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Coronavirus – Nigeria: 276 new cases of COVID-19

276 new cases of COVID-19; Lagos-161 Rivers-36 Edo-27 Kaduna-19 Nasarawa-10 Oyo-6 Kano-4 Delta-3 Ebonyi-3 Gombe-2 Ogun-1 Ondo-1 Borno-1 Abia-1 Bauchi-1 8344 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria Discharged: 2385 Deaths: 249 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

DHL Global Forwarding moves critical goods from China to Ghana

PPE shipment was transported as part of DHL’s (https://www.DHL.com/) dedicated weekly air freight solution from China to Africa; UbuntuConnect – the specific air freight solution for the China-Africa lane - will be extended due to high demand. DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services is leveraging its global network to facilitate the air transportation of critical personal protective equipment from China to Ghana, via D

Dangote, MTN emerge most admired African brands

Download logoFor the third time in a row, Dangote Group (https://Dangote.com/) has emerged as the most admired African brand, of African continent origin, by consumers, paired with the telecommunication giant, MTN in a survey of 100 Africa best brands announced in a novel global virtual event that incorporated the market openings of Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. GT Bank returns to the top spot in financial services and the United Kingdom's BBC retains its media category ranking as th

Coronavirus: The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) on faster payments of Coronavirus Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grants due to Lockdown Level 3...

Download logoSunday’s announcement by His Excellency President Matamela Ramaphosa in response to the Corona virus epidemic brings much needed hope to the country. It also enables SASSA to accelerate the pace of paying out the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. In terms of the move to level 3 of the lockdown, government services will commence full reopening from 01 June 2020. At the moment SASSA is operating with a third of its staff during level 4 and a move to level 3 will increase

Coronavirus – African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714)

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (116,049) deaths (3,488), and recoveries (46,714) by region: Central (12,426 cases; 350 deaths; 3,281 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20), Cameroon (5,044; 171; 1,917), Central African Republic (652; 1; 22), Chad (687; 61; 244), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,402; 68; 340), Equatorial Guinea (719; 7; 22), Gabon (2,135; 14; 562), Sao Tome & Principe (258; 11; 7). Eastern (12,983; 351; 3,438): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,079

Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (26th May 2020)

New cases: 0 Total confirmed cases: 101 Total active cases: 60 Total recovered: 37 Total number of tests conducted: 3372 Total deaths: 4Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

Download logoHIGHLIGHTS Several countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have reported a significant uptick in daily cases over the past week, including Kenya and South Africa. All countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have now been affected by the pandemic, with Lesotho recording its first case on 13 May. Cross-border transmission is a rising concern. The pandemic has gained considerable pace in the region: numbers of people who contracted COVID-19 rose from 6,848 in 24 countrie

Coronavirus – South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Albert Fritz meets with Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) on Khayelitsha Coronavirus COVID-19 hotspot plan

Download logoLast night, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, had a digital introductory meeting with the COVID-19 steering committee of the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF). Minister Fritz and officials of the Department of Community Safety discussed solutions to address COVID-19 related challenges in the community such as social distancing and flattening the curve. It was agreed that the Department of Community Safety will form part of the joint steering-committee established

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Verified Information Sharing by Public Health Responders during COVID-19

Public health responders across the country remain committed to sharing verified information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the efforts of call centre agents, communications officers & ICT specialists working around the clock to keep us informed.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Kenya: Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kenya is 1348

Total confirmed: 1348 Total recovered: 405 Deaths: 52 We are glad to inform you that we have discharged another 3 patients who have recovered from the disease, bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 405.  We thank our healthcare workers for the good job.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update, 25 May 2020

Download logoHighlights of the situation report No new cases tested positive for COVID-19. 225 RDT screening tests and 210 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 37474 (21709 RDT and 15765 PCR). To date the total number of confirmed cases remains at 56; recovered 25, active cases 27 and 4 deaths, since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020. Number of Tests Done Number of Confirmed Cases Number Recovere

Coronavirus – Benin: COVID-19 Situation Report No. 11

Download logoSituation Overview and Humanitarian Needs Following the confirmation of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Benin on 16 March 2020, UNICEF Benin has been working closely with the Government and its partners to prevent further proliferation of the COVID-19 virus. Although the number of reported cases is still low, it has started increasing relatively faster in the last few days. The transmission of the virus is currently local with more than 80% of confirmed cases being locally

