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  •  Countries 43 and with positive cases 2 046 Algeria 230 Angola 2 Benin 5 Burkina Faso 114 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 3 Central African Republic 4 Chad 3 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 3 DRC 45 Egypt 366 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 5 Ethiopia 12 Gabon 6 Gambia 2 Ghana 27 Guinea 4 Kenya 25 Liberia 3 Madagascar 17 Mauritius 36 Mauritania 2 Morocco 143 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 4 Niger 2 Nigeria 42 Rwanda 36 Senegal 86 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 554 Sudan 3 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 114 Uganda 9 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 58 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 19 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 2 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 14 with recoveries 189 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 DRC 1 Egypt 68 Ethiopia 4 Ghana 1 Morocco 5 Nigeria 2 Senegal 8 South Africa 12 Togo 1 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 Countries with positive cases 2,046 (24 March 2020 – 10:00 am EAT)
     Countries 43 and with positive cases 2 046 Algeria 230 Angola 2 Benin 5 Burkina Faso 114 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 3 Central African Republic 4 Chad 3 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 3 DRC 45 Egypt 366 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 5 Ethiopia 12 Gabon 6 Gambia 2 Ghana 27 Guinea 4 Kenya 25 Liberia 3 Madagascar 17 Mauritius 36 Mauritania 2 Morocco 143 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 4 Niger 2 Nigeria 42 Rwanda 36 Senegal 86 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 554 Sudan 3 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 114 Uganda 9 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 58 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 19 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 2 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 14 with recoveries 189 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 DRC 1 Egypt 68 Ethiopia 4 Ghana 1 Morocco 5 Nigeria 2 Senegal 8 South Africa 12 Togo 1 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 Countries with positive cases 2,046 (24 March 2020 – 10:00 am EAT)
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 Countries with positive cases 2,046 (24 March 2020 – 10:00 am EAT)


    Countries (43) and with positive cases (2,046): Algeria (230), Angola (2), Benin (5), Burkina Faso (114), Cameroon (56), Cape Verde (3), Central African Republic (4), Chad (3), Congo (4), Côte d'Ivoire (25), Djibouti (3), DRC (45), Egypt (366), Equatorial Guinea (9), Eritrea (1), Eswatini (5), Ethiopia (12), Gabon (6), Gambia (2), Ghana (27), Guinea (4), Kenya (25), Liberia (3), Madagascar (17), Mauritius (36), Mauritania (2), Morocco (143), Mozambique (1),  Namibia (4), Niger (2), Nigeria (42), Rwanda (36), Senegal (86), Seychelles (7), Somalia (1), South Africa (554), Sudan (3), Tanzania (12), Togo (18), Tunisia (114), Uganda (9), Zambia (3), Zimbabwe (2).

    Countries (13) with deaths (58): Algeria (17), Burkina Faso (4), DRC (2), Egypt (19), Gabon (1), Gambia (1), Ghana (2), Mauritius (2), Morocco (4), Nigeria (1), Sudan (1), Tunisia (3), Zimbabwe (1)

    Countries (14) with recoveries (189): Algeria (77), Burkina Faso (5), Cameroon (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), DRC (1), Egypt (68), Ethiopia (4), Ghana (1), Morocco (5), Nigeria (2), Senegal (8), South Africa (12), Togo (1), Tunisia (1)

  •  PM Abiy Ahmed Ali in collaboration with the AfricaCDC start distributing JackMa and AlibabaGroup contributions 2 enhance countries 039 capacities for testing and responce in all African MS Uganda Sudan South Sudan Tanzania Kenya and Djibouti have received their supplies today
    Coronavirus – Africa: Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, distributes Jack Ma and Alibaba Group contributions towards coronavirus testing and response
     PM Abiy Ahmed Ali in collaboration with the AfricaCDC start distributing JackMa and AlibabaGroup contributions 2 enhance countries 039 capacities for testing and responce in all African MS Uganda Sudan South Sudan Tanzania Kenya and Djibouti have received their supplies today
    Coronavirus – Africa: Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, distributes Jack Ma and Alibaba Group contributions towards coronavirus testing and response
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus – Africa: Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, distributes Jack Ma and Alibaba Group contributions towards coronavirus testing and response



    PM Abiy Ahmed Ali in collaboration with the AfricaCDC start distributing JackMa and AlibabaGroup contributions 2 enhance countries' capacities for testing and responce in all African MS. Uganda, Sudan South, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Djibouti have received their supplies today

