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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-14)

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May 15, 2020

Accra Hosts Regional Hub To Maintain Life-Saving Operations In Africa As Coronavirus Spreads

ACCRA – A regional humanitarian response hub in Ghana, established by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to facilitate COVID-19 response efforts is now fully operational, with the first flights taking off on 14 May. The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub-and-spokes system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic.

Accra, which was already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa, is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria, Chad, Mali, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, enabling health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in a context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions.

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May 15, 2020

COVID-19: Vivo Energy And Retailers Install Water Storage Facilities At Lorry Parks And Markets

Koforidua – 15th May 2020: Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell Licensee, in partnership with its retailers, have installed three water storage tanks and handwashing facilities at the Koforidua Central market and Lorry Parks to ensure regular supply of water for handwashing towards the fight against COVID-19 in the Eastern region.

The initiative forms part of Vivo Energy Ghana’s Retailer Sustainability Programme, launched to support the fight against COVID-19 in various retail communities.

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May 15, 2020

Covid-19: Ghanaians Are Now Buying More Food - Farmer

Speaking in an interview at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Mr Afari said, although the rains were not coming as expected, farming was going on and the good prices of farm produce was encouraging farmers to expand their farms.

He said most of the farming communities were not affected by the covid-19 lockdown directives by the President and were going to their farms.

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May 15, 2020

COVID-19: We're Yet To Pay Allowances Of Frontline Workers — Health Minister

Responding to a question that staff of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) of the University of Ghana, who were involved in conducting the COVID-19 testing, had not being paid their extra-allowances for frontline health workers, Health Minister Mr Agyeman-Manu said it was an unfortunate situation and that it looked like some wrong information had got into the Institute.

He said, he was sending his Chief Director to Institute to join with Professor Abraham Kwabena Annan, the Director of NMIMR to explain (things to the staff).

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May 15, 2020

Macron to meet Sanofi CEO after U-turn on 'US priority' for Covid-19 vaccine

President Emmanuel Macron is to meet the boss of Sanofi next Tuesday, after the French multinational pharmaceutical company was forced to backpedal on comments that the United States could be the first to receive a future Covid-19 vaccine it developed.

There was outrage in France after comments by Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson on Wednesday that vaccine doses produced in the US would go to US patients first because the country had funded the research.

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May 15, 2020

Group immunisation still too low in France's Covid-19 hotspots

Less than 10 percent of the population has been exposed to the coronavirus in the Paris region and the east of France, two key areas affected by Covid-19, according to a new study. President Emmanuel Macron has said the easing of lockdown is "on the right track", but researchers are warning of a second wave.

At the end of April, France's Institut Pasteur in Paris published its first estimation concerning the infection levels of the French population. It said around 5.7 percent would have been infected by the virus, or around 3.7 million people by 11 May, when lockdown measures were lifted.

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May 15, 2020

African e-commerce firms get coronavirus boost

Seydou Sall sprays antiseptic on bags of food freshly deposited by an e-commerce firm at his home in an upmarket quarter of Senegal's capital Dakar.

In a pattern repeated across the continent, the researcher has turned to online deliveries to get basics such as sugar, milk and coffee during the coronavirus pandemic.

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May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Is Here To Stay; We Must Learn To Live With It – Health Minister

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, is urging Ghanaians to strictly adhere to public health advisories since the novel coronavirus “will be here for a while.”

“The last time I came here, I made some very good factual statements that the coronavirus has come to live with us and we have to live with it,” he said at a press briefing on Thursday morning.

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May 14, 2020

Pastor Calls For Strict Measures To Curb COVID-19 Spread

An Associate Pastor at the Calvary Temple Assemblies of God Church at Bantama in the Kumasi Metropolis Reverend Peter Owusu Mensah has called for the imposition of strict measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, as the number of infections continues to rise sharply.

Rev Peter Mensah speaking on virtual Church Service due to the ban on public gathering monitored by OTEC News’ reporter Kwame Agyenim Boateng on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, called for the mandatory wearing of nose mask in markets, on public transport and other public places.

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May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Could Deepen Food Insecurity, Malnutrition In Africa

Brazzaville, 14 May 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed concern at the potential impact of COVID-19 on food security, which is likely to exacerbate the already considerable burden of malnutrition in Africa. The impact of the disease is expected to be greater among those grappling with food scarcity and malnutrition, while widespread food insecurity will likely increase due to movement restrictions.

