Schools are to open in mid-June, religious places can reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols. Social gatherings are to be allowed under certain conditions.
The address, the tenth by the president, also spelled out measures that government was putting in place to curb the spread of the virus. The group were part of persons who flew into the country aboard a special flight on May The batch also included 43 Togolese. They have been in quarantine since arrival.
A report carried by local media outlets also says the main hospital in the capital, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, has stopped surgeries as virus impact engages anaesthetists. The Greater Accra region is the most impacted with over 5, confirmed cases.
The reports say the specialist medics responsible for administering drugs to patients to manage and control their pain ahead operations and surgical procedures have been move to treat critically ill COVID patients.
Recoveries have also reached 2, with 35 deaths to date. He said having the remaining staff quarantined off-shore for the mandatory day period will help in curtailing any further spread of the virus. They are still off-shore anyway so that will be a better place to quarantined them. Mahama in an interview on Eyewitness News. The process is set to begin in June this year and will last a period of forty days. The EC had suspended the start of the compilation due to the coronavirus.
The EC says it will observe all necessary health protocols in the process. General elections are expected in December Incumbent Akufo-Addo is seeking reelection whiles former president John Mahama is seeking a return for his final term in office. Voting will also take place for members of parliament.
The case count passed 7, when an additional cases were reported. The national tally now stands at 7, with Greater Accra alone accounting for over 5, cases.
The recoveries have reached 2, with 34 deaths. Meanwhile there is controversy over whether or not parliament has recorded infections. What is sure is that mass testing took place on the orders of the speaker.
This morning majority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak, disclosed on local TV that two MPs and some parliamentary staff had tested positive. Contrary to denials by Director of Public Affairs of the House, Kate Addo, who said results from the tests have yet to be delivered.
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Majority leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mesah-Bonsu also dismissed the reports which he said bordered on speculative journalism.
A major religious group is advocating a phased lifting of remaining restrictions in the country.For example, the financial toll of the virus is probably incalculable, including as it does everything from the tens of millions of newly unemployed workers in the US to the lost business from risk-averse consumers too afraid to do things like get on a plane, go see a movie, or eat inside a restaurant.
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Pediatrics has just released yet another data point conveying the scope of the pandemic so far — according to a new report from the group, more than half a million children in the US have been diagnosed with the coronavirus thus far. Don't Miss : Prime Day is two days away — but these 10 crazy deals are available now.
Though children have represented only 9. In a statement about the report, academy president Dr. Other key data points from the report include the following:. Some other interesting numbers to note — according to this report, which you can read in full herenine states reported more than 15, cases of children with the coronavirus, while half of states reported more than 7, cases and six states reported fewer than 1, cases.
That number of infected children now stands atTags: coronavirus. Share Tweet. With Biden, not so much. One of the most promising coronavirus vaccine trials was halted due to a serious adverse reaction.As the global death toll from the coronavirus approaches 1 million people, the World Health Organization said Friday that it's "not impossible" that number could double if countries don't uniformly work to suppress the virus' spread.
Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said in regard to whether the coronavirus death toll could rise to 2 million people. Since the coronavirus emerged from Wuhan, China, late last year, it has infected more than 32 million worldwide and has killed at leastpeople as of Fridayaccording to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Covid fatality rates have slowly declined over the course of the pandemic because scientists and health experts have made strides in treating seriously ill patients through the better use of oxygen and the steroid dexamethasoneamong other therapeutics, Ryan said during a press briefing at WHO's headquarters in Geneva. However, 2 million or more coronavirus deaths could be reported before a Covid vaccine becomes widely available if world leaders don't better implement lifesaving measures and "evolve the nature and scale and intensity of our cooperation," Ryan warned.
Do it all. And unless we do it all, [2 million deaths] are not only imaginable but unfortunately and sadly very likely. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead on the Covid pandemic, said that several countries in Europe are reporting an "increasing trend in cases.
The facility aims to work with vaccine manufacturers to protect the most vulnerable populations, such as older people and health-care workers. As of Friday, countries had committed to joining COVAX, but the final count could be "well over" countries and economies, said Dr.
Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor to the director-general. The Trump administration has previously said it doesn't plan to join the initiative. Aylward said WHO officials remain "in discussion" with China, which also hasn't joined. It's a function of whether or not we put the tools, approaches and knowledge we have today to work to save lives and prevent transmission," Aylward said.
