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  •  The government of North Macedonia has decided to open all border crossings as of Wednesday according to the Interior Ministry The government of North Macedonia has decided that nationals of North Macedonia and foreigners with regulated temporary or permanent residence can enter North Macedonia by presenting a valid negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon entrance and by signing a declaration for a mandatory 14 day self quarantine the ministry said in a press release All citizens including nationals of North Macedonia or foreigners who will not present a valid PRC test will be sent to a 14 day state quarantine said the press release Foreign nationals can transit through the territory of North Macedonia and the transit time must be realized in a maximum of five hours and they need to fill in statement upon their entry and exit from the territory it added In mid March North Macedonia s authorities decided to close all border crossings in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus Skopje International Airport was closed for passenger flights on March 18 On Wednesday the Health Ministry reported 193 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours bringing the country s total to 4 482 with 1 803 recoveries and 210 fatalities XINHUA
    North Macedonia opens all border crossings
     The government of North Macedonia has decided to open all border crossings as of Wednesday according to the Interior Ministry The government of North Macedonia has decided that nationals of North Macedonia and foreigners with regulated temporary or permanent residence can enter North Macedonia by presenting a valid negative PCR test not older than 72 hours upon entrance and by signing a declaration for a mandatory 14 day self quarantine the ministry said in a press release All citizens including nationals of North Macedonia or foreigners who will not present a valid PRC test will be sent to a 14 day state quarantine said the press release Foreign nationals can transit through the territory of North Macedonia and the transit time must be realized in a maximum of five hours and they need to fill in statement upon their entry and exit from the territory it added In mid March North Macedonia s authorities decided to close all border crossings in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus Skopje International Airport was closed for passenger flights on March 18 On Wednesday the Health Ministry reported 193 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours bringing the country s total to 4 482 with 1 803 recoveries and 210 fatalities XINHUA
    North Macedonia opens all border crossings
    Foreign2 years ago

    North Macedonia opens all border crossings

    The government of North Macedonia has decided to open all border crossings as of Wednesday, according to the Interior Ministry.

    The government of North Macedonia has decided that nationals of North Macedonia and foreigners with regulated temporary or permanent residence can enter North Macedonia by presenting a valid negative PCR test -- not older than 72 hours upon entrance, and by signing a declaration for a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine, the ministry said in a press release.

    All citizens, including nationals of North Macedonia or foreigners who will not present a valid PRC test, will be sent to a 14-day state quarantine, said the press release.

    "Foreign nationals can transit through the territory of North Macedonia and the transit time must be realized in a maximum of five hours and they need to fill in statement upon their entry and exit from the territory," it added.

    In mid-March, North Macedonia's authorities decided to close all border crossings in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Skopje International Airport was closed for passenger flights on March 18.

    On Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported 193 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total to 4,482, with 1,803 recoveries and 210 fatalities.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday blasted the United States and Britain for organizing a discussion on the situation in Hong Kong in the United Nations Security Council UNSC on May 29 We consider the situation in Hong Kong an internal affair of China and urge external forces to abstain from interfering in relations between the central government and the special administrative region of that country Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing Such actions undermine the sovereignty of the PRC the People s Republic of China and they represent a gross violation of the fundamental standards of international law fixed in the UN Charter and we believe they result from nothing else but the desire to settle accounts with a foreign political adversary she added The attempts to fill the agenda of the UNSC with issues which are outside the framework of its mandate are counterproductive and may lead to a reduction of the efficiency and a weakening of the authority of this organ which is the most important for the modern system of international relations Zakharova said On May 28 the third session of the 13th National People s Congress NPC of China adopted the Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security The United States and the United Kingdom for their own political purposes have been making unwarranted comments interfering and obstructing and attempted to push for an open video conference in the UN Security Council China expressed strong opposition and the vast majority of the Council members did not support the United States proposal believing that the Hong Kong related issues were China s internal affairs and had nothing to do with the mandates of the Security Council The Security Council rejected the unreasonable request of the United States and its attempt failed In face of strong opposition from China and Security Council members the United States and the UK could only mention Hong Kong under any other business in the informal consultations of the Council This move was strongly countered by China and generally opposed by Council members They urged the United States and the UK to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and making groundless accusations against China There was no consensus no formal discussion in the Security Council and the United States and the UK s move came to nothing XINHUA
    Russia slams United States, Britain for Hong Kong discussion in UNSC
     The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday blasted the United States and Britain for organizing a discussion on the situation in Hong Kong in the United Nations Security Council UNSC on May 29 We consider the situation in Hong Kong an internal affair of China and urge external forces to abstain from interfering in relations between the central government and the special administrative region of that country Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing Such actions undermine the sovereignty of the PRC the People s Republic of China and they represent a gross violation of the fundamental standards of international law fixed in the UN Charter and we believe they result from nothing else but the desire to settle accounts with a foreign political adversary she added The attempts to fill the agenda of the UNSC with issues which are outside the framework of its mandate are counterproductive and may lead to a reduction of the efficiency and a weakening of the authority of this organ which is the most important for the modern system of international relations Zakharova said On May 28 the third session of the 13th National People s Congress NPC of China adopted the Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security The United States and the United Kingdom for their own political purposes have been making unwarranted comments interfering and obstructing and attempted to push for an open video conference in the UN Security Council China expressed strong opposition and the vast majority of the Council members did not support the United States proposal believing that the Hong Kong related issues were China s internal affairs and had nothing to do with the mandates of the Security Council The Security Council rejected the unreasonable request of the United States and its attempt failed In face of strong opposition from China and Security Council members the United States and the UK could only mention Hong Kong under any other business in the informal consultations of the Council This move was strongly countered by China and generally opposed by Council members They urged the United States and the UK to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and making groundless accusations against China There was no consensus no formal discussion in the Security Council and the United States and the UK s move came to nothing XINHUA
    Russia slams United States, Britain for Hong Kong discussion in UNSC
    Foreign3 years ago