  •  Outbreak Update Globally a total of 333 393 coronavirus disease 2019 COVID 19 confirmed cases1 and 14 508 CFR 4 related deaths have been reported to date Since the last brief 17 March 2020 165 803 new COVID 19 cases and 7 900 new deaths have been reported globally Thirty five new countries and territories including 13 African countries are reporting cases2 and 40 new countries including nine African countries are reporting deaths3 nbsp for the first time The distribution of cumulative cases proportion of global cases from the WHO reporting regions excluding Africa are as follows Eastern Mediterranean Region 24 854 7 European Region 171 401 51 Region of the Americas 37 026 11 South East Asia Region 1 775 0 5 Western Pacific Region 96 349 29 For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa refer to the WHO daily situation reports 4 As of 24 March 2020 1 988 total COVID 19 cases and 58 CFR 3 deaths have been reported in 43 African countries Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory surveillance and other response support where requested See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases deaths and those recovered Table 1 Confirmed COVID 19 Cases Reported in Africa5 nbsp 17 24 March 2020 12pm CET Country No of cases new No of deaths new No recovered Transmission Type6 Algeria 230 176 17 14 77 Local transmission Angola 2 2 Imported cases only Benin 5 3 Imported cases only Burkina Faso 114 87 4 4 5 Local transmission Cameroon 66 66 2 Local transmission Cabo Verde 3 2 Imported cases only Central African Republic 4 3 Imported cases only Chad 3 3 Imported case only Congo 4 3 Imported cases only C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 25 21 2 Local transmission Democratic Republic of Congo 45 42 2 2 1 Local transmission Djibouti 3 3 Imported case only Egypt 366 200 19 19 68 Local transmission Equatorial Guinea 9 8 Imported cases only Eritrea 1 1 Imported cases only Eswatini 5 4 Imported cases only Ethiopia 12 7 4 Local transmission Gabon 6 5 1 1 Imported cases only Gambia 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Ghana 27 21 2 2 1 Local transmission Guinea 4 3 Imported cases only Kenya 16 13 Local transmission Liberia 3 2 Local transmission Madagascar 12 12 Imported cases only Mauritius 36 36 2 2 Imported cases only Mauritania 2 1 Imported cases only Morocco 134 105 4 3 3 Local transmission Mozambique 1 1 Imported cases only Namibia 4 2 Imported cases only Niger 2 2 Imported case only Nigeria 40 38 1 1 2 Local transmission Rwanda 36 31 Local transmission Senegal 79 53 8 Local transmission Seychelles 7 3 Imported cases only Somalia 1 0 Imported cases only South Africa 554 492 12 Local transmission Sudan 2 1 1 0 Imported cases only Tanzania 12 11 Imported cases only Togo 18 17 1 Imported cases only Tunisia 89 71 3 3 1 Local transmission Uganda 9 9 Imported cases only Zambia 3 3 Imported cases only Zimbabwe 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Total 1 988 1 566 58 39 187 Africa CDC Response General activities Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System IMS for the COVID 19 outbreak on 27 January 2020 Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020 The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on 22 February for an emergency COVID 19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment movement restrictions and monitoring of people at risk for COVID 19 including people being repatriated from China Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control including surveillance laboratory diagnosis infection prevention and control clinical care and risk communication Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID 19 outbreak response efforts Response simulation exercises i e lsquo table top rsquo exercises for high level coordination are being initiated including an initial simulation conducted with a group of 10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO Africa CDC briefs the permanent council PRC and Ambassadors from non AU states on COVID 19 situation in Africa Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics over 6 000 test kits PPE thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases Twenty four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in process of recruitment 9 nbsp nbsp nbsp Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation Africa CDC efforts and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID 19 A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities Surveillance Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in coming analysts in event based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID 19 related events providing critical information to inform Member States 039 response and control efforts Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Mauritius Mauritania Nigeria Niger Zambia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South Africa Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID 19 Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa Africa CDC in collaboration with the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event based surveillance for COVID 19 starting in March 2020 The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala Uganda on 2 4 March 2020 Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO on preparedness for COVID 19 in the aviation industry More than 200 participants from 10 Member States Malawi Uganda Zimbabwe Lesotho Botswana Rwanda Tanzania Eswatini Ethiopia and Namibia were trained Laboratory Ethiopian PM Abiy Jack Ma amp Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia the Foundation and World Food Program Africa CDC distributed 36 000 tests TIB Molbiol German to 30 Member States In collaboration with ASLM a community of practice online training program has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories 25 and 30 March 2020 Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States Online training will be organized once shipment is completed Africa CDC is working with other vendors Roche Abbott and Cepheid for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID 19 Supply shortage viral transport media swabs and extraction kits are now the main challenges to expand the testing Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available Healthcare Preparedness Africa CDC initiated a continent wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020 with a webinar that included 230 clinicians from across the continent The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020 Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses online case studies and social media vignettes to support evidence based care of COVID 19 patients Risk Communication Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID 19 and other public health emergencies Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID 19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues Recommendations for Member States All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections SARI 7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases Examples of enhanced surveillance include Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country area or territory reporting local transmission Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified Africa CDC should be notified by emailing nbsp AfricaCDCEBS africa union org Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness Resources for more information Africa CDC Resources nbsp Africa CDC http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources Guidelines nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources guidelines policies covid nbsp 19 and resources guidelines policies detail Infographics nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources infographics covid 19 nbsp and resources infographics detail Other Resources China CDC Coronavirus overview nbsp http www chinacdc cn yyrdgz 202001 t20200109_211159 html European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Novel coronavirus overview nbsp https www ecdc europa eu en novel coronavirus china National Health Commission of the People 039 s Republic of China nbsp http www nhc gov cn xcs yqtb list_gzbd shtml Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center amp School of Public Health 10 January 2020 Initial genome release of novel coronavirus http virological org t initial genome release of nbsp novel coronavirus 319 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 14 January 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Wuhan China https www cdc gov coronavirus novel coronavirus nbsp 2019 html WHO Coronavirus overview https www who int health topics coronavirus WHO Technical Guidance https www who int emergencies diseases novel nbsp coronavirus 2019 technical guidance 1 Per WHO effective 17 February 2020 lsquo confirmed rsquo cases include both laboratory confirmed and clinically diagnosed Hubei province China only 2 Angola Aruba Barbados Bahamas Cape Verde Chad Djibouti El Salvador Eritrea Fiji Gambia Greenland Grenada Guam Haiti Kosovo Madagascar Mauritius Montenegro Montserrat Mozambique New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Papua New Guinea Sint Maarten Syrian Arab Republic Timor Leste Uganda United States Virgin Islands Uganda Uruguay Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe 3 Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Burkina Faso Chile Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Curacao Czechia Democratic Republic of Congo Dominican Republic Finland Gabon Gambia Ghana Guam Iceland Israel Jamaica Lithuania Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Nigeria Pakistan Paraguay Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Republic of Moldova Serbia Singapore Slovenia Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe 4 WHO coronavirus disease COVID 19 situation reports nbsp https www who int emergencies diseases novel coronavirus 2019 situation reports 5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief 17 March 2020 6 Local transmission indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location Imported cases only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting 7 WHO SARI case definition anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever or measured fever of ge 38 C deg and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization nbsp nbsp https www who int influenza surveillance_monitoring ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition en
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
     Outbreak Update Globally a total of 333 393 coronavirus disease 2019 COVID 19 confirmed cases1 and 14 508 CFR 4 related deaths have been reported to date Since the last brief 17 March 2020 165 803 new COVID 19 cases and 7 900 new deaths have been reported globally Thirty five new countries and territories including 13 African countries are reporting cases2 and 40 new countries including nine African countries are reporting deaths3 nbsp for the first time The distribution of cumulative cases proportion of global cases from the WHO reporting regions excluding Africa are as follows Eastern Mediterranean Region 24 854 7 European Region 171 401 51 Region of the Americas 37 026 11 South East Asia Region 1 775 0 5 Western Pacific Region 96 349 29 For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa refer to the WHO daily situation reports 4 As of 24 March 2020 1 988 total COVID 19 cases and 58 CFR 3 deaths have been reported in 43 African countries Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory surveillance and other response support where requested See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases deaths and those recovered Table 1 Confirmed COVID 19 Cases Reported in Africa5 nbsp 17 24 March 2020 12pm CET Country No of cases new No of deaths new No recovered Transmission Type6 Algeria 230 176 17 14 77 Local transmission Angola 2 2 Imported cases only Benin 5 3 Imported cases only Burkina Faso 114 87 4 4 5 Local transmission Cameroon 66 66 2 Local transmission Cabo Verde 3 2 Imported cases only Central African Republic 4 3 Imported cases only Chad 3 3 Imported case only Congo 4 3 Imported cases only C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 25 21 2 Local transmission Democratic Republic of Congo 45 42 2 2 1 Local transmission Djibouti 3 3 Imported case only Egypt 366 200 19 19 68 Local transmission Equatorial Guinea 9 8 Imported cases only Eritrea 1 1 Imported cases only Eswatini 5 4 Imported cases only Ethiopia 12 7 4 Local transmission Gabon 6 5 1 1 Imported cases only Gambia 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Ghana 27 21 2 2 1 Local transmission Guinea 4 3 Imported cases only Kenya 16 13 Local transmission Liberia 3 2 Local transmission Madagascar 12 12 Imported cases only Mauritius 36 36 2 2 Imported cases only Mauritania 2 1 Imported cases only Morocco 134 105 4 3 3 Local transmission Mozambique 1 1 Imported cases only Namibia 4 2 Imported cases only Niger 2 2 Imported case only Nigeria 40 38 1 1 2 Local transmission Rwanda 36 31 Local transmission Senegal 79 53 8 Local transmission Seychelles 7 3 Imported cases only Somalia 1 0 Imported cases only South Africa 554 492 12 Local transmission Sudan 2 1 1 0 Imported cases only Tanzania 12 11 Imported cases only Togo 18 17 1 Imported cases only Tunisia 89 71 3 3 1 Local transmission Uganda 9 9 Imported cases only Zambia 3 3 Imported cases only Zimbabwe 2 2 1 1 Imported cases only Total 1 988 1 566 58 39 187 Africa CDC Response General activities Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System IMS for the COVID 19 outbreak on 27 January 2020 Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020 The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on 22 February for an emergency COVID 19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment movement restrictions and monitoring of people at risk for COVID 19 including people being repatriated from China Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control including surveillance laboratory diagnosis infection prevention and control clinical care and risk communication Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID 19 outbreak response efforts Response simulation exercises i e lsquo table top rsquo exercises for high level coordination are being initiated including an initial simulation conducted with a group of 10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO Africa CDC briefs the permanent council PRC and Ambassadors from non AU states on COVID 19 situation in Africa Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics over 6 000 test kits PPE thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases Twenty four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in process of recruitment 9 nbsp nbsp nbsp Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation Africa CDC efforts and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID 19 A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities Surveillance Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in coming analysts in event based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID 19 related events providing critical information to inform Member States 039 response and control efforts Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Mauritius Mauritania Nigeria Niger Zambia Rwanda Sao Tome and Principe South Africa Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID 19 Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa Africa CDC in collaboration with the U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event based surveillance for COVID 19 starting in March 2020 The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala Uganda on 2 4 March 2020 Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO on preparedness for COVID 19 in the aviation industry More than 200 participants from 10 Member States Malawi Uganda Zimbabwe Lesotho Botswana Rwanda Tanzania Eswatini Ethiopia and Namibia were trained Laboratory Ethiopian PM Abiy Jack Ma amp Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia the Foundation and World Food Program Africa CDC distributed 36 000 tests TIB Molbiol German to 30 Member States In collaboration with ASLM a community of practice online training program has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories 25 and 30 March 2020 Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States Online training will be organized once shipment is completed Africa CDC is working with other vendors Roche Abbott and Cepheid for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID 19 Supply shortage viral transport media swabs and extraction kits are now the main challenges to expand the testing Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available Healthcare Preparedness Africa CDC initiated a continent wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020 with a webinar that included 230 clinicians from across the continent The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020 Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses online case studies and social media vignettes to support evidence based care of COVID 19 patients Risk Communication Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID 19 and other public health emergencies Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID 19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues Recommendations for Member States All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections SARI 7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases Examples of enhanced surveillance include Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country area or territory reporting local transmission Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified Africa CDC should be notified by emailing nbsp AfricaCDCEBS africa union org Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness Resources for more information Africa CDC Resources nbsp Africa CDC http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources Guidelines nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources guidelines policies covid nbsp 19 and resources guidelines policies detail Infographics nbsp http www africacdc org covid 19 and resources infographics covid 19 nbsp and resources infographics detail Other Resources China CDC Coronavirus overview nbsp http www chinacdc cn yyrdgz 202001 t20200109_211159 html European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Novel coronavirus overview nbsp https www ecdc europa eu en novel coronavirus china National Health Commission of the People 039 s Republic of China nbsp http www nhc gov cn xcs yqtb list_gzbd shtml Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center amp School of Public Health 10 January 2020 Initial genome release of novel coronavirus http virological org t initial genome release of nbsp novel coronavirus 319 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 14 January 2020 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19 Wuhan China https www cdc gov coronavirus novel coronavirus nbsp 2019 html WHO Coronavirus overview https www who int health topics coronavirus WHO Technical Guidance https www who int emergencies diseases novel nbsp coronavirus 2019 technical guidance 1 Per WHO effective 17 February 2020 lsquo confirmed rsquo cases include both laboratory confirmed and clinically diagnosed Hubei province China only 2 Angola Aruba Barbados Bahamas Cape Verde Chad Djibouti El Salvador Eritrea Fiji Gambia Greenland Grenada Guam Haiti Kosovo Madagascar Mauritius Montenegro Montserrat Mozambique New Caledonia Nicaragua Niger Papua New Guinea Sint Maarten Syrian Arab Republic Timor Leste Uganda United States Virgin Islands Uganda Uruguay Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe 3 Azerbaijan Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Burkina Faso Chile Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Curacao Czechia Democratic Republic of Congo Dominican Republic Finland Gabon Gambia Ghana Guam Iceland Israel Jamaica Lithuania Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Nigeria Pakistan Paraguay Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Republic of Moldova Serbia Singapore Slovenia Tunisia Turkey United Arab Emirates Zimbabwe 4 WHO coronavirus disease COVID 19 situation reports nbsp https www who int emergencies diseases novel coronavirus 2019 situation reports 5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief 17 March 2020 6 Local transmission indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location Imported cases only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting 7 WHO SARI case definition anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever or measured fever of ge 38 C deg and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization nbsp nbsp https www who int influenza surveillance_monitoring ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition en
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
    Africa3 years ago

