Somalia starts first inoculations with AstraZeneca

Somalia started administering COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday with the inoculation of the health minister, who received the jab publicly to reassure the nation about its safety. The Horn of Africa nation, which has recently experienced a surge of cases, on Monday received its first shipment of 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the international COVAX initiative to ensure that low- and middle-income countries receive vaccines. Somalia’s first vaccinations happened in a small ceremony at the Martini hospital in the…

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COVID-19 vaccines touchdown in Sudan and Rwanda

Through the UN-led vaccine initiative COVAX, Sudan and Rwanda have become the latest beneficiaries to receive the lifesaving COVID-19 inoculation, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. In a boost for equitable distribution in Africa, 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shots touched down in Khartoum, making Sudan the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive the vaccine, according to a press release from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This delivery follows the arrival on 26 February,…

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Coronavirus: Seven Zimbabwe babies stillborn in one night at hospital

Seven babies were born Stillborn at Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe on Monday night after urgent treatment was delayed because of staffing issues, two doctors have confirmed to the BBC. Nurses are on strike nationwide because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other concerns, and the maternity wards were overwhelmed. One doctor said Monday’s deaths were “the tip of the iceberg”. The health sector has recently been hit by a Covid-19 procurement scandal. It is alleged…

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Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

Africa is seeing coronavirus cases rapidly increasing and deaths rising, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). We’ve looked at the situation across the continent, and examined which countries are of most concern. How fast is coronavirus spreading? In terms of overall numbers, Africa currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is of increasing concern to health authorities in the region. While it took nearly 100…

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Black medical student creates handbook to show how symptoms of disease appear on darker skin

A black medical student has created a handbook for future doctors to help them recognise conditions on darker skin after only being taught how to diagnose white patients. Malone Mukwende, a second year student at St George’s, University of London, wrote Mind the Gap, to help other medics recognise potentially life-threatening diseases on BAME people.                      The book contains side-by-side images showing how illnesses appear on light and dark skin, as…

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Covid-19 imperils packed Egypt prison

Families of prisoners at notorious Tora complex concerned publicised efforts to contain virus are purely cosmetic Fears are mounting over the safety of prisoners in Egypt’s notorious Tora prison, as rights groups say parts of the complex have been cordoned off to quarantine those diagnosed with coronavirus. Families of those held inside the huge compound south of Cairo, which houses at least eight individual prisons, including two maximum security wings, say the authorities’ attempts to combat the spread of Covid-19…

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Queen Elizabeth honors 95-year-old Ghanaian veteran

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has honored a Ghanaian war veteran, Pvt. Joseph Hammond, who walked 14 miles to raise money for frontline workers and veterans in Africa. The 95-year-old veteran said he was “overwhelmed with joy” after being honored with a Point of Light award, presented by the Queen to volunteers from the Commonwealth who positively impact their communities. “This will linger in my memory forever. I wish to thank the mother of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all those…

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High number of respiratory deaths in South Sudan camp – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is an increase in respiratory-related deaths amongst displaced people living in Bentiu camp in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity State. The camp is managed by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and currently hosts 111,766 people who fled their homes because of fighting between government and rebel troops in 2013. WHO official Joseph Wamala told reporters in the capital, Juba, that the risk of infection is higher at the camps because…

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South Africa won’t reopen to visitors this year

The country’s government says it won’t welcome international tourists until February 2021 For three months now, the global tourism industry has been at an almost complete standstill. Hotels have been closed, attractions shuttered and most flights grounded. So it’s no wonder that as countries gradually lift lockdown restrictions around the world, many of the most popular destinations are already beginning to reopen borders in an effort to reboot their struggling visitor economies. Spain, Jamaica and Thailand, to name but three of the biggest, are all…

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Number of virus cases in Africa tops 176,800

Death toll nears 5,000 mark with recoveries standing at 78,267, says Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The total number of coronavirus cases in Africa rose to 176,807 on Saturday, as the continent grapples with community spread, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 4,902 patients have died so far across the continent due to the virus, it said in a Saturday update. A total of 78,267 patients have so…

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