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South Sudan president's relative shoots, kills 5 persons in Juba (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
The office of the president in South Sudan confirmed a shooting incident in the capital Juba, early Wednesday morning. A statement signed by press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said the president was “saddened about the shooting incident that occured in Sherikat, Juba.” The statement voiced the president’s condemnation and said a full probe was underway. “The perpetrator has been arrested by authorities and is under close monitor in hospital, in a critical condition.” The gunman took the lives of 5 persons in the incident, four men and a woman. The statement dismissed reports that he was the son of the president, it said he was a distant relative of the president. “... he is a distant relative of the President, but he was acting alone. The suspect is called Lual Akook Wol Kiir – a distance cousin to the President. “President Kiir’s son is called Lual Salva Kiir Mayardit who wasn’t involved in the incident. The incident would be investigated and public will be informed of the outcome through the court of law,” it added. Protests broke out in the area where the incident took place as residents blocked roads and burned tyres. The Office of the President has issued a statement regarding the killing of unarmed civilians by Lual Marine, whom it describes as a “distance relative” to President Salva Kiir, who acted “alone” and “must be punished”. #SouthSudan— Eye Radio (@EyeRadioJuba) June 3, 2020 Riot emerges in Shirikaat, a suburb of Juba, following the murder of civilians this morning by a gunman identified by SSPDF as Lual Marine, the nephew of President Salva Kiir. EyeRadioJuba reports. Details to follow.— The Citizen Journalists – Bidi Bidi (sakondosakon) June 3, 2020
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Ghana coronavirus: 8297 cases; govt defends ban on football (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Ghana is West Africa’s most impacted nation behind Nigeria, at a point in May 2020, Ghana led the regional case load. June has started with progressive lifting of more virus restrictions. President Akufo-Addo in his tenth address announced that whiles borders remained closed, some categories of academic institutions are allowed to resume, religious places can also reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings -weddings, funerals etc. – are to be allowed under certain conditions – among others with maximum 100 participants. As the 2020 polls loom, even political activity is allowed to be undertaken. This article will be focused on tracking case increases and major developments from the West African country. It will build on our April – May 2020 updates page. June 3: 8297 cases; govt defends ban on football Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has defended government’s decision to maintain a ban on football despite the recent lifting of a raft of restrictions. He was speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday. According to the Minister, the cost of putting necessary measures in place, from the regular disinfection of stadia to testing players, was too high. Restrictions on non-contact sports were lifted in the president’s 10th address. “How do we disinfect all the stadia, the hotels because the players sleep there? How do we test all these players?” Asiamah quizzed. He also pointed out that it would be near impossible to keep fans from gathering during games. “In our environment, is it possible to play football without our supporters? The figure that came out from the NSA was about GHS 60,000 per match. That’s a major challenge.” Football is Ghana’s most followed sport. The local league only returned after a corruption probe involving the former association president Kwesi Nyantakyi caused the league to be suspended. A normalization committee took charge of affairs till a new set of executives were voted into office. Total confirmed cases = 8,297 Total recoveries = 2,986 Total deaths = 38 Active cases = 5,273 June 2: Minister issues guidelines for churches, mosques The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has expanded on a government plan for reopening of places of worship across the country. He was speaking at a multi-sectoral press briefing on Monday, a day after the president delivered his tenth COVID-19 address to the nation. Some of the key planks of the directives include: As part of the guidelines, every church or religious body is to registered with the Registrar General’s Department and with the respective Municipal, Metropolitan or District Assembly. The religious bodies are expected to observe preventive protocols, including providing thermometer guns or thermal scanners to check the temperature of congregants at entry points of all venues Enforce a ‘No mask: No entry’ Policy, provide adequate waste management facilities and toilet facilities for use by members. Cleaning and disinfection of frequently used communal places like toilet surfaces and frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs or handles, preferably every one – two hours depending on the rate of utilisation. A holding room or area where a person who becomes sick at the premises can be isolated from others while making arrangements for evacuation. Every worshiper must be registered with their details, including names, phone numbers, manually or digitally, adding that digital registration can be done on GH COVID-19 APP or the PANABIOS App, which can be downloaded at no cost. Religious leaders would equally be held liable, adding that the District Assemblies and other agencies will monitor and ensure compliance with the directives. Religious activities were thus to begin on Friday, June 5, with Muslims worshiping at the mosques, and Adventists and Christians following on Saturday Sunday, respectively. Govt to close down religious institutions who flout anti-Covid-19 directives – GNA report June 1: 8,070 cases, conditional lifting of most restrictions Ghana’s case load passed the 8,000 mark on last day of May 2020 as president Akufo-Addo addressed the nation lifting conditionally a raft of restrictions. Schools are to open in mid-June, religious places can reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings are to be allowed under certain conditions. The address, the tenth by the president, also spelled out measures that government was putting in place to curb the spread of the virus. “Consensus from stakeholder consultation recommend a phased approach to easing anti Covid-19 restrictions,” he said. With effect from Friday 5th June, Ghana will begin the implementation of gradual easing of restrictions Final year university students to report to school on 15th June, 2020 Faith-based organisations to start communal worship, effective Friday, June 5, amid social distancing and hygiene protocols All schools, both private and public remain closed. Only final year students access those facilities. Each student, teacher and non teaching staff will be provided with reusable face mask by the Ministry of Education prior to reopening for final year students Weddings with not more than 100 guests can be organized Public political activities, except for rallies, to resume with less than 100 people, amid observation of social distancing and hygiene protocols 218, 425 Covid-19 tests conducted so far Total confirmed cases = 8,070 (new cases = 189) Total recoveries = 2,947 Total deaths = 36 Active cases = 5,087