    Russia slams United States, Britain for Hong Kong discussion in UNSC

    The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday blasted the United States and Britain for organizing a discussion on the situation in Hong Kong in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on May 29.

    "We consider the situation in Hong Kong an internal affair of China and urge external forces to abstain from interfering in relations between the central government and the special administrative region of that country," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing.

    "Such actions undermine the sovereignty of the PRC (the People's Republic of China) and they represent a gross violation of the fundamental standards of international law fixed in the UN Charter, and we believe they result from nothing else but the desire to settle accounts with a foreign political adversary," she added.

    The attempts to fill the agenda of the UNSC with issues which are outside the framework of its mandate are counterproductive and may lead to a reduction of the efficiency and a weakening of the authority of this organ, which is the most important for the modern system of international relations, Zakharova said.

    On May 28, the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) of China adopted the "Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to Safeguard National Security."

    The United States and the United Kingdom, for their own political purposes, have been making unwarranted comments, interfering and obstructing, and attempted to push for an open video conference in the UN Security Council.

    China expressed strong opposition, and the vast majority of the Council members did not support the United States proposal, believing that the Hong Kong-related issues were China's internal affairs and had nothing to do with the mandates of the Security Council. The Security Council rejected the unreasonable request of the United States, and its attempt failed.

    In face of strong opposition from China and Security Council members, the United States and the UK could only mention Hong Kong under "any other business" in the informal consultations of the Council.

    This move was strongly countered by China and generally opposed by Council members. They urged the United States and the UK to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and making groundless accusations against China.

    There was no consensus, no formal discussion in the Security Council, and the United States and the UK's move came to nothing.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The president and 41 members of the Legislative Council LegCo of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region HKSAR on Friday expressed support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security was submitted to the third session of the 13th National People s Congress NPC for deliberation on Friday LegCo President Andrew Leung said at a media briefing at the LegCo Complex that national security is the bedrock underpinning the well being of people of the People s Republic of China PRC and safeguarding stability of the whole country and Hong Kong as its special administrative region will facilitate the economic development and improvement of people s livelihood In light of the latest development and actual situation the NPC exercises its powers enshrined in the Constitution of PRC to establish the relevant legal system Leung said This is in line with the interest of the country and Hong Kong society as a whole As the president of LegCo I respect understand and support this initiative Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong South China May 22 2022 Xinhua Li Gang Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong South China May 22 2022 Xinhua Li Gang The 41 LegCo members said in a joint statement that nearly 23 years since its return to the motherland Hong Kong has not yet fulfilled its legal responsibility of enacting laws on its own to safeguard national security in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law leading to a great harm to the Hong Kong society and even endangering the safety and well being of the 1 4 billion people in the whole country The increasingly rampant Hong Kong independence forces have colluded with separatist groups in Taiwan Tibet and Xinjiang as well as external forces against China attempted to occupy and damage Hong Kong s legislature stormed the central government s offices in Hong Kong and even clamored for gaining independence through armed revolution and setting up an interim government under the so called public square constitution they noted These evil doings and the series of violent incidents since June 2019 that intended to carry out a color revolution in Hong Kong by terrorist means are all examples of serious threats to national security in Hong Kong they added As China s highest organ of state power the NPC has the constitutional power and absolute responsibility to safeguard the security of the nation and its people and this responsibility must be fulfilled in every corner of the country s territory including Hong Kong the LegCo members pointed out They expressed understanding of and support for the national legislature s efforts to safeguard national security the people s well being Hong Kong s prosperity and stability Hong Kong residents legitimate rights and freedoms and the smooth and sustained implementation of one country two systems XINHUA
    HKSAR LegCo members express support for national security legislation
     The president and 41 members of the Legislative Council LegCo of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region HKSAR on Friday expressed support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security was submitted to the third session of the 13th National People s Congress NPC for deliberation on Friday LegCo President Andrew Leung said at a media briefing at the LegCo Complex that national security is the bedrock underpinning the well being of people of the People s Republic of China PRC and safeguarding stability of the whole country and Hong Kong as its special administrative region will facilitate the economic development and improvement of people s livelihood In light of the latest development and actual situation the NPC exercises its powers enshrined in the Constitution of PRC to establish the relevant legal system Leung said This is in line with the interest of the country and Hong Kong society as a whole As the president of LegCo I respect understand and support this initiative Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong South China May 22 2022 Xinhua Li Gang Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong South China May 22 2022 Xinhua Li Gang The 41 LegCo members said in a joint statement that nearly 23 years since its return to the motherland Hong Kong has not yet fulfilled its legal responsibility of enacting laws on its own to safeguard national security in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law leading to a great harm to the Hong Kong society and even endangering the safety and well being of the 1 4 billion people in the whole country The increasingly rampant Hong Kong independence forces have colluded with separatist groups in Taiwan Tibet and Xinjiang as well as external forces against China attempted to occupy and damage Hong Kong s legislature stormed the central government s offices in Hong Kong and even clamored for gaining independence through armed revolution and setting up an interim government under the so called public square constitution they noted These evil doings and the series of violent incidents since June 2019 that intended to carry out a color revolution in Hong Kong by terrorist means are all examples of serious threats to national security in Hong Kong they added As China s highest organ of state power the NPC has the constitutional power and absolute responsibility to safeguard the security of the nation and its people and this responsibility must be fulfilled in every corner of the country s territory including Hong Kong the LegCo members pointed out They expressed understanding of and support for the national legislature s efforts to safeguard national security the people s well being Hong Kong s prosperity and stability Hong Kong residents legitimate rights and freedoms and the smooth and sustained implementation of one country two systems XINHUA
    HKSAR LegCo members express support for national security legislation
    Foreign3 years ago

