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Africa’s Covid-19 cases Surpass 50,000 with over 2,000 deaths

Africa surpassed the 50,000 recorded cases mark today according to results by the John Hopkins University tracker. As of 19:00 GMT number of cases stood at 50,000.

The number shows a vault over 30,000 cases in exactly 18 days. The 20,000 mark was set foot on April 18.

The barb in infections in recent weeks had threatened the WHO Africa office and the African Union’s Centers for Disease Control, Africa CDC.

Meanwhile, the number of death has passed 2,000 mark as of May 7, 2020. Recoveries also passed the 17,000 mark even as more government double up testing efforts.

Source___Africa News

Gambia: URR village pressurize to cast out family over Covid19 case

The Ministry of Health has said a community in Upper River Region has pressurized to cast out the family of the only Covid-19 case in the area.

The acting director of health services, Dr Mustapha Bittaye told journalists yesterday: “The ministry of health has intensified psychosocial support and sensitisation support in a village (Numuyel) in URR as the community threatens to banish the family of the only confirmed case in the village.”

“All the 109 test results received all tested negative. 90 percent of these test results are samples of the mass screening conducted in Bakau. Three high risk contacts of the recently confirmed case have been traced. 101 low risk contacts have been regularly followed up to ascertain manifestation of symptoms of Covid-19,” he said.

He said five connected contacts of the recently recorded case in Central River Region have been taken into quarantine and the compound is under total isolation. “The country currently has 101 people under quarantine, 7 active cases.”

Source___Standard News

India unemployed numbers pass 120 million in April

A lockdown to prevent the escalation of coronavirus has seen 122 million Indians lose their jobs in April alone, new data from a private research agency has explain.

India’s unemployment record now topped 27.1%, according to the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE).

“The new data shows India’s unemployment figures are four times that of the US.’

The country has been in lockdown since 25 March to to prevent Covid-19 spreading around, causing mass layoffs and heavy job losses.

India currently has not less than 50,000 reported infections.

Unemployment hit 23.5% in April, a sharp rise from 8.7% in March. This is due to the lockdown, which brought most economic activity – except important services such as hospitals, pharmacies and food supplies – to a standstill.

Scenes of stranded migrant workers, particularly daily-wage earners, fleeing cities on foot to go back to their villages, filled TV screens and newspapers for most of April.

“Their informal jobs, which employ 90% of the population, were the first to be hit as construction stopped, and cities suspended public transport.”

But prolonged alarms and the continued lockdown of businesses – and the uncertainty of when the lockdown will end – hasn’t left out formal, permanent jobs either.

Source___BBC News

32 Health Workers Confirms corona virus Positive For COVID-19 In Kano

32 health workers in various hospitals across Kano State in Nigeria have tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic.

The state government made this known in a report via its Twitter handle in the early hours of Wednesday.

Although the government didn’t specifically state that the 32 cases were all health workers, the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association in the state, Sanusi Bala, confirmed this to Channels Television.

The new infections bring the toll of the cases confirmed in the state to 397.

Three have, however, recovered and been discharged while eight persons have died.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Recorded 148 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 2,950

Source___Channels TV

Apple, Google outlaw use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would outlaw the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are coming together to help slow the escalation of the novel coronavirus.

Apple and Google, whose operating systems is use by 99% of smart phones, said last month they would work together to shape a system for telling people who have been near others who have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The companies ploy to allow only public health authorities to use the technology.

“Both companies said privacy and preventing governments from using the system to compile data on citizens was a primary goal. The system uses Bluetooth signals from phones to detect encounters and does not use or store GPS location data.”

But the developers of official coronavirus-related apps in several U.S. states told Reuters last month it was of important they allowed to use GPS location data in conjunction with the new contact tracing system to track how escalations of the pandemic is and identify hotspots.

Privacy experts made an alarm that any cache of location data associated to health issues could make businesses and individuals at risk to being spurn if the data is exposed.