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Equatorial Guinea sacks WHO rep over coronavirus statistics (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Equatorial Guinea joins Burundi in the league of countries that have asked World Health Organization, WHO, country representatives to leave. The AFP news agency reported the development citing a document from the foreign ministry and a source at the UN health agency The order to leave is allied to COVID-19 statistics. Representative Triphonie Nkurunziza is accused of “falsifying” the country’s tally of coronavirus cases. Dr Nkurunziza however remains in Malabo for now because there are no outbound flights. “We don’t have a problem with the WHO, we have a problem with the WHO’s representative in Malabo,” Prime Minister Pascual Obama Asue, told the Senate late last week AFP quotes a source at the UN office in the capital, Malabo, as saying: “The government has asked her to go, we have received a document – she is accused of falsifying COVID-19 figures”. Confirmed cases = 1,306 Deaths = 12 Recoveries = 200 Active cases = 1,094 Statistics by John Hopkins University valid as of June 3, 13:00 GMT May 15: Burundi sacks WHO rep ahead of polls Burundi in mid-May 2020 sacked the World Health Organization’s top official in the country just days before the May 22 presidential election and after the WHO raised concerns about crowded political rallies. A foreign ministry letter seen by The Associated Press says the WHO representative to Burundi, Walter Kazadi Mulombo, has been declared persona non grata and must leave the East African nation by Friday. The letter also sacked three WHO experts. The letter gives no explanation for the expulsions at the time. The WHO Africa regional chief, Matshidiso Moeti, described Mulombo as an “extremely competent person” and said the WHO was communicating with Burundi “to clarify and understand the reasoning for the decision they have taken.” The day that election campaigning in Burundi began late last month, images circulated online of crowded political rallies with President Pierre Nkurunziza in attendance. Moeti messaged the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about it, the Africa CDC chief has said. The Africa CDC chief, John Nkengasong, on Thursday called Burundi’s action “unfortunate” and said any differences should be addressed by dialogue instead of actions that affect the pandemic response, “We don’t have the luxury of kicking out the WHO,” he told reporters. “This war has to be won in a coordinated fashion, and coordination is key. We’re in dire need of expertise. … We encourage countries to do the right thing .”
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Ethiopia coronavirus: 1,486 cases; community transmission headache (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Ethiopia is one of East / Horn of Africa’s least impacted nations as compared to rate of COVID-19 case growth and infection of its neighbours. A state of emergency lasting five-months has been imposed by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led government. All land borders have since been shut as a virus control measure with a raft of restrictions and enforcement of physical distancing and mask wearing measures. Elections planned for May this year were also postponed citing the effect of the pandemic. Ethiopia played an instrumental role in the deployment of virus supplies donated by Chinese businessman Ali Baba. This article will focus on major developments coming from the country. May 19: 60 cases in two days Total confirmed cases = 365 (new cases between May 17 – 19 = 60) Total recoveries = 120 (new recoveries = 8) Total deaths = 5 Active cases = 238 Ethiopia’s case count spiked on Monday by 35 new cases (a daily record) whiles 14 new cases were recorded today. Added to 11 cases recorded last Sunday, 60 cases have been recorded in the last three days. The tally now stands at 365. Concerns had been raised by analysts over the spate of new case increases after it took just a week to go from 200 to go past the 300 mark as against a much lengthier period from 0 to 100 and 100 to 200. The country, however, remains one of the least impacted in a region where neighbour Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan has crossed the 1000 mark. Kenya is past 900 confirmed cases as of today. Major African stats: May 19 at 6:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 88,264 Number of deaths = 2,832 Recoveries = 33,898 Active cases = 51,534
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Tanzania coronavirus: US embassy issues alert, risk of contraction 'high' (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
June 2: US issues health alert for Dar es salaam The United States embassy in Dar es Salaam has issued a health alert over the lack of transparency of government over the handling of COVID-19 crisis. The Embassy’s statement comes a week after the ambassador was summoned by the foreign ministry over an earlier statement. The statement of June 2, 2020 said the risk of contracting the virus remained high. It bemoaned how government has yet to release updated figures since April 29 and said a number of airlines had begin bookings for flights out of the country. Airspace was opened recently as well as universities and high schools. Sporting events are also allowed to take place. Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 29. Consequently, we are unable to provide specific guidance for U.S. citizens in Tanzania. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. Given the presumed ongoing community transmission in Dar es Salaam and other locations in Tanzania, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains high. The Embassy has recommended that U.S. government personnel and their families reduce movement outside of their home except for essential activities and limit the number of visitors entering their home. Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. There have been instances during the COVID-19 outbreak when hospitals in Dar es Salaam reached full capacity due to the high volume COVID-19 cases. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care. The Government of Tanzania lifted the suspension on international flights to Tanzania and several airlines have scheduled international flights beginning June 2020. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } May 28: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued The Ministry of Health has issued a set of rules to guide the safe reopening of academic institutions across the country – schools academies and universities. The resumption takes effect on Monday June 1. School leadership, academies and educational institutions should encourage students, teachers and their staff to wear cloth face masks when they return, a May 28 statement read in part. Authorities are to ensure soap and water handwashing stations as well as adequate supplies of other sanitation supplies as towels and toiletries. Spacing is another requirement that they are tasked to implement. Students with signs of the virus must be tested whiles those that have contracted it must stay away till their situation improves. Universities that were used as quarantine centers are to be disinfected 72-hours to reopening. Tanzania did not close land borders except for airspace at the heat of the virus spread. Government did not implement a lockdown or a curfew. Official stats of the virus have not been released since late April. It is one of the first countries in the region to reopen schools having earlier reopened its airspace to local and international traffic. The government’s handling of the virus has been criticized by the WHO Africa head. Whiles ‘faulty’ test kit claims have been dismissed by Africa CDC. Total confirmed cases = 509 Total recoveries = 183 Total deaths = 21 Active cases = 305 Figures valid as of close of day May 29, 2020 May 26: Govt summons US envoy over virus advisories The Tanzanian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this week summoned the acting US ambassador over recent advisories relating to COVID-19. Ambassador Inmi Patterson was summoned to the Ministry where she was engaged by Permanent Secretary Colonel Wilbert Ibuge, a statement posted on the Ministry’s Twitter page disclosed. The embassy in a May 13 advisory said the risk of virus contamination remained extremely high in Dar es Salaam and in other parts of the country. Government said the information was untrue and could have triggered distress among Tanzanians and foreigners. Ibuge also stressed that ambassadors were free to demand factual and official information before putting same out in the public. The statement had also pointed out that since late April no official figures had been released and also that hospitals in Dar were overwhelmed. No evidence was adduced for the claims. Days later president Magufuli declared that the country was winning the battle against the virus with God’s help. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } May 22: Dar RC declares victory over virus “Hotel owners, barbers, companies and businesses are all back to work. By Sunday, everyone should be happy … our God has won (the virus fight) for us. Turn on your music, that day I have given you freedom,” these are the words of Paul Makonda, regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam. His pronouncement is the latest in the Tanzania government’s posture towards a virus that has led to the imposition of lockdowns and enforcement of physical distancing in most African countries. During an address to a church congregation over the weekend, President Magufuli echoed the God factor in battling the virus which he said was being defeated by the country. “There is not going to be any such thing as lockdown in Tanzania, God will help us. We need to work hard, once the other East Africans are done with their lockdown, they will come to us, and we shall still help them with food, we will not against discriminate them.” Tanzania’s case count has been at 509 for weeks now. No new data have been released and government has dismissed a health alert by the US embassy about overwhelmed hospitals in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } May 22: Dar RC declares victory over virus “Hotel owners, barbers, companies and businesses are all back to work. By Sunday, everyone should be happy … our God has won (the virus fight) for us. Turn on your music, that day I have given you freedom,” these are the words of Paul Makonda, regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam. His pronouncement is the latest in the Tanzania government’s posture towards a virus that has led to the imposition of lockdowns and enforcement of physical distancing in most African countries. During an address to a church congregation over the weekend, President Magufuli echoed the God factor in battling the virus which he said was being defeated by the country. “There is not going to be any such thing as lockdown in Tanzania, God will help us. We need to work hard, once the other East Africans are done with their lockdown, they will come to us, and we shall still help them with food, we will not against discriminate them.” Tanzania’s case count has been at 509 for weeks now. No new data have been released and government has dismissed a health alert by the US embassy about overwhelmed hospitals in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } May 20: ‘Faulty’ tests of truck drivers: Tanzania accuses Kenya of sabotage The Tanzanian region of Arusha says Kenya is engaging in actions meant to affect its tourist potential by issuing faulty COVID-19 test results for cross-country truck drivers. Regional commissioner Mrisho Gambo in a statement of May 20 said nineteen drivers who were declared positive by Kenya tested negative in Tanzania. “In efforts to confirm reliability of COVID-19 test results, we took samples from 19 drivers from Tanzania who had tested and declared positive by Kenya authorities at Namanga border on Kenyan side. “After these samples were submitted to our main national laboratory in Dar es Salaam, the results came back as negative for all these drivers from Tanzania. Arusha region is confident that this is a deliberate sabotage strategy designed by Kenya against our tourism industry in Arusha and Tanzania at large,” the statement read in part. The commissioner noted that drivers declared “positive” were not allowed to cross the border into Tanzania or enter Kenya. He said Arusha remained committed to finding an amicable solution with Kenyan authorities. The development comes a day after Kenya announced that over 180 foreigners had been returned to Tanzania after testing positive for the virus. Kenya has closed its side of the border due to virus spread. Zambia also recently shut a common border with Tanzania. The town of Nakonde remains Zambia’s most infected area having recorded much more cases that the capital Lusaka.