    HKSAR LegCo members express support for national security legislation

    The president and 41 members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday expressed support for establishing and improving at the state-level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security.

    A draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security was submitted to the third session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) for deliberation on Friday.

    LegCo President Andrew Leung said at a media briefing at the LegCo Complex that national security is the bedrock underpinning the well-being of people of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and safeguarding stability of the whole country and Hong Kong as its special administrative region will facilitate the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood.

    In light of the latest development and actual situation, the NPC exercises its powers enshrined in the Constitution of PRC to establish the relevant legal system, Leung said. "This is in line with the interest of the country and Hong Kong society as a whole. As the president of LegCo, I respect, understand and support this initiative."

    Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state-level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong, South China, May 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

    Members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region express support for establishing and improving at the state-level the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security at a press conference in Hong Kong, South China, May 22, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

    The 41 LegCo members said in a joint statement that nearly 23 years since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has not yet fulfilled its legal responsibility of enacting laws on its own to safeguard national security in accordance with Article 23 of the Basic Law, leading to a great harm to the Hong Kong society and even endangering the safety and well-being of the 1.4 billion people in the whole country.

    The increasingly rampant "Hong Kong independence" forces have colluded with separatist groups in Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang as well as external forces against China, attempted to "occupy" and damage Hong Kong's legislature, stormed the central government's offices in Hong Kong and even clamored for "gaining independence through armed revolution" and "setting up an interim government" under the so-called "public square constitution, they noted.

    These evil-doings and the series of violent incidents since June 2019 that intended to carry out a "color revolution" in Hong Kong by terrorist means are all examples of serious threats to national security in Hong Kong, they added.

    As China's highest organ of state power, the NPC has the constitutional power and absolute responsibility to safeguard the security of the nation and its people, and this responsibility must be fulfilled in every corner of the country's territory, including Hong Kong, the LegCo members pointed out.

    They expressed understanding of and support for the national legislature's efforts to safeguard national security, the people's well-being, Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, Hong Kong residents' legitimate rights and freedoms, and the smooth and sustained implementation of "one country, two systems."


    (XINHUA)

