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02.10.2020 Live Reporting

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-10-02)

Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-10-02)
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Oct 6, 2020

GhanaFact To Present Work On Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation At AIJC 2020

The premier annual gathering of African investigative journalists, the 16th African Investigative Journalism Conference will take place from October 6-30, 2020 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

This year's conference which will feature more than 50 speakers in workshops, panel discussions and networking sessions, will see the managing editor of GhanaFact, Rabiu Alhassan, join a panel discussion on the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on the African continent: trends and challenges.

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Oct 6, 2020

French back their nurses and doctors but worry about health system in Covid-19 crisis

A new survey shows that French people have a high level of confidence in the country's health professionals to deal with the Covid-19 crisis but they are worried about the future of the hospital system.

The dissatisfaction expressed by workers in the sector suggests it will have a hard time finding candidates to fill its ranks in the future.

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Oct 6, 2020

What you can and can’t do in Paris under new Covid-19 restrictions,

Bars, restaurants, swimming pools, private parties and more are affected by new public health measures that come into effect in the French capital on Tuesday.

The new restrictions apply to Paris and to its near suburbs, which the government placed on the country's maximum alert level for Covid-19 on Sunday.

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Oct 6, 2020

Covid-19's impact on mental health services ‘devastating’, says WHO

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on access to mental health services, a World Health Organisation survey of 130 countries has found out. According to the survey, the pandemic has either disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide.

While 83 percent of the 130 countries surveyed had included mental health in their coronavirus pandemic response plans only 17 percent had actually set up the full funding required, it said.

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Oct 5, 2020

Covid hero or plain reckless? Trump’s virus polarises Republicans and Democrats

As uncertainty continues over the health of US President Donald Trump, his positive test for Covid-19 has further divided Republicans and Democrats less than 30 days to go before the 3 November presidential election, with each side trying to spin Trump's illness to fit their own version of reality.

With less than a month to go before polling day, Americans remain in the dark about the real state of their president's health.

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Oct 5, 2020

Paris closes bars, limits restaurant access as hospitals brace for Covid surge

Paris officials announced Monday bars would close for two weeks after the French capital was placed on the country's highest Covid-19 alert level. Restaurants and universities were allowed to remain open with reduced capacity.

Bars will be closed for at least two weeks as part of new restrictions announced Tuesday as hospitals anticipate an influx of serious Covid-19 cases, though restaurants would be allowed to stay upon under certain conditions. 

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Oct 5, 2020

Covid-19: Trump’s Press Secretary Test Positive For Coronavirus

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, another sign that the virus that has put President Trump in the hospital and killed more than 200,000 Americans is spreading through the White House.

In a statement on Twitter, McEnany said she is not experiencing symptoms. In addition to the president and the first lady, members of Trump’s staff and senior figures in his campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus since last week.

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Oct 5, 2020

Covid-ridden India to reopen bars, theatres and pools in a season of festivals

Cinemas, swimming-pools, bars and restaurants will reopen in India, while students can attend classes as the government has further eased Covid-19 restrictions at the start of the festival season which will see millions on the streets of the sub-continent this month.

The state of Maharashtra in India's west, which has reported 1.4 million Covid-19 infections so far, decided to allow customers into restaurants and bars from Monday. This is part of the so-called 'Unlock 5.0' exercise to re-start India's moribund economy.

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Oct 5, 2020

Covid-19: We Don’t Want 2nd Wave In Ghana; But Let’s See How School Reopening Goes – Carbonu

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has said it does not want to see a second wave of COVID-19 infections in Ghana as is happening in other parts of the world.

He thus urged the education authorities to ensure that the necessary safety measures and protocols are put in place to safeguard the welfare of students and teachers as second-year junior and senior high students return to school today, Monday, 5 October 2020, to complete their academic year.

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Oct 5, 2020

Trump Leaves Covid-19 Treatment Center To Greet Supporters Gathered Outside

US President Donald Trump left his coronavirus treatment center on Sunday evening to stage a photo opportunity and wave briefly to some supporters.

Mr Trump’s supporters gathered outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Oct 5, 2020

Paris placed under maximum Covid alert, bars, cafés face two-week closure

The French government has declared Paris under maximum Covid-19 alert due to alarmingly high infection numbers, meaning bars and cafés may face a forced two-week shutdown from Tuesday. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is to unveil the conditions on Monday. Restaurants look set to remain open under tightened sanitary protocols.

Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on Thursday that only improved Covid-19 infection rates could prevent "total closures" of the city's trademark cafes and bars.

