Coronavirus Africa

Coronavirus Africa

Sikhulile Moyo, a virologist at the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership

Zim Born Scientist Who Helped Identify Omicron Slams Travel Bans

AP THE Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a roller-coaster of emotions, with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. “Is that how you reward science? By blacklisting countries?” Sikhulile Moyo, a virologist

BREAKING: UK Halts Flights To Zimbabwe, Five Other SADC States Over Covid Variant

BBC Britain is halting all flights from South Africa and five other countries in the region in response to the discovery of a highly transmissible new coronavirus variant. From midday GMT on Friday, direct flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Eswatini will be suspended until further notice. Announcing the restrictions, the British

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya To Ban Unvaccinated From Public Venues

BBC KENYANS will be barred from bars, restaurants, and public transport from 21 December if they are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe says. The measures are aimed at increasing the rate of vaccinations ahead of the festive season. Less than 10% of the population is currently vaccinated. Mr. Kagwe raised concern

Ugandan Teachers Turn To Coffin-Making After Schools Close

AFP AS A Covid-19 surge overwhelmed Uganda earlier this year, Livingstone Musaala, who had to quit his teaching job after schools closed, turned to coffin-making to pay the bills and help others. But few welcomed his initiative at first. Family members criticised him for capitalising on a pandemic-fuelled boom in his densely-populated hometown of Bugobi, 140km

An abandoned classroom in Uganda, where many teachers were left with little or no income when schools shut.

Uganda’s Schools At Risk As Teachers Find New Work During Covid

The Guardian THE last message Mary Namitala received from the private school in which she taught was in March last year, the day all schools in Uganda were ordered close due to Covid-19. The message read: “No more payments until when schools open.” “My husband and I decided to leave our rented house in town and shifted

UK Covid Vaccine Rules Cause Hesitancy – Africa Health Boss

BBC Africa  THE head of Africa’s health agency has warned that the UK’s policy of not accepting Covid-19 vaccine certificates from the continent could increase vaccine hesitancy. John Nkegasong said the UK’s stance was confusing and had far-reaching implications for vaccination campaigns. He warned that some people would question why they should get a jab

Failure To Vaccinate To Turn Africa Into Fertile Ground For New Covid Variants

TimesLive AFRICA must not be left behind in the global response to Covid-19 and vaccination rollouts, lest the continent becomes a breeding ground for new variants. This is the stern warning from African scientists and public health specialists, who have been conducting genomic surveillance on the continent since the arrival of the coronavirus early in

Covax Reduces Covid Jabs For African Countries

BBC AFRICAN countries will receive over 100 million doses of Covid vaccines less than they were to get from Covax by the end of the year, the World Health Organisation says. Africa was to receive 520 million doses by December. The UN global sharing scheme partly attributes this to bilateral deals that manufacturing companies have

108 000 J&J Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine Delivered To Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter THE government of Ethiopia has received its first monthly shipment of the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) single-shot vaccine purchased through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT). The 108,000 doses were handed over to health minister, Lia Tadesse, at the Bole International Airport Monday. Tadesse said she was “pleased to receive the first

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA Booze Ban Stays, Restaurants Open As Ramaphosa Keeps Level 4

TimesLIVE SOUTH AFRICA President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on July 11 2021 after a national coronavirus command council meeting earlier in the day. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the level 4 lockdown regulations for another 14 days, as Covid-19 positive cases continue to rise. Ramaphosa, addressing the nation on Sunday night, said

Julius Malema

EFF Won’t Comply With