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COVID-19 deaths rise to 1,200 in Africa – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says the number of COVID-19 deaths in the WHO African Region has increased to 1, 200. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The UN’s health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday, April 24, 2020. “Over 27, 000 COVID-19 cases reported on the African ...

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Fight against COVID-19 key to stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region – UN envoy

Xia Huang

The international community should rally behind efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and other external shocks that could threaten long-term stability in Africa’s Great Lakes region, a UN envoy said on Friday, April 24, 2020. Xia Huang, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region Xia Huang, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General ...

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Seven countries submit revised national climate plans

Paris Agreement

Seven countries have so far submitted new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They include the Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway, Moldova, Japan, Singapore, and Chile. Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. NDCs are countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement. Photo credit: NDCs are ...

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Earth Day: Majekodunmi plants tree in memory of Covid-19 victims

LUFASI Nature Park

Chairman of the Lagos-based LUFASI Nature Park, Desmond Majekodunmi, has led a group of environment campaigners to plant a tree in memory of the thousands of people that have lost their lives to the dreaded covid19 pandemic, and in the commemoration of Earth Day 50th anniversary. Desmond Majekodunmi with visiting school children at the LUFASI Nature Park “We join the ...

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Infographic: Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on energy

Coronavirus Impact on energy

Coronavirus Impact on energy Broadband demand The Internet Exchange in Frankfurt set a new world record for data throughput on March 10, resulting in more energy usage. At more than 9.1 Terabits per second, a new sound barrier has been broken–thanks to more people streaming video and searching for information on coronavirus. Italy had a roughly 70 percent increase in broadband demand ...

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Leaders unite to ensure access to new vaccines, tests, treatments for COVID-19

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Heads of state and global health leaders on Friday, April 24, 2020 made what looks like an unprecedented commitment to work together to accelerate the development and production of new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19 and assure equitable access worldwide. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty ...

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COVID-19: NABDA ready for antibody testing in working population

Prof. Felix Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is ready to assist in the management of COVID-19 by adapting and deploying advanced resources in its laboratories in Abuja and Odi, Bayelsa State for antibody testing. Prof. Felix Akpa, Director-General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Prof. Alex Akpa, Director General of NABDA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ...

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IPCC Working Group II extends Sixth Assessment Report schedule

Co-Chairs of IPCC Working Group II

Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which assesses scientific literature relating to impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, has revised the timeline for preparing its contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) because of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The revision is said to be the latest in a series of changes the IPCC is undertaking as ...

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Will the African farmer survive COVID-19?


Mr. Wycliff Wephukhulu has just retired from a very productive day at his five-acre farm. He is trying to rush against time to finish land preparation before the long rains start. African farmers As he listens to the evening bulletin on his favourite vernacular radio station, news stream in that more positive cases of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been confirmed ...

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Groups charge govt, French Consulate on testing vaccines on Nigerians

Geoffrey Onyeama

International human rights and accountability groups have called the attention of the French Consulate in Nigeria, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to the reported attempt by French medical experts to test COVID-19 vaccines in Africa on Africans, and the claim that antiretroviral drugs have been previously tested on the ...

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