Health Advice Lifestyle 

No excuse not to end the acute stage of pandemic globally

Is it not shocking that after more than two years into the pandemic (when we know how to protect ourselves from getting infected, and have had vaccines for more than a year now), by far the highest-ever number of corona virus infections in a single week were reported in the second week of January 2022? This is an unacceptable failure to save lives and unnecessary human suffering. More than 15 million new cases of COVID-19 were reported globally in the second week of January 2022. And even this high number…

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Africa Ghana World 

Beenie Man arrested in Ghana for evading Covid quarantine

– – Ghanaian officials are reported to have confirmed that popular Jamaican dancehall artiste, Beenie Man, was arrested for flouting COVID-19 quarantine protocols. The musician traveled to Ghana to perform at a number of concerts but tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport. He was placed in quarantine by health officials, as was required by the country’s Covid-19 protocols. Beenie Man was however reported by local media to have evaded quarantine in the capital, Accra and appeared on several media outlets for interviews. The artiste went…

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Africa Southern Africa US World 

United States lifts travel restrictions on Southern African countries

– – The United States government has announced the lifting of travel restrictions on southern Africa countries effective 31st of December, 2021. The travel restrictions were imposed a month ago when all flights from the region were suspended amid the outbreak of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19. South Africa, Mozambique and Malawi are amongst the eight countries that will be allowed to resume travels to the US from the start of the New Year. When these travel restrictions were first imposed by the USA and European countries, the United…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana fines airlines flying unvaccinated passengers into the country

– – Ghana has started fining airlines that fly into the country, unvaccinated passengers, as part of measures to enforce its earlier revised protocols for travelers. Last week Ghana said it will demand full vaccination from all international travellers effective December 12, 2021. The country’s Health Service said that it had recorded about 40 percent increase in covid-19 cases at its main airport, the Kotoka International Airport compared with same period last year. Statistics from the GHS also showed that an average of 20 positive cases of covid-19 are being…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

SA President being treated for Covid after West Africa tour

– – President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is being treated for Covid-19 after testing positive over the weekend. According to the President’s office, Mr. Ramaphosa has mild symptoms and is isolating in Cape Town. The 69-year old South African had just completed his tour of some West African nations-namely Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal. President Ramaphosa adds to the list of several world leaders who have been infected with the virus. The presidency said Mr Ramaphosa and members of his team that travelled in parts of Africa were tested…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana rolls out compulsory Covid vaccination for unvaccinated travellers

– – Ghana is to demand full vaccination from all international travellers effective December 12, 2021 after reviewing its travelling protocols as cases of covid-19 surge in the country. Last month, Ghana’s Health Service (GHS) announced that it had recorded about 40 percent increase in covid-19 cases at its main airport, the Kotoka International Airport compared with same period last year. Statistics from the GHS also showed that an average of 20 positive cases of covid-19 are being confirmed at the airport daily with majority of the people being unvaccinated.…

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Africa South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa protests travel restrictions amid new covid-19 variant

– – The South African government has complained that it is being punished instead of being  applauded for discovering new covid-19 variant Omicron. The  country’s foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restrict travel from southern African countries as the variant spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the  new variant was being considered as “of concern” due to higher re-infection risk. The new variant  first reported to the WHO from South Africa has  been detected in Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel. Several cases have also been…

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Africa Ghana World 

The largest oral history project of global black doctors and nurses

– – The Armah Institute of Emotional Justice has announced that its flagship project, THE BLACK FRONTLINE has started gathering stories of 100 doctors and nurses in Ghana as part of the largest oral history project. In a statement the institute said “in total, 300 stories will be gathered of global Black doctors and nurses in 3 countries on 3 continents; 100 in Ghana, 100 in USA and 100 in UK.” The project is hoping to frame the pandemic through doctors and nurses stories and experiences. THE BLACK FRONTLINE is…

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Africa World 

Covid-19 aid falling short in Africa

– – The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for African governments to strengthen social protection systems and fulfill people’s rights to social security and an adequate standard of living, Human Rights Watch said today. Many African governments introduced measures like cash transfers and food assistance in response to the rising poverty and hunger occasioned by the pandemic, but most households received no support. The World Bank forecasts that the Covid-19 crisis will have pushed an additional 29 million Africans into extreme poverty by the end of 2021. “The Covid-19 crisis has wreaked…

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Africa North Africa World 

Algeria starts producing its own Covid-19 vaccines

– – Algeria has now started producing its own Covid-19 vaccines as it announces plans to produce 8 million doses each month. Production started on Wednesday according to the country’s Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane. The Covid-19 vaccine being produced in Algeria was developed by Chinese firm Sinovac. Algerian officials said the development is a major achievement following the launch of the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantine. “Algeria aims to achieve other projects of this kind,” Benabderrahmane said with officials saying production could be doubled in…

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