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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-24)

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Apr 24, 2020

Phone Calls Discussion Underway On Recovered Guinean COVID-19 Patients In Ghana

Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, Northern Regional Coordinating Director, who spoke to GNA in Tamale on Friday, said telephone discussions were held today, after which the Guinean Embassy officials, by telephone, also spoke with their compatriots at the quarantine facility in Tamale.

Four out of the eight Guineans, who tested positive for the COVID-19 in Tamale on March 29, have recovered from the disease, and want to leave the quarantine facility.

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Apr 24, 2020

I'm Happy The Way The Media Carried Itself In COVID-19 Fight – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has lauded the media posture in its contribution towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the media remains an invaluable ally in the fight against the disease since its outbreak in Ghana.

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Apr 24, 2020

COVID-19: Food Is Sufficient - Agric Minister

The Ministry said there was enough food for everybody and so there was no need for individuals to engage in panic buying or to stockpile food.

Speaking at meet-the-press series organised by the Ministry of Information in Accra, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture said the country through the Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs), the Ghana Commodity Exchange and the development partners were helping Ghana in its remedial measures to carry out its immediate response to COVID-19.

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Apr 24, 2020

Covid-19: US Death Toll Passes 50,000

The US virus death toll has surpassed 50,000.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in what is the world’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak.

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Apr 24, 2020

Covid-19: Kumasi High School Teacher Develops Disinfection Chamber

From the manufacturing of the 'Solar Wash' to facilitate hand-washing and attempts to produce ventilators, a Physics teacher at the Kumasi High School in the Ashanti region has designed what he calls a Disinfection Chamber that cleanses the entire body including shirts.

32-year- old Samuel Olatunde Quarm graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a first-class in Physics in 2015.

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Apr 24, 2020

Covid-19; Human Trials For Vaccine Still Ongoing In UK

The first human trials in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford, UK with two volunteers getting injected with the new trial.

Half of the more than 800 volunteers recruited for the study, will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus.

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Apr 24, 2020

WTO, IMF Point To Open Trade Policies In Defeating Covid-19

“As our members grapple with their response to the global health and economic crisis, we call for more attention to the role of open trade policies in defeating the virus, restoring jobs, and reinvigorating economic growth,” the duo institutions said in a joint statement to the Ghana News Agency today, Friday.

“In particular, we are concerned by supply disruptions from the growing use of export restrictions and other actions that limit trade of key medical supplies and food,” the statement added.

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Apr 24, 2020

Covid-19: UK’s Deaths Rise To 19,506

Covid-19 deaths in the UK have ballooned to 19,506, the UK Department of Health and Social Care made this known in a tweet.

It says “as of 5pm on 23 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 19,506 have sadly died.”

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Apr 24, 2020

Provide Subsidies To Staple Crop Farmers Before End Of COVID-19---ASEPA To Gov't

Agricultural Policy Analyst at Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mr. Oscar Komla Bedzra has called on the government to provide some form of subsidies for staple crop farmers before the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Mr. Bedzra in a statement copied to ModernGhana, “Many Ghanaian farmers are engaged in the production of staple food crops including maize, rice, wheat, millet and sorghum amongst others” adding that “Sixty-eight percent(68%) of Ghanaians are farmers according to research by the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2018 (FAO, 2018).”

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Apr 24, 2020

Djibouti sees spike in Covid-19 cases as residents ignore health advice

Djibouti has reported a seven-fold increase in Covid-19 cases over a two-week period, according to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With 98.6 cases per 100,000 people, the country has the highest prevalence on the African continent, attributed to residents ignoring the measures put in place by the government.

"The confinement has not been respected by everyone, and unfortunately many of our compatriots still take this disease lightly," said President Ismail Omar Guelleh in a televised appearance this week.

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Apr 24, 2020

Italy fears Mafia exploitation of migrant workers during Covid-19 crisis

“Caporalato” is a system of exploitation of migrant labour that has existed for decades in Italy. Migrants work illegally for long hours, sometimes subjected to abuse, and are underpaid. Under the Covid-19 crisis, authorities are concerned that the mafia may exploit the situation more than ever. 

The caporalato system primarily concerns the agricultural sector. Migrants are rounded up early in the morning and driven on crowded trucks to work without any guaranteed security or health rights, and for far less than the minimum wage.