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Kenya coronavirus: 2,216 cases; record 54 recoveries (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts. This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can follow Kenya’s March – April 2020 COVID-19 updates on our earlier page. Kenya as of May 10 was the fourth most impacted country in the East / Horn of Africa region only behind Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia. Government also rolled out mass testing in virus hot spots, borders remain shut and a ban on public gatherings continues. June 3: 2,216 cases, record recoveries “This is the highest number of recoveries we have so far recorded since we announced the first discharge case on 1st April, 2020,” CAS Health Rashid Aman announced at today’s briefing. He was referring to 54 recoveries that brings the country’s recovery to 553. “We want to thank and pay tribute to our healthcare workers for this success. “This demonstrates that, with good management, this disease, when clinically manifested, is curable and hence not a death sentence,” he added. COVID-19 UPDATE ✔️2,112 samples tested in the past 24 hours ✔️85,058 samples tested so far ✔️123 new positive cases today ✔️ 2,216 Total confirmed cases ✔️ 54 new recoveries today ✔️ 553 total discharges so far ✔️3 fatalities today ✔️74 Total fatalities #KomeshaCorona— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) June 3, 2020 June 1: Cases cross 2,000 mark; Madaraka Day marked Today, 59 people tested positive from 1,518 samples, processed in the last 24 hours. The total case load in the country to date is 2,021, and samples tested since arrival of the pandemic is at 80,054. Meanwhile President Uhuru Kenyatta has tasked relevant ministries to work on easing of lockdowns imposed to curb spread of the virus. Speaking during celebrations for Madaraka (Freedom) Day, the president said he would issue more guidelines in the coming days. “I have directed the Ministry of Education to fast-track and finalize the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders that will provide an appropriate calendar for gradual resumption of education in the country. I direct the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers,” he added. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Major topics covered below include: May 31: Cases approach 2,000; Laikipia records case May 30: 1,888 cases, Kericho records infection May 27: Record one-day increase May 26: Govt intensifies voluntary testing calls May 23: 1,192 cases, additional health workers to be hired May 21: record one-day increase, Wajir rolls out campaign May 20: cases pass 1,000 mark, foreigners deported May 16: 830 cases, TZ, Somali borders shut May 14: Cases hit 758, focus turns to Kenya-Tanzania border town May 12: 715 cases, border crossings becoming flash point May 11: Cases reach 700, mass prisoner release May 10: 649 cases, Raila worries about Magufuli May 8: May 8: Govt to foot quarantine bills, cases at 607 May 7: 582 cases, lockdown in Eastleigh, Mombasa City May 5: KQ’s UK repatriation flight returns May 4: Cases hit 535, govt decries abuse of relaxed measures May 3: KQ repatriation flight, Nairobi fumigation May 2: Case count at 435, mass testing starts May 1: Case count hits 411, Uhuru vows transparency May 31: 1,962 cases as Laikipia records infection Today, 74 people have tested positive for the virus from 1,574 samples that were tested in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases now stands at 1,962, while the aggregate number of samples tested so far is 78,536. Out of the 74 positive cases; (55) are males & (19) are females. Age range is from 3 years for the youngest and 79 years for the oldest. Fourteen patients from various hospitals were discharged, bringing total tally of recoveries to 474. Death toll stands at 64. Laikipia becomes the latest County to record a case, bringing the tally of counties affected so far to 34. “The behavior of the infection curve is totally dependent on our behavior as a people. Each of us has a role to play. Adopting responsible social behaviors to break the transmission chain of the virus is of vital importance. “We must therefore, continue to strictly observe the containment measures and obey the advisories issued by the government,” Health CAS Dr. Rashid Aman who led the daily briefing added in his remarks. Today, we have discharged another (14) patients from various hospitals, bringing our total tally of recoveries to 474. Our gratitude goes to our health workers, who are working day & night to ensure our people are well managed. #Komeshacorona update.— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 31, 2020 May 30: 1,888 cases, Kericho records infection Kericho County becomes the latest to report a case of COVID-19 according to authorities. The national tally has reached 1,888 after 143 new cases were confirmed after testing 2,959 samples over the last 24-hours. One patient has also died bringing the death toll to 63. recoveries are at 464. All the 143 cases are Kenyans, 110 males and 33 females. The age range is between one month for the youngest and 88 years for the oldest. CAS Rashid Aman is also reported to have disclosed that diarrhoea has now been included among symptoms of COVID-19. Among the existing conditions are headaches, short of breath and persistent coughs. Today we have tested 2,959 samples. Out of this, 143 have tested positive. The total case load in the country is 1,888 from 76,962 samples tested. #KomeshaCorona update by CAS Heath, Dr. Rashid Aman.— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 30, 2020 May 28: 1,471 cases, record one-day infections For the first time, Kenya recorded a three-digit increase in new cases over a 24-hour period. 123 new cases took the national tally to 1,471. Authorities say the figure is partly due to increase in testing. Government has been urging people to voluntarily test in hotspots in the capital and in Mombasa county – which is the second most impacted behind Nairobi. “There is a raging number of infections in these areas,” Minister Mutahi Kagwe said. Kenya only imposed targeted lockdowns since the virus hit but a night-time curfew remains in force to curb virus spread. Total confirmed cases = 1,471 (new cases = 123) Total recoveries = 408 Total deaths = 55 Active cases = 1,008 Figures valid as of close of day May 27, 2020 May 27: govt intensifies voluntary testing campaign Government is intensify calls for people to submit themselves for voluntary testing as the steady rise of cases continue across the country. CAS Health Rashid Aman during the daily press briefing on Tuesday said it was only via testing that the true extent of the disease’s spread will be known. “We’re appealing to Kenyans in high risk areas to come forward and be tested. The cost of testing, quarantine, isolation and treatment in a government facility will be met by the government. Any information to the contrary is false & is aimed at misleading Kenyans.” “We glad that majority of Kenyans have responded to our call to come forward for testing. This is commendable & we continue to appeal to all Kenyans to come out and get tested,” he added. Total confirmed cases = 1,348 (new cases = 5) Total recoveries = 405 Total deaths = 52 Active cases = 891 Figures valid as of close of day May 26, 2020 .