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update, 25 May 2020

Total cases: 336 (+9) Tests: 59,369 (+892) Recovered: 238 (+1) Deaths: 0 Active cases: 98Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Uganda: Implementation of COVID-19 Guidelines at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital

“No mask, No Entry” at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. Additionally, all individuals are subject to hand washing and temperature checks. The hospital continues to implement Ministry of Health- Uganda COVID-19 guidelines.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health - Republic of Uganda.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: UNHCR Global COVID-19 Emergency Response (26 May 2020)

Download logoHighlights ■ As of 25 May, the number of reported COVID-19 cases has risen to over 5.3 million worldwide, with over 340,000 deaths. The spread of COVID-19 is increasing rapidly in Africa, with the majority of countries experiencing community transmission. ■ With last week’s deliveries to DRC and South Sudan, UNHCR completed provision of the first batch of 1.5 million masks to priority country operations. ■ On 20 May, UNHCR and the World Health Organization (WHO) sig

Coronavirus – Namibia: COVID-19 Case Management and Training at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia

Health workers at COVID-19 case management & infection prevention & control simulation & training at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia led by WHO Namibia & the Ministry of Health.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Somalia: Update on COVID-19 in Somalia (26 May 2020)

Download logoNew cases confirmed today: 22 Somaliland: 14 Benadir: 5 Jubbaland: 1 South West: 1 Hirshabelle: 1 Male: 11 Female: 11 Recovery: 18 Death: 1 Total confirmed cases: 1,711 Total recoveries: 253 Total deaths: 67Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health & Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia.

Coronavirus – South Africa: Committees on Tourism welcome the continued focus of Department of Tourism to create 21 million jobs by 2030

Download logoThe Portfolio Committee on Tourism; and the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labour today, in a joint meeting, received a briefing from the Department of Tourism on its strategic and annual performance plans. The committees welcome the reappointment of Mr Victor Tharage as the Director-General for the Department of Tourism for the next five years, which bodes well for the continuity of programmes and

Coronavirus – Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Team training on demystifying COVID-19

This week, the NCDC Team trained military personnel including medical, lab, engineering & kitchen staff from 7 states: Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kwara, Edo & Oyo. The exercise focused on demystifying COVID-19 & strengthening surveillance, case reporting, IPC & case management.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness Update 20

Download logoWeekly Overview ● Owiny Ki Bul FMP was deactivated on 15 May since the point had been unable to operate after the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions. DTM continues operating 10 Flow Monitoring Points surveying travelers at selected border points and transit hubs with Uganda, DRC and CAR ● IOM continued with active screening in 5 supported PoEs, namely: Yei Airstrip, Kaya, Nimule PoE, Wau and Juba International Airport ● IOM continued to support IPC/WASH activities at

Coronavirus – Seychelles: Ambassador Kozhin calls upon Vice President Meriton for Africa Day

Download logoOn the occasion of Africa Day, celebrated on Monday 24 May 2020, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, H.E. Artem Alexandrovich Kozhin, called upon Vice President (VP) Meriton, to personally deliver a congratulatory message on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Vladimir Putin for President Danny Faure. The message stated that ‘African states are Russia’s important and prospective partners, which enjoy well deserved respect on the global arena

Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 case update, 25 May 2020

Active cases: 7 New case: 0 News tests: 17 Total confirmed: 25 Recovered: 17 Death: 1Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

African Natural Resources Centre unveils publication to advance critical land policy reforms

Download logoIn response to challenges across Africa around land ownership and use, the African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC) of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) is launching a series of articles to aid policy debate. The articles are authored by influential international scholars whose pioneering research and analysis have helped to direct policy on land reform in Africa for more than two decades. The actions are expected to inject a new urgency into the need for land reform.

Coronavirus – South Africa: 1034 new cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

A total of 12922 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. There are 1034 new cases of COVID-19. Regrettably, we report 52 new COVID-19 related deaths and send our condolences to the loved ones. The total number of recoveries are 11917.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD).Media filesDownload logo

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