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Apr 24, 2020

Africa Vaccination Week 2020 Kicks Off As COVID-19 Threatens Immunization Gains

Brazzaville, Congo, 24 April 2020 -This year’s Africa Vaccination Week starts today as the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruption to vaccination efforts and to the surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases on the continent.

Prior disease outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies have underscored the importance of maintaining essential health services such as immunization. Even brief interruptions of vaccination activities make outbreaks more likely to occur, putting children and other vulnerable groups more at risk of life-threatening diseases.

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Apr 24, 2020

Coronavirus: US death toll passes 50,000 in world's deadliest outbreak

The US virus death toll has surpassed 50,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, in what is the world's deadliest Covid-19 outbreak.

More than 3,000 deaths came in the last 24 hours, and there are now over 870,000 confirmed cases nationwide.

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Apr 24, 2020

Mombasa: Dusk To Dawn Curfew Affects Kenya’s Local Fishemen As Country Battle COVID-19

As Kenya continues to implement dusk to dawn curfew as well as travel restrictions into and out of counties most affected with corona virus cases, local fishermen in coastal Kenya are counting looses.

Most fishermen say they used to exercise their fishing during night when the deep waters of Indian Ocean are calm, but for now the government directives have made it impossible due to availability of ocean security patrols.

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Apr 24, 2020

Amazon France loses appeal over sale of nonessential items during Covid-19

Amazon has lost its battle to continue selling nonessential goods in France during the coronavirus lockdown. The US online shopping giant failed to persuade French judges that it had taken appropriate measures to safeguard its employees against Covid-19 infection. 

The Court of Appeal in Versailles said Amazon must limit orders in France to IT goods, health products, food and pet food, according to a report from Reuters. The French court threatened Jeff Bezos' company with a 100,000 euro fine for every order not meeting the court's specification. 

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Apr 24, 2020

Germany prepares for Covid-19 second wave as lockdown begins to ease

Authorities in Germany are ramping up capacity to deal with a second wave of coronavirus infections as the country gradually comes out of confinement. Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germans must remain disciplined, saying the country still remains “on thin ice”. 

German soldiers are helping to convert Berlin's exhibition centre Messe into a 1,000-bed hospital as part of efforts to expand capacity to cope with coronavirus infections, AFP reported Friday. 

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Apr 24, 2020

A Christian Can Get Sick With Coronavirus—TB Joshua

Nigerian Pastor TB Joshua has taught that a genuine Christian can fall sick with the dreaded coronavirus disease yet still be a “friend of God”.

In a question and answer session on his official Facebook Page, which has over four million followers, the cleric addressed the contentious subject in the wake of news that COVID-19 had claimed the lives of several pastors.

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Apr 24, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Scare Keralite Youth From UK Reaches Kozhikode For Treatment In A Chartered flight

Kozhikode, 24 April 2020: When the world is reeling under lockdown due to COVID-19, it was not a deterrent for Prasad Das from the UK to travel all the way from UK to Kerala for a medical emergency at Aster MIMS hospital, Kozikode. Prasad Das a native of Vadakara district reached Kozhikode airport this morning in a chartered flight from the UK and got admitted to the hospital right away after going through the necessary screening test for coronavirus.

Prasad, an IT professional working in Nottingham UK had received treatment for Gastrointestinal ailments from ASTER MIMS a year ago and had returned to the UK after completion of treatment. Due to coronavirus outbreak and UK hospitals being occupied with coronavirus emergencies

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Apr 24, 2020

Two African leaders under fire for touting unproven Covid-19 'preventatives'

African health experts have called for the heads of government in Madagascar and Guinea to act responsibly after they promoted solutions to protect against Covid-19 without any scientific backing to support their claims. 

Covid-organics is a new preventative and "cure" touted by the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, while his Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde has been pushing for people to drink hot water.

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Apr 24, 2020

China increases coronavirus funding to WHO after US pulls support

China has announced it will give another $30 million to the World Health Organization to support its work fighting the global Covid-19 pandemic, stepping in for a funding gap left by the United States, which said it would freeze funding for the United Nations body.

China has already contributed $20 million as the WHO is looking to raise more than $1 billion to fund measures to fight the coronavirus.

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SUMMARY

  • Covid-19: 134 Recovered, One More Dies
  • COVID-19: Cases Hit 1,279 With 125 New Cases
  • US death toll passes 50,000 in world's deadliest outbreak
  • US President Donald Trump suggests injecting disinfectant as treatment – a highly dangerous idea that has sparked outcry from medics

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