    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic



    Outbreak Update: Globally, a total of 333,393 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases1, and 14,508 (CFR 4%) related deaths have been reported to date. Since the last brief (17 March 2020), 165,803 new COVID-19 cases and 7,900 new deaths have been reported globally. Thirty-five new countries and territories, including 13 African countries, are reporting cases2, and 40 new countries, including nine African countries, are reporting deaths3 for the first time. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the WHO reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 24,854 (7%), European Region 171,401 (51%), Region of the Americas 37,026 (11%), South-East Asia Region 1,775 (0.5%) Western Pacific Region 96,349 (29%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.4

    As of 24 March 2020, 1,988 total COVID-19 cases and 58 (CFR 3%) deaths have been reported in 43 African countries. Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory, surveillance, and other response support where requested. See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases, deaths, and those recovered.

    Table 1. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in Africa5 17- 24 March 2020, 12pm CET

    Country

    No. of cases (new)

    No. of deaths (new)

    No. recovered

    Transmission Type6

    Algeria

    230 (176)

    17 (14)

    77

    Local transmission

    Angola

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Benin

    5 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Burkina Faso

    114 (87)

    4 (4)

    5

    Local transmission

    Cameroon

    66 (66)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Cabo Verde

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Central African Republic

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Chad

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Congo

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Côte d’Ivoire

    25 (21)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    45 (42)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Djibouti

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Egypt

    366 (200)

    19 (19)

    68

    Local transmission

    Equatorial Guinea

    9 (8)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eritrea

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eswatini

    5 (4)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ethiopia

    12 (7)

    -

    4

    Local transmission

    Gabon

    6 (5)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Gambia

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ghana

    27 (21)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Guinea

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Kenya

    16 (13)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Liberia

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Madagascar

    12 (12)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritius

    36 (36)

    2 (2)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritania

    2 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Morocco

    134 (105)

    4 (3)

    3

    Local transmission

    Mozambique

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Namibia

    4 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Niger

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Nigeria

    40 (38)

    1 (1)

    2

    Local transmission

    Rwanda

    36 (31)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Senegal

    79 (53)

    -

    8

    Local transmission

    Seychelles

    7 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Somalia

    1 (0)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    South Africa

    554 (492)

    -

    12

    Local transmission

    Sudan

    2 (1)

    1 (0)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Tanzania

    12 (11)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Togo

    18 (17)

    -

    1

    Imported cases only

    Tunisia

    89 (71)

    3 (3)

    1

    Local transmission

    Uganda

    9 (9)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zambia

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zimbabwe

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Total

    1,988 (1,566)

    58 (39)

    187

    Africa CDC Response:

    General activities

    1. Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System (IMS) for the COVID-19 outbreak on 27 January 2020. Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020.
    2. The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 22 February for an emergency COVID-19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment, movement restrictions, and monitoring of people at risk for COVID-19, including people being repatriated from China.
    3. Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control, including: surveillance; laboratory diagnosis; infection prevention and control; clinical care; and risk communication.
    4. Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID- 19 outbreak response efforts.
    5. Response simulation exercises (i.e., ‘table top’ exercises for high-level coordination) are being initiated, including an initial simulation conducted with a group of ~10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO.
    6. Africa CDC briefs the permanent council (PRC) and Ambassadors from non-AU states on COVID-19 situation in Africa, Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation.
    7. Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics (over 6,000 test kits), PPE, thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases.
    8. Twenty-four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in-process of recruitment.

