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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-04-27)

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Dossier: Coronavirus pandemic


Apr 27, 2020

COVID-19: Zongo Development Fund Supports Zongo Chiefs And Imams In Ashanti Region With Hygiene Products

The Zongo Development Fund has donated hygiene products to Imams and Zongo chiefs in Kumasi as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus Pandemic in Zongo communities.

Among the beneficiaries were the Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, the Kumasi Zongo chief, Tafo Zongo Chief and the Council of Zongo Chiefs.

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Apr 27, 2020

Talensi: World Vision Donate PPE To Help Fight COVID-19

World Vision International Ghana (WVI-GH) has presented Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), valued at 3000 US dollars to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to help fight the spread of the coronavirus 2019.

The presentation was made to the Talensi, Kasena Nanakana West and Builsa South District Health Directorates at the World Vision Office at Tongo in Upper East Region.

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Apr 27, 2020

Group Demands Proper Protection For Its People In This COVID-19 Pandemic Era

United Freedom Fighters (UFF), a separatist political group in Ghana has called on the Ghanaian government to protect properly the citizens of the territory whose independence they are agitating for, British Togoland in the deadly COVID-19 pandemic era.

In a press release copied to WestAfrica24.com, the Chairman of the group, Mr. Raphael Tettevi lambasted the president of the country, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for lifting the lockdown after numerous call on him to not lift the lockdown. According to him, the lockdown is one of the best ways to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

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Apr 27, 2020

GMA Laments Poor Distribution Of PPE To Health Facilities As About 13 Doctors Get Covid-19

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has expressed worry over the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health facilities across the country in the fight against covid-19.

It follows the confirmation that about 13 members of the group who are medical doctors have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Apr 27, 2020

13 Doctors Get Coronavirus

Some 13 Ghanaian doctors are reported to have tested positive for coronavirus in their line of duty.

Media reports say the Ashanti Regional Chairperson of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Paa Kwesi Baidoo, made the disclosure.

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Apr 27, 2020

COVID-19: Nima Market To Be Reopened Tomorrow

The Nima market is expected to be reopened tomorrow, Tuesday, for trading activities after it was closed on Friday, April 24, due to the disregard for social distancing by the traders.

The closure of the market last Friday by the Ayawaso East Municipal Assembly did not go down well with the traders who besieged the assembly's head office at Kawukudi to protest the decision.

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Apr 27, 2020

COVID-19: Techiman Assembly Procures Face Masks For Residents

The Techiman Municipal Assembly in the Bono East Region has procured 2,000 face masks to be distributed to residents to stem the spread against the novel coronavirus.

The Assembly has also launched a programme dubbed “Operation Wear Your Mask” to encourage and enforce the use of nose masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Municipality. ,

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Apr 27, 2020

Covid-19: Upper East Cases Hit 18 With 10 New Cases

Ten new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the Upper East Region.

This brings the total number of cases in the region to 18.

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Apr 27, 2020

BREAKING Nigeria announces lockdown changes

By BBC News

Nigeria’s President Buhari has announced a gradual easing of the lockdown that has been in place in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states for the last month.

The changes will start on Monday 4 May.


Apr 27, 2020

WHO chief defends agency's handling of pandemic

By BBC News

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has defended its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said countries should have listened to the agency after it declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” on 30 January, when there were 82 cases outside China and no deaths.

"The world should have listened to WHO then, carefully," he told reporters.

"We advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach, and we said: ‘Find, test, isolate, and do contact tracing.’ You can check for yourselves: countries who followed that are in a better position than others.”

US President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of US funding to the agency after accusing it of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus”.

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Apr 27, 2020

Viral WhatsApp messages 'drop 70%'

By BBC News

WhatsApp says it has seen a drop of 70% in "highly forwarded" messages - the kind that may spread misinformation about the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization has said the spread of fake news about the outbreak is an "info-demic".

And two weeks ago, WhatsApp stopped messages sent between individual users five times or more then being posted to more than one chat group at a time. But experts say it still has more to do in the battle against misinformation.

“WhatsApp is committed to doing our part in tackling viral messages," a spokesman for the messaging platform said. "This change is helping keep WhatsApp a place for personal and private conversations."

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Apr 27, 2020

US Secretary of State: 'No other nation is doing more'

By BBC News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his country is doing more than any other to combat Covid-19 in Africa.

Speaking during a phone briefing with journalists in Africa, the top diplomat said the US is not reducing its spending on global healthcare despite the Trump administration's decision to stop funding the "dysfunctional" World Health Organisation.

"We have a massive effort to help our African partners fight Covid-19," Pompeo said.

