaths had been recorded in China and 2 deaths in Hong Kong and Philippines. Using the #EvacuateUgandansInWuhan hashtag on Twitter, Ugandan students have now demanded for government action adding that they are willing t...
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...
HEALTH: Baby tests positive for Coronavirus just 30 hours after birth.

HEALTH: Baby tests positive for Coronavirus just 30 hours after birth.

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
A baby in China's epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people since emerging late last year.CCTV quoted experts as saying it may be a case of "vertical transmission", referring to infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after. The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth.The official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that a baby born last week to an infected mother had tested negative.The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals, and spread rapidly as people trav...
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...
HEALTH:  China admits shortcomings and deficiencies on the ‘Coronavirus’

HEALTH: China admits shortcomings and deficiencies on the ‘Coronavirus’

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
The rare admission came from the Politburo Standing Committee, which called for an improvement in China's emergency management system. It also ordered a "severe" crackdown on illegal wildlife markets - where the virus is thought to have emerged. The death toll rose to 425, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases. The government's initial handling of the outbreak has been widely criticised. Officials have been accused of downplaying the severity of the virus at the start of the outbreak and in some cases, attempting to keep news of it under wraps. One doctor in Wuhan who tried to warn his fellow colleagues about the outbreak in early January was accused of "making false comments" and told by police to stop the "illegal activity". It was only later in January that ...
AFRICA: Museveni screens for Coronavirus on arrival from Angola.

AFRICA: Museveni screens for Coronavirus on arrival from Angola.

AFRICA, ANGOLA, HEALTH
President Yoweri Museveni has been screened of the deadly coronavirus on arrival to Entebbe International Airport from Luanda Angola. Museveni was screened for symptoms such as flue, cough, fever, difficulty in breathing and running nose in the Ministry of Health’s efforts to prevent the Coronavirus from cropping in the country. The ministry of health since late last month stepped up screening for the deadly coronavirus at Entebbe Airport, as the death toll from the illness rises in China and new cases emerge in several other countries including Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng recently said medical teams have been trained to handle the screening process to reduce the risk of transmission from persons jetting in who might be infected...
HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

AFRICA, EGYPT, HEALTH
Officials from the World Health Organization in Egypt said they were working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. The virus has killed more than 300 in China, with cases reported in several other countries. The WHO’s regional headquarters held a news conference in Cairo on Sunday on developments related to cases of the new virus in the Middle East. We are working with them just to ensure that those students who are coming are healthy and they don't disseminate. Abdi Nasir Boubakr is Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) unit team leader. “As you know that there are a number of cases in the region, who are bringing back their students into the country. Egypt is one of them, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia. We are helping them and we are working with them just to...
KENYA: Patience running out for Kenyan students still in China

KENYA: Patience running out for Kenyan students still in China

AFRICA, CORRUPTION, HEALTH, KENYA
Kenyan students caught up in a lockdown in Wuhan, China, are worried that the government is not proactive in protecting them, a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak that has so far killed 210 people around the world and infected more than 10,000 others a public health emergency of international concern. The students, who reached out to the Saturday Nation on Friday hours after national carrier Kenya Airways announced cancellation of all flights to and from Guangzhou in the Chinese mainland, said they were beginning to worry whether anything was being done to protect them as the situation in Wuhan continues to escalate.  A number of Kenyan and African students opted to stay in the country as China kicked off its traditional N...
AMERICA: US bars foreigners who recently visited China.

AMERICA: US bars foreigners who recently visited China.

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH
US citizens returning from Hubei province, where the outbreak started, will be quarantined for 14 days. Almost 12,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed, most of them in China, since it emerged in December. More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries. On Friday, Beijing said the death toll had risen by 46 to 259 - all of them in China and 249 in Hubei. Earlier, it emerged that the number of new coronavirus cases worldwide had overtaken that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003. There were around 8,100 cases of Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - during the eight-month outbreak. In total, 774 people were killed by Sars. On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global he...