    9.    Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation, Africa CDC efforts, and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID-19. A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities.

    Surveillance

    1. Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in-coming analysts in event-based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform. These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID-19 related events, providing critical information to inform Member States' response and control efforts.
    2. Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Zambia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID-19. Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa.
    1. Africa CDC in collaboration with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event-based surveillance for COVID-19 starting in March 2020. The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala, Uganda on 2-4 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions, the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO, on preparedness for COVID-19 in the aviation industry. More than 200 participants from 10 Member States (Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eswatini, Ethiopia and Namibia) were trained.

    Laboratory

    1. Ethiopian PM Abiy-Jack Ma & Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States. Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia, the Foundation and World Food Program.
    2. Africa CDC distributed 36,000 tests (TIB Molbiol, German) to 30 Member States.
    3. In collaboration with ASLM, a community of practice (online training program) has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories (25 and 30 March 2020).
    4. Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States. Online training will be organized once shipment is completed.
    5. Africa CDC is working with other vendors (Roche, Abbott and Cepheid) for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID-19.
    6. Supply shortage (viral transport media, swabs and extraction kits) are now the main challenges to expand the testing. Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available.

    Healthcare Preparedness

    1. Africa CDC initiated a continent-wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020, with a webinar that included ~230 clinicians from across the continent. The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses, online case studies, and social media vignettes to support evidence-based care of COVID-19 patients.

    Risk Communication

    1. Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies.
    2. Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.

    1. Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID-19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public.
    2. Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists.
    3. Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours.
    4. Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing.
    5. Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues.

    Recommendations for Member States:

    1. All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI)7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases. Examples of enhanced surveillance include:
      1. Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems;
      2. Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and/or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission.
    2. Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country/area or territory reporting local transmission. Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves.
    3. Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified. Africa CDC should be notified by emailing  AfricaCDCEBS@africa-union.org.
    4. Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness.

    Resources for more information:

    Africa CDC Resources 

    • Africa CDC. http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources
    • Guidelines: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/covid-  19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/detail
    • Infographics: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/infographics/covid-19-  and-resources/infographics/detail

    Other Resources

    • China CDC. Coronavirus overview.  http://www.chinacdc.cn/yyrdgz/202001/t20200109_211159.html
    • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Novel coronavirus overview.  https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
    • National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China.  http://www.nhc.gov.cn/xcs/yqtb/list_gzbd.shtml
    • Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center & School of Public Health. 10 January 2020. Initial genome release of novel coronavirus. http://virological.org/t/initial-genome-release-of-  novel-coronavirus/319
    • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 January 2020. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Wuhan, China. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-  2019.html
    • WHO. Coronavirus overview. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
    • WHO. Technical Guidance. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-  coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance

    1 Per WHO, effective 17 February 2020, ‘confirmed’ cases include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (Hubei province, China only).

    2 Angola, Aruba, Barbados, Bahamas, Cape Verde, Chad, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Haiti, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sint Maarten, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United States Virgin Islands, Uganda, Uruguay, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    3 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal,Puerto Rico, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe.

    4 WHO coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

    5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief (17 March 2020)

    6 Local transmission: indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location; Imported cases: only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting.

    7 WHO SARI case definition: anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever (or measured fever of ≥ 38 C°) and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization.   https://www.who.int/influenza/surveillance_monitoring/ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition/en/

  •  Countries 43 and with positive cases 1 788 Algeria 230 Angola 2 Benin 5 Burkina Faso 99 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 1 Central African Republic 4 Chad 3 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 3 DRC 45 Egypt 366 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 5 Ethiopia 12 Gabon 6 Gambia 2 Ghana 27 Guinea 4 Kenya 16 Liberia 3 Madagascar 12 Mauritius 36 Mauritania 2 Morocco 134 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 4 Niger 2 Nigeria 40 Rwanda 19 Senegal 79 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 402 Sudan 2 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 75 Uganda 9 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 58 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 19 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 2 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 11 with recoveries 184 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 DRC 1 Egypt 68 Ethiopia 4 Ghana 1 Morocco 3 Nigeria 2 Senegal 8 South Africa 12 Togo 1 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,788 positive cases
     Countries 43 and with positive cases 1 788 Algeria 230 Angola 2 Benin 5 Burkina Faso 99 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 1 Central African Republic 4 Chad 3 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 3 DRC 45 Egypt 366 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 5 Ethiopia 12 Gabon 6 Gambia 2 Ghana 27 Guinea 4 Kenya 16 Liberia 3 Madagascar 12 Mauritius 36 Mauritania 2 Morocco 134 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 4 Niger 2 Nigeria 40 Rwanda 19 Senegal 79 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 402 Sudan 2 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 75 Uganda 9 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 58 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 19 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 2 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 11 with recoveries 184 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 DRC 1 Egypt 68 Ethiopia 4 Ghana 1 Morocco 3 Nigeria 2 Senegal 8 South Africa 12 Togo 1 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,788 positive cases
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    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,788 positive cases


    Countries (43) and with positive cases (1,788): Algeria (230), Angola (2), Benin (5), Burkina Faso (99), Cameroon (56), Cape Verde (1), Central African Republic (4), Chad (3), Congo (4), Côte d'Ivoire (25), Djibouti (3), DRC (45), Egypt (366), Equatorial Guinea (9), Eritrea (1), Eswatini (5), Ethiopia (12), Gabon (6), Gambia (2), Ghana (27), Guinea (4), Kenya (16), Liberia (3), Madagascar (12), Mauritius (36), Mauritania (2), Morocco (134), Mozambique (1),  Namibia (4), Niger (2), Nigeria (40), Rwanda (19), Senegal (79), Seychelles (7), Somalia (1), South Africa (402), Sudan (2), Tanzania (12), Togo (18), Tunisia (75), Uganda (9), Zambia (3), Zimbabwe (2).

    Countries (13) with deaths (58): Algeria (17), Burkina Faso (4), DRC (2), Egypt (19), Gabon (1), Gambia (1), Ghana (2), Mauritius (2), Morocco (4), Nigeria (1), Sudan (1), Tunisia (3), Zimbabwe (1).

    Countries (11) with recoveries (184): Algeria (77), Burkina Faso (5), Cameroon (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), DRC (1), Egypt (68), Ethiopia (4), Ghana (1), Morocco (3), Nigeria (2), Senegal (8), South Africa (12), Togo (1), Tunisia (1).