"No other nation is doing more than we are. We committed more than $170m to this fight in Africa."

He said that Washington wasn't looking to cut back aid but wanted the money to go to a multi-national institution that "can actually deliver good outcomes".

When asked by the BBC's Africa correspondent Andrew Harding about whether America's image abroad had been damaged by recent comments from President Trump about treating Covid-19 with detergent, Mr Pompeo said foreign governments and media were spreading false information.

Mr Pompeo was also critical of China, saying it was trapping African nations in deep debt while giving relatively little away in aid.

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Apr 27, 2020

New York deaths continue to decline

By BBC News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered his daily update on the situation in his state, which remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in the US.

Here are the key takeaways:

  • While death rates continue to decline, 337 New Yorkers died in the last day
  • There are still 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, daily
  • Parts of the state could open after 15 May, when restrictions expire, but Cuomo urged local lawmakers to be "smart about it" and work within national health guidelines and other regional leaders
  • The governor also called out criticism that some states are asking for federal aid, saying New York was a "giver" state and "nobody puts more money into the [national] pot"


Apr 27, 2020

Ya Na Abukari Mahama II Donates GH 50,000 To Covid-19 Trust Fund

The King of the Dagbon Traditional Area, Ya Na Abukari Mahama II, has on behalf of the chiefs and people of Dagbon donated Ghc50,000 to the national Covid-19 trust fund to support the fight against the deadly bug.

The Mion Lana , Abdulai Mahamadu presented a cheque of Ghc 50,000 on behalf of the overlord of Dagbon to the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed at the Gbewa Palace in Yendi.

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Apr 27, 2020

COVID-19: Face Masks, Why Covering Up Is Becoming The New Standard

Among these measures is the wearing of masks, which are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap under running water.

Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who chaired the WHO's Scientific and Technical Advisory group for infectious hazards, said unless people were working in healthcare settings, masks were “only for the protection of others, not for the protection of oneself”.

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Apr 27, 2020

Burundi launches election campaigns in shadow of Covid-19

Election campaigning is underway in Burundi, beginning the process to choose a new president, parliamentarians and local officials. The elections are set to find a replacement for incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza. But campaigning starts as coronavirus cases are on the rise, with rights groups expressing concern about a clampdown on political opposition. 

Thousands of supporters of the ruling CNDD-FDD party gathered for a rally in Bugendana, Gitega province in central Burundi to launch their election campaign. Party supporters wore shirts emblazoned with the face of Evariste Ndayishimiye, the CNDD-FDD flagbearer. 

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Apr 27, 2020

Activists appeal to AU as abuse against women, girls soars under Covid-19

Women from 48 of 54 African countries, have appealed to the African Union and Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to provide financial support to the continent's women and girls during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The women, through the Nairobi-based continental feminist organisation FEMNET, reported an increase in violence against women and girls forced in to marriage since the coronavirus pandemic hit Africa.

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Apr 27, 2020

Yves Saint Laurent pulls out of Fashion Week 2020 over Covid-19

The French couture fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has announced it will not be participating in Fashion Week for the rest of the year due to Covid-19 concerns. The move is seen by many as a rebellion against the frenetic fashion calendar.

According to the French Federation of Fashion and Haute Couture, there are at least six fashion shows per year, including men's, women's and haute couture.

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Apr 27, 2020

I.Coast king seeks to exorcise coronavirus

An aide to an influential king in Ivory Coast has said the monarch could order a procession of naked women to ward off coronavirus by seeking the protection of spirits.

The king of Sanwi, based in the southeast of the world's top cocoa grower, held a special exorcism ceremony last week seeking divine intervention to protect his three million subjects against the epidemic.

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Apr 27, 2020

SDA Church Donates GHC100,000 To COVID -19 Trust Fund

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ghana has donated GHC100,000 to the National COVID-!9 Trust Fund. The donation was presented at the COVID-19 Trust Fund Office, Jubilee house on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Presenting the Cheque, The President of Southern Ghana Union Conference, Pastor Dr. Thomas Techie Ocran praised the efforts of the government in the fight against the virus and pointed out that the donation was the first in a series of donations that will be done by the Church. He also said the Church has been praying for the nation as well.

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SUMMARY

  • Global virus cases pass 3 million, with more than 200,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • Akufo-Addo Warns Human Smugglers
  • Coronavirus cases near 3 million worldwide
  • More Chinese students return to school
  • Italy outlines plans to ease restrictions from 4 May as it records its lowest daily death toll since mid-March
  • Germany makes it mandatory to wear masks on public transport
  • New Zealand says it has eliminated local transmission - it moves out of its toughest lockdown level at midnight

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