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Coronavirus Africa latest: Monday 13 July

Africa

Africa Covid-19 update: 01:00 WAT on Tuesday 14 July (02:00 CEST) 

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 12,995,037 cases have been detected worldwide, with 570,435 deaths and 7,157,634 people recovered.

South Africa: 276,242 cases / 4,079 deaths

Nigeria: 32,558 cases / 740 deaths

Ghana: 24,518 / 139 deaths

IMF forecast drops over 'twin shock'

The region's economy will contract by 5.7 percent this year, and shrink by as much as 13 percent in countries torn by conflict, the Washington-based International Monetary Fund warned.

The economic malaise will see poverty and unemployment rise, stoking social unrest, and send budget deficits and public debt surging, it said.

Joburg

Members of the South African military look on as a police officer searches a man during a patrol as a nighttime curfew is reimposed amid a nationwide coronavirus disease lockdown, in Johannesburg, South Africa 13 July 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)

35 doctors contract coronavirus in Kwara

Dr Kolade Solagberu, NMA Chairman, disclosed the news during a briefing on Monday in Ilorin.

”Residents should help the doctors to help them by not paying unnecessary visits or consultations to hospitals," he said. "For now, people should avoid visiting the hospital except for life threatening issues.

”We advise people to engage in e-health service instead of physical consultation to avoid contact as much as possible. People should stop unnecessary visit to patients in the hospital. Those who follow a patient waiting to be attended to, are not encouraged for now.

”You should just help us to help you because the less the number of patient we attend to, the less the chances of spreading the virus.

This is because every patient is a potential Covid-19 case,” he said.

Kenya adds rapid response vehicles to coronavirus fight

Today the CS for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, handed over Rapid Response Vehicles to various counties, procured by the Covid-19 Health Emergency Response Project (C-HREP) at a cost of Kshs.102 million.

Cameroon says no to hosting final stages of African Champions League

(Reuters) The final stages of this year's African Champions League must find a new venue after Cameroon said on Monday it would not host the three remaining matches of this year's competition.

Cameroon had been asked by the Confederation of African Football last month to host two semi-finals and the final of the continent's top club competition, which had been postponed in May because of the Covid-19 pandemic, in September.

However, Cameroon Football Federation president Seidou Mbombo Njoya told a news conference his government had vetoed the plans because of concerns over transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Following South Africa's recently imposed curfew and the introduction of other restrictions, a permit will be required for workers to travel during certain times.

130m more people could go hungry due to Covid-19 pandemic - UN report

The latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, a global study on hunger and malnutrition produced jointly by a coalition of UN agencies, has warned that the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis could see many more people pushed into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

The report, which was published today, reveals 690 million people around the worldwide went hungry in 2019 - and estimates that this figure could end up rising by over 130 million in 2020.

"The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems […]," says the World Health Organization (WHO), which is among the UN bodies involved in producing the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

"While it is too soon to assess the full impact of the lockdowns and other containment measures, the report estimates that at a minimum, another 83 million people, and possibly as many as 132 million, may go hungry in 2020 as a result of the economic recession triggered by Covid-19."

Study suggests Covid-19 immunity can only last for a matter of months

A study carried out by researchers at King’s College London in the UK has found that people who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity within the space of just a few months

The study, whose results have been published in the medical journal Medrxiv, showed that antibody levels peaked two to three weeks after the onset of symptoms, and began to decline within as little as two to three months.

"This observational study highlights that antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 circulating in blood are declining after infection," said Dr Katie Doores, who led the study. “Further research is needed to determine the level of antibodies required for protection from infection.”

Nigeria ministry of health confirms new guidelines

Updated guidelines for the eased lockdown Phase 2 issued by MOH.

Leaving airplane middle seats empty could cut coronavirus risk almost in half

Full article via Forbes Africa

South Africa coronavirus curfew: what are the restrictions?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nationwide curfew on Sunday amid rising coronavirus figures in the country.

Cairo

Egypt may extend its COVID-19 evening curfew

As coronavirus restrictions ease, business is rebounding in Cairo’s cafes, restaurants and shops. In the evenings, the sounds of street vendors plying their wares blends with the honking of horns, as the city gets back to normal.

But the evening revival may not last long.

To try to hold onto dramatic improvements in air quality during the city's lockdown, the government now has proposed to permanently ban late-night shopping and dining, in an effort to keep cars at home and hold down electricity use.

"It is mainly for environmental, economic and social reasons," Khaled Qassem, a spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Local Development, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Booze ban back in effect in SA

Christian Ohaa, Permanent Secretary, (FCTA) returns to work

Mr Christian Ohaa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Monday, resumed work after testing negative to COVID-19 and been discharged from isolation centre.

Full story: Nigerian Tribune

Tedros

WHO reports record global rise in cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record global rise in coronavirus cases on Sunday, with more than 230,000 new infections registered in the previous 24-hour period - a figure that beats the previous high of over 228,000, which was recorded on Friday.

South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria remain Africa Covid 'hotspots'

The latest coronavirus situation affecting the continent via the Daily Nation.

Esperance

Virus could force CAF to rethink club competition formats

Reduced matchdays due to the coronavirus pandemic may force the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to rethink the format of its club competitions for the 2020/2021 season.

Full article via Pulse.com.gh

Nigeria: latest cases

The latest breakdown of cases (via WHO Nigeria) relating to the West African nation

Kenya

Kenyan tourist industry takes $750 million hit

According to the tourism ministry the sector has lost $750 million this year - roughly half of the total revenue in 2019.

“We were fully booked in June but now we have zero bookings. Nothing. It’s terrible,” said Jimmy Lemara, 40, the manager of an eco-lodge in the private Ol Kinyei conservancy, told AFP.

Kenya has announced international flights will resume on August 1, but the high season is already lost.

(via AFP/The Guardian)

Covid-19 situation in Kenya

The latest data for positive cases in Kenya courtesy of the Daily Nation

Remdesvir

One in three South Korean COVID-19 patients improve with remdesivir

One in three South Korean patients seriously ill with COVID-19 showed an improvement in their condition after being given Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral remdesivir, health authorities said.

More research was needed to determine if the improvement was attributable to the drug or other factors such as  patients' immunity and other therapies, they said.

Remdesivir has been at the forefront of the global battle against COVID-19 after the intravenously administered medicine   helped shorten hospital recovery times in a U.S. clinical trial.

Several countries including South Korea have added the drug to the list of treatment for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. There is no approved vaccine for it.

Coronavirus: the complete guide to the Covid-19 pandemic

 

Curfew to be introduced in South Africa

Here's the main points from President Ramaphosa's address to the nation.

Coronavirus live Africa updates: welcome

Good morning and welcome to our live, Africa-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered over 12.9 million cases and 569,000 deaths worldwide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University

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