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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-21)

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Apr 22, 2020

Covid-19: Bono Region Ban Use Of 'Pragyia' For Conveying Passengers

She said the region was determined to ensure the populace complied with social distancing protocols to stem the spread of the novel Corona Virus Disease.

Mrs. Kumi-Richardson noted that despite the economic value on the use of tricycle for commercial purposes, the ban on the use of it was to protect the people, possibly from contracting the virus, and advised users and owners to comply accordingly.

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Apr 22, 2020

Sunyani: B/A Presbytery Donates COVID-19 Relief Items To Health Facilities

The Brong-Ahafo Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has donated relief items to some health facilities such as the Municipal Government Hospital and SDA Hospital in Sunyani.

The items which include boxes of Sanitizers, liquid soap, tissues, hand gloves, face masks, detergents, bags/sachets and bottles of water and some essentials, worth over GH₵ 6,500 were meant to augment government’s effort in the fight against the Coronavirus.

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Apr 22, 2020

COVID-19; NEDCo MD Donates PPEs To Health Facilities In Pusiga

As the world battles the sky-rocketing soaring of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the 2016 New Patriotic Party's Parliamentary candidate for Pusiga constituency of the Upper East Region, Mr. Osman Ayuba Aludiba has donated some Personal Protective Equipment to health facilities in the pusiga district.

The estimated GH$11,800 Managing Director of NEDCo's benevolent gesture saw managers of the Widana Presbyterian and the Pusiga health Centres benefiting: 50 Safety Wellington boots, 50 protective eye goggles, 50 protective coveralls gowns and 30 (200ml) boxes of hand sanitizers.

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Apr 21, 2020

COVID-19: Ashanti Region Boost Surveillance As Cases Hit 68

Dr. Emmanuel Tinkorang, the Regional Director of Health Services, announced at the weekly media briefing that enhanced surveillance was the way to go after the government lifted the partial lockdown in Greater Kumasi and Accra Metropolitan Areas.

“What we are going to do now is to strengthen surveillance and we have come out with certain key activities and strategies that we are going to embark on since Ashanti Region and Greater Accra have been classified as high burden”, he stated.

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Apr 21, 2020

COVID-19: Two Cases Test Negative In Tano North Municipality

She said the suspects were placed and monitored on self-isolation until the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) released their results.

The Municipal Health Director said the Municipality had stepped up precautionary measures and created holding rooms at the Bomaa Government Hospital and the St John of God Catholic Hospital at Duayaw-Nkwanta to contain any suspected case.

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Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: Central Region Records Six More Cases

This brings to eight, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Central region, which had only one confirmed case and another from Accra being managed in a facility in the region, before the new cases this week.

Dr. Kwabena Sarpong, Deputy Regional Director in charge of Public Health who disclosed this said the patients were contacts of confirmed cases.

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Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: UK Vaccine To Be Trialed On Patients On Thursday

Clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine will begin on people from Thursday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, who have said it has an 80% chance of success.

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Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: 'All-die-be-die So Step Out And Go To Work' – Kofi Akpaloo To Ghanaians

The Founder and leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana(LPG), Kofi Akpaloo has asked Ghanaiains to step out and go to their jobs lest they will be killed by hunger.

He said despite a surge in coronavirus cases, the worsening economic condition makes the country especially, those down the poverty line, more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease.

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Apr 21, 2020

Show Love, Care To Covid-19 Victims – NCCE

That, he said would make them comfortable in the society.

Mr Tugbenu told the Ghana News Agency that the Commission had embarked on an education drive to educate citizens on the disease conditions, ways to avoid contracting the virus and the need to stop name calling of victims and rather show them the needed concern.

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Apr 21, 2020

IFAD Fund To Mitigate COVID19 Impact Is A Critical Intervention

Smallholder farmers across the country have welcomed the move by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to committed US$40 million to support farmers and rural communities to continue growing and selling food during these trying moments.

A farmer at Kintampo in the Bono East and 2019 National Best Agroforestry farmer, Mr. Asare Robben said many small-scale farmers are unable to buy inputs, such as seeds or fertilizer; and he believes that the fund coming in from IFAD is at the right time.

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Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: Ashanti Region Cases Rise To 68

Coronavirus cases in the Ashanti region have risen from 62 to 68 as of Sunday.

According to the Ashanti regional health directorate, most of the affected persons are between 20 and 25 years of age.

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Apr 21, 2020

Coronavirus: EU Commissioner wants Africa debt relief

DW: The European Commission and member states have promised roughly €20 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in poor countries in Africa and elsewhere. Given the amount of money the EU is now going to spend in Europe, that seems quite small. Do you think it will be enough?