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } May 23: 1,192 cases, additional health workers to be hired Thirty-one new cases were registered today taking the tally to 1,192; President Kenyatta disclosed in an address. He also disclosed that 5,000 additional health workers were going to be hired to augment the current strength. The address also touched on wide-ranging interventions by government in combating other challenges such as deforestation and climate change, flood control, salvaging the tourism and hospitality sectors and cash transfer for vulnerable families. Meanwhile, mass testing operations continue especially in the capital Nairobi where government is urging people to voluntarily submit themselves for testing. Areas being covered are Embakasi East-Utawala and Eastleigh. Meet PCBandKenya a Youth based CBO in Kibera who compliment our Health Promotion officers in grass-root communication ?? of #KomeshaCorona ? messages and also aid mobilizing communities to turn up for mass testing NMS_Kenya. Cc WHOKenya susan_mochacheSpokespersonGoK— Ministry of Health (MOH_Kenya) May 23, 2020 May 21: 1,109 cases, Wajir rolls out sensitization campaign Kenya broke a new case record in 24 hours. The 60 new cases that took the tallies past 1,000 have been eclipsed by today’s tally of 80 new cases and now the national tally stands at 1,109 confirmed cases. Nine new discharges took the recoveries to 367 with the death toll still at 50. The figures indicate that in a space of 10 days Kenya has increased tallies from 700 to 1,109, an average of 41 cases per day. Over in Wajir, the county government has rolled out a sensitization campaign. Governor Mohamed Abdi launched the Community Health Volunteers activities as part of virus prevention measures. The 1000 Community Health Volunteers will be tasked with COVID-19 awareness and social mobilization in villages. The county government has also approved a stipend of Kshs. 5000 per month for the next 2 months. Quotes from minister Mutahi Kagwe at today’s briefing: “We have increased our testing capacity and we are urging the public to be alert and to continue observing the containment measures. This war cannot be won by the government alone but by all individuals following rules. “We want to thank all those who have come out to be tested in the targeted high risk areas. Religious community is key to us. We are working with them to make things happen including issues of domestic violence.” On his part, acting Director General of Health at the Ministry, Patrick Amoth said: “Modeling 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, keeping distance.” The CHVs will conduct ▶️Household visits ▶️Community referrals ▶️Update household registers ▶️Distribute IEC materials ▶️Identify health challenges within the community among others to combat coronavirus and other ailments. WajirCountyKE GovernorWajir #KomeshaCorona— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 21, 2020 May 20: Cases pass 1,000 mark, foreigners deported Total confirmed cases = 1,029 (new cases = 66) Total recoveries = 358 Total deaths = 50 Active cases = 555 The case tally in Kenya has passed the 1,000 mark as of today and the milestone was achieved with the highest one-day record of new cases. Today’s 66 cases, 30 of which were detected in Mombasa County, is the highest to be recorded since the index case. The announcement was made by Health Minister Muhati Kagwa during a press briefing. He also confirmed that cessation of movement in Eastleigh and Old Town had been extended until June 6, 2020; malls and eateries to remain closed until same date. “We would like to thank the German Embassy for giving us mobile labs, to do COVID-19 tests on site especially at the Namanga border point; Minister for East Africa and Regional Cooperation, Adan Mohamed also disclosed. The East African Community Secretariat has also procured mobile labs to enhance testing of truck drivers. On the Kenyan side, one lab will be stationed at the Namanga border point and another one in Naivasha. Deportation of 182 foreigners Kenyan officials have been busy at border points with neighbouring Tanzania – areas that have been declared virus hot spots days ago. 182 foreigners who tried to enter the country were deported after testing positive for coronavirus. Of the cases, 126 tested positive in the main border crossing of Namanga. The others were diagnosed in four other border points. The nationalities of the foreigners were not disclosed. President Kenyatta last weekend shut borders with Tanzania and Somalia citing an increase in cross-border infections. Cargo vehicles were exempted, but drivers have to be tested for coronavirus at border points. “We can not allow people from outside Kenya to come in without a Covid-19 free certificate, just like we are not allowing Kenyan drivers to leave without a certificate,” Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe told a media briefing on Tuesday. May 16: 830 cases, TZ, Somali borders shut Total confirmed cases = 830 (new cases = 49) Total recoveries = 301 Total deaths = 50 (5 new) Active cases = 481 Kenya’s case count reached 830 as pf today President Uhuru Kenyatta announced in an address today. The dusk to dawn curfew in place has also been extended by a further 21 days. A major decision announced also included the closure of frontiers with Tanzania and Somalia. There will be cessation of movement of persons and passengers into and out through Kenya-Tanzania, & Kenya-Somalia border except for cargo, beginning midnight,” he said. The national curfew and cessation of movements in the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Mandera to continue till 6th June 2020, he added. The border closure especially relative to Tanzania comes days after Kenya declared the border town of Namanga a high-risk area. May 14: Cases hit 758, focus turns to borders Total confirmed cases = 758 (new cases = 21) Total recoveries = 284 Total deaths = 42 Samples tested over 24-hours = 1,486 Total samples tested = 36,918 Government reports that a new area of focus in the fight against the virus are the frontiers. “Our borders are now the key areas of focus particularly Namanga,” CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi told reporters during today’s briefing. Kenya has on Wednesday declared the border town with Tanzania as a high-risk area. Namanga is a town divided by the Tanzania-Kenya border. It is in Longido District, Tanzania and Kajiado County, Kenya. It is around 110 kilometers from Arusha, Tanzania. Zambia has also recently shut its common trade border with Tanzania after the town of Nakonde recorded a spike in cases. It is currently having more cases than the capital Lusaka. #KomeshaCorona UPDATE ✔️1,486 samples tested ✔️Total samples tested so far stand at 36,918 ✔️21 new positive cases today ✔️Total confirmed cases stand at 758 ✔️3 recoveries today ✔️Total discharged & recovered stands at 284 ✔️2 fatalities today ✔️Total fatalities stand at 42— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 14, 2020 May 12: 15 new cases, border crossing concerns “We are upscaling security on border points and testing truck drivers to contain cross border infections,” CS Dr. Rashid Aman told the press today as he gave case statistics on the coronavirus pandemic. He added that two other individuals from Tanzania at the Isebania border also tested positive and were referred back to Tanzania. “We are upscaling security on border points and testing truck drivers to contain cross border infections.” With the case count now at 715, authorities reported that 8 patients had been discharges from hospital today bringing to 259 the total number of recoveries from COVID-19. The new infections comprised 14 Kenyans and a Rwandese. Seven of the cases were in Mombasa, three in Migori and two in Wajir. Nairobi, Machakos and Kiambu recorded a case each. Overall 978 samples were tested. “We are saddened to announce the death of 3 patients in Mombasa. Two of them died at home, while the 3rd one in hospital, bringing to 36 the total number of those who have succumbed to the disease,” the CS added. On the regional front, President Kenyatta joined a virtual meeting of East African Community Heads of State held today under the chairmanship of Rwanda’s Paul Kagame. Another regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD; also donated supplies to Kenya as part of efforts to help combat the virus spread. The IGAD Secretariat staff contributed 100,000 US Dollars to Kenya’s National COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Similar amounts were also given to the other IGAD Member States.igadsecretariat #KomeshaCorona updates.