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HEALTH: The Covid-19 cases in Africa tally 158,030; 4,505 deaths; 67,491 recoveries.

There are now more than over 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. As of May 13, every African country had recorded an infection, the last being Lesotho. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data. Major African stats: June 2 at 13:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 158,030Number of deaths = 4,505Recoveries = 67,491Active cases = 86,034

AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

KAMPALA – Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) leadership says four Sudanese People Liberation Army soldiers have been shot dead in a clash with the UPDF in Moyo district, north of the country. Ugandan army says South Sudanese national forces illegally crossed into Ugandan territory in total violation of the law and declined to follow instructions when confronted. UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire says the soldiers have dressed in civilian uniform apart from one who had uniform “but were all armed and walked about 1.5 Kms into Uganda until they were spotted at Goboro by UPDF officers.” “When stopped, they refused to follow orders, the UPDF soldiers guarding the border opened fire killing 04 instantly,” Karemire says. “The rest ran and crossed back to   the other s...

AFRICA: Rwanda confirms first COVID-19 death.

KIGALI — Rwanda has on Saturday May 31 recorded the first coronavirus death. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased is a 65-year old truck driver who was residing in a neighbouring country. “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote As of May 30, 2020, the coronavirus tally of confirmed cases in Rwanda stands at 359 of which 250 have fully recovered and discharged from the hospital. The active cases according to latest update stand at 108. So far Rwanda has eased a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, ...

EDUCATION: Schools in Uganda face social distancing quandary.

KAMPALA- School managers and other stakeholders in the education sector have warned that the recommended social distancing guideline is near impossible to achieve as schools prepare to re-open for candidates and final year students on June 8. Social distancing, also known as physical distancing, means keeping space between oneself and other people to help stop person-to-person spread of the coronavirus disease. While the government is silent, investors in the education sector as well as the teacher’s union, have called for support to enable them keep the learners safe. Mr Filbert Baguma, the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (Unatu) secretary, in a statement to the Education ministry, said many institutions are crowded with limited infrastructure, making it impossible to implement ...

AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

DODOMA – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced lift on the ban on Dar es Salaam’s schools, hotels and companies after his announcement that coronavirus patients have significantly reduced in the country. Addressing the nation in Dodoma, Magufuli mentioned that it’s not wise to restrict economic activities whereas Hospitals within the country have discharged almost all coronavirus patients after they tested negative for the deadly virus. “The Almighty God has answered our prayers. I call upon anybody who has been touched by this crisis to utilize Friday, Saturday and Sunday and give thanks to God,” said Magufuli. Last week, Tanzania reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights following its closure last month in the wake of the COVID-1...

KENYA: Virus to peak in August with 200 cases a day expected – Amoth

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...

UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has called on the government to account for the relief items and money that has been given to the Covid-19 National Taskforce. Addressing a press conference at the People Power headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, yesterday, Bobi Wine said the taskforce has continued to ask for more money from the public but without publicly showing how the other contributions have been utilised. “The taskforce has gone ahead to ask for Shs10,000 from Ugandans but they have not laboured to tell us what the money and relief items they have been receiving since March has done. We need this report because the people that are not working are the ones that they continue to squeeze money from,” he said. As of last week, the taskforce indicated...

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

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...
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