Africa Braces for Second Coronavirus Wave

JOHANNESBURG – As a second wave of coronavirus approaches, Africa has a plan, says the continent’s top health official. In recent weeks, the continent has started to distribute 2.7 million rapid antigen tests. By mid-2021, health officials hope to vaccinate 60 percent of the continent’s population with one of the several promising new vaccines. Now, says Dr. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s up to the continent’s leaders to try to make that happen. “That will also require that we mobilize up to…

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Covid-19: Death toll in Africa nears 50,000 – CDC

ADDIS ABABA, The COVID-19 related death toll in the African continent has reached 49,412, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has said. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the total reported cases of COVID-19 cases in the continent has reached 2,057,001 as of Sunday afternoon. A total of 1,737,277 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent so far, according to the Africa CDC. The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include…

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Seven Sudanese Doctors Die from COVID-19 in 10 Days

KHARTOUM – Sudanese health authorities said Sunday that seven medical doctors died from COVID-19 in 10 days, a development that reflects Sudan’s sharp rise in cases in recent weeks. Nearly 100 deaths were recorded in the past month. A statement issued by Sudan’s ministry of health said the seven doctors “worked tirelessly” to treat COVID-19 patients, prevent the spread of the ailment, and protect the lives of the Sudanese people. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the coronavirus. The government called their deaths a huge loss for the country as…

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine Released on Bail, Charged With COVID-19 Violation

KAMPALA – Ugandan opposition leader and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name, Bobi Wine, has been released on bail but charged with violating COVID-19 guidelines for holding mass rallies.  “Bobi has been released on bail and we are here at the court waiting for him to leave the court and probably head home,” said David Rubongoya, secretary general of Wine’s National Unity Platform party. “There’s a lot of security deployment, we don’t know what will happen, but he’s free.” Police arrested Wine on Wednesday while he was…

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Sudan Considers Total Lockdown With More COVID Cases

KHARTOUM – Sudanese health authorities say a total lockdown is not out of the question after a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across the country over the past four weeks. Acting Health Minister Osma Abdurrahim, who recently recovered from COVID-19, is calling on all citizens to wear face masks and follow all other preventative measures to avoid contracting or transmitting the disease. Surge of infections called ‘terrifying’ Abdurrahim described the higher infection rate as “terrifying.” “Three weeks ago, we registered 200 cases. Two weeks ago the number increased to 500…

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Surge in Africa COVID-19 Cases Due to Large Gatherings, WHO Says

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the continent of Africa surged past two million total COVID-19 cases this week because of large family gatherings, workplace interactions, and gatherings related to elections occurring in several countries. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the 54-nation continent passed the two million cases mark this week, and, as of Thursday, Africa has 2,013,388 total COVID-19 cases and 48,408 deaths. Its infections and deaths make up less than four percent of the global total. Speaking to a WHO meeting remotely from the…

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Covid-19: Pres Ramaphosa wants vaccine research centre in South Africa

PRETORIA, Nov 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stresses that the coronavirus pandemic “demonstrates the need to accelerate the establishment of the BRICS vaccine research and development centre” in his country, during the online summit of BRICS countries chaired by Russia. “The current experience demonstrates the need to accelerate the establishment of the BRICS vaccine research and development centre in South Africa as agreed in the 2018 Johannesburg declaration,” Ramaphosa stressed. According to the president, the clinical testing of the vaccines needs to include African citizens to ensure…

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Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo’s Equateur Province is Over

GENEVA – The World Health Organization has officially declared an end to the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Equateur Province, nearly six months after the first cases were reported. Health officials are hailing the end of this outbreak as a milestone and cause for celebration. Combating Ebola in the remote, heavily forested region posed numerous logistical challenges, not least of which was reaching communities scattered across this geographically vast area and then gaining their trust. Bob Ghosn is head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red…

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