Jutta Urpilainen: I think it's a strong example of our solidarity towards our partner countries around the world, but especially in Africa. In the EU, we are approaching the end of our current seven-year financial cycle, and governments are negotiating the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF). So our financial resources are very limited at the moment. That's why we are looking at how much we are able to redirect in order to help our partner countries around the world, especially in Africa. The European Commission is providing €15.6 billion, which I think is a quite sizable and strong package. And then if we count contributions from our member states and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), then the amount increases to over €20 billion. So I think it is a strong message of our partnership.

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Jutta Urpilainen (44) is the European Commissioner for International Partnerships. The Social Democrat was Finnish Finance Minister until 2014. She is currently working from home in her native Finland.Jutta Urpilainen (44) is the European Commissioner for International Partnerships. The Social Democrat was Finnish Finance Minister until 2014. She is currently working from home in her native Finland.


Apr 21, 2020

France: 5 to 7-year-olds first back to school after coronavirus school closures

Amid concern among parents and teachers about the planned re opening of schools on May11th, the education minister Jean-Louis Blanquer outlined the likely arrangements for returning children to school to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

Schools in France have been closed since March 16 and the idea is that pupils will return in stages over a three week period starting on May 11.

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Apr 21, 2020

COVID-19: MP’s Hospital Supports Health Facilities In Effiduase-Asokore With GHC20,000

The Affable and development-oriented Member of Parliament for the good people of Effiduase-Asokore constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Hon Dr. Nana Ayew Afriye has exemplified his benevolence attitude again to all health Facilities within the Sekyere East District.

The St. John's Hospital and Fertility center, a health facility founded by Dr. Nana Ayew at its board meeting decided to support the government in providing good health services to natives within the district. The board of the health facility unanimously agreed to lend assistance to the Efiduase Asokore Constituency as part of the measures to stop COVID-19 in the district.

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Apr 21, 2020

CDA Supports Fight Against COVID-19

The Community Development Alliance (CDA) a non-governmental organization in the Atebubu-Amantin municipality has donated 5 veronica buckets to the assembly to help in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.

The NGO that runs the Ghana Strengthening Accountability Mechanism GSAM project within the municipality is a consortium made up of IBISS, CARE, and ISODEC sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development USAID.

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Apr 21, 2020

Covid-19: Sekyere Central Ready To Contain Spread

He said the setting-up of the District Covid-19 Relief Fund by Mr Kwadwo Banahene Bediako, the District Chief Executive, to mobilize local financial resources to support the fight against the novel Coronavirus, was laudable and timely.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview at Nsuta, Mr Yeboah said the fund would help provide the needed equipment and logistical support to health workers and other frontline staff in the fight against the spread of the disease.

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Apr 21, 2020

COVID-19: Persons Without Nose Mask Blocked From Entering Accra City Hall

Over 50 persons were on Tuesday denied entry into the Accra City Hall for not wearing a nose mask as part of measures to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The measure forms part of efforts to safeguard the health and well-being of staff of the assembly as well as other visitors into its premises.

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Apr 21, 2020

UK MPs return to social distancing in the Commons

By BBC News

UK MPs have returned to the House of Commons after an extended Easter recess amid the coronavirus crisis.

But there is a difference - MPs must maintain a 2m (6ft) distance from each other, helped by tape markings on the floor, and there are also markings on the famous green benches.

Their first move is to discuss a motion allowing a "hybrid" Parliament, with some MPs in the chamber and others connected via video link. We have more on this in our story here.

Meanwhile, peers in the House of Lords have already approved new measures and the House's first virtual sitting has begun.

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Apr 21, 2020

BREAKING Hancock: Human vaccine trials to start in UK this Thursday

By BBC News

On a vaccine for Covid-19, Health Secretary Matt Hancock says: "I am certain we will throw everything we've got at developing a vaccine."

He says the UK has "put more money than any other country on a vaccine search".

He mentions trials at Oxford and Imperial College London universities, saying they are "both promising projects" making "rapid progress".

He says the government will be giving £20m to the Oxford team to fund their clinical trials - and they will be trialing a vaccine on people starting on Thursday.


Apr 21, 2020

On Leveraging Health Technology To Combat COVID-19

How can technology complement health measures during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, and how will this impact the longer-term development of certain technologies?

OWUSU-ANSAH: A wider segment of the population can benefit from a variety of health services because of the potential of innovative health technology. For instance, through telemedicine a doctor can consult with a patient remotely, request laboratory tests, prescribe medications and enable a pharmacy to deliver medicine to the patient – all without the patient stepping out of the house.

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SUMMARY

  • Trump's announced immigration ban
  • Pandemic could almost double number of people suffering acute hunger, UN World Food Programme says
  • Oil prices still in turmoil, with the benchmark price of Brent Crude falling to its lowest price since 2002
  • Nearly 2.5m cases confirmed globally, with more than 171,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University

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