  •  U S President Donald Trump on Thursday said he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart and mused about ending the world s largest trading relationship amid rising tensions about the coronavirus pandemic Speaking in an interview with Fox Business Network Trump said he had a very good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping but right now I don t want to speak to him There are many things we could do Trump said We could cut off the whole relationship Trump who has sought to blame China for being the source of the pandemic even as his own handling of the crisis in the US has come under fire said he was very disappointed in Beijing for its failure to stop the virus at the source It was either stupidity incompetence or it was deliberate he said The president reiterated he was not interested in reopening talks on the phase one trade deal agreed with Beijing earlier this year which had served as a ceasefire in a brewing trade war The Trump administration which has been mulling ways to punish or seek compensation from Beijing for the damage caused by the pandemic is examining Chinese companies that trade on U S stock exchanges but do not follow U S accounting rules Trump said The president also complained about China s apparent attempts to steal U S research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Wednesday warned that hackers linked to the Chinese government were targeting U S organisations working on a virus response The United States condemns attempts by cyberactors and non traditional collectors affiliated with the People s Republic of China PRC to steal U S intellectual property and data related to COVID 19 research Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday calling on Beijing to cease this malicious activity The PRC s behavior in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions throughout the COVID 19 pandemic he said accusing China of continuing to silence scientists journalists and citizens and to spread disinformation which has exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis Pompeo has continued to pursue a theory that the virus came from a Chinese laboratory even without presenting any evidence and experts saying it does not appear to be man made Peter Navarro a key economic advisor to the president said China spawned the virus probably in that weapons lab in Wuhan Beijing hid the virus for two months behind the shield of the WHO vacuumed up all the personal protective equipment across the world and hoarded it killing people and profiteering from it he told broadcaster Fox News Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi, mulls cutting U.S.-China ties 
     U S President Donald Trump on Thursday said he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart and mused about ending the world s largest trading relationship amid rising tensions about the coronavirus pandemic Speaking in an interview with Fox Business Network Trump said he had a very good relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping but right now I don t want to speak to him There are many things we could do Trump said We could cut off the whole relationship Trump who has sought to blame China for being the source of the pandemic even as his own handling of the crisis in the US has come under fire said he was very disappointed in Beijing for its failure to stop the virus at the source It was either stupidity incompetence or it was deliberate he said The president reiterated he was not interested in reopening talks on the phase one trade deal agreed with Beijing earlier this year which had served as a ceasefire in a brewing trade war The Trump administration which has been mulling ways to punish or seek compensation from Beijing for the damage caused by the pandemic is examining Chinese companies that trade on U S stock exchanges but do not follow U S accounting rules Trump said The president also complained about China s apparent attempts to steal U S research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Wednesday warned that hackers linked to the Chinese government were targeting U S organisations working on a virus response The United States condemns attempts by cyberactors and non traditional collectors affiliated with the People s Republic of China PRC to steal U S intellectual property and data related to COVID 19 research Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday calling on Beijing to cease this malicious activity The PRC s behavior in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions throughout the COVID 19 pandemic he said accusing China of continuing to silence scientists journalists and citizens and to spread disinformation which has exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis Pompeo has continued to pursue a theory that the virus came from a Chinese laboratory even without presenting any evidence and experts saying it does not appear to be man made Peter Navarro a key economic advisor to the president said China spawned the virus probably in that weapons lab in Wuhan Beijing hid the virus for two months behind the shield of the WHO vacuumed up all the personal protective equipment across the world and hoarded it killing people and profiteering from it he told broadcaster Fox News Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi, mulls cutting U.S.-China ties 
    Foreign3 years ago

    Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi, mulls cutting U.S.-China ties 

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart, and mused about ending the world’s largest trading relationship, amid rising tensions about the coronavirus pandemic.

    Speaking in an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said he had a “very good relationship” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but “right now, I don’t want to speak to him.”

    “There are many things we could do,” Trump said. “We could cut off the whole relationship.”

    Trump, who has sought to blame China for being the source of the pandemic, even as his own handling of the crisis in the US has come under fire, said he was “very disappointed” in Beijing for its failure to stop the virus at the source.

    “It was either stupidity, incompetence or it was deliberate,” he said.

    The president reiterated he was not interested in reopening talks on the phase-one trade deal agreed with Beijing earlier this year, which had served as a ceasefire in a brewing trade war.

    The Trump administration, which has been mulling ways to punish or seek compensation from Beijing for the damage caused by the pandemic, is examining Chinese companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges but do not follow U.S. accounting rules, Trump said.

    The president also complained about China’s apparent attempts to steal U.S. research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments.

    The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Wednesday warned that hackers linked to the Chinese government were targeting U.S. organisations working on a virus response.

    “The United States condemns attempts by cyberactors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to steal U.S. intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday, calling on Beijing “to cease this malicious activity.”

    “The PRC’s behavior in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said, accusing China of continuing to “silence scientists, journalists, and citizens, and to spread disinformation, which has exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis.”

    Pompeo has continued to pursue a theory that the virus came from a Chinese laboratory, even without presenting any evidence, and experts saying it does not appear to be man-made.

    Peter Navarro, a key economic advisor to the president, said China spawned the virus, “probably in that weapons lab in Wuhan.”

    Beijing hid the virus “for two months behind the shield of the WHO,” “vacuumed up” all the personal protective equipment across the world and “hoarded it,” “killing people” and “profiteering” from it, he told broadcaster Fox News.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  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
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    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/