  •  Countries 43 and with positive cases 1 654 Algeria 201 Angola 2 Benin 2 Burkina Faso 99 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 1 Central African Republic 4 Chad 1 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 1 DRC 30 Egypt 327 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 4 Ethiopia 11 Gabon 5 Gambia 2 Ghana 24 Guinea 2 Kenya 15 Liberia 3 Madagascar 12 Mauritius 28 Mauritania 2 Morocco 134 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 3 Niger 1 Nigeria 35 Rwanda 19 Senegal 67 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 402 Sudan 2 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 75 Uganda 1 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 52 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 14 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 1 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 11 with recoveries 169 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 Egypt 56 Ethiopia 4 Morocco 3 Nigeria 2 Senegal 5 South Africa 12 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,654 positive cases
     Countries 43 and with positive cases 1 654 Algeria 201 Angola 2 Benin 2 Burkina Faso 99 Cameroon 56 Cape Verde 1 Central African Republic 4 Chad 1 Congo 4 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 25 Djibouti 1 DRC 30 Egypt 327 Equatorial Guinea 9 Eritrea 1 Eswatini 4 Ethiopia 11 Gabon 5 Gambia 2 Ghana 24 Guinea 2 Kenya 15 Liberia 3 Madagascar 12 Mauritius 28 Mauritania 2 Morocco 134 Mozambique 1 nbsp Namibia 3 Niger 1 Nigeria 35 Rwanda 19 Senegal 67 Seychelles 7 Somalia 1 South Africa 402 Sudan 2 Tanzania 12 Togo 18 Tunisia 75 Uganda 1 Zambia 3 Zimbabwe 2 Countries 13 with deaths 52 Algeria 17 Burkina Faso 4 DRC 2 Egypt 14 Gabon 1 Gambia 1 Ghana 1 Mauritius 2 Morocco 4 Nigeria 1 Sudan 1 Tunisia 3 Zimbabwe 1 Countries 11 with recoveries 169 Algeria 77 Burkina Faso 5 Cameroon 2 C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire 2 Egypt 56 Ethiopia 4 Morocco 3 Nigeria 2 Senegal 5 South Africa 12 Tunisia 1
    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,654 positive cases
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    Coronavirus in Africa: 43 countries with 1,654 positive cases



    Countries (43) and with positive cases (1,654): Algeria (201), Angola (2), Benin (2), Burkina Faso (99), Cameroon (56), Cape Verde (1), Central African Republic (4), Chad (1), Congo (4), Côte d'Ivoire (25), Djibouti (1), DRC (30), Egypt (327), Equatorial Guinea (9), Eritrea (1), Eswatini (4), Ethiopia (11), Gabon (5), Gambia (2), Ghana (24), Guinea (2), Kenya (15), Liberia (3), Madagascar (12), Mauritius (28), Mauritania (2), Morocco (134), Mozambique (1),  Namibia (3), Niger (1), Nigeria (35), Rwanda (19), Senegal (67), Seychelles (7), Somalia (1), South Africa (402), Sudan (2), Tanzania (12), Togo (18), Tunisia (75), Uganda (1), Zambia (3), Zimbabwe (2).

    Countries (13) with deaths (52): Algeria (17), Burkina Faso (4), DRC (2), Egypt (14), Gabon (1), Gambia (1), Ghana (1), Mauritius (2), Morocco (4), Nigeria (1), Sudan (1), Tunisia (3), Zimbabwe (1).

    Countries (11) with recoveries (169): Algeria (77), Burkina Faso (5), Cameroon (2), Côte d’Ivoire (2), Egypt (56), Ethiopia (4), Morocco (3), Nigeria (2), Senegal (5), South Africa (12), Tunisia (1).

  •  APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African communications and business consultancy today announced they will support the dissemination of coronavirus related information from African governments to the press and public APO Group will aggregate and distribute all relevant content issued by African governments for free through its press release distribution service and a specially designed coronavirus tag https bit ly APOcoroTag on https www Africa Newsroom com Government issued information will be distributed in English French Portuguese and Arabic As the largest press release distribution service in Africa APO Group reaches more than 400 000 journalists working in or reporting on the continent Dozens of health ministries will benefit from the programme immediately including Algeria Angola Benin Burkina Faso Cabo Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Cote d 039 Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Kenya Liberia Madagascar Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Seychelles Somalia South Africa Sudan Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Any African government institution or official organisation that wishes to distribute news releases about coronavirus for free can email APO Group at coronavirus apo opa com APO Group will also distribute press releases from the World Health Organization WHO the WHO Regional Office for Africa and and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC ldquo Keeping the public informed accurately about COVID 19 is crucial rdquo said Dr Zabulon Yoti Acting Regional Emergencies Director for WHO in Africa ldquo These efforts by media organizations will help disseminate potentially life saving information rdquo ldquo It is critical that African governments have a tool for their voices to be heard rdquo said APO Group CEO Lionel Reina ldquo In dedicating internal resources to managing this free press release distribution service and special tag in www Africa Newsroom com we are helping African governments communicate their story to domestic and international audiences and we are contributing to the global fight against the virus in the best way we can We believe in the power of community which is why we rsquo re working collaboratively with African governments media organisations and journalists to help communicate reliable information about the coronavirus rdquo APO Group rsquo s coronavirus tag https bit ly APOcoroTag is important because it allows journalists easy access to all coronavirus related news releases with just one click Media can also subscribe https www Africa Newsroom com africarc via email or create an RSS feed to remain updated with the latest government released information on the virus As the pandemic escalates timely reliable communication plays an important role helping populations prepare and take as many preventative measures as possible But the circulation of misinformation and rumours about the virus poses an enormous risk as the WHO Director General recently emphasised https bit ly 3bha7cR Some of the world rsquo s largest social media companies recently pledged to work together to remove misleading posts from their platforms https tcrn ch 2J3MXdR and journalists and media organisations are working collaboratively to aggregate accurate officially sourced news to better inform the public https bit ly 2vDMkVe Clear accurate communication is critical especially in an environment where fake news about the virus abounds This initiative will help African governments communicate genuine credible news content as well as provide advice for how best to fight the coronavirus APO Group rsquo s reputation as a trusted source for accurate information has long served as a beacon against fake news and is now more than ever critical to combatting misinformation about COVID 19 It is a role that APO Group knows well The company is a pro bono distributor of press releases for several United Nations agencies https bit ly WHOonAPO and https bit ly WHO AFROonAPO During the Ebola crisis the company provided free support to the Government of Sierra Leone organising a series of online press conferences to broadcast their guidance and updates https bit ly APOfightEbola Spokesman for the Government of Sierra Leone Abdulai Bayraytay commented at the time ldquo The online press conferences succeeded in generating much more international interest in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone Thanks to APO Group we were able to tell our story to the rest of the world from our own perspective rdquo APO Group is also the press release distribution service in Africa for leading pharmaceutical companies Merck also known as MSD Novartis and the Merck Foundation among many others APO Group remains fully operational and ready to support clients through this extraordinary crisis
    Coronavirus: APO Group to support African governments in the fight against COVID-19
     APO Group www APO opa com the leading pan African communications and business consultancy today announced they will support the dissemination of coronavirus related information from African governments to the press and public APO Group will aggregate and distribute all relevant content issued by African governments for free through its press release distribution service and a specially designed coronavirus tag https bit ly APOcoroTag on https www Africa Newsroom com Government issued information will be distributed in English French Portuguese and Arabic As the largest press release distribution service in Africa APO Group reaches more than 400 000 journalists working in or reporting on the continent Dozens of health ministries will benefit from the programme immediately including Algeria Angola Benin Burkina Faso Cabo Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Congo Cote d 039 Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Egypt Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Kenya Liberia Madagascar Mauritania Mauritius Morocco Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Seychelles Somalia South Africa Sudan Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Any African government institution or official organisation that wishes to distribute news releases about coronavirus for free can email APO Group at coronavirus apo opa com APO Group will also distribute press releases from the World Health Organization WHO the WHO Regional Office for Africa and and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC ldquo Keeping the public informed accurately about COVID 19 is crucial rdquo said Dr Zabulon Yoti Acting Regional Emergencies Director for WHO in Africa ldquo These efforts by media organizations will help disseminate potentially life saving information rdquo ldquo It is critical that African governments have a tool for their voices to be heard rdquo said APO Group CEO Lionel Reina ldquo In dedicating internal resources to managing this free press release distribution service and special tag in www Africa Newsroom com we are helping African governments communicate their story to domestic and international audiences and we are contributing to the global fight against the virus in the best way we can We believe in the power of community which is why we rsquo re working collaboratively with African governments media organisations and journalists to help communicate reliable information about the coronavirus rdquo APO Group rsquo s coronavirus tag https bit ly APOcoroTag is important because it allows journalists easy access to all coronavirus related news releases with just one click Media can also subscribe https www Africa Newsroom com africarc via email or create an RSS feed to remain updated with the latest government released information on the virus As the pandemic escalates timely reliable communication plays an important role helping populations prepare and take as many preventative measures as possible But the circulation of misinformation and rumours about the virus poses an enormous risk as the WHO Director General recently emphasised https bit ly 3bha7cR Some of the world rsquo s largest social media companies recently pledged to work together to remove misleading posts from their platforms https tcrn ch 2J3MXdR and journalists and media organisations are working collaboratively to aggregate accurate officially sourced news to better inform the public https bit ly 2vDMkVe Clear accurate communication is critical especially in an environment where fake news about the virus abounds This initiative will help African governments communicate genuine credible news content as well as provide advice for how best to fight the coronavirus APO Group rsquo s reputation as a trusted source for accurate information has long served as a beacon against fake news and is now more than ever critical to combatting misinformation about COVID 19 It is a role that APO Group knows well The company is a pro bono distributor of press releases for several United Nations agencies https bit ly WHOonAPO and https bit ly WHO AFROonAPO During the Ebola crisis the company provided free support to the Government of Sierra Leone organising a series of online press conferences to broadcast their guidance and updates https bit ly APOfightEbola Spokesman for the Government of Sierra Leone Abdulai Bayraytay commented at the time ldquo The online press conferences succeeded in generating much more international interest in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone Thanks to APO Group we were able to tell our story to the rest of the world from our own perspective rdquo APO Group is also the press release distribution service in Africa for leading pharmaceutical companies Merck also known as MSD Novartis and the Merck Foundation among many others APO Group remains fully operational and ready to support clients through this extraordinary crisis
    Coronavirus: APO Group to support African governments in the fight against COVID-19
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus: APO Group to support African governments in the fight against COVID-19


    APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, today announced they will support the dissemination of coronavirus-related information from African governments to the press and public.

    APO Group will aggregate and distribute all relevant content issued by African governments for free through its press release distribution service and a specially-designed coronavirus tag (https://bit.ly/APOcoroTag) on https://www.Africa-Newsroom.com/. Government-issued information will be distributed in English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.

    As the largest press release distribution service in Africa, APO Group reaches more than 400,000 journalists working in or reporting on the continent.

    Dozens of health ministries will benefit from the programme immediately, including: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    Any African government, institution or official organisation that wishes to distribute news releases about coronavirus for free can email APO Group at coronavirus@apo-opa.com.

    APO Group will also distribute press releases from the World Health Organization (WHO), the WHO Regional Office for Africa and and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

    “Keeping the public informed accurately about COVID-19 is crucial,” said Dr Zabulon Yoti, Acting Regional Emergencies Director for WHO in Africa. “These efforts by media organizations will help disseminate potentially life-saving information.”

    “It is critical that African governments have a tool for their voices to be heard,” said APO Group CEO Lionel Reina. “In dedicating internal resources to managing this free press release distribution service and special tag in www.Africa-Newsroom.com we are helping African governments communicate their story to domestic and international audiences and we are contributing to the global fight against the virus in the best way we can. We believe in the power of community, which is why we’re working collaboratively with African governments, media organisations, and journalists to help communicate reliable information about the coronavirus.”

    APO Group’s coronavirus tag (https://bit.ly/APOcoroTag) is important because it allows journalists easy access to all coronavirus-related news releases with just one click. Media can also subscribe (https://www.Africa-Newsroom.com/africarc) via email or create an RSS feed to remain updated with the latest government-released information on the virus.

    As the pandemic escalates, timely, reliable communication plays an important role helping populations prepare and take as many preventative measures as possible. But the circulation of misinformation and rumours about the virus poses an enormous risk, as the WHO Director-General recently emphasised (https://bit.ly/3bha7cR). Some of the world’s largest social media companies recently pledged to work together to remove misleading posts from their platforms (https://tcrn.ch/2J3MXdR), and journalists and media organisations are working collaboratively to aggregate accurate, officially-sourced news to better inform the public (https://bit.ly/2vDMkVe).

    Clear, accurate communication is critical, especially in an environment where fake news about the virus abounds. This initiative will help African governments communicate genuine, credible news content, as well as provide advice for how best to fight the coronavirus.

    APO Group’s reputation as a trusted source for accurate information has long served as a beacon against fake news and is now, more than ever, critical to combatting misinformation about COVID-19.

    It is a role that APO Group knows well. The company is a pro-bono distributor of press releases for several United Nations agencies (https://bit.ly/WHOonAPO and https://bit.ly/WHO-AFROonAPO).

    During the Ebola crisis, the company provided free support to the Government of Sierra Leone, organising a series of online press conferences to broadcast their guidance and updates (https://bit.ly/APOfightEbola). Spokesman for the Government of Sierra Leone Abdulai Bayraytay commented at the time: “The online press conferences succeeded in generating much more international interest in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Thanks to APO Group, we were able to tell our story to the rest of the world from our own perspective.”

    APO Group is also the press release distribution service in Africa for leading pharmaceutical companies Merck (also known as MSD), Novartis, and the Merck Foundation, among many others.

    APO Group remains fully operational and ready to support clients through this extraordinary crisis.

  •  Africa rsquo s response to the Coronavirus Disease COVID 19 outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations The shipment included over 1 5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr Abiy Ahmed the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID 19 led by the African Union through Africa CDC ldquo On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa we thank the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for this generous hospitality and contribution to the continent We thank His Excellency the Prime Minister and the Government of Ethiopia for facilitating the donation rdquo said H E Mr Edward Xolisa Makaya South Africa rsquo s Permanent Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union nbsp ldquo This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak We are facing a humanitarian situation an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations rdquo said Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa CDC nbsp The COVID 19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continents of the world claiming thousands of lives and huge resources In just about three months it has caused over 12 000 deaths worldwide and impacted socioeconomic activities particularly tourism and transport nbsp Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment consisting 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits 100 000 medical masks and 1000 protective suits and face shields to each of the Member States as part of their contribution to the fight against COVID 19 in Africa nbsp ldquo We appeal to our ministries of health to ensure that these materials are distributed and used where they are mostly needed rdquo said H E Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti Dean of African Diplomatic Corps and Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council
    Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States
     Africa rsquo s response to the Coronavirus Disease COVID 19 outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations The shipment included over 1 5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr Abiy Ahmed the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID 19 led by the African Union through Africa CDC ldquo On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa we thank the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for this generous hospitality and contribution to the continent We thank His Excellency the Prime Minister and the Government of Ethiopia for facilitating the donation rdquo said H E Mr Edward Xolisa Makaya South Africa rsquo s Permanent Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union nbsp ldquo This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak We are facing a humanitarian situation an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations rdquo said Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa CDC nbsp The COVID 19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continents of the world claiming thousands of lives and huge resources In just about three months it has caused over 12 000 deaths worldwide and impacted socioeconomic activities particularly tourism and transport nbsp Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment consisting 20 000 laboratory diagnostic test kits 100 000 medical masks and 1000 protective suits and face shields to each of the Member States as part of their contribution to the fight against COVID 19 in Africa nbsp ldquo We appeal to our ministries of health to ensure that these materials are distributed and used where they are mostly needed rdquo said H E Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti Dean of African Diplomatic Corps and Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council
    Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States
    Africa3 years ago

    Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States


    Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations.

