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Afrinity Production gives you the recap of the current Covid-19 stand in the Gambia.
9 new deaths took place in the country yesterday as Covid death-toll reached 63
The Gambia’s Covid-19 cases continue to spiral as 183 cases were confirmed yesterday.
According to the health ministry, 9 new deaths were confirmed as well, taking the total number of deaths to 63.
Meanwhile, Activist Madi Jobarteh has tested positive to Corona Virus.
By. Amie T. Camara
Jacinda Ardern postpone election due to coronavirus fears
The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has postponed the country’s general election by a month amid a spike in coronavirus cases.
According to Aljazeera, the vote was due to take place on 19 September but will now be held on 17 October instead.
Ms Ardern said on Monday that the new date would allow parties “to plan around the range of circumstances we will be campaigning under”.
Earlier this week, the country’s largest city went back into lockdown.
“This decision gives all parties time over the next nine weeks to campaign and the Electoral Commission enough time to ensure an election can go ahead,” Ms Ardern said, adding that she had “absolutely no intention” of allowing any further delays to the vote.
The opposition National Party has argued the election should be delayed as restrictions on campaigning mean Ms Ardern had an unfair advantage.
The announcement that new cases had been discovered shocked the country, which had recorded no locally transmitted cases for more than three months.
Before the new cluster was identified, the government had lifted almost all of its lockdown restrictions, which were first imposed in March.
New Zealand has reported more than 1,600 infections and 22 deaths since the pandemic began, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The Gambia records 10 new Covid-19 deaths
The Gambia recorded 10 new Covid-19 deaths, the highest on single days-bringing the total to 43.
According to Standard, 7 of these new deaths are males, 9 are aged 45 years and above. Twice more males than females aged 70 and above were confirmed positive for Covid-19.
With the information from the of health ministry, a significant number of the new cases are residents of Western Health Region 1 (over 70%).
The 79 new cases registered took the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to 1,556.
The country currently has 354 people in quarantine, 1,246 active cases, 172 probable cases and a crude case-fatality ratio of 2.8%.
Highest spike in Covid-19 deaths in The Gambia
The Gambia recorded the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 deaths with the Health Ministry reporting 9 new deaths on Monday bringing the toll of infection to 32 since the outbreak in March.
According to the Health Ministry while 7 out of the new deaths tested positive, 2 were in determinant.
According to the report, there have been over 100 percent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases confirmed by the country with 111 new cases, taking the toll of confirmed cases to 1,346.
According to Standard Newspaper, twenty-one of the new cases are MRC staff and their close contacts.
The country currently has 335 people in quarantine, 1,087 active cases, 145probable cases and a crude case-fatality ratio of 2.4%
Whereas 13 persons were newly taken into quarantine, 17 new discharges were made with 227 recoveries.
The Ministry also warned that the cost borne by government at designated quarantine facilities is prohibitive and may be unsustainable.
Lebanon confirms highest coronavirus cases and deaths
Lebanon confirmed its highest daily toll of deaths and new infections from coronavirus as the country struggle with the aftermath of an enormous port explosion that rocked the capital, Beirut, and overwhelmed hospitals.
Seven people died of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, and 309 new cases were confirmed.
That brought the toll of infections to 7,121 and deaths to 87 since the start of the country’s outbreak in late February.
BBC said even before the explosion last week there had been a recent increase in infections.
According to BBC, the daily figures are still very low in compay with others countries in the region, they have risen in recent days, straining health facilities already overwhelmed with the influx of the injured from the August 4 explosion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the chaos caused by the blast that killed more than 200 people, injured some 6,000, and left 300,000 without habitable housing risked accelerating the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Hospitals, many of which were damaged and their staff injured, were flooded with wounded.
Nigeria on Monday recorded 290 fresh cases of COVID-19 with the number of recovered persons now 33,346.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the latest COVID-19 figure in a tweet on its handle.
According to Channels TV, Nigeria’s new cases were confirmed in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), taking the number of infected people in the nation to 46,867
The NCDC latest data indicate that Lagos and the FCT reported the highest cases for the day – 82 each.