  •   Envoys of the 55 African Union AU member states on Tuesday kicked off a meeting over issues related to forced displaced persons in Africa The 37th session of Members of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee PRC was held within the framework of the 32nd AU summit slated for Feb 10 and 11 The AU summit is expected to focus on issues related to force displaced persons in Africa among others The theme is Refugees Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa the two day PRC session is expected to prepare the agenda of the AU summit According to Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission Kwesi Quartey normally as a result of civil wars and other civil strives a lot of Africans are displaced and some of them have to flee and seek welfare elsewhere As a result of that you see signs of young men because of loss of hope walking along the Sahara getting drowned sinking of vessels they die So the AU s focus this year is issues related to statelessness and displaced persons a lot of them have to do with issues of good governance human rights and democracy Quartey said According to Quartey the summit also looks at the ongoing administrative and financial reform of the AU The AU have been following administrative and financial reforms You know a reform is a continuing process and so the AU at this summit also looks at the aspects of reform which are not yet to be completed the deputy chairperson added Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Felix Ajide NAN
    African envoys meet over forced displacement ahead of AU summit
      Envoys of the 55 African Union AU member states on Tuesday kicked off a meeting over issues related to forced displaced persons in Africa The 37th session of Members of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee PRC was held within the framework of the 32nd AU summit slated for Feb 10 and 11 The AU summit is expected to focus on issues related to force displaced persons in Africa among others The theme is Refugees Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa the two day PRC session is expected to prepare the agenda of the AU summit According to Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission Kwesi Quartey normally as a result of civil wars and other civil strives a lot of Africans are displaced and some of them have to flee and seek welfare elsewhere As a result of that you see signs of young men because of loss of hope walking along the Sahara getting drowned sinking of vessels they die So the AU s focus this year is issues related to statelessness and displaced persons a lot of them have to do with issues of good governance human rights and democracy Quartey said According to Quartey the summit also looks at the ongoing administrative and financial reform of the AU The AU have been following administrative and financial reforms You know a reform is a continuing process and so the AU at this summit also looks at the aspects of reform which are not yet to be completed the deputy chairperson added Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Felix Ajide NAN
    African envoys meet over forced displacement ahead of AU summit
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    African envoys meet over forced displacement ahead of AU summit

    Envoys of the 55 African Union (AU) member states on Tuesday kicked off a meeting over issues related to forced displaced persons in Africa.

    The 37th session of Members of the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) was held within the framework of the 32nd AU summit slated for Feb. 10 and 11.

    The AU summit is expected to focus on issues related to force displaced persons in Africa, among others.

    The theme is “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa’’, the two-day PRC session is expected to prepare the agenda of the AU summit.

    According to Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, Kwesi Quartey, normally, as a result of civil wars and other civil strives a lot of Africans are displaced, and some of them have to flee and seek welfare elsewhere.

    “As a result of that, you see signs of young men because of loss of hope, walking along the Sahara, getting drowned sinking of vessels, they die.

    “So, the AU’s focus this year is issues related to statelessness and displaced persons, a lot of them have to do with issues of good governance, human rights and democracy,’’ Quartey said.

    According to Quartey, the summit also looks at the ongoing administrative and financial reform of the AU.

    “The AU have been following administrative and financial reforms.

    “You know, a reform is a continuing process, and so, the AU at this summit also looks at the aspects of reform, which are not yet to be completed,’’ the deputy chairperson added.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •   The African Union AU Commission on Friday revealed that the state of African refugees returnees and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs will be on the spotlight as African leaders meet next month The session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee PRC which is expected to be held from Jan 15 to 16 will convene under the theme Refugees Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa the AU said in a statement issued on Friday The committee meeting is expected to bring together AU officials and envoys of the 55 AU member states that are based in Ethiopia s capital Addis Ababa The meeting of PRC is expected to prepare the agenda of the 32nd AU leaders summit with appropriate recommendations to be discussed for consideration by the Executive Council which will bring foreign ministers of AU member countries The Executive Council meeting scheduled to take place from February 7 to 8 is also expected to discuss the recommendations of the PRC and put forward its final outcome for deliberation by African heads of states and governments as they are set to meet soon after the foreign ministers meeting The 32nd AU summit came few months after African leaders convened the 11th extraordinary AU summit in Addis Ababa in November 2018 The historic two day extraordinary AU summit among other things had approved a sanctions regime against member states that would fail to make their annual financial contributions to the continental body The 31st AU summit was held from July 1 to 2 in Nouakchott capital of Mauritania focusing on the fight against corruption The summit also focused on Africa s trade peace and security sectors under the theme Combating Corruption A Sustainable Path to Africa s Transformation Edited by Fatima Sule Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    AU summit to focus on status of African refugees, IDPs
      The African Union AU Commission on Friday revealed that the state of African refugees returnees and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs will be on the spotlight as African leaders meet next month The session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee PRC which is expected to be held from Jan 15 to 16 will convene under the theme Refugees Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa the AU said in a statement issued on Friday The committee meeting is expected to bring together AU officials and envoys of the 55 AU member states that are based in Ethiopia s capital Addis Ababa The meeting of PRC is expected to prepare the agenda of the 32nd AU leaders summit with appropriate recommendations to be discussed for consideration by the Executive Council which will bring foreign ministers of AU member countries The Executive Council meeting scheduled to take place from February 7 to 8 is also expected to discuss the recommendations of the PRC and put forward its final outcome for deliberation by African heads of states and governments as they are set to meet soon after the foreign ministers meeting The 32nd AU summit came few months after African leaders convened the 11th extraordinary AU summit in Addis Ababa in November 2018 The historic two day extraordinary AU summit among other things had approved a sanctions regime against member states that would fail to make their annual financial contributions to the continental body The 31st AU summit was held from July 1 to 2 in Nouakchott capital of Mauritania focusing on the fight against corruption The summit also focused on Africa s trade peace and security sectors under the theme Combating Corruption A Sustainable Path to Africa s Transformation Edited by Fatima Sule Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    AU summit to focus on status of African refugees, IDPs
    Foreign4 years ago

    AU summit to focus on status of African refugees, IDPs

    The African Union (AU) Commission on Friday revealed that the state of African refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be on the spotlight as African leaders meet next month.