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Oct 4, 2020

Covid-19: Akufo-Addo Wishes Trump Well

President Akufo-Addo has joined hundreds of world leaders to wish the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump, well after both tested positive for the coronavirus.

President Akufo-Addo wished Trump speedy recovery in a tweet.

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Oct 4, 2020

Korle Bu Doctors’ COVID Allowances Delays Have Been Rectified – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it has rectified the issues preventing some frontline doctors of the Korle bu Teaching hospital from their receiving their extra allowance package.

These frontline doctors have been lamenting that they have not received the package promised to them by the government despite the risks involved in their work.

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Oct 4, 2020

COVID-19: JHS 2, SHS 2 Students Will Be Safe — GES Assures Ahead Of Reopening Tomorrow

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has assured that second-year (Form 2) students in Junior High and Senior High Schools will be safe when they return to school on Monday, October 5.

The return of the students is to enable them to complete their respective third term and second semester of the current academic year.

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Oct 3, 2020

Tunisian hospitals struggling to cope with rise in Covid-19 cases

Tunisian authorities have warned that hospitals are struggling to cope with an influx of Covid-19 patients and urged residents to respect anti-virus measures to avoid another lockdown.

"If we don't manage to flatten this curve, which is really going up, we risk being overwhelmed," Dr Hechmi Louzir, spokesman of the scientific committee for the fight against Covid-19, told AFP.

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Oct 3, 2020

How do I cover COVID-19? Frequently asked questions for CPJ’s safety experts

The coronavirus has changed the way journalists report around the world.

As COVID-19 morphed into a pandemic in early 2020, journalists quickly needed to know how to safely cover the world’s biggest news story. The uncertainty around the virus meant that even stepping outside was fraught with risk. Journalists soon got in touch with CPJ’s safety experts to inquire about every aspect of reporting safely during COVID-19, from what sort of personal protection equipment (PPE) they should wear to how to keep their sources safe, both in person and digitally.

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Oct 3, 2020

Trump to be hospitalised 'for next few days' after Covid-19 diagnosis

US President Donald Trump has been transferred to a military hospital after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus.

The 74-year-old is reported to be doing “very well” and does not need oxygen support, though he has begun receiving an experimental anti-viral drug.

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Oct 2, 2020

Noguchi Institute Receives COVID-19 PPE From Olam, Temasek

Accra, October 2, 2020: - Olam International, a leading food and agri-business, in partnership with Singapore-based Temasek Foundation has donated a consignment of PPE to the Government of Ghana to support national efforts in the fight against COVID -19.

The consignment comprised various items of PPE including 3,000 surgical gowns, face shields, KN95 masks, and nitrile gloves. They were delivered to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research through the Ministry of Health.

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Oct 2, 2020

ECA And IIF Host Private Investors, African Finance And Development Ministers To Discuss Covid-19

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) released the following statement after a virtual meeting of delegates representing African finance and development ministries, and the private creditor community to discuss the role of the private sector in supporting low-income countries through the COVID-19 crisis, and driving post-pandemic development.

“We all agree that access to private capital is essential to economic growth and development, the post-COVID-19 recovery, as well as raising living standards and creating greater prosperity across Africa. Given the importance of private capital, and its growing role in Africa over the last decade, it is crucial that countries with market access and the appropriate macroeconomic framework continue to have the opportunity to this access as a complement to concessional financing. A number of these countries have pursued policies to increase investor confidence, attract investment, obtain greater market access, and lower their cost of capital – these efforts must be encouraged. Similarly, new initiatives to help further lower the cost of capital must be encouraged and implemented swiftly - such as the creation of repo markets for frontier issuances as part of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility. Where additional liquidity can be provided it must be the priority.”

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Oct 2, 2020

As lockdown eases, Kenyan doctors warn Covid still lurking

Kenya is reporting a decline in coronavirus cases, and hospital admissions for Covid-19 have fallen sharply, but some frontline health workers say infections are going undetected and could even be rising.

For several weeks, the health ministry has been recording between about 50 and 250 new infections every day, a sudden and considerable slump from highs approaching 900 in just late July.

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SUMMARY

  • Global confirmed cases: 33,997,825; total deaths: 1,014,588; total recovered: 23,662,200
  • Israel registers 8,919 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a daily record
  • South Africa opens borders with African countries for first time since March
  • Madrid and 11 surrounding municipalities to introduce lockdown restricting travel
  • Czech Republic declares state of emergency from Monday, with restrictions on public events

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