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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-09-17)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-09-17)
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Sep 26, 2020

Ghana's Active COVID-19 Cases Drop To 506; KIA Detects 30 Positive Cases

Some 69 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded.

The country’s active caseload currently stands at 506.

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Sep 26, 2020

France records nearly 16,000 single-day spike of new coronavirus cases

France on Friday reported 15, 797 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours. It was slightly less than the previous day's record of over 16,000 infections but serious enough to prompt health officials to confirm an upward trend in Covid-19 and could add weight to calls for stricter measures.

Fifty-six people died of Covid-19 in a single day in France on Friday, four more than the day before.

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Sep 25, 2020

Covid-19: Mathematical model shows second wave likely to last until January

A new mathematical model developed by researchers from France and Italy suggests that the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Europe is likely to last until the January of next year.

Giacomo Cacciapaglia, who along with Corentin Cot and Francesco Sannino, told RFI that the predicted time-evolution of the second wave of the European COVID-19 pandemic could help authorities prepare and implement effective measures. 

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Sep 25, 2020

France records highest ever number of Covid-19 infections

France's latest figures show that 16,096 people have been infected with the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, an increase of 3,024 cases. The number is the highest ever in France since the start of the pandemic. The death toll rose to 52, from 43 the previous day.

According to the website of the French health authorities, updated every evening, 6,5 percent of people tested were positive. This rate has been growing steadily over the past few days, from 4,1.

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Sep 24, 2020

AYGC 2020: Obasanjo Charges Africa’s Youth To Unite In Rebuilding Africa Amid COVID Recovery

No one should let disruptive circumstances slow him down, Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and Eminent Fellow of the African Youth and Governance Convergence (AYGC) graced what has been termed as the Biggest Convergence of Africa’s Youth with words of wisdom.

As the Keynote Speaker for this year’s AYGC, an event he had previously hosted at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Nigeria, the former President addressed African Youth from over 32 countries in Africa and the Diaspora, with a message of hope that transcends the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Sep 24, 2020

COVID-19 Burial Team Demands Relief Package After Member Got Infected

Members of the National COVID-19 Burial Team have expressed frustration over the exemption of the team from government's package for frontline health workers.

This comes after a member of the COVID-19 burial team contracted the virus.

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Sep 24, 2020

EU urges member states to boost anti-Covid measures to prevent second wave

The European Commission's health spokeswoman has called on EU members states to communicate better and enforce social distancing and hygiene rules to halt a new wave of coronavirus infections. The appeal comes as several countries, including France and Spain, announced tougher restrictions to curb the Covid-19 spread.

"In some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March. This is a real cause for concern," EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said on Thursday.

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Sep 24, 2020

Furious French cities demand rethink of new Covid-19 restrictions

Authorities in Marseille have called on the French government to suspend “shocking” new sanitary measures that will force the closure of bars and restaurants in “maximum alert” zones including the Aix-Marseille area and Guadeloupe.

First Deputy Mayor Benoît Payan on Thursday asked for a 10-day delay to the new restrictions – announced Wednesday night by Health Minister Olivier Véran.

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Sep 24, 2020

KIA Records 11 New Covid-19 Cases; Death Toll Increases To 299; Active Now 555

Additional 37 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded.

This has pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 46,153.

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Sep 24, 2020

France bans parties in Paris, other big cities, under tough new anti-Covid rules

Gatherings of more than 10 people will be banned and bars made to close early in Paris and eight other major cities from Saturday, as France introduces a new alert system to stem an end-of summer surge of coronavirus infections.

Health Minister Olivier Véran announced the measures Wednesday in his weekly press conference, warning: "If we don't take action quickly, we risk reaching critical thresholds in some regions.”

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Sep 23, 2020

France boosts flu vaccine production to avoid double epidemic with Covid

The French government has ordered 30 percent more seasonal flu vaccine in anticipation of increased demand because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Experts hope increased participation in this year's vaccine campaign will save hospitals from having to face two epidemics at the same time.