— Ministry of Health (MOH_Kenya) May 12, 2020 May 11: 700 cases, mass prisoner release In the last 24 hours, Kenya tested 841 samples, out of which twenty eight (28) people tested positive for corona virus. This brings the total number of those who have tested positive to 700. Recoveries are at 251 with 33 deaths. Ten of the cases were from Mombasa county, nine from Kajiado, seven from Nairobi and two from Wajir. Of note is the Kajiado cases which involved Kenyan truck drivers who were tested at Namanga border point. Authorities disclosed that so far 19 out of 47 counties have reported positive cases adding that cntact tracing of positive cases is ongoing as well as targeted testing in high risk areas. We have discharged 12 people from hospital. This now brings to 251 the total number of recoveries from Covid-19. We continue to thank our healthcare workers for this great achievement.#KomeshaCorona updates.— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 11, 2020 Meanwhile there was a mass prisoner release that saw 7,000 inmates freed as part of efforts to decongest the prisons and to curb spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has told Senators that two cases were detected in a Nairobi prison. The health ministry has started conducting mass testing in prisons across the country, the local Citizen TV reports The government has restricted movement in and out the Nairobi and the second biggest city of Mombasa, as well as two other counties in the coastal region. It has also imposed a total lockdown in two areas identified as virus hot spots – one in Nairobi and the other in Mombasa – for 15 days. __Additional reporting from BBC_ 649 cases, Raila worries about Magufuli Ahead of tallies for May 10, Kenya’s close of day stats for May 9 stood at a total of 649 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 30 deaths and 207 recoveries. Affairs in neighbouring Tanzania has however led to the raising of concerns by ex Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is quoted as saying President Magufuli next door was putting an entire region at risk with his handling of the virus. Raila told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Magufuli had refused to listen to even his fellow presidents on the need to backtrack on his approach to the virus. He added that he had also failed to get in touch with the Tanzanian leader: “As nationalist, he needs to get information from fellow regional leaders… This is a regional issue. “Our destiny is tied together. We do not want a situation where any of these countries will have to close their borders. That is why dialogue is the most important thing,” Raila said. COVID-19 UPDATE ✔️1,611 samples tested today ✔️21,041 total samples tested so far ✔️28 new positive cases today ✔️Total confirmed cases stand at 649 ✔️5 recoveries today ✔️Total recovered stands at 207 ✔️ 1 fatalities today ✔️Total fatalities are 30#KomeshaCorona update.— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 9, 2020 May 8: Govt to foot quarantine bills, cases at 607 Government on Thursday confirmed that it will foot bills of suspected persons quarantined for COVID-19. The move is to encourage more people to avail themselves for testing as the country’s cases continue to rise day-on-day. The issue of high fees associated with institutional quarantine has been topical for weeks in the country as people protested the move. Since the start of the pandemic, many people have been stuck in isolation centres long after they were supposed to leave because they cannot afford the bills. Most government isolation facilities are charging at least $20 (£16) a day, the BBC reported. Recently, a group of people quarantined in the capital Nairobi jumped the walls of the facility and escaped. President Kenyatta at the time vowed that all of them will be rearrested and quarantined duly. Mass testing measures rolled out in the capital and coastal city of Mombasa has received low turnout much to the concern of authorities. Kenya has as of May 7 confirmed a total of 607 coronavirus cases, including 29 deaths and 197 recoveries. May 7: 582 cases, lockdown in Eastleigh, Mombasa City The government on Wednesday announced a partial lockdown on two virus hotspots, Eastleigh in Nairobi and Mombasa City. The 15-day measure took effect same day starting 7pm local time. Under the measure, there shall be no movement into and out of the places. All public places in the two areas are to be shutdown. The cases tally for the two areas stood at 68 and 64 respectively. Kenya case statistics as of May 7 stood at 582 cases, 190 recoveries and 26 deaths. Nairobi and Mombasa have been previously placed under similar measure being the most impacted counties. May 5: KQ’s UK repatriation flight returns Kenyan Airways on Tuesday arrived in Nairobi with 84 nationals aboard a special charter flight from the United Kingdom. All passengers were checked into a government quarantine facility as per the terms of repatriation. A negative virus test result was a key requirement aside other boarding formalities from the UK. Passengers aboard the UK return flight paid 54,000 shillings for the one-way trip. Each passenger occupied an entire row of three seats and had to wear a mask throughout the journey. KQ is also expected to undertake similar flights from India and China in the coming days. The China flight is from Guangzhou, the epicentre of reported racist treatment of Africans last month. Kenyans were said to be among the most impacted. Cases hit 535, govt decries abuse of relaxed measures Kenya recorded a daily record of 45 new cases as the tally hit 535 today. Nine more patients were discharged bringing the total number of recoveries to 182. In giving a breakdown of the new cases, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said: 30 are males and 15 females. It involved 44 Kenyans and a Somali. The cases are from Nairobi (29), Mombasa (11), Wajir (5). Kagwe further disclosed that the five cases from Wajir County had recently travelled from Mogadishu in Somalia. “There is a community spread in three key areas: Eastleigh, Kawangware and Old Town, Mombasa,” he