    The session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), which is expected to be held from Jan.15 to 16, will convene under the theme: “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa,” the AU said in a statement issued on Friday.

    The committee meeting is expected to bring together AU officials and envoys of the 55 AU member states that are based in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

    The meeting of PRC is expected to prepare the agenda of the 32nd AU leaders’ summit with appropriate recommendations to be discussed for consideration by the Executive Council, which will bring foreign ministers of AU member countries.

    The Executive Council meeting, scheduled to take place from February 7 to 8, is also expected to discuss the recommendations of the PRC, and put forward its final outcome for deliberation by African heads of states and governments as they are set to meet soon after the foreign ministers meeting.

    The 32nd AU summit came few months after African leaders convened the 11th extraordinary AU summit in Addis Ababa in November 2018.

    The historic two-day extraordinary AU summit, among other things, had approved a sanctions regime against member states that would fail to make their annual financial contributions to the continental body.

    The 31st AU summit was held from July 1 to 2 in Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, focusing on the fight against corruption.

    The summit also focused on Africa’s trade, peace and security sectors under the theme “Combating Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

    Edited by: Fatima Sule/Maharazu Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •  Beijing is extremely discontent with the United States plan to develop military cooperation with Taiwan and warns Washington against jeopardising stability in the region Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday In May the U S Senate Armed Services Committee published a report on 2019 s defence budget which contained a section on strengthening military cooperation with Taiwan It however includes joint drills and arms sales and increasing U S military presence in the East China Sea The Senate passed the bill in June though it is yet to be approved by the House of Representatives China is extremely discontent and lodges a strong protest against the aforementioned provisions regarding the PRC People s Republic of China formal name of the country Geng said at a media briefing According to the spokesman if the bill is passed it will undermine trust and cooperation between China and the U S while also threatening the stability in the Taiwan Strait China is urging the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality Also to abandon the principle of a zero sum game by removing the negative content in question from the document in order to support the development of bilateral interstate relations and not to interfere with it Geng added Taiwan situated on a group of islands southwest of mainland China broke away in 1949 While business and unofficial contacts between the two sides resumed in late 1980s China refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan as a state Report says the U S is among the countries which do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state The U S government declared it would end all political ties with Taiwan after the joint 1979 communique but continued to maintain economic and cultural relations via the American Institute in Taiwan In 2015 then President Barack Obama approved an arms sale package to Taiwan in the amount of 1 83 billion dollars while his successor Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act allowing U S officials to travel to the island and meet their Taiwanese counterparts Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Silas Nwoha NAN
    Chinese foreign ministry warns U.S. against tightening military cooperation with Taiwan
     Beijing is extremely discontent with the United States plan to develop military cooperation with Taiwan and warns Washington against jeopardising stability in the region Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday In May the U S Senate Armed Services Committee published a report on 2019 s defence budget which contained a section on strengthening military cooperation with Taiwan It however includes joint drills and arms sales and increasing U S military presence in the East China Sea The Senate passed the bill in June though it is yet to be approved by the House of Representatives China is extremely discontent and lodges a strong protest against the aforementioned provisions regarding the PRC People s Republic of China formal name of the country Geng said at a media briefing According to the spokesman if the bill is passed it will undermine trust and cooperation between China and the U S while also threatening the stability in the Taiwan Strait China is urging the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality Also to abandon the principle of a zero sum game by removing the negative content in question from the document in order to support the development of bilateral interstate relations and not to interfere with it Geng added Taiwan situated on a group of islands southwest of mainland China broke away in 1949 While business and unofficial contacts between the two sides resumed in late 1980s China refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan as a state Report says the U S is among the countries which do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state The U S government declared it would end all political ties with Taiwan after the joint 1979 communique but continued to maintain economic and cultural relations via the American Institute in Taiwan In 2015 then President Barack Obama approved an arms sale package to Taiwan in the amount of 1 83 billion dollars while his successor Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act allowing U S officials to travel to the island and meet their Taiwanese counterparts Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Silas Nwoha NAN
    Chinese foreign ministry warns U.S. against tightening military cooperation with Taiwan
    Foreign4 years ago

    Chinese foreign ministry warns U.S. against tightening military cooperation with Taiwan

    Beijing is “extremely discontent” with the United States’ plan to develop military cooperation with Taiwan and warns Washington against jeopardising stability in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Wednesday.

    In May, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee published a report on 2019’s defence budget, which contained a section on strengthening military cooperation with Taiwan.

    It, however, includes joint drills and arms sales, and increasing U.S. military presence in the East China Sea.

    The Senate passed the bill in June, though it is yet to be approved by the House of Representatives.

    “China is extremely discontent and lodges a strong protest against the aforementioned provisions regarding the PRC [People’s Republic of China, formal name of the country],’’ Geng said at a media briefing.

    According to the spokesman, if the bill is passed, it will undermine trust and cooperation between China and the U.S. while also threatening the stability in the Taiwan Strait.

