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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-09-08)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-09-08)
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Sep 16, 2020

Covid-19 heaps misery on Algeria's wilting vineyards

Algerian winemaker Dahmane Hamamouche used to rise early and rush to work each morning, but he no longer bothers, as his firm chokes on a cocktail of woes.

Long accustomed to nasty surprises including unpredictable weather patterns and periodic mildew outbreaks, Algerian vintners are now facing their worst season in decades.

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A worker collects grapes in a vineyard in the Sidi Bel Abbes highlands, some 435 kilometres (270 miles) southwest of the Algerian capital.  By RYAD KRAMDI (AFP)A worker collects grapes in a vineyard in the Sidi Bel Abbes highlands, some 435 kilometres (270 miles) southwest of the Algerian capital. By RYAD KRAMDI (AFP)


Sep 16, 2020

Ghana's Private Sector Commended For COVID-19 Fight

Ghana's private sector has been lauded for its commitment and support in helping the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Minister of Planning Professor George Yaw Gyan-Baffour, so far COVID-19 response efforts from the private sector have been overwhelming with the establishment of the Ghana Private Sector COVID-19 Trust Fund.

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Sep 16, 2020

Fast-track French citizenship plan unveiled for foreigners who fought coronavirus

French authorities have announced they plan to reward foreign health care-workers and other front-line personnel who distinguished themselves in the fight against Covid-19 by fast-tracking citizenship applications for those who want to become French.

Instructions this week from the interior ministry, seen by The Associated Press, ordered regional officials to prioritize naturalization requests from foreigners who "actively participated in the national effort, with devotion and courage” against the pandemic that has killed nearly 31,000 in France.

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Sep 16, 2020

Marseille, Bordeaux ramp up Covid-19 restrictions in response to virus surge

The French departments of Bouches-du-Rhône and Gironde have tightened social restrictions in a bid to stem the rise in coronavirus infections. Groups gathering in parks or on the beach are to be limited to 10 people, with family events such as weddings also restricted. 

Bordeaux, in the southwest, and the Mediterranean city of Marseille, France's second-biggest city, have emerged as virus hotspots along with the capital Paris, heightening fears of a second wave of coronavirus.

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Sep 15, 2020

8 New COVID-19 Deaths Push Ghana's Death Toll To 294

Some 8 new COVID-19 related deaths recorded have pushed Ghana's death toll to 294 according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The Ghana Health Service, in its latest COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, also announced that the country has recorded 29 new cases.

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Sep 15, 2020

World Democracy Day Observed; Gov't Urged To Be Transparent On COVID-19

As the world continues to count economic losses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coalition of NGOs under the UN Department of Global Communications (Cunangos) is impressing upon governments to be transparent in all aspects of the COVID-19.

According to the group, it was high time governments became more responsive and accountable in the measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sep 15, 2020

NRYN Prepares BECE Candidates for Examination Amid COVID-19

The Northern Regional Youth Network (NRYN) with funding from OXFAM Ghana organised an outreach programme on 7th to 11th September, 2020, in 20 schools based in the Northern to support Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates with COVID-19 coping strategies in a bid to prepare them for the BECE Examination.

Schools visited includes; S. D. A JHS, Manhaliya E/A JHS, Dakpema JHS, Education Ridge JHS, Sagnarigu Model Girls JHS, Bagabaga Demonstration JHS and amongst others.

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Sep 15, 2020

COVID-9 Has Challenged BECE But You Will Pass---Minister To Students

Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, has expressed the hope that candidates sitting for this year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will produce good results despite the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on education.

He said the government had taken steps to ensure students were adequately prepared and added that the examinations kicked off smoothly in the Volta Region.

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Sep 14, 2020

COVID-19 Deaths In Ghana Now 286 

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed that the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Ghana has increased to 286 after three more fatalities were recorded.

The GHS in its latest data on Covid-19 also recorded 46 new cases of the infection, pushing the total case count to 45,434.

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Sep 14, 2020

India’s parliament reopens with unprecedented Covid safety measures

An 18-day monsoon session of India's parliament has gotten underway with extraordinary safety measures to protect against the coronavirus, including staggered sittings of both Houses and social distancing between MPs.

With 200 of the 785 members of parliament over 65 years of age, and at least seven ministers and two dozen lawmakers recovering from Covid-19 infection, the pandemic has cast a shadow over the session, which takes place after the end of the monsoon season.