    The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities.

    This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Jack Ma Foundation, and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID-19 led by the African Union through Africa CDC.

    “On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, we thank the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for this generous hospitality and contribution to the continent. We thank His Excellency the Prime Minister, and the Government of Ethiopia, for facilitating the donation,” said H.E. Mr Edward Xolisa Makaya, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union. 

    “This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time. The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak. We are facing a humanitarian situation, an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC. 

    The COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continents of the world claiming thousands of lives and huge resources. In just about three months it has caused over 12,000 deaths worldwide and impacted socioeconomic activities, particularly tourism and transport. 

    Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment, consisting 20,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields, to each of the Member States as part of their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Africa. 

    “We appeal to our ministries of health to ensure that these materials are distributed and used where they are mostly needed,” said H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti, Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, and Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council.

  •   The coronavirus spread further across Africa on Wednesday with Burkina Faso reporting its first death and new cases found in at least three more countries Africa had for weeks been spared from the virus but it has now been confirmed in more than half of the continent s 54 countries There are concerns that African countries may struggle to contain the outbreak because of weak health systems The patient who succumbed to COVID 19 the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus in Burkina Faso was a woman who also suffered from diabetes according to Martial Ouedraogo the National Coordinator for the Response to the Coronavirus Epidemic He said at a Wednesday news conference that she had died overnight It is the second death in sub Saharan Africa from the disease following a man who passed away in Sudan last week Burkina Faso is among the world s 10 poorest nations according to the UN Djibouti and Zambia on Wednesday reported their first cases The patient in Djibouti is a Spanish special forces soldier while a couple that just returned from a holiday in France were diagnosed with COVID 19 in Zambia health authorities said I appeal to the public not to panic as the situation is under control Zambian Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said in a statement The Gambia late Tuesday also confirmed its first case The 21 year old Gambian woman had returned from Britain on Sunday and transited through Morocco the Health Ministry said Congo Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Rwanda and Tanzania all reported additional cases in their countries late Tuesday and on Wednesday Cases have also surged in South Africa which on Wednesday reported its largest daily increase yet 31 new cases to reach a total of 116 On the African continent that is second only to Egypt which had reported 196 cases South Africa s initial CIVID 19 cases involved people who had travelled abroad but it is now also seeing local transmission of the disease according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases It said that a cruise ship with more than 1 500 people on board the AidaMira had been stranded at the Port of Cape Town since Monday It said this was because six passengers were preventively tested after they were on the same flight with a crew member from another cruise ship who later developed coronavirus like symptoms All tests came back negative Aida Cruises said on Wednesday Several African countries have introduced stricter measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus Nigeria on Wednesday announced travel restrictions for travellers from 13 countries China Italy Iran South Korea Spain Japan France Germany Norway the U S Britain the Netherlands and Switzerland Africa s most populous nation also reported five new Covid 19 cases bringing its total to eight Niger meanwhile will stop international flights and close all land borders for at least two weeks from Thursday Bars nightclubs cinemas and places of entertainment were to cease operations from Wednesday while schools and universities will be closed from Friday the president said on national television Niger s government also banned all gatherings of more than 50 people and introduced compulsory hygiene measures in markets shops and restaurants In Congo the two chambers of parliament on Wednesday suspended activities until April 5 President Felix Tshisekedi was expected to announce further restrictions in the evening Edited By Peter Dada NAN Edited By Fatima Sule NAN
    COVID-19 spreads further across Africa, first death recorded in Burkina Faso
      The coronavirus spread further across Africa on Wednesday with Burkina Faso reporting its first death and new cases found in at least three more countries Africa had for weeks been spared from the virus but it has now been confirmed in more than half of the continent s 54 countries There are concerns that African countries may struggle to contain the outbreak because of weak health systems The patient who succumbed to COVID 19 the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus in Burkina Faso was a woman who also suffered from diabetes according to Martial Ouedraogo the National Coordinator for the Response to the Coronavirus Epidemic He said at a Wednesday news conference that she had died overnight It is the second death in sub Saharan Africa from the disease following a man who passed away in Sudan last week Burkina Faso is among the world s 10 poorest nations according to the UN Djibouti and Zambia on Wednesday reported their first cases The patient in Djibouti is a Spanish special forces soldier while a couple that just returned from a holiday in France were diagnosed with COVID 19 in Zambia health authorities said I appeal to the public not to panic as the situation is under control Zambian Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said in a statement The Gambia late Tuesday also confirmed its first case The 21 year old Gambian woman had returned from Britain on Sunday and transited through Morocco the Health Ministry said Congo Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Rwanda and Tanzania all reported additional cases in their countries late Tuesday and on Wednesday Cases have also surged in South Africa which on Wednesday reported its largest daily increase yet 31 new cases to reach a total of 116 On the African continent that is second only to Egypt which had reported 196 cases South Africa s initial CIVID 19 cases involved people who had travelled abroad but it is now also seeing local transmission of the disease according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases It said that a cruise ship with more than 1 500 people on board the AidaMira had been stranded at the Port of Cape Town since Monday It said this was because six passengers were preventively tested after they were on the same flight with a crew member from another cruise ship who later developed coronavirus like symptoms All tests came back negative Aida Cruises said on Wednesday Several African countries have introduced stricter measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus Nigeria on Wednesday announced travel restrictions for travellers from 13 countries China Italy Iran South Korea Spain Japan France Germany Norway the U S Britain the Netherlands and Switzerland Africa s most populous nation also reported five new Covid 19 cases bringing its total to eight Niger meanwhile will stop international flights and close all land borders for at least two weeks from Thursday Bars nightclubs cinemas and places of entertainment were to cease operations from Wednesday while schools and universities will be closed from Friday the president said on national television Niger s government also banned all gatherings of more than 50 people and introduced compulsory hygiene measures in markets shops and restaurants In Congo the two chambers of parliament on Wednesday suspended activities until April 5 President Felix Tshisekedi was expected to announce further restrictions in the evening Edited By Peter Dada NAN Edited By Fatima Sule NAN
    COVID-19 spreads further across Africa, first death recorded in Burkina Faso
    Foreign3 years ago

    COVID-19 spreads further across Africa, first death recorded in Burkina Faso

      The coronavirus spread further across Africa on Wednesday, with Burkina Faso reporting its first death and new cases found in at least three more countries.

    Africa had for weeks been spared from the virus, but it has now been confirmed in more than half of the continent’s 54 countries.

    There are concerns that African countries may struggle to contain the outbreak because of weak health systems.

    The patient who succumbed to COVID-19 – the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus – in Burkina Faso was a woman who also suffered from diabetes, according to Martial Ouedraogo, the National Coordinator for the Response to the Coronavirus Epidemic.

    He said at a Wednesday news conference that she had died overnight.

    It is the second death in sub-Saharan Africa from the disease, following a man who passed away in Sudan last week.

    Burkina Faso is among the world’s 10 poorest nations, according to the UN.

    Djibouti and Zambia on Wednesday reported their first cases.

    The patient in Djibouti is a Spanish special forces soldier, while a couple that just returned from a holiday in France were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Zambia, health authorities said.

    “I appeal to the public not to panic as the situation is under control,” Zambian Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said in a statement.

    The Gambia late Tuesday also confirmed its first case. The 21-year-old Gambian woman had returned from Britain on Sunday and transited through Morocco, the Health Ministry said.

    Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Rwanda and Tanzania all reported additional cases in their countries late Tuesday and on Wednesday.

    Cases have also surged in South Africa, which on Wednesday reported its largest daily increase yet – 31 new cases – to reach a total of 116.

    On the African continent that is second only to Egypt, which had reported 196 cases.

    South Africa’s initial CIVID-19 cases involved people who had travelled abroad, but it is now also seeing local transmission of the disease, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

    It said that a cruise ship with more than 1,500 people on board, the AidaMira, had been stranded at  the Port of Cape Town since Monday.

    It said this was because six passengers were preventively tested after they were on the same flight with  a crew member from another cruise ship who later developed coronavirus-like symptoms.

    All tests came back negative, Aida Cruises said on Wednesday.

    Several African countries have introduced stricter measures in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

    Nigeria on Wednesday announced travel restrictions for travellers from 13 countries: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, Norway, the U.S., Britain, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

    Africa’s most populous nation also reported five new Covid-19 cases, bringing its total to eight.

    Niger, meanwhile, will stop international flights and close all land borders for at least two weeks from Thursday.

    Bars, nightclubs, cinemas and places of entertainment were to cease operations from Wednesday, while schools and universities will be closed from Friday, the president said on national television.

    Niger’s government also banned all gatherings of more than 50 people and introduced compulsory hygiene measures in markets, shops and restaurants.

    In Congo, the two chambers of parliament on Wednesday suspended activities until April 5.

    President Felix Tshisekedi was expected to announce further restrictions in the evening.


    Edited By: Peter Dada
    (NAN)


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/
    (NAN)

  •  Saudi Arabia says it has extended flight and travel bans over coronavirus fears to include the European Union and 12 other countries after announcing 24 new cases overnight to bring its total to 45 The state media reported on Thursday Citizens and residents in the affected jurisdictions have 72 hours to return to the kingdom state news agency SPA said citing an official source at the Interior Ministry Passenger traffic through all land crossings with Jordan was also suspended while commercial and cargo traffic is still allowed The kingdom had already banned travel to some 19 countries including neighboring Arab states The kingdom said it would impose a fine of up to 500 000 riyals 133 000 on people who did not disclose health information and travel details at entry points Other preventive measures include locking down the oil producing region of Qatif where many of its cases are centered Also the kingdom suspending the Umrah pilgrimage closing schools and cinemas nationwide cancelling conferences and sporting events and postponing a G20 ministerial meeting scheduled for next week As well as the EU the latest decision includes Switzerland India Pakistan Sri Lanka the Philippines Sudan Ethiopia South Sudan Eritrea Kenya Djibouti and Somalia Millions of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia come from many of those countries The decision excludes health workers in the kingdom from the Philippines and India as well as evacuation shipping and trade trips involving necessary precautions the SPA report said Edited By Halima Sheji Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Saudi Arabia widens travel ban to Europe, others over coronavirus
     Saudi Arabia says it has extended flight and travel bans over coronavirus fears to include the European Union and 12 other countries after announcing 24 new cases overnight to bring its total to 45 The state media reported on Thursday Citizens and residents in the affected jurisdictions have 72 hours to return to the kingdom state news agency SPA said citing an official source at the Interior Ministry Passenger traffic through all land crossings with Jordan was also suspended while commercial and cargo traffic is still allowed The kingdom had already banned travel to some 19 countries including neighboring Arab states The kingdom said it would impose a fine of up to 500 000 riyals 133 000 on people who did not disclose health information and travel details at entry points Other preventive measures include locking down the oil producing region of Qatif where many of its cases are centered Also the kingdom suspending the Umrah pilgrimage closing schools and cinemas nationwide cancelling conferences and sporting events and postponing a G20 ministerial meeting scheduled for next week As well as the EU the latest decision includes Switzerland India Pakistan Sri Lanka the Philippines Sudan Ethiopia South Sudan Eritrea Kenya Djibouti and Somalia Millions of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia come from many of those countries The decision excludes health workers in the kingdom from the Philippines and India as well as evacuation shipping and trade trips involving necessary precautions the SPA report said Edited By Halima Sheji Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Saudi Arabia widens travel ban to Europe, others over coronavirus
    Foreign3 years ago

    Saudi Arabia widens travel ban to Europe, others over coronavirus

    Saudi Arabia says  it  has extended flight and travel bans over coronavirus fears to include the European Union and 12 other countries after announcing 24 new cases overnight to bring its total to 45.

    The state media reported on Thursday.

    Citizens and residents in the affected jurisdictions have 72 hours to return to the kingdom, state news agency SPA said, citing an official source at the Interior Ministry.

    Passenger traffic through all land crossings with Jordan was also suspended, while commercial and cargo traffic is still allowed.

    The kingdom had already banned travel to some 19 countries, including neighboring Arab states.

    The kingdom said it would impose a fine of up to 500,000 riyals ($133,000) on people who did not disclose health information and travel details at entry points.

    Other preventive measures include locking down the oil producing region of Qatif, where many of its cases are centered.

    Also the kingdom suspending the Umrah pilgrimage, closing schools and cinemas nationwide, cancelling conferences and sporting events, and postponing a G20 ministerial meeting scheduled for next week.

    As well as the EU, the latest decision includes Switzerland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Djibouti, and Somalia.

    Millions of migrant workers in Saudi Arabia come from many of those countries.

    The decision excludes health workers in the kingdom from the Philippines and India as well as evacuation, shipping and trade trips involving necessary precautions, the SPA report said.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

     

  •  Four Defender patrol boats arrived in port at Djibouti City Djibouti in two shipments in late February as part of a train and equip partnership between the U S Department of State and the Djiboutian military The 27 foot boats were delivered to the Armed Forces of Djibouti FAD on February 22 for use by the Djiboutian Navy Defender patrol boats combine an unmatched ability to conduct high speed maneuvers in a compact deployable package nbsp They are used extensively by the U S Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security agencies The delivery facilitated by U S Embassy Djibouti U S Africa Command U S Naval Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force mdash Horn of Africa reflects the enduring security relationship enjoyed by the United States and the Republic of Djibouti
    U.S. provides Defender patrol boats to Djiboutian Navy
     Four Defender patrol boats arrived in port at Djibouti City Djibouti in two shipments in late February as part of a train and equip partnership between the U S Department of State and the Djiboutian military The 27 foot boats were delivered to the Armed Forces of Djibouti FAD on February 22 for use by the Djiboutian Navy Defender patrol boats combine an unmatched ability to conduct high speed maneuvers in a compact deployable package nbsp They are used extensively by the U S Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security agencies The delivery facilitated by U S Embassy Djibouti U S Africa Command U S Naval Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force mdash Horn of Africa reflects the enduring security relationship enjoyed by the United States and the Republic of Djibouti
    U.S. provides Defender patrol boats to Djiboutian Navy
    Africa3 years ago

    U.S. provides Defender patrol boats to Djiboutian Navy


    Four Defender patrol boats arrived in port at Djibouti City, Djibouti, in two shipments in late February as part of a train-and-equip partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Djiboutian military.

    The 27-foot boats were delivered to the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) on February 22 for use by the Djiboutian Navy.

    Defender patrol boats combine an unmatched ability to conduct high-speed maneuvers in a compact deployable package.  They are used extensively by the U.S. Coast Guard and other Department of Homeland Security agencies.

    The delivery, facilitated by U.S. Embassy Djibouti, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa, reflects the enduring security relationship enjoyed by the United States and the Republic of Djibouti.

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