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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18, 2020/ — Ministry of Health, Kenya CS Sen. Mutahi Kagwe today attended the historic virtual 73rd World Health Assembly, the 1st of its kind since the establishment of World Health Organization (WHO) & reaffirmed the country’s support for WHO & it’s leadership Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as it spearheads efforts to combat COVID

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Leading UK company, Primer Design Ltd, a subsidiary of Novacyt SA has exported over 40,000 PCR test kits to Egypt to support its response to COVID-19
CAIRO, Egypt, May 18, 2020/ — The UK and Egyptian government have been working hard to address the immediate medical needs of both countries by keeping essential trade flowing. In April, Egypt fulfilled an export agreement with the UK, sending shipments of medical gowns to support the UK.

British Ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adams said:

“Egypt and the UK are committed to working together to tackle this global challenge. The UK government and British businesses are united in their commitment to support Egypt. That means protecting Egyptians from the impact of the virus, providing for the most vulnerable, and where possible using the crisis to make progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals”.

On 4 May, the UK co-hosted the Global Response Summit and raised USD8bn in pledges to combat COVID-19. The UK is also leading the way to make coronavirus vaccines and treatments available to all. On 4 June, the UK will host a virtual summit that aims to boost the global supply of a vaccine once one is approved for use, to help prevent a second wave of the pandemic.

The UK is the G7 lead on support to vulnerable countries, and has confirmed a responsive funding package of more than GBP700m, including a GBP130m contribution to the UN, GBP65m of which is allocated to the World Health Organisation (WHO).     Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Status Update for COVID-19 (18th May 2020) FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2020/ — Total cumulative confirmed positive cases – 519

Total number of deaths – 33

Active new cases – 14

Active cases at Isolation Centres – 338

Cumulative recoveries – 148

Number currently in quarantine – 2,111

Number discharged from quarantine – 2,632   PRETORIA, South Africa, May 18, 2020/ — Tests conducted: 460873
Positive cases identified: 15515
Recoveries: 7006
Deaths: 264
New cases: 1160   Coronavirus – Somalia: Update on COVID-19 in Somalia (18 May 2020) MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 18, 2020/ — New cases confirmed today: 34
Somaliland: 18
Benadir: 14
Hirshabelle: 2

Male: 21
Female: 13
Recovery: 11
Death: 1

Total confirmed cases: 1455
Total recoveries: 163
Total deaths: 57       Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: COVID-19 Updates (Monday, 18 May 2020, Time: 11:00) FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 18, 2020/ — New cases: 14

Confirmed cases: 519

At Isolation Centres: 338

Recovered: 148

Deaths: 33

In quarantine: 2,111

Out of quarantine: 2,632

Gender Confirmed

Female – 250
Male – 269 Places Confirmed cases by district Bo 24 Bonthe 13 Bombali 12 Falaba 3 Kailahun 10 Kambia 0 Karene 0 Kono 0 Kenema 24 Koinadugu 2 Moyamba 1 Portloko 8 Pujehun 2 Tonkolili 4 Western Rural 38 Western Urban 378 Total 519       Coronavirus – South Africa: Premier Alan Winde update on Coronavirus COVID-19 on 17 May The Western Cape has recorded an additional nine COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 156 CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 18, 2020/ — As of 1pm on 17 May, the Western Cape has 5569 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 9246 confirmed cases and 3521 recoveries.  Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 9246 Total recoveries 3521 Total deaths 156 Total active cases (currently infected patients) 5569 Total number of tests                                       90750 Hospital admissions 360 of which 108 are in ICU or high care Sub Districts Cape Town Metro: Sub-district Cases Recoveries Western 996 499 Southern 935 318 Northern 611 228 Tygerberg 1446 576 Eastern 902 376 Klipfontein 1148 409 Mitchells Plain 865 297 Khayelitsha 1225 479 Total 8128 3182 Sub Districts Non-Metro: District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries Garden Route Bitou 5 5 Garden Route Knysna 23 14 Garden Route George 23 16 Garden Route Hessequa 8 6 Garden Route Kannaland 1 0 Garden Route Mossel Bay 24 19 Garden Route Oudtshoorn 4 3 Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 60 21 Cape Winelands Drakenstein 114 25 Cape Winelands Breede Valley 46 29 Cape Winelands Langeberg 7 3 Cape Winelands Witzenberg 204 143 Overberg Overstrand 23 15 Overberg Cape Agulhas 2 1 Overberg Swellendam 10 2 Overberg Theewaterskloof 17 2 West Coast Bergrivier 16 1 ​West Coast ​Cederberg ​1 ​0 West Coast  Matzikama 2 0 West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 12 2 West Coast Swartland 29 9 Unallocated: 487 (23 recovered)

Additional data can be accessed on the dashboard at https://bit.ly/2XanMgb.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional nine COVID-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 156. We send our condolences to the family and the loved ones of the deceased at this time.


We are pleased to report that over 3500 people in the province have recovered from COVID-19 infections. The rate of recovery in Witzenberg now stands at 70% of all cases, and in the Western region, half of all recorded cases to date have recovered. These are especially promising numbers as both of these areas are considered hotspots in the province.

The majority of people will only experience mild symptoms and 90% of patients will not need to be hospitalised. While many will recover without complications, we must not underestimate the impact of the COVID-19 virus, especially on the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. The infection curve in the Western Cape is moving faster, and we are seeing higher rates of community transmission. 

Currently, the Western Cape death rate stands at 1.68% of the total caseload. This is in line with international norms.

Our data also shows us that the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 positive people who have died in the province have had one or more comorbidities. It is therefore imperative that vulnerable residents take extra precautions- by staying home as much as possible to reduce the risk of infection, and by strictly abiding to the golden rules- including frequent hand washing and other hygiene measures, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from any other person and by wearing a clean, cloth mask when leaving the house.

We can all help to protect the vulnerable by sticking to these same golden rules. Those residents who live with a member of the family who may be vulnerable, must be vigilant to ensure that they do not put their loved ones at additional risk.

Our hotspot plan is systematically addressing infections in nine geographic locations in the province, using the skills, data and experience available across government departments. We are working with the other spheres of government, law enforcement, NGOs and faith based organisations, however, we cannot do this work alone. It requires every one of us to step up and take responsibility to ensure that we are actively doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. This is how we will stop the spread.

Issued by: Western Cape Office of the Premier     Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update, 17 May 2020 KIGALI, Rwanda, May 18, 2020/ — Total Cases: 292 (+3)
Tests: 49,374 (+1,135)
Recovered: 197 (+19)
Deaths: 0
Active Cases: 95     Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 Update 18th May 2020 25 new positive cases today NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18, 2020/ — 1, 139 samples tested in the past 24 hours

44, 851 total samples tested so far.

25 new positive cases today

Total confirmed cases 912

23 recoveries today

Total discharged & recovered stands at 336

Total fatalities remain at 50            

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