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Sep 14, 2020

WHO warns of surge in European Covid-19 deaths in coming months

The World Health Organisation has warned European countries to expect a spike in deaths from the coronavirus in October and November. France's daily Covid-19 infections remain among the highest in Europe, with the latest figure of 7,000 down from the previous day's all-time high of 10,561. 

"It's a moment where countries do not want to hear bad news but it's going to get tougher," said Hans Kluge, Europe director for the World Health Oganization. "In October, November, we are going to see more mortality in Europe."

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Sep 14, 2020

COVID-19 Sees Highest Daily Rate Record Globally

New statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that COVID-19 daily infections across the world has reached a new record with 307,930 new confirmed infections.

According to the WHO, more than 5,500 new deaths were also recorded, bringing the global total to 917,417.

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Sep 14, 2020

Sixth person dies, more expected at Covid-infested nursing home in Aveyron

A sixth resident has died of the coronavirus in an outbreak at an aged care facility in the southwestern town of Aveyron, where a Covid-19 cluster has now infected more than two-thirds of the 75 residents and 20 staff members.

The mayor of Sévérac-d'Aveyron, Edmond Gros, expressed his concern, saying he fears more residents will die.

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Sep 13, 2020

'Playtime is over': French doctors urge Covid-19 ban on private gatherings

A group of six leading French doctors and professors have called for an end to private get-togethers as the Covid-19 epidemic worsens, echoing the government's appeal for more responsible behaviour. But other health specialists say the government lacks a strategy in how to stem the resurgence of the virus.

“We are entering a new stage in the epidemic: it is spreading,” the six health specialists wrote in a tribune published in Sunday's Journal du Dimanche newspaper, warning there was “probably little time left to act collectively”.

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Sep 13, 2020

COVID-19: Evacuation Of Stranded Ghanaians Officially Closed After Airport Opened

It has been announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, that the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians abroad due to the COVID-19 restrictions has officially come to an end.

The Ministry, in a statement, indicated that the end of the exercise followed the opening of the Kotoka International Airport to commercial flights from Tuesday, September 1.

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Sep 13, 2020

France's daily Covid-19 infections top 10,000 for first time

French health officials have reported 10,561 new Covid-19 infections, the highest single-day figure since the outbreak began.

Saturday's record figure came after French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned on Friday that there had been a "clear worsening" in France of the spread of Covid-19, which has "not lowered in intensity" and "will still be with us for some months".

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Sep 13, 2020

Ghana COVID-19 Fight: Indian High Commissioner Commends Gov't

Ghana's earlier and critical measures so far instituted against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has won the admiration of the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Sugandh Rajaram.

He has commended the ruling government NPP for the successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, describing it as one of the best on the African continent and the world at large.

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Sep 13, 2020

COVID-19 Border Closure: About 9,000 Ghanaians Evacuated So Far

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that so far some 9,000 Ghanaians and resident permit holders from around the world have been evacuated.

This was as a result of the coronavirus border closures according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

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Sep 12, 2020

Switzerland adds nine French regions to Covid-19 quarantine list

Switzerland is to impose a 10-day quarantine on people arriving from nine of 13 French regions, including Île-de-France, which surrounds the capital Paris, due to soaring coronavirus cases. Travellers coming from Vienna, Austria will also face quarantine from 14 September. 

The French regions of Île-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur were named by Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset on Friday. 

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Sep 12, 2020

Brong And Ahafo Regional House Of Chiefs Trained On Covid-19 Safety Protocols And Non Communicable Diseases

The Ministry of Information, the Ghana Health Service, and Partners have provided a one-day training for the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs. This training was under the auspices of His Royal Majesty Nana Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V, the President of Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs. In his opening remarks, Nana Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V on behalf of his chiefs thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for the effective measures put in place by his government to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the nation.

The Municipal Chief Executive (M.C.E) for Sunyani, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene who represented the Regional Minister emphasized that COVID-19 is a dangerous disease that has brought to light the need for collaboration between the central and local government, chiefs, and all institutions in the fight against diseases.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 27,352,693; total deaths: 892,880; total recovered: 18,349,053
  • Spain becomes first Western European country to surpass 500,000 COVID-19 cases
  • India on Tuesday records its largest daily death toll in over a month
  • Germany on Monday reports its highest number of new infections since April
  • Iraq reopens land border crossings, restaurants and hotels, and allows sports without spectators

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