Coronavirus

Gambia records first two cases of UK COVID-19 variant

Gambia has recorded its first two cases of the highly infectious coronavirus variant first found in Britain, its health authorities said on Thursday, in what appears to be the first confirmation of its presence in Africa. The cases could hamper the former British colony’s efforts to contain a surge in infection rates to near-record levels. It has so far recorded …

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Zimbabwe: 10,000 people arrested for not wearing face masks

Over 10,000 people have been arrested by the Zimbabwean police for failing to wear face masks in public. Some 16,000 others have also been arrested for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. Reports say most of the offenders have been ordered to pay an admission of guilt fine. The country imposed a lockdown after Covid -19 …

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Covid-19: Zimbabwe reimposes nationwide lockdown

The government of Zimbabwe has reimposed a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There has been a surge in cases in the past weeks and the government hopes the latest move will contain the spread. Only essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets will be exempted from the lockdown to be operational for the next 30 …

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South Africa Rejects U.K. Claims Over New Coronavirus Variant

South Africa’s government rejected allegations that a new variant of the coronavirus found in the country has contributed to a second wave of infections in the U.K. and criticized its decision to impose travel restrictions. A new virus variant that was detected in the U.K. has a mutation occurring at a site common with the South African strain, known as …

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Bill Gates glad high COVID-19 death rate predicted for Africa didn’t happen

BILL GATES, the Co-chairman Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says the world doesn’t have enough data yet to understand why the numbers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic deaths in Africa aren’t high as first predicted. The American philanthropist in his end of the year note also said said he was happy to have been wrong about— “at least, I hope I was …

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Heroes of COVID-19: Ghana’s Edward Asare wins amid deadly pandemic

This 27-year-old Ghanaian named Edward Asare has shown his true mettle amidst COVID-19 by rising from the point of being unemployed for over two years to becoming a force worth reckoning with in the Ghanaian social media landscape. Mr. Asare, originally from Dawatrim-Asesewa in the Eastern Region, granted TheAfricanDream.net an insightful interview early in August of 2020 where he shared …

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Opportunities: Creatives, Artists, Musicians, and Instrumentalists amidst COVID-19

Updates with regard to the opportunities available for African music professionals amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Call for applications: Educational video producersApplication deadline: 8 January 2021 The Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), a non-profit organisation operating in the field of African music, is partnering with Goethe-Institut to introduce a new initiative – the Music In Africa Sound Connects Fund. The MIAF seeks to appoint a Regional …

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Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for use next week in UK

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out. The first 800,000 doses will be available in the UK from next week, Health Secretary …

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Coronavirus: France set for second national lockdown – Macron

French President, Emmanuel Macron has announced a second national lockdown for at least the whole of November.  Mr Macron said under the new measures, starting on Friday, people will only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. Non-essential businesses, such as restaurants and bars, will close, but schools and factories will remain open. Covid daily deaths …

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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government …

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