France's health ministry said late Monday the country had ordered nearly one-third more doses of the flu vaccine than usual, in anticipation of increased demand when the annual campaign begins in mid-October.

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Sep 23, 2020

France to declare Paris, other major cities ‘super red' Covid hotspots

France is to raise the Covid-19 alert to its highest level in cities including Paris, amid surge in cases that will see virus hotspots declared “super red” or “scarlet” zones on a new map to be released Wednesday.

New restrictions including a potential ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol after 8pm, and on gatherings of more than 10 people, are to be announced as Health Minister Olivier Véran unveils an updated map of the virus's circulation.

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Sep 23, 2020

No COVID-19 Case Recorded During Voter Registration Exercise – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) says none of the 17 million voters captured in the recent voters’ registration exercise and the 45,000 registration officers, contracted COVID-19 during the nationwide exercise.

Dr Bossman Eric Asare, Deputy Chairman of the EC in-charge of Corporate Services, said at the end of the voters' registration exercise, the Commission's checks with the relevant state authorities such as the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the National COVID-19 Task Force, revealed that no single person had been reported of having contracted COVID-19 during the process of registering as a voter.

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Sep 23, 2020

Liberia's Weah orders dismissal of healthcare workers on Covid strike

Striking Liberian health workers who are demanding salary increases and hazardous pay for working during the Covid-19 pandemic are to be fired and replaced, following a new directive by President George Weah.

The government says that despite initial steps to peacefully resolve the situation, the leadership of the National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL) refuses to compromise during negotiations.

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Sep 23, 2020

COVID 19: Achimota Retail Centre Donates MedIcal Supplies To Achimota Hospital

Achimota Retail Centre has set off its month-long fifth-anniversary celebration in a public-spirited fashion, with the donation of a consignment of medical supplies and PPEs to the Achimota Hospital in Accra.

A delegation led by Mr. Isaac Kyei-Mensah, a Director at the Centre, handed over items including latex examination gloves, disinfectants, industrial sanitizers, face masks, liquid soap, floor cleaning gels and a set of specially built Veronica buckets to Achimota Hospital authorities yesterday.

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Sep 22, 2020

World faces new reality with coronavirus pandemic, France's Macron tells UN

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the world nations to work together against Covid-19 and not be dominated by a China-US rivalry in his address to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

In a pre-recorded video address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Macron said the coronavirus pandemic underscored the need for nations to work together in new ways. 

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Sep 22, 2020

Bayern fans return Super Cup final tickets over coronavirus "super spreader" fears

Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for the Uefa Super Cup final in Hungary over fears the match could become a "super spreader" event.

Budapest's Puskas Arena will host the match on Thursday night between Bayern, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to lift the Champions League and Sevilla, who saw off Inter Milan 3-2 to claim the Europa League.

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Sep 22, 2020

English pubs ordered to shut early as UK’s Johnson tightens Covid curbs

The British government has tightened restrictions to stem a rising tide of coronavirus cases, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering pubs, bars and restaurants across England to shut early, and abandoning calls for people to return to the workplace.

More restrictions were forthcoming in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Sep 22, 2020

Taj Mahal opens to tourists after six months, Covid restrictions in place

After being shut for some six months due to the coronavirus, India's top tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal, has reopened.

The northern city of Agra, home to the 17th-century architectural marvel, was galvanised into action when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) opened up the iconic monument to visitors.

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Sep 22, 2020

GHS Beg Striking Nurses To Consider COVID And Return To Work

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has appealed to striking nurses to call off their strike and return to work to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma Aboagye, stated that the nation was on the verge of winning the war against COVID-19 and it is unfortunate for nurses to strike at such a crucial time.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 29,598,820; total deaths: 935,591; total recovered: 20,094,781
  • India's COVID-19 cases surpass five million, the second highest in the world
  • Czech Republic reports record increase in daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday
  • Japan commits 17.2 billion yen (USD 165 million) to the WHO's global vaccine programme
  • Half of the world's schoolchildren still not back in classrooms, UNICEF director says

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