Coronavirus pandemic spurs health innovation in Africa

“The pandemic galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa. Africa accounts for 12.8% of the 1,000 new technologies developed worldwide to target different areas of the COVID-19 response plan.”

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Morocco reports record spike in daily COVID-19 cases

“As many as 47 new coronavirus fatalities raised the death toll in Morocco to 2,486. And 2,929 new infections, the highest single-day count since the beginning of the pandemic, lifted the overall count to 142,953.”

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Kenya, Eswatini mourn loss of doctors due to COVID-19

“Kenya and Eswatini on Friday announced the first deaths of doctors on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic, local media reported. The deceased Kenyan doctor was the 39-year-old mother of 13-year-old twins.”

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Mauritius’s timely response helped curb COVID-19

“Mauritius took just five weeks to bring down the coronavirus infections from a cluster of local cases to zero, becoming the first in Africa to contain the virus’s spread.”

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Africa plans 20 million COVID-19 tests in new campaign

“Africa has set out to do 20 million laboratory tests for COVID-19 by November, said the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The announcement was made by John Nkengasong, director of the Addis Ababa-based Africa CDC, during a weekly virtual news briefing on the novel coronavirus. He was joined by the African Union commissioners of social affairs as well as infrastructure and energy.”

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Myths on COVID-19 pandemic spread across Zimbabwe

“Some Zimbabweans say COVID-19 thrives in winter, while some… claim the disease is less deadly for black Africans. But even amid these claims, cases of the dreaded novel coronavirus have been rising across Zimbabwe, with deaths now recorded almost daily.”

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Eswatini: Cabinet in isolation in COVID-19 scare

“Cabinet ministers in the southern African nation of Eswatini (Swaziland) are going into isolation after one was found to have COVID-19. Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the public works and transport minister, had gone into isolation under doctor’s supervision.”

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Senegal’s president self-quarantines as precaution

“Senegalese President Macky Sall has quarantined himself as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a presidential statement late Wednesday. Although Sall tested negative for the virus, he will be undergoing a quarantine process of 15 days based on medical recommendations.”

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13 Nigerian lawmakers test positive for coronavirus

“At least 13 Nigerian lawmakers have tested positive for coronavirus, local media reported Wednesday. Out of 27 members of the Imo State Assembly, 26 were tested, including the speaker, an official spokesman told This Day website.”

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South Sudan: Hunger forces COVID-19 patients to violate quarantine

“Acknowledging that infected people have been moving outside, the government has now vowed to take strict measures. But people say that the patients are not following directive in the absence of any arrangement to provide them food.”

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