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Coronavirus: Africa ‘ll Not Be Testing Ground For Vaccine, Says WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa. “Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine,” said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The doctors’ remarks during a TV debate sparked outrage, and they were accused of treating Africans like “human guinea pigs”. One of them later issued an apology. When asked about the doctors’ suggestion during the WHO’s coronavirus briefing, Dr Tedros became visibly…

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32 Pharmacies, Patent Medicine Stores Sealed In Lagos For Operating Illegally

……….And Unregistered Lagos State Taskforce on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods has shut 32 pharmacies and patent medicine stores for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope of practice. The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi  who disclosed this  after reviewing the report of the first  enforcement exercise carried out by the Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry for year 2020 said that the affected premises include those located in Dopemu, Mangoro, Cement, Oniwaya, Ayobo-Ipaja, OrileAgege, Akinogun, Mosan and Ikola axis of Agege and Alimosho local Government areas…

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Coronavirus: WHO Says ‘It Doesn’t Help To Restrict Movement’

Countries may gain time in the short-term as they limit travel to fight the new coronavirus pandemic, but the World Health Organization (WHO) thinks overall that “it doesn’t help to restrict movement,” a top adviser to the United Nations health agency’s chief, Dr. Bruce Aylward has said. Dr. Aylward, who led a WHO team in China during the raging COVID-19 outbreak there last month, said in an interview that travel bans “generally aren’t part of the armamentarium you bring to bear on something like this.” “What we found, as a…

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Italian Coronavirus Patient ‘ll Be Discharged Soon, Says Health Minister

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire says that the Italian who is the index case of Coronavirus in Nigeria, will be discharged soon. Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at a conference with the diplomatic community about measures taken by the Federal Government to tackle the spread of Covid-19, Dr Ehanire said that there are only two confirmed cases in Nigeria for now. This according to him includes the index case and the second who was a primary contact of the index case. The 44-year-old Italian was confirmed to have the…

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Egypt Records Africa’s First Death From Coronavirus

A German tourist has died from the coronavirus in Egypt, becoming the first fatality of Covid-19 to be recorded in Africa. The 60-year-old had arrived in Egypt a week ago and complained of a fever. He was taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for treatment where he was diagnosed with coronavirus. Reports indicate that his breathing was affected by “acute pneumonia”. The patient died after refusing to be transferred to an isolation ward. On Saturday, Egypt’s ministry of health announced that there were 45 new…

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70 Trapped, 34 Rescued As Coronavirus Quarantine Hotel Collapses In China

A five-story hotel in Quanzhou, China, used to quarantine people potentially exposed to COVID-19 after travelling to the epicentre, Hubei province, collapsed Saturday, reportedly trapping around 70 people. While new cases appear to be slowing in China, the country is still reeling from fallout and criticism over its response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It is not clear if anyone has died, but reports indicate that 34 people have been rescued in the hours after the hotel collapsed. A woman staying under quarantine at another hotel said…

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Coronavirus Cases Top 80000 In China, 4000 In South Korea

China reported 202 new coronavirus infections and 42 deaths over the past day, bringing up the total number of cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in mainland China to 80,026, authorities said Monday. Meanwhile, South Korea saw another spike in cases of the virus, with 476 new infections bringing the total count to 4,212, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The total number of deaths from the disease in mainland China reached 2,912, according to the National Health Commission, while four new deaths in South Korea brought…

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WHO Declares Outbreak Of Coronavirus Global Emergency

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems. At least 213 people have died from the virus in China. The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries, but no deaths. Most cases have…

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China Lockdown: Death Toll From Coronavirus Outbreak Rises

China has widened its travel restrictions in Hubei province – the centre of the coronavirus outbreak – as the death toll climbed to 26. The restrictions will affect at least 20 million people across 10 cities, including the capital, Wuhan, where the virus emerged. On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in northern Hebei province – making it the first death outside Hubei. Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province. The province borders Russia and is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Wuhan. Nationally, there are currently 830…

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Lawan Flags Off Free Medical Outreach, Cattle Vaccination In Yobe

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at the weekend, flagged off free medical outreach and mass animal vaccination in his Yobe North Senatorial District, Yobe State. The medical services include free eye services, surgical services, gynecological checking and surgeries for families. It also covers free veterinary services such as mass animal vaccination for cattle, sheep and goats, and treatment and care for sick animals. Speaking at the flag off ceremonies which held in four centres including his native home Gashua in Bade and Nguru Local Government Areas, Lawan said similar…

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