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41 countries in Africa report COVID-19 cases, confirmed 2,234 cases – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are now 2,234 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 41 African countries. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, head of WHO Regional Office for Africa The UN health agency disclosed this in its regional official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday, March 27, 2020. The agency said: “There are 2,234 ...

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COVID-19 cases may reach 39,000 in Lagos, if… – Commissioner

Prof. Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Government has projected that the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state might reach 39,000, if good social distancing was not adhered to by the public. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, the State Commissioner for Health, made this known while giving the state’s analysis of the COVID-19 update on Friday, March ...

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How private sector can advance the SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The public and private sectors must work together to advance global sustainable development. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) However, until recently, one challenge in coordinating joint action was the lack of a shared reference point on key sustainable development priorities. This reference point has now been provided through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development ...

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AfDB launches $3bn ‘Fight COVID-19’ social bond

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa’s economies. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina The Fight Covid-19 social bond, with a three-year maturity, garnered interest from central banks and official institutions, bank treasuries, and asset managers including Socially Responsible ...

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Infected pregnant women can pass coronavirus to babies – Study

New borns

A study of 33 pregnant women in China who were infected with the new coronavirus found that three of them gave birth to babies with COVID-19. Newborns in a hospital nursery. A new study of 33 Chinese women who contracted the new coronavirus during pregnancy reports that three passed it on to their babies. Photo credit: Myung J. Chun / ...

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Civil society wants GMOs banned

GMOs rally

Hundreds of Nigerians including farmers, CSOs, community persons, lawyers, medical practitioners, students, scientists, youth and women groups led by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and the GMO-Free Nigeria Alliance in Lagos marched against food products of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The GMO rally in Lagos The march reached the Lagos State Government secretariat ...

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COVID-19: South Africa now 900, Nigeria hits 65, U.S. world’s highest with 81,321

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa on Thursday, March 26, 2020 rose to 900, President Cyril Ramaphosa says as the country prepares to institute a lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa “We now have more than 900 people who are infected, and we fear that it might rise even much further than that,” he added. Earlier, the ...

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Africa’s window to contain coronavirus narrowing – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

About half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa still have a “narrowing’’ opportunity to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local population, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Africa Head, Matshidiso Moeti, said this at a news teleconference. “The virus has multiplied across Africa more slowly than in Asia or ...

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World Bank plans $160bn coronavirus relief package

David R. Malpass

World Bank President, David Malpass, says the board of the financial institution is finalising a package of coronavirus relief valued at up to $160 billion over the next 15 months. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group Malpass said this in a statement issued after a G20 leaders call on Thursday, March 26, 2020. “The goals are to ...

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Italian town jubilant as 101-year-old man beats Covid-19

Rimini, Italy

Italy, which has been in the grip of the world’s worst novel coronavirus epidemic, celebrated on Thursday, March 26, 2020 the remarkable recovery of a 101-year-old man from the Covid-19. Rimini, Italy The man, identified only as Mr P, was hospitalised about a week ago, and discharged on Thursday after fighting off the virus, his town of Rimini said in ...

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