“Apple and Google also said Monday they will allow only one app per country to use the contact system, to avoid fragmentation and encourage wider adoption. The companies said they would, however, support countries that opt for a state or regional approach, and that U.S. states will be allowed to use the system.”

Source___Reuters

Nigeria Confirms 245 New Cases, Toll of Infections Now 2802

Nigeria has confirmed 245 new cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the country’s Toll of infections to 2,802.

According to a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, the total deaths are now 93 while the total discharged are 417.

The nine cases that were previously made known as discharged cases in Nigeria, were confirmed in error. So for now, there are 417 cases that have been discharged

One case reported in Nasarawa in Nigeria was a repeat test. The state has a total of 11 confirmed cases at the moment.

Source___Channels TV

Coronavirus Death Toll Top 250,000 As Billions Raised Aloft For A Vaccine Push

Global deaths from the coronavirus escalated and topped a quarter-million on Monday, mainly in the US and Europe even as both regions steadily moved away from lockdown and world leaders garnered billions towards a vaccine.

An AFP result of official figures showed that Europe is the hardest-hit continent with around 145,000 fatalities, and the United States recorded close to 68,700 — together accounting for more than 85 percent of global fatalities.

An internal government approximated in Washington forecasts an even aggravating number of fatalities for the country. It said the daily COVID-19 death toll could double by the end of May.

In Europe, though, governments percive they have passed the point of the disease with deaths in the continent’s worst affected countries, drastically dropped as a result of nearly two months of restrainment.

Restaurants in Italy partly reopened and Germans lined up for haircuts in a Europe encompassing cautiously out of lockdown.

“Half of the planet has been under orders to shelter in place, and much of the world remained cautious even as countries from India to Nigeria sought to ease restrictions so that businesses can remain afloat and workers earn a wage after the pandemic-induced economic crash.”

Update___Channels TV

India Undertakes On ‘Enormous’ COVID-19 Relegation

India has undertaked on a “enormous” operation involving naval ships and aircraft to bring back some of the hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus limitations, the government said

“Stranded migrant workers sit iIndia has undertaked on a “enormous” operation involving naval ships and aircraft to bring back some of the hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus limitations, the government saidn a waiting hall before registering with police officials for a movement pass to be able to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on May 5, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP.”

India outlawed all incoming international flights in late March as it put forward by one of the world’s scrupulous virus lockdowns, leaving large number of workers and students stranded.

A defence spokesman told AFP on Tuesday that two ships were steaming towards the Maldives and another to the United Arab Emirates — inhabitant to a 3.3 million-powerful Indian community, who make up around 30 percent of the Gulf state’s population.

A government statement said the shifting would begin on Thursday and that Indian embassies and high commissions were preparing lists of “distressed Indian citizens”.

The legation in Dubai said that it alone had almost 200,000 applications, appealing on Twitter for “patience and cooperation” as India take forward the “massive task” of repatriation.

Source___Channels TV

Illinois state in US surpasses 51,499 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday

Illinois officials on Sunday confirmed 2,994 new known coronavirus cases and 63 more deaths, bringing statewide totals to 61,499 cases and at least 2,618 confirmed deaths

Now US have more than 1.1 million reported infections as the death toll passed 67,000 on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University

This brings Worldwide record to more than 247,000 deaths and over 3.5 million cases confirmed, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University on Sunday

Source___Chicago Tribune

Nigeria Confirms 238 New Cases Of Novel Covid-19 As Deaths Kick To 68

Nigeria has confirmed 238 new cases of COVID-19 as deaths rose to 68, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said in a tweet on Friday.

The new cases increase the country’s toll of infections to 2,170.

For the second consecutive day, Kano confirmed the highest toll of cases in the country with 92 infections. The FCT posted 36 cases and Lagos reported 30.

The number of infections has risen due to the increased capacity for testing across the country, the NCDC has said.

Experts says cases will continue to rise as more testing is carried out.

Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus has killed not less than 235,519 people since the outbreak first emerged in China in December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 8pm on Friday.

More than 3,303,510 cases were registered in 195 countries and territories. Of these cases, at least 1,003,600 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Source___Channels TV

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