said, insisting on the need for the Government to take serious action in those areas. The 29 cases in Nairobi are from Eastleigh, a hotspot where mass testing started late last week. Eastleigh has 63 cases so far Mombasa’s Old Town has recorded 39 cases Kawangware has 24 cases so far Some quotes from his press briefing were: “Today’s figure is a demonstration of just how far from normal things are.” “There is not a single person who is immune to the virus, you are as likely to have it as I am. Therefore nobody should be stigmatized,” he added. Mutahi decries abuse of relaxed measures “It is unfortunate that some are going to hotels to order two sausages and two beers. Then they will go to another eatery and order another sausage plus two more bottles. “The same person will go to another restaurant and order an orange as dessert…and add another beer. Honestly, what are we doing?” he wondered. He further expressed concern over disobedience to curfew regulations. “If we call the police to arrest such people the media will report that we are harassing Kenyans. It is good that you (the media) are now reporting flaunting of the curfew rules,” he said. May 4: Human rights issues, mass testing hurdles Nelson Havi, President pf the Law Society of Kenya posted on Twitter: 1. The Emergency Response Committee has no power to mandate the IG to establish a containment camp for curfew violators. How can such a preposterous and unlawful idea even be contemplated in a constitutional democracy? 2. A while back, the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Health declared that anyone found outside during curfew hours will be deemed to have been infected with Covid-19 and quarantined. Many have been so quarantined notwithstanding the illegality of the declaration. 3. It is high time Kenyans started questioning the propriety of some of the measures taken in containing Covid-19. Parliament and the Judiciary are reluctant to intervene. May 3: KQ repatriation flight, Nairobi fumigation Kenya Airways has announced plans to repatriate citizens from three global cities. The national carrier announced the special repatriation flights via social media handles. The first is from London (May 4th), Mumbai (May 7th) and finally from Guangzhou (May 8th). “Only Kenyan Citizens with COVID-19 test results will board,” KQ clarified. According to a statement posted on their website, passengers will pay a one-way nonrefundable fare. All passengers must arrange their own COVID-19 tests and present proof of a negative result as part of formalities. “All passengers must undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14-28 days at their own cost as per government of Kenya guidelines,” it added with respect to the London and Guangzhou flights. In the case of the Mumbai flight, passengers are: “required to present a copy of covid-19 medical results at the check in counter and the results must be negative. (Test to be taken max 07 days prior to departure). “During check in all guest must complete a declaration form in relation to 14 days mandatory quarantine in Nairobi,” the statement added. Meanwhile mass fumigation exercises continue in parts of the capital Nairobi including the Kawangware area – a low income residential neighbourhood that has so far recorded 20 positive cases. Afya house, Kilimo house and KMTC Nairobi, fumigated today as the fight against #COVID19 is intensified through targeted testing and other measures. #KomeshaCorona campaign— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) May 3, 2020 May 2: Case count at 435, mass testing starts Kenya recorded 24 new coronavirus cases bringing the total tally to 435. 17 of the cases were recorded in Nairobi (10 in Eastleigh, 7 in Kawangware). Five in Mombasa. and two in Migori County. A 51-year-old woman in Mombasa became the 22nd victim whiles two more recoveries brings the total to 152. These figures were given by Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi in April 2 briefing on the virus situation. A total of 1195 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, one of the highest in a day. It also comes two days after mass testing was rolled out in parts of the capital and Mombasa. The exercise, however, suffered an early setback with low turnout especially in Mombasa. According to records, although the target was 24,000 residents, only 131 showed up for the test rolled out on Thursday. The Health CAS cautioned small businesses that seem to have gone back to work, saying “the disease is still with us”. Businesses flouting the rules set in place to curb disease spread will be closed. Dr Mwangangi noted that there has been a decrease in the number of patients visiting hospitals for other illnesses. While this would ordinarily be good news, the CAS said citizens should not be afraid to seek medical assistance when needed, the Standard Digital portal said in its report. Kenya reports 24 new Coronavirus cases (of 1195 tests conducted in the last 24 hours) bringing total to 435. 17 in Nairobi (10 in Eastleigh, 7 in Kawangware). 5 in Mombasa. 2 in Migori County. 1 death brings total number of deaths to 22. 2 more recoveries brings total to 152.— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) May 2, 2020 May 1: Case count hits 411, Uhuru vows transparency The case count has reached 411 as of May 1 after 15 new cases were recorded over the last 24-hours. Meanwhile recoveries have reached 150 according to data released today by the Ministry of Health. Fatalities stand at 21 with active cases at 240. Kenya’s overall test count stands at 21,702. A total of 1,434 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, marking a rise from the trend where less than 1,000 had been tested daily. Nairobi and Mombasa counties remain the most impacted with 248 and 124 cases respectively. Partially locked down Kilifi, Mandera and Kwale also have 9, 8 and 2 cases in that order. Other counties with cases are Kiambu, Kajiado, Kitui, Nakuru, Siaya and Kakamega. Uasin Gishu, Homabay and Wajir complete the list. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday assured the country that all fund being sunk into combating the coronavirus will be properly accounted for and the report made public in due course. He was speaking at State House as part of a muted 2020 Labour Day celebrations, addressing concerns in the wake of reports about financial mismanagement with the virus funds. “We should also focus on the future since corona will not be with us forever. I was surprised when some criticized me for exporting flowers abroad,” he said. “The flower industry employs very many people. The moment corona is over they will remember us for standing with them in their time of need.” The President also tasked Kenyans to do all it takes to combat the virus and minimize the incidence of job losses. “We cannot relax in our efforts to conquer this invisible enemy and to put our economy on a strong growth path. “Because, if we do not, we could lose upwards of half a million jobs over the next 6 months. We must do whatever it takes to minimize, if not to fully contain such loss in jobs,” he said.
