Coronavirus

Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Usain Bolt has confirmed that he has coronavirus and is self-isolating in Jamaica, days after partying mask-free with friends and sports stars at his 34th birthday. Jamaica’s health ministry confirmed late Monday that Bolt, known as the greatest sprinter of all time, had tested positive for the virus. The confirmation came after he posted a video to Twitter in which …

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South Africa’s COVID-19 infections surpass 600,000 mark

South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 600,000, the health ministry said on Friday, although the number of new cases has been declining since a peak in July. Despite imposing one of the world’s toughest lockdowns at the end of March when the country had only a few hundred cases, South Africa saw a surge in coronavirus infections that has …

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Covid-19: Nigeria bans EU travellers from visiting in reciprocal move

Nigeria’s government intends preventing citizens of countries that do not allow in Nigerians due to coronavirus restrictions from entering its territory as well. The move is in retaliation for those countries especially in the European Union who have banned Nigerians from entering their territories. Aviation Ministry spokesman James Odaudu was reported by the BBC as saying that the government had …

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Ghana’s President eyes September 1 for reopening of air borders

President Akufo-Addo says the government needs to be able to ensure every prospective entrant into Ghana by air is tested on arrival before Ghana’s borders by air are reopened. File photo of President Akufo-Addo of Ghana In his address to the nation on Sunday evening, he pencilled down September 1, 2020, as a potential date for the reopening of Ghana’s …

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China says frozen chicken wings from Brazil test positive for Coronavirus

Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government. The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other …

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WHO wants to review Russia’s vaccine clinical trials

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday it was looking forward to reviewing clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed in Russia. President Vladimir Putin declared Russia the first country to approve a vaccine on Tuesday even though final stage testing involving more than 2,000 people was only due to start on Wednesday. The WHO says 28 of …

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Africa records over one million COVID-19 cases

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has hit the 1 million mark with experts warning that the continent is yet to reach its peak. The virus has affected all 54 countries on the continent of 1.2 billion people. More than 21,000 people have so far died across Africa from the COVID-19 disease, while over 700,000 have recovered. South Africa, which accounts for more …

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Covid-19: Ghana’s President goes into self-isolation for 14 days

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has gone into a 14-day self-isolation after being exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. The country’s information minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement on Saturday evening that the president took the decision after “at least one person within his close circle tested positive for Covid-19 today (Saturday).” The statement said “On …

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German scientists testing artemisia plant used by Madagascar against Covid-19

Since the Coronavirus pandemic broke out, Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has been touting a local herbal remedy produced from the artemisia plant. The tonic called Covid-Organics produced from the plant has gained global attention due to the rush for it among African countries. The artemisia plant is the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment and other Malagasy plants. Researchers …

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