    “China is urging the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality.

    “Also to abandon the principle of a ‘zero-sum game’ by removing the negative content in question from the document in order to support the development of bilateral interstate relations and not to interfere with it,’’ Geng added.

    Taiwan, situated on a group of islands southwest of mainland China, broke away in 1949.

    While business and unofficial contacts between the two sides resumed in late 1980s, China refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan as a state.

    Report says the U.S. is among the countries which do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state.

    The U.S. government declared it would end all political ties with Taiwan after the joint 1979 communique, but continued to maintain economic and cultural relations via the American Institute in Taiwan.

    In 2015, then President Barack Obama approved an arms sale package to Taiwan in the amount of 1.83 billion dollars, while his successor, Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, allowing U.S. officials to travel to the island and meet their Taiwanese counterparts.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Silas Nwoha
    (NAN)

  •  AU Commision Chairperson Moussa Mahamat on Monday urged member states to play a primary role in the fight against corruption which the pan African bloc focuses on the year 2018 and beyond Mahamat made the call at opening of the 30th AU summit and the 35th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee PRC on Monday at the headquarter of the pan African bloc in Ethiopia s capital Addis Ababa The PRC meeting will prepare the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Executive Council comprising AU foreign ministers and scheduled to take place from Thursday to Friday During the opening of the PRC session it was noted that the issue related to U S President Donald Trump s recent remarks describing African nations as shithole countries would be considered and a declaration would be issued by the AU Commission on the matter The meeting has brought together the ambassadors of the 55 AU member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials among others Under the main theme of the summit Winning the Fight against Corruption A Sustainable Path to Africa s Transformation the PRC session will consider and deliberate on issues related to agriculture transport science and technology information and communication technology as well as on issues related to legal and financial matters according to Mahamat The relevance of the choice of this is obvious because of the scope of the scourge of corruption on the continent with its devastative effects on economic development corrosion for our social cohesion and destabilizing our political order he said The AU commission would do its best and implement decisions that would be adopted said the chairperson adding the primary responsibility rests upon the shoulder of the member states Mahamat further called on AU member states to more resolutely fight against illegal and illicit financial flow He has also reiterated the importance of the AU reform towards the effectiveness of the union I would like to stress the crucial importance of this reform its conclusion is a guarantee for an increased effectiveness of our union in order to make it a tool that is likely to carry for our ambitions and translate it into deeds he said It is the very condition over financial independence which itself guarantees that we take our destiny in our hand and our decision making sovereignty he said The AU chairperson said without this independence Africa is nothing SH
    Mahamat urges AU member States to play primary role in fight against corruption
     AU Commision Chairperson Moussa Mahamat on Monday urged member states to play a primary role in the fight against corruption which the pan African bloc focuses on the year 2018 and beyond Mahamat made the call at opening of the 30th AU summit and the 35th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee PRC on Monday at the headquarter of the pan African bloc in Ethiopia s capital Addis Ababa The PRC meeting will prepare the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Executive Council comprising AU foreign ministers and scheduled to take place from Thursday to Friday During the opening of the PRC session it was noted that the issue related to U S President Donald Trump s recent remarks describing African nations as shithole countries would be considered and a declaration would be issued by the AU Commission on the matter The meeting has brought together the ambassadors of the 55 AU member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials among others Under the main theme of the summit Winning the Fight against Corruption A Sustainable Path to Africa s Transformation the PRC session will consider and deliberate on issues related to agriculture transport science and technology information and communication technology as well as on issues related to legal and financial matters according to Mahamat The relevance of the choice of this is obvious because of the scope of the scourge of corruption on the continent with its devastative effects on economic development corrosion for our social cohesion and destabilizing our political order he said The AU commission would do its best and implement decisions that would be adopted said the chairperson adding the primary responsibility rests upon the shoulder of the member states Mahamat further called on AU member states to more resolutely fight against illegal and illicit financial flow He has also reiterated the importance of the AU reform towards the effectiveness of the union I would like to stress the crucial importance of this reform its conclusion is a guarantee for an increased effectiveness of our union in order to make it a tool that is likely to carry for our ambitions and translate it into deeds he said It is the very condition over financial independence which itself guarantees that we take our destiny in our hand and our decision making sovereignty he said The AU chairperson said without this independence Africa is nothing SH
    Mahamat urges AU member States to play primary role in fight against corruption
    Foreign5 years ago

    Mahamat urges AU member States to play primary role in fight against corruption

    AU Commision Chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, on Monday urged  member states to  play a primary role in the fight against corruption, which the pan-African bloc focuses on the year 2018 and beyond.

    Mahamat made the call at opening of the 30th AU summit and the 35th ordinary session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) on Monday at the headquarter of the pan-African bloc in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

    The PRC meeting will prepare the agenda of the AU Summit with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Executive Council, comprising AU foreign ministers, and scheduled to take place from Thursday to Friday.

    During the opening of the PRC session it was noted that the issue related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent remarks describing African nations as “shithole countries” would be considered and a declaration would be issued by the AU Commission on the matter.

    The meeting has brought together the ambassadors of the 55 AU member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials, among others.

    Under the main theme of the summit, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,” the PRC session will consider and deliberate on issues related to agriculture, transport, science and technology, information and communication technology as well as on issues related to legal and financial matters, according to Mahamat.

    “The relevance of the choice of this is obvious because of the scope of the scourge of corruption on the continent with its devastative effects on economic development, corrosion for our social cohesion and destabilizing our political order,” he said.

    The AU commission would do its best and implement decisions that would be adopted, said the chairperson, adding “the primary responsibility rests upon the shoulder of the member states.”

    Mahamat further called on AU member states to more resolutely fight against illegal and illicit financial flow.

    He has also reiterated the importance of the AU reform towards the effectiveness of the union.

    “I would like to stress the crucial importance of this reform, its conclusion is a guarantee for an increased effectiveness of our union in order to make it a tool that is likely to carry for our ambitions and translate it into deeds,” he said.

    “It is the very condition over financial independence which itself guarantees that we take our destiny in our hand and our decision making sovereignty,” he said.

    The AU chairperson said “without this independence Africa is nothing.”

    SH

  •   NAN F 28 Website Manila Aug 30 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC says it has created a website where people separated by conflicts in southern Philippine city of Marawi can go online to find their missing relatives Fierce fighting between government security forces and extremists has been raging for more than three months in the city where militants allied with the Islamic State IS group In an effort to reunite these families the Philippine Red Cross PRC and the ICRC recently launched an online page https familylinks icrc org Philippines that helps trace missing persons the ICRC said in a statement Camilla Matteucci Head of the ICRC team working with the PRC to reunite families in the Philippines said that there were many possible causes of separation during a conflict situation People could be trapped by the fighting detained or even killed They could be in an evacuation center but not have the means to contact their kin Our tracing website offers a platform for people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them she said The ICRC said the website supplements existing tracing services such as the 12 PRC welfare desks in evacuation centers in Marawi and Iligan cities in the southern Philippines The information shared by families with the Red Cross remains confidential Since the beginning of the Marawi conflict the Red Cross has received 402 tracing requests 179 of which are still being looked into the ICRC said The government has estimated that more than 500 000 people have been displaced by the war that broke out on May 23 The ongoing war has so far killed more than 800 according to the military report Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Grace Yussuf NAN
    Red Cross launches website to reunite separated families in Marawi
      NAN F 28 Website Manila Aug 30 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC says it has created a website where people separated by conflicts in southern Philippine city of Marawi can go online to find their missing relatives Fierce fighting between government security forces and extremists has been raging for more than three months in the city where militants allied with the Islamic State IS group In an effort to reunite these families the Philippine Red Cross PRC and the ICRC recently launched an online page https familylinks icrc org Philippines that helps trace missing persons the ICRC said in a statement Camilla Matteucci Head of the ICRC team working with the PRC to reunite families in the Philippines said that there were many possible causes of separation during a conflict situation People could be trapped by the fighting detained or even killed They could be in an evacuation center but not have the means to contact their kin Our tracing website offers a platform for people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them she said The ICRC said the website supplements existing tracing services such as the 12 PRC welfare desks in evacuation centers in Marawi and Iligan cities in the southern Philippines The information shared by families with the Red Cross remains confidential Since the beginning of the Marawi conflict the Red Cross has received 402 tracing requests 179 of which are still being looked into the ICRC said The government has estimated that more than 500 000 people have been displaced by the war that broke out on May 23 The ongoing war has so far killed more than 800 according to the military report Edited by Celine Damilola Oyewole Grace Yussuf NAN
    Red Cross launches website to reunite separated families in Marawi
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    Red Cross launches website to reunite separated families in Marawi

     

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    Manila, Aug. 30, 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has created a website where people separated by conflicts in southern Philippine city of Marawi can go online to find their missing relatives.

    Fierce fighting between government security forces and extremists has been raging for more than three months in the city where militants allied with the Islamic State (IS) group.

    “In an effort to reunite these families, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the ICRC recently launched an online page https://familylinks.icrc.org/Philippines that helps trace missing persons,” the ICRC said in a statement.

    Camilla Matteucci Head of the ICRC team working with the PRC to reunite families in the Philippines said that there were many possible causes of separation during a conflict situation.

    “People could be trapped by the fighting, detained or even killed.

    “They could be in an evacuation center but not have the means to contact their kin.

    “Our tracing website offers a platform for people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them,” she said.

    The ICRC said the website supplements existing tracing services such as the 12 PRC welfare desks in evacuation centers in Marawi and Iligan cities in the southern Philippines.

    “The information shared by families with the Red Cross remains confidential.

    “Since the beginning of the Marawi conflict, the Red Cross has received 402 tracing requests, 179 of which are still being looked into,” the ICRC said.

    The government has estimated that more than 500,000 people have been displaced by the war that broke out on May 23.

    The ongoing war has so far killed more than 800, according to the military report.  

    Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Grace Yussuf
    (NAN)

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