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Nigeria coronavirus: 10,819 cases; mass infection of health workers (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, became the third African country to record over 10,000 cases of COVID-19. The milestone was reached on May 31 when 307 new cases took its tally to 10,162. As Africa’s biggest economy, the federal government has continued to enforce regulations across the board even though most state governments have moved to relax restrictions. Lagos being the economic nerve center is rolling out a progressive reopening of the economy. It is the most impacted state with over 5,000 cases as of May 31. Only Cross River State had yet to record a case. The national response is led by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, led by SGF Boss Mustapha along with a national coordinator and relevant ministers – chief among them, Health, Foreign Affairs and Education ministries. This article is dedicated to covering events from the country throughout the month of June. Our May 2020 daily updates page also gives you a rundown of major activities. June 3: 10,819; health workers infected The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmed on Tuesday that over 800 health workers had contracted COVID-19. Out of the 812 infected, 29 were NCDC staff. Chief Executive Chikwe Ihekweazu said the center had provided staff with Personal Protective Equipment, PPE. Contrary to claims that such workers were largely exposed in the line of work. Government has also announced that private hospitals will now be allowed to treat COVID-19 patients. This is a reversal of an earlier order that banned such actions. Hospitals will be expected to register with respective state governments and to train their staff appropriately for the purpose. Confirmed cases = 10,819 Number of deaths = 314 Recoveries = 3,240 Active cases = 7,265 Stats valid as of June 2, 2020 June 2: 10,578, restrictions eased Nigeria has a total of 774 local government areas (LGAs). 20 of of those 774 LGAs account for 60% of all Covid-19 cases in the country, the PTF declared as it announced wide raging lifting of virus restrictions. All schools remain closed whiles places of worship can resume operations whiles observing necessary protocols. Religious houses opening limited to once a week (regular services only), few hours hours max; but schools are several hours .No tentative dates on opening of international flights for now. But Aviation Minister says evaluation ongoing, will also involve some guidance from ICAO. There would be full opening for the financial sector with banks now allowed to operate with more working hours five days a week. The mass gathering of more than 20 people outside of a work place or places of worship remain prohibited. There would be controlled access to markets and locations of places of economic activities but local authorities will continue to provide guidance on opening times. Restrictive opening of places of worship will be based on state governments protocols and strict guidelines on physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions and just to clarify this would apply to the regular church and mosque services only. Mandatory supervised isolation of person of persons arriving the country will continue to be for 14 days until a new policy comes into play. There would be no further evacuation of Nigerians until a new policy currently developed with the private sector comes into place. Ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace; Confirmed cases = 10,578 Number of deaths = 299 Recoveries = 3,122 Active cases = 7,157 Stats valid as of June 1, 2020 June 1: Cases top 10,000; Task Force meets Buhari COVID-19 cases in Nigeria reached the 10,000 mark on May 31 with 307 new cases pushing Nigeria past the line only crossed till date by South Africa and Egypt. With 10,162 cases, Nigeria is only behind leader South Africa (32,683 cases) and Egypt (24,985 cases). The Presidential Task Force, PTF, yesterday held their weekly briefing with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidency. SGF and leader of the PTF, Boss Mustapha said they presented a report to Buhari in which they made recommendations on reopening places of worship, schools and businesses across the country. “But you know that Mr President is the only one that can take decisions in respect of that. In the framework, the states are sub-nationals; they have their own responsibilities too. So, it is in the exercise of those responsibilities that they met with religious bodies and agreed on the protocols and guidelines on how to open up. But in the framework of the national response, we are taking that into consideration,” he said. The SGF stressed a long held position by the PTF that the states governments will take responsibility for the next phase of the lockdown relaxation. Confirmed cases = 10,162 Number of deaths = 287 Recoveries = 3,007 Active cases = 6,868 Stats valid as of May 31, 2020 – Nigeria COVID
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Coronavirus in Africa: 158,030 cases; 4,505 deaths; 67,491 recoveries (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
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. SUGGESTED READING: Africa’s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000 mark Major African stats: June 2 at 13:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 158,030 Number of deaths = 4,505 Recoveries = 67,491 Active cases = 86,034 Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 9,626 Angola – 86 Benin – 244 Botswana – 40 Burkina Faso – 881 Burundi – 63 Cameroon – 6,585 Cape Verde – 466 Central African Republic – 1,173 Chad – 803 Comoros – 132 Congo-Brazzaville – 611 DR Congo – 3,495 Djibouti – 3,779 Egypt – 27,536 Equatorial Guinea – 1,306 Eritrea – 40 Eswatini – 294 Ethiopia – 1,486 Gabon – 2,803 (The) Gambia – 25 Ghana – 8,297 Guinea – 3,886 Guinea-Bissau – 1,339 Ivory Coast – 3,024 Kenya – 2,093 Lesotho – 2 Liberia – 316 Libya – 182 Madagascar – 908 Malawi – 358 Mali – 1,351 Mauritania – 668 Mauritius – 335 Morocco – 7,910 Mozambique – 307 Namibia – 25 Niger – 960 Nigeria- 10,819 Rwanda – 384 Sao Tome and Principe – 484 Senegal – 3,932 Seychelles – 11 Sierra Leone – 909 Somalia – 2,089 South Africa – 35,812 South Sudan – 994 Sudan – 5,310 Tanzania – 509 Togo – 445 Tunisia – 1,087 Uganda – 507 Zambia – 1,089 Zimbabwe – 206 SUGGESTED READING: rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Africa II
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Dining in Greenhouses for social distancing [Morning Call] (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
Restaurants are gradually reopening access after coronavirus measures – some with inventive ideas to bring customers back. A group in Amsterdam has introduced small greenhouses around every table to protect customers from each other and staff.
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Nigeria stands by AfDB president Akinwunmi Adesina[Morning Call] (Wed, 03 Jun 2020)
President of the African Development Bank AFDB Akinwunmi Adesina is in the news! A brewing crisis of succession at the Apex lending institution has put the highly reputed Nigerian former Agriculture minister in murky waters or to put it clearly, intense scrutiny. But support for him is increasing. The latest, from his country Nigeria. Africa’s largest economy has opposed calls by the US treasury for an independent probe into whistle-blower allegations that Adesina awarded contracts to friends and relatives. An earlier, internal investigation had cleared him. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s leader Muhammadu Buhari met with Adesina, at the presidential villa in Abuja. After that meeting, the country says it stands solidly behind the reelection of Adesina. Interestingly, it is not alone in this. Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone too are backing Adesina, who has also won praise from the African Union, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and is now gathering support on social media via #IStandWithAdesina. But the dispute has drawn in other AfDB members. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the UK are amongst those supporting the U.S. call for an external investigation. There are many concerns. Thie issue to many is a bigger fight. For some this is all about US pressure. With us this morning is Piet Rampedi, Editor of the African times in Johannesburg South Africa.
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