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According to a Health Ministry press release one of the latest victims was a 56 year old Mozambican man who died in Maputo on Friday. It is not clear why it took the Ministry five days to announce his death.
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The second case was that of a 43 year old Mozambican man who died in Beira on Monday. This brings to 37 the total number of deaths from Covid in Mozambique. The Ministry release said that, to date,people have been tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid, 1, of them in the previous 24 hours. Of all the samples, were from Maputo city, from Cabo Delgado, from Tete, from Niassa, 91 from Inhambane, 76 from Maputo province, 40 from Zambezia, 16 from Gaza and 15 from Nampula.
In line with standard health ministry procedure all the new cases are in home isolation, and their contacts are being traced. In the same 24 hour period, five Covid patients were admitted to hospital, four in Maputo city and one in Gaza. The Ministry release also announced that more people have made a full recovery from Covid, 66 of them in Maputo city, 43 in Cabo Delgado, ten in Niassa, five in Tete, two in Zambezia and one in Inhambane.
Clearly at least one province has been omitted from these figures, which only add up to The Ministry put the total number of recoveries to date at 3, As of Tuesday, the geographical breakdown of all 5, positive cases, by the provinces where they were diagnosed, was as follows: Maputo city, 2,; Maputo province, 1,; Cabo Delgado, ; Nampula, ; Zambezia, ; Sofala, ; Gaza, ; Niassa, ; Tete, ; Inhambane, ; Manica, The key Covid statistics for Mozambique are now: 5, confirmed cases, of which 3, have made a complete recovery, and 2, are active cases.
AllAfrica publishes around reports a day from more than news organizations and over other institutions and individualsrepresenting a diversity of positions on every topic.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Wednesday that a second wave of the coronavirus is already underway in most of Canada.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the efforts being taken to make the event happen in a year stricken by unpredictability and an upending of social norms. The organizations found that 74, cases of Covid in children were reported between Sept. Cases listed by age are provided by health department websites in 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, but only a subset of states report hospitalizations and mortality by age, the groups said.
In the 25 states and New York City reporting child hospitalizations, children represented 0. The AAP is calling for even more detailed reporting from states. Syracuse University, a private university in northern New York, has announced that it is canceling its spring break for the upcoming Spring semester, a statement from school leaders said.
The school explained they canceled the week-long break in late March "in order to minimize travel-related COVID risks and to avoid quarantine-related complications. School leaders also noted that "many of our peer institutions are adopting similar schedules. The school still plans on holding convocations and a commencement ceremony in May but the statement noted that "the format of these celebrations, whether virtual or in-person, will be contingent on public health conditions and approval by the appropriate officials.
In a statement emailed to CNN, the CDC says it was made aware of 1, flights between January and August where a person on board may have had Covid, potentially exposing 10, people "within a 6-foot range for droplet transmission" to coronavirus.
CDC said it has received reports of Covid cases among people who were identified as contacts on flights, but noted this data is limited by incomplete contact information, delayed notification of an infectious traveler and incomplete information about testing and outcomes for contacts, among other factors.
The new data, first reported by The Washington Post, comes as air carriers are ratcheting up their insistence that air travel is safe. Teresa Parson, wife of Missouri Gov. Jones said the first lady is awaiting the results of an additional nasal swab test to confirm the findings of the rapid test. The governor's office expects to release the results of that test later Wednesday afternoon.
She is currently quarantining at home, according to Jones. During a United Nations General Assembly event, the World Health Organization and partner organizations called on all countries to put national action plans in place to promote science-based health information and to combat misinformation. He outlined how misinformation has led to too many people harming themselves based on falsehoods, self-medicating with toxic chemicals or dangerous medications and an increased stigmatization in institutions and health systems.
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Read their full statement here. Once a fixture at the administration's coronavirus briefings, Dr. Deborah Birx has confided to aides and friends that she has become so unhappy with what she sees as her diminished role as coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force that she is not certain how much longer she can serve in her position, sources familiar with her thinking tell CNN.
Birx has told people around her that she is "distressed" with the direction of the task force, describing the situation inside the nation's response to coronavirus as nightmarish. According to people familiar with her thinking, Birx views Dr.
Scott Atlas, a recent addition to the task force, as an unhealthy influence on President Trump's thinking when it comes to the virus. Birx believes Atlas is feeding the President misleading information about the efficacy of face masks for controlling the spread of the virus, the source said. Trump, whose rallies draw crowds of supporters who refuse to wear masks, has repeatedly mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for using them.
