US: Zim physician honoured Drury University for Covid media work

By Paidashe Mandivengerei ZIMBABWEAN born physician Matifadza Hlatswayo Davis has been honoured by US’ Drury University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for her media work on the Covid pandemic . The Missouri university’s Distinguished Alumni Award was founded in 1951 to recognize individuals who have achieved professional and personal successes and demonstrated exemplary service to

WHO: Nearly 15 million deaths associated with COVID-19

By Associated Press LONDON: The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 15 million people were killed either by coronavirus or by its impact on overwhelmed health systems during the first two years of the pandemic, more than double the current official death toll of over 6 million. Most of the deaths occurred in Southeast Asia,

South Africa likely in new (5th) COVID wave, says health minister

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks, the country’s health minister said on Friday. The increase in new cases has been dominated by the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant which

WHO: Africa seeing uptick in Covid-19 cases driven by South Africa

By Agencies Africa is seeing an uptick in Covid-19 cases largely driven by a doubling in cases reported in South Africa, the World Health Organization has said. “This week new Covid-19 cases and deaths on the continent increased for the first time after a decline of more than two months for cases and one month

Regional Health Funders Set To Deliberate On Stronger Health Systems

By Mandipa Masenyama MEDICAL aid societies from the Southern Africa region coalescing under the   Board of Health Funders (BHF) umbrella, are set to converge in Cape Town- South Africa next month to deliberate on ways to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic and build stronger health systems. Dubbed leading change in strengthening the health ecosystem, the conference

Covid Pushes 670 Million Children Out Of School: UNICEF

By James Muonwa COVID-19 has resulted in the decline in the literacy rate across the world, with over 670 million learners in 47 countries out of school two years after the first case was detected, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) says in its latest report. The UN agency said children were spending too

COVID: Zim Tourism Sector Suffers US$690 Million Loss

By Alois Vinga ZIMBABWE’s tourism sector has suffered a total loss of US$690 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s first National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) launched Thursday has said. The account was developed in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNWTO) and the Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality

England ends free virus tests under ‘living with COVID’ plan

By Associated Press LONDON: The British government is ending the supply of free rapid coronavirus tests to most of the population even though COVID-19 infections remain at record levels, and health officials warn the pandemic could still have nasty surprises in store. More than 1.7 billion test kits have been handed out in workplaces, pharmacies

Government Scraps Covid-19 Test Requirement For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

By Thandiwe Garusa FULLY vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to produce ‘valid’ negative Covid-19 test results at any border post when entering Zimbabwe, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa has said. Those who are yet to be vaccinated or those not yet fully vaccinated will however need proof of a negative test result. Addressing journalists at Tuesday’s post cabinet

Ghana Ends Mandatory Face Mask-Wearing In Public

By BBC Ghana has removed the mandatory requirement for face masks to be worn in public. President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the decision on Sunday, citing a sustained drop in Covid infections in Ghana and neighbouring countries. The president also scrapped the requirement for negative PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the country through

Q&A: Africa’s Fight for Vaccine Equity

By Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine nationalism and manufacturers prioritizing high-income countries severely limited the number of vaccines available to the majority of the world’s population, resulting in millions going to waste. While almost two out of three people globally have received at least one dose, only about 20 percent of Africans have—in part

53 Returnees Skip Covid-19 Quarantine Centre

By James Muonwa AT least 53 returnees from South Africa have escaped from mandatory quarantine at the Beitbridge Border Covid-19 Centre. Fears of a resurgence of the Covid-19 Omicron variant code-named ‘Stealth’ has prompted heightened surveillance at the country’s ports of entry. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) on Monday alerted the public to the escape

Doctors finding hurdles to using pills to treat COVID-19

By Associated Press HIGH-RISK COVID-19 patients now have new treatments they can take at home to stay out of the hospital — if doctors get the pills to them fast enough. Health systems around the country are rushing out same-day prescription deliveries. Some clinics have started testing and treating patients in one visit, an initiative that President

Namibia President Hage Geingob

Namibia Scraps Mandatory Mask Wearing

By BBC NAMIBIA’S President Hage Geingob has announced that wearing of face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places. Geingob said vaccinated foreign visitors will not require PCR testing on arrival into the country. The removal of Covid-19 restrictions in the country comes amid a reduction in new virus cases being reported. The

Pfizer asks US to allow 4th COVID vaccine dose for seniors

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: Pfizer and its partner BioNTech asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to authorize an additional booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine for seniors, saying data from Israel suggests older adults would benefit. Currently the U.S. urges two primary shots followed months later by a booster dose for everyone age 12 and older. The

UK to end all COVID-19 travel rules ahead of Easter break

By Associated Press LONDON: Britain’s government said Monday all remaining coronavirus measures for travelers, including passenger locator forms and the requirement that unvaccinated people be tested for COVID-19 before and after their arrivals, will end Friday to make going on holiday easier for the Easter school vacation. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the changes will

China battles multiple outbreaks, driven by stealth omicron

By Associated Press CHINA banned most people from leaving a coronavirus-hit northeastern province and mobilized military reservists Monday as the fast-spreading “stealth omicron” variant fuels the country’s biggest outbreak since the start of the pandemic two years ago. The National Health Commission reported 1,337 locally transmitted cases in the latest 24-hour period, including 895 in