Africa World 

WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic will be ‘far more deadly’ this year

– – The World Health Organization issued a grim warning on Friday that the second year of COVID-19 was set to be “far more deadly”, as Japan extended a state of emergency amid growing calls for the Olympics to be scrapped. “We’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first,” said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The mood also darkened in Japan where the coronavirus state of emergency took in another three regions just 10 weeks before the Olympics, while campaigners…

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Africa Business World 

Developments in competition law in post-pandemic Africa

– – With the growth of economies across Africa, competition law has remained one of the key drivers for effective market participation, consumer protection and fair business practices. However, the global pandemic introduced new challenges for competition authorities in Africa and abroad, with each enforcer pursuing the most beneficial enforcement method for its national or regional jurisdiction. According to Lerisha Naidu, Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Competition & Antitrust Practice in Johannesburg, “These efforts were aimed at curbing the persistence of unjustified price hikes, anticompetitive cooperation between competitors and other harmful…

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Africa Ghana Malawi World 

Thousands of expired Covid vaccines to be destroyed in Africa

– – Several African countries are set to destroy Covid-19 vaccines currently in circular as they have expired this week. The vaccines were donated to these countries under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) with the support of the African Union. Malawian health officials have signaled they will destroy over 16,000 of the expired coronavirus vaccines. 102,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs were donated to Malawi last month but 16,400 were not administered before they expired. “We have used most of the vaccines sent by the AU. On Tuesday,…

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Africa Business World 

The African Union’s digital Covid-19 passport for travelers

– – The African Union has developed a common continental Covid-19 digital passport for travelers and airlines. It is an initiative by African Union’s lead health agency, the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). The technology is known as Trusted Travel, a platform that will enable passengers across Africa to securely and easily verify compliance with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements issued by their destinations of choice. The platform has been made available to airlines since March 2021 as the continent continues to battle the pandemic.…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s President orders creation of Covid-19 task force

– – Tanzania’s new President Samia Suluhu Hassan has ordered her government to form a special task force on the Covid-19 pandemic. President Hassan said the special task force will have to examine the trend of Covid-19 in the country. Speaking at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the President said Tanzania cannot stand alone at this moment. “On the issue of Covid-19, I think I should form a Committee of Experts to look at it professionally and then advise the Government, it should not be silenced…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s top hospital to still fight Covid-19 with steam therapy

– – Steam therapy will remain a key way of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Tanzania after the country’s top referral hospital, Muhimbili said it was still keeping the steam booths at the facility in Dar es Salaam. The news outlet the Citizen reported that, hospital officials said the booths will not be moved as expectations soar of a possible change in strategy in the fight against the pandemic. The steam therapy, was launched earlier this year as part of a national campaign by the Tanzanian government to fight coronavirus.…

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Africa East Africa World 

Search for Tanzania’s ‘missing’ President continues amid opposition query

– – On Monday, Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan told Tanzanians not to listen to rumours and urged them to remain united. “It’s quite normal for anybody to be afflicted by illness, to contract flu or a fever… this is the time for Tanzanians to be united through prayer,” she said. But her response is just one of a few from government officials who haven’t been able to tell what is wrong with the President and why he isn’t in public. There are already unconfirmed reports from critics of Magufuli that…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania police makes arrests over missing president rumour

But Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa rejected those reports saying “Tanzanians should be at peace. Your president is around, healthy, working hard. To spread rumours that he is sick is just an outcome of hate.” – – The prime minister added that the president has been busy at work indoors reviewing files. “I have decided to say this to give hope to Tanzanians that our president is around,” he said. “If he were sick, would I talk to him on the phone? He sent his greetings to you.” Tanzania’s ambassador in Namibia, Modestus…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzanians have no idea if their President is alive or dead

– – Tanzanians have been kept in the dark for weeks now about the whereabouts of their president, John Magufuli. The last time they saw their leader in public was in February. For weeks they have to contend with media reports of President Magufuli taken ill. First there were reports of the Tanzanian leader seriously ill and haven been flown to Kenyan hospital for treatment. Then again reports emerged that he had been flown to India for further treatment as his condition deteriorates due to Covid-19 infection. Dead or alive?…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Tanzania’s President Magufuli in India for Covid-19 treatment

– – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli is reportedly in India for further treatment for Covid-19, the country’s main opposition leader has said. John Magufuli this week was said to be on admission at a Kenyan hospital undergoing medical treatment for Covid-19. Opposition leader Tundu Lissu who said Magufuli had coronavirus and a cardiac arrest has also revealed that the Tanzanian leader has now been flown from Kenya to India. He insisted that Mr. Magufuli is in a serious condition due to the Covid-19, a disease the president has denied existed.…

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