WHO Regional Director’s statement for virtual press briefing, 23 December

Globally, almost 4.6 million new cases were reported to WHO last week, another new high record since the beginning of the pandemic, with a record 78 000 new deaths reported last week. Total cases reported to WHO have surpassed 75 million and there have been over 1.6 million deaths. At the regional level, we have been seeing an overall trend of cases and deaths decreasing in the last few weeks, with 15 out of 22 countries reporting decreasing cases, and 13 countries reporting decreasing deaths. We continue to work closely…

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A year without precedent: WHO’s COVID-19 response

Taking stock of all that’s been achieved – and the partnerships working to end the pandemic. It was the scenario the public health community had feared for decades. A dangerous virus emerges. It spreads rapidly around the world. COVID-19 infects people when they come together, but coming together is also how we will beat it. 2020 saw the world unite against the virus, from small personal gestures to protect others, to international collaboration on research and innovation. The year ends with COVID-19 vaccines rolling out – an extraordinary feat. Science,…

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UNHCR MENA Quarterly Regional Cash Assistance Monitoring Update July to September 2020 (Q3)

This update covers sixteen operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in which cash-based interventions (CBIs) are currently implemented. Key Highlights • 2,149,822 unique individuals reached with cash assistance from January to September 2020 (666,927 unique individuals assisted in Q3 only (July to September)), out of which the majority, or equal to 1,757,663 individuals (514,510 individuals in Q3 only), were reached with Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance (MPCA). • 1,053,205 unique individuals out of those provided with cash assistance in Q3 were reached with emergency cash assistance as part…

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Malawi Reintroduces COVID-19 Restrictions as Cases Surge

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Malawi has closed its borders after confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped 75 percent in the past two weeks. Malawi authorities attribute the surge to relaxed preventive measures and increased cross-border traffic for the holidays. Health campaigners have welcomed the border closure, but say Malawi should also mandate face masks and sanitizers. Malawi reopened its borders and eased restrictions on social gatherings in October following a drastic fall in numbers of confirmed COVID- 19 cases. From a total of 1,065 active cases on October 3, the country’s total…

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Uganda’s Health Care System Struggling Against Second COVID Wave

KAMPALA, UGANDA – A second wave of COVID-19 infections in Uganda is overwhelming hospitals. The country has close to 32,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and at least 238 people have died. Ugandan talk show host Charles Odongtho was only showing mild symptoms from his COVID-19 infection until he was about to complete his 14-day quarantine. “My worst day so far has been on the twelfth day,” he said. “When, you know, heat, chills on the body. And very general weakness, which I cannot explain, the knees, the joints pains…

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WFP to Cut Refugee Food Rations in Uganda for Lack of Cash

GENEVA – The World Food Program says for the second time in a year, it will have to cut food rations for more than one million refugees in Uganda due to a shortage of cash. The U.N.’s food agency is running a shortfall of nearly $96 million for its refugee operation in Uganda. It says no refugees will go hungry if international donors dig deeply into their pockets and come up immediately with the cash the agency needs to feed them. Otherwise, World Food Program spokesman Tomson Phiri warns, 1.26…

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Activists Demand Police Release Prominent Ugandan Human Rights Lawyer

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Ugandan rights activists are calling on authorities to release human rights lawyer Nicholas Opio, who was arrested Tuesday on allegations of money laundering. Supporters say Opio is being persecuted for his activism. A group of lawyers and activists went to the Special Investigative Unit of the Ugandan police Wednesday to demand access to Opio and to ask police to release him. Opio, who is executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, a human rights organization, was arrested Tuesday with two other colleagues at a restaurant in Kampala. According…

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Lithium Werks vend une unité commerciale modulaire à Lithion Power Group

Lithium Werks cède son activité spécialisée dans les modules Valence™ afin de se concentrer sur sa fabrication d’accumulateurs de premier plan, son portefeuille d’accumulateurs LFP brevetés, ses solutions personnalisées et sa nouvelle R&D. AUSTIN, Texas et ENSCHEDE, Pays-Bas, 22 déc. 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lithium Werks, leader mondial de la fabrication, la technologie et la […]

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