A longtime US government health official, Birx became a household name during the early weeks of the pandemic, appearing with Trump at news conferences in the White House briefing room to deliver sobering warnings about the threat posed by the virus. In recent weeks, however, Birx has spent much less time with Trump, as she is now dispatched to raise awareness of the administration's pandemic efforts in states where cases of Covid have surged.
Atlas, a neuroradiologist without expertise in infectious diseases, has seen his prominent role on the task force come under some scrutiny as respected medical experts have questioned his controversial flirtation with "herd immunity" as a solution for the outbreak in the US.Russia registered a record daily number of new coronavirus infections on Friday, surpassing its previous high from May.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Officials reported 12, new infections, edging above the previous high of 11, on May 11 and bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1, — the fourth highest in the world. Widespread restrictions were lifted after new cases began to drop in May, and officials have shown no sign of moving to reimpose such broad measures. But the head of consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor described the situation as increasingly difficult and warned new measures could lie ahead.
Moscow — the city with the highest number of cases by far — reimposed some measures last month. Russia has confirmed 22, deaths since the start of the pandemic, but critics have accused officials of underreporting deaths to hide the severity of the situation. Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia detects new infections, recoveries in 24 hours.
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As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa passed the one million mark this week, we've looked into some of the widely shared fake news about the pandemic on the continent.
A voice recording endorsing various false conspiracies about the coronavirus pandemic has been attributed to the President of Ghana. We aren't sure who's speaking. Ghana's Information Minister has confirmed that the voice was not the president's and said the claim was "obviously false".
The message makes various unsubstantiated claims about the origins of the virus, including the widely-shared false notion that the pandemic was a planned event, a so-called 'plandemic'. It also features false claims about mandatory vaccinations and the involvement of Bill Gates in manipulating events. We've previously written in detail about these compulsory vaccine rumours and the 'plandemic' conspiracy theory.
The man who runs the channel says he changed the title of the video to "Africa Leader Verdict: This false claim was intended as satire, but has been widely shared in Africa.
A satirical video of a man's reaction to the re-imposition of an alcohol sale ban in South Africa on a TV news channel has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook and is also circulating on WhatsApp. The video has been edited to replace a senior representative of the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa who was being interviewedwith a comedian. The comedian Thandokwakhe Mseleku posted the video of his television appearance on Instagram and YouTube.
The comedian later labelled his videos as 'parody'. We have asked Thandokwakhe Mseleku for a comment. Drinking alcohol-based hand sanitiser is extremely dangerous and has led to deaths. It certainly doesn't protect you from coronavirus. A misleading poster claiming to offer advice from inside isolation hospitals on what to do to protect someone from coronavirus has been circulating on social media in Africa.
It claims that the 'acidity' of the virus can be eliminated by consuming high-alkaline foods, and lists a variety of fruits with their apparent pH levels. Some of the values in the shared poster are way off this scale: Avocados register This is simply incorrect.
Different parts of the body have different natural pHs which are naturally kept in balance and can't be changed through diet. For example, blood is very slightly alkaline, your stomach is acidic. The messaging app is hugely popular across the African continent, but as a closed platform it is hard to measure the spread of falsehoods and debunk them. He says Africa Check's work with 'tiplines' and podcasts means they are "quite confident that it is a strong source of misinformation".
When two French doctors controversially suggested on French TV in April that early vaccine trials should be conducted in Africa, their comments caused an uproarincluding among some in the African diaspora.
A London-based vlogger responded to the French doctors' comments by falsely claiming that vaccine trials were already under way in Guinea, and made the further false accusation that two children had died as a result. The video was illustrated with what was claimed to be a local news report showing unrest on the streets and interviews with sick children. In fact, the news report was from Marchbefore the coronavirus outbreak began, and the incident was not related to a vaccine.
The Guinean health ministry put out a statement at the time which explained some people had experienced side-effects after being given an anti-parasitic drug treatment. According to officials interviewed in the report itself and local articles, there were no deaths reported from this treatment. The claims in the video first surfaced in May and were debunked at the timebut they have continued to circulate on Facebook and closed WhatsApp groups, and have been watched around 25, times on YouTube.
Lee Mwiti from Africa Check says the most shared and enduring falsehoods are those that have tapped into people's anxieties, vulnerabilities and "lack of control in a time of unprecedented disruption". Read more from Reality Check.