Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana probes new variants of Covid-19 as infections surge

– Advertisement – Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has said that scientists are investigating the presence and extent of spread of new variants of the coronavirus in the country. The new variants of the virus are reportedly responsible for the surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. Ghana has so far confirmed over 56,000 cases of the virus with current active cases now at 1770. There are over 300 deaths so far, according to President Akufo-Addo who delivered a national televised address on Sunday evening. – Advertisement – Several countries including…

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Africa North Africa World 

Covid-19: Tunisia orders nationwide lockdown to prevent spread

– Advertisement – Tunisia’s government has ordered a four-day nationwide lockdown effective Thursday in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi told reporters that new measures will cover extending the night curfew from 1700GMT to 0500GMT. Schools will also be closed from Wednesday until 24 January, according to the government. The country has confirmed over 160,000 cases since the pandemic started last year with more than 5,000 deaths. Confirmed infection rate in Tunisia is still pegged at over 300 new cases daily. – Advertisement –…

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Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in February

– Advertisement – South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of Covid-19 cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses for the disease next month, the country’s health minister announced Sunday. In recent weeks, the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against Covid-19. “We are targeting February,” Dr Zweli Mkhize told a news conference, while cautioning that before that can happen negotiations must be concluded with vaccine makers including Pfizer, Moderna…

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Africa East Africa World 

Covid-19: Kenya schools reopen after months of closure

– Advertisement – Schools in Kenya on Monday reopened for children to return to the classroom for learning and teaching activities. Millions of primary and secondary school children in Kenya are expected to get back to the classroom. In October final year students resumed learning ahead of Monday’s official reopening date. Meanwhile the head of the Kenya National Union of Teachers Wilson Sossion has said that the safety of students and teachers is at risk as schools reopened. He told the BBC that the level of preparation on coronavirus safety…

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Africa East Africa World 

WHO chief has “personal pain” over conflict in Ethiopia

– Advertisement – The director general of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu who is an Ethiopian by nationality has spoken of his pain over the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. Tedros has been at the helm of affairs helping to fight the global Coronavirus pandemic but he said 2020 has been difficult for him as well due to the conflict in his country. He told reporters on Monday at a press conference that “2020 has been very difficult for me, because my country is in…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South African scientists probe new variant of Covid-19

– Advertisement – South African scientists are getting support from the World Health Organization in investigating a new variant of coronavirus. Scientists have detected the new variant of the coronavirus which is sparking increase in cases across the country. The new variant was first found in the Eastern Cape province and has since spread to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The new variant known as 501.V2 was identified by a genomics team led by the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform. This “501.V2 variant” of the virus has been identified…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

Mali goes into another lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge

– Advertisement – Mali’s government has announced another lock-down to fight the surge in coronavirus cases. The country is recording an average of 150 new covid-19 infections forcing hospitals into a major crisis. The government has put a coronavirus prevention measure into effect to ensure that the numbers do not get out of control . Harouna Mamadou Toureh, the Minister of Public Service and a government spokesperson on Friday told the media that “The state of emergency is adopted this Friday, December 18, 2020, and for a duration of 10 days.…

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Africa World 

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to roll out next week

– Advertisement – Britain on Wednesday said it had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” The move makes Britain one of the first countries to begin the process of vaccinating its population as it tries to the COVID-19 outbreak. Prime Minister…

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Africa Southern Africa World Zambia 

How Covid-19 funds were misappropriated in Zambia

– Advertisement – A damning report about the misappropriation of COVID 19 funds by Zambian government officials has been released by the Auditor- General’s office. Unexplained transactions About $71 million is reported to have been mismanaged on a number of unexplained transactions between 1 February and 31 July, 2020, which include dubious transfers from the Zambian government’s accounts, in cash withdrawals. The interim report highlighted an over-commitment of over 31 million U S dollars as being the highest financial irregularity in the utilisation of COVID-19 resources, according to a statement…

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Africa Sports World 

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for coronavirus

– Advertisement – Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has announced. The 35-year-old is “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation”, the FPF said in a statement. Portugal face Sweden in a Nations League group game on Wednesday. The remainder of Fernando Santos’ Portugal squad have tested negative for Covid-19 and are available for selection. Portugal played out a 0-0 draw with France in Paris on Sunday and are top of the group, level on points with the world champions. – Advertisement…

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