“COVID-19 is unfolding in Africa against a backdrop of worrying levels of hunger and undernourishment, which could worsen as the virus threatens livelihoods and household economies,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Hunger and malnutrition heighten vulnerability to diseases, the consequences of which could be far-reaching if not properly addressed.”

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May 14, 2020

COVID-19: Lockdown Won’t Work In Bringing Down The Virus – Health Minister

The Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu has said that lockdown does not seem to be in the books of government as part of measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to him, the recent partial lockdown of Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi has taught government a lot of things per the severe impact it had on the nation.

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May 14, 2020

Don't Stigmatize Covid-19 Patients — Ankwesu Chief

The Chief of Ankwesu, a town in the Akuapem South constituency in the Eastern Region Nana Enkuansah Amoah II has admonished Ghanaians not to stigmatize families and individuals suspected to have contracted the Covid-19 virus sometimes on the bases of rumours since stigmatization of this nature has negative tendencies not just for the individual but then community as well.

Nana Amoah II a retired educationist said it is even despicable that people who once lived with the virus but have now been certified as free of the virus are treated in certain quarters as outcasts. He said the debilitating effects of such actions are more than anyone can imagine.

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May 14, 2020

Support Herbal Medicine Producers To Find Cure To COVID-19 - Dr AmofaTells Gov't

The Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Herbal Center, Dr. Jonathan Kwame Amofa, has urged the government to support and consider the use of herbal medicine in treating the novel coronavirus patients.

According to him, he believes the traditional medicine in Ghana can cure the novel coronavirus epidemic if the government of Ghana gives them the necessary support.

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May 14, 2020

Ahafo Region Has Not Recorded Any COVID-19 Case — Dr Boateng

The Ahafo Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Boakye Boateng has denied reports that the Ahafo Region has recorded a COVID-19 case.

Dr. Boakye Boateng explaining the matter to First1News noted that a 20-year-old man resident in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region was tested for during a routine surveillance but the results did not release before he travelled to Derman in the Tano South Municipality.

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May 14, 2020

No COVID-19 Case Recorded Here – Ahafo Regional Health Directorate

The Ahafo Regional Health Directorate has asked the general public to ignore media reports that the Tano South Municipality has recorded a COVID-19 case.

According to the Health Directorate, a 20- year-old man based in Obuasi in the Ashanti region was tested for COVID-19 but the results were not released before he moved to Derma in the Tano South Municipality.

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May 14, 2020

Coronavirus Threatens Mental Health – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, “the impact of the pandemic on people's mental health is already extremely concerning.”

“Social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment,” he said in response to a policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health released on Thursday.

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May 14, 2020

GHS Worried Over Public Neglect Of COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) said the situation was a contributing factor to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases being recorded in the country.

Deputy Central Regional Director in charge of Public Health Dr. Kwabena Sarpong, who expressed this sentiment cautioned that this could derail efforts and gains made in the COVID-19 fight if this was not immediately checked.

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May 14, 2020

C/R: Pentecost To Release More Vans To Increase COVID-19 Education

Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, the Cape Coast Area Head and an Executive Member of the Church, said it had become necessary due to the increasing number of cases being recorded in the Region.

Central Region now has 192 COVID-19 confirmed cases, making it the third-highest Region in the Country, after Greater Accra and Ashanti.

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May 14, 2020

Covid-19: Hotel Refuses To Accommodate Health Workers Over Ghc 219,000 Debt

Information reaching this portal reveals that a hotel ( name withheld ) in Tamale has refused to accommodate health workers who were to be quarantined.

DGN Online learnt that the said hotel refused to accommodate the health workers due to an outstanding debt owed them by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the region.

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May 14, 2020

Upper West: Fear Mounts As Suspected Covid-19 Patient Escape From Quarantine Center

The Upper West Regional Police Command is looking for a 15-year-old suspected Covid-19 patient (name withheld) who escaped from a quarantine center at Nandom in the Upper West Region.

A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Police Command indicated that the patient who fell sick on May 2, 2020 was diagnosed with symptoms of Covid-19 and was admitted at the St. Theresa's hospital in Nandom where he was subsequently quarantined and his sample taken for testing.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 4,362,996; total deaths: 297,465; total recovered: 1,558,462
  • Australia records nearly 600,000 job losses in April
  • Brazil reports record daily rise in infections
  • Chile orders lockdown for capital Santiago after spike in cases
  • Italy approves USD 60 billion aid package for businesses and families

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