Other states with fresh cases are Oyo – 19, FCT – 18; Edo – 16; Kaduna – 15; Enugu -9; Ogun – 9; Kano -8; Kwara – 8; Cross River -5; Ondo – 5; Rivers -5; Ekiti -4; Imo – 3 and Borno – 2.
The NCDC data further revealed that the disease has so far claimed 950 lives.
Employment in the UK drastically fell by the largest amount in over a decade between April and June, according to BBC.
BBC said the number of people in work decreased by 220,000 on the quarter, according to what they get from the National Statistics.
This was the largest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, the depths of the financial crisis.
The UK economy has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, but unemployment has not surged as much as feared because large numbers of firms have furloughed staff.
However, analysts said unemployment was set to worsen in coming months as the scheme wound down, warning of a looming “cliff-edge” and a “lull before the storm”.
The youngest workers, oldest workers and those in manual occupations were the worst hit during the pandemic, the ONS added.
The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9%, largely unchanged on the year and the past quarter, as millions remained “on the government-backed furlough scheme.”
The Gambia has been placed under a night curfew for the next 21 days which started yesterday as part of measures put forward by President Adama Barrow to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
The curfew will start from 10pm to 5am each day.
As part of the measures under a new state of emergency, all congregational prayers in mosques and churches are closed for now, land and air borders remain tightly closed.
This measures were disclosed in a statement from Government Spokesman Ebrima Sankareh, also said the army could be stationed to enforce these measures.
The full statement according to Standard Newspapers is reproduced below:
In the wake of the worrisome trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Gambia, His Excellency President Adama Barrow in exercise of the powers vested in him by Section 34 (1) (a) and pursuant to Section 34 (2) of the 1997 Constitution declares a State of Public Emergency effective midnight tonight and a curfew effective tomorrow, 6th August 2020 throughout The Gambia for a period of 21 days.
The Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Diseases) Protection Regulations, 2020 shall continue to operate side by side with these new accompanying Regulations:
1. All houses of worship (mosques, churches, etc.,) shall remain closed. Mosques or churches shall be used solely for calls to prayers or religious announcements. All forms of gatherings at mosques and churches are prohibited;
2. Night curfew is hereby imposed throughout the jurisdiction of The Gambia from 10pm to 5am daily. Only persons on official COVID-19 duties, ambulances and public officials on essential assignments are exempted from the curfew. Anyone who violates the curfew commits an offence and is liable to a fine of Five Thousand Gambian Dalasi (D5,000).
3. All educational institutions (Universities, Colleges, Schools, Madrassas, Daras, Majalis and Gamos) shall remain closed. However, Grade 12 students are exempted only for the period of their WAEC/WASSCE exams from 17th August to the 7th September 2020. These schools shall open solely for the purpose of administering exit exams;
With 595 New Infections, Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases Surpass the 33,000 mark
The COVID-19 cases in Nigeria surpassed the 33,000 mark following the confirmation of 595 new infections in the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Monday night.
As per the agency, the new infections were confirmed in 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Lagos maintained the lead position with a total of 156 new infections, followed by Oyo with 141 and the FCT with 99 new cases.
Other states with registered cases include Edo – 47, Kaduna – 27, Ondo – 22, Rivers – 20, Osun – 17, Imo – 13, and Plateau – 10.
While Nasarawa and Anambra each have 8 new infections, other states like Kano, Benue and Borno each reported 5 cases.
On a positive note, the country has been able to discharge 13,671 people who recovered from the virus.
Unfortunately, a total of 744 persons have succumbed to COVID-19 after being confirmed as fatalities from the infection.
Tanzania president announce country ‘coronavirus-free’
Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the East African country “coronavirus-free” thanks to prayers by citizens.
John Magufuli says prayers and fasting by Tanzanian citizens is the reason for the country defeating the pandemic.
Coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to a Harvard Medical School research.
More than seven million people have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus with at least 406,900 dying from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US, the UK and Brazil have recorded the highest death tolls. The US, Brazil and Russia have the most cases.