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Coronavirus updates As it happens (2020-05-04)

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: Media Is Indispensable In The Fight — Affail Monney

President of the Ghana Journalists Association Affail Monney said in an increasingly complex media landscape ignited by citizens' right to the use of social media, the importance of the traditional media and the need for an all absorbing attention to reliable and accurate information become more paramount.

“As the virus rages, we couldn't but agree more with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that “the second pandemic of misinformation from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories” that have unfortunately accompanied the global fight against the virus can only be waged effectively by the media with 'verified, scientific , fact-based news and analysis',” Mr Monney stated at a flagraising ceremony to mark World Press Freedom Day in Accra.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: Cases Hit 2,719 With 550 New Cases

Ghana has recorded 550 new cases today, the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases ever.

This has increased the country’s tally to 2719 as against 2169 recorded on May 2.

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May 4, 2020

COVID-19: Recoveries Now 294 In Ghana

Sixty-five (65) more persons have recovered from the novel Coronavirus in Ghana.

This brings the total recoveries to 294.

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May 4, 2020

COVID-19: Seven New Cases Recorded In Sissala East

Seven new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Sissala East Municipality of the Upper West region bringing the regions case count from eight to 17 in less than a week.

This includes two males and five females who have tested positive of the deadly virus.

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May 4, 2020

COVID-19: Bono East Regional Minister Commends Health Workers For Sacrifice

The Bono East Region is among those without confirmed cases of the disease in the country and precautionary measures including the observation of the social distancing protocols, wearing of nose masks and use of other personal protective equipment as required were being enforced stringently for the prevention of the spread disease, he said.

Mr Amoakohene, also the Member of Parliament for Atebubu-Amanten gave the commendation over the weekend when he met a cross section of the Management of the Nkoranza South Municipal Assembly and representatives of selected organisations including the Nkoranza Traditional Council as part of his tour of the region to have firsthand information on how the assemblies have been working against the spread of the COVID-19.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: Media Role Impeccable In Sensitizing Ghanaians — Deputy Minister

She noted that the media's mandate of informing the people was being tested when new challenges confront the world; adding that since January, the COVID-19 pandemic had revealed yet again the key role of a free press in tackling societal problems.

Speaking on Monday at the flag-raising ceremony to mark World Press Freedom Day in Accra, Madam Asiamah-Adjei said the media's constant education on the observation of safety protocols, coverage of the national updates and features on case management were worth commending.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: 16 Doctors Test Positive In Lagos

Some 16 doctors have reportedly been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Lagos, Nigeria.

Reports in Nigeria say the doctors are working with the Lagos State Government.

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May 4, 2020

Okyehene Support COVID-19 Fund With GHS100,000

Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has donated Ghc100,000 to the COVID-19 Trust Fund to augment government’s fight against the pandemic.

The Okyehene also donated 400 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, gari to all the divisions in the Abuakwa Traditional Area. He also made a donation of face masks, and other personal protective equipment to the Kyebi Government Hospital.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: Italy Eases Lockdown After 8 Weeks

Italy is easing its covid-19 lockdown after eight weeks.

Some four million people are expected to return to work.

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May 4, 2020

A day of Ramadan in Mali during coronavirus

Fatoumata is one of the first to get up in the darkness. It's 4:00 am and in the Malian capital of Bamako, the 18 members of the Sinaba family are gradually preparing to greet the day.

The young woman, the mother of a small child, lights the fire to heat rice left over from the previous day before the start of the fasting. Her brother, Solo, in his 20s, grumbles. He eats in silence, his eyes glued to his portable phone and social media.

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May 4, 2020

Cologne squad cleared of coronavirus as Bundesliga awaits government decision on resumption

The chances of a prompt restart to the German football were boosted on Monday when a second round of tests on the Cologne squad revealed no further cases of coronavirus.

On Friday, results from the initial wave of tests revealed that three people at the Bundesliga club had contracted the illness.

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May 4, 2020

EU approves 7 billion euro Air France bailout due to Covid-19 crisis

The European Union's competition authority has given the green light for a seven billion euro French bailout to help Air France deal with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“This seven billion euro French guarantee and shareholder loan will provide Air France with the liquidity that it urgently needs to withstand the impact of the coronavirus outbreak,” according to the statement by EU's top competition official Margrethe Vestager.

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May 4, 2020

Chinese help in Zimbabwe's Covid-19 fight raises suspicions

China is publicly handing out money and equipment to help fight the spread of coronavirus in Zimbabwe. But Beijing's generosity has made some very wary.

Until now most in Zimbabwe have accepted that China's aid and investment strategy in the country is usually tied to infrastructure development.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: Volta Cases Balloon From 10 To 30 Within A Week

The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, has stressed the need for strict adherence to preventive measures against COVID-19 in order to mitigate its spread.

This follows a 200 per cent jump in figures of positive COVID-19 cases recorded in the region, from 10 to 30 in a week, as of May 1, 2020.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: 80 Out Of Every 100 People Tested In Kano Are Positive — Gov't

There are indications that 80 out of every 100 people tested for coronavirus in Kano State test positive to it.

This is as the Head of Communications, UNICEF Field Office in Kano State, Rabiu Musa, died on Saturday, May 2.

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May 4, 2020

COVID-19: Magufuli Orders Probe Into Test Kits After Goat, Pawpaw Test Positive

Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, has ordered a probe on the country’s coronavirus testing kits after samples taken from a goat and pawpaw tested positive.

Speaking at an event in Chato in the northwest of Tanzania on Sunday, the President said that the COVID-19 testing kits, which had been imported from abroad had “technical errors”.

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May 4, 2020

The Role Of Ghanaian Herbal Medicine In COVID-19 Fight

In February this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) named pneumonia as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The sudden and rapid unexpected spread of COVID-19 from China to several other countries compelled the WHO to officially declare a global pandemic on March 11, 2020.

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May 4, 2020

Covid-19: UK Pledges £1.6bn To Fund Global Vaccine Alliance

The funding makes the United Kingdom (UK) the largest supporter of GAVI, which vaccinates children against deadly diseases such as measles, polio and typhoid, saving millions of lives.

GAVI has so far helped vaccinate more than 760 million children, preventing more than 13 million deaths.

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May 4, 2020

Govt Adds Two More Covid-19 Test Centres

Government has expanded the number of Covid-19 testing facilities in the country with two more laboratories within few weeks, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Oko-Boaye, has disclosed.

The additions are the Korle-Bu Public Health Reference Laboratory and the University of Health and Allied Sciences Laboratory in the Volta Region.

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May 4, 2020

France’s first Covid-19 case 'dates back to December', flu retest shows

A doctor in the Paris region says one of his patients who was diagnosed with pneumonia in December was, in fact, infected with Covid-19. The report, which is due to be published in detail this week, would make it the first known case of the disease in France – a month earlier than previously thought.

Dr Yves Cohen, head of the emergency services ward at the Avicenne and Jean-Verdier hospitals near Paris, says he went back through the files of patients who had been admitted with flu symptoms in December 2019 and January 2020.

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SUMMARY

  • Italy - the first country in the world to order a nationwide lockdown - is easing some restrictions
  • President Trump says he is confident of a vaccine by year's end but admits this is optimistic
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "significant evidence" that virus came from Wuhan lab in China
  • In Brazil, President Bolsonaro again criticises lockdown as cases exceed 100,000
  • Global confirmed cases exceed 3.5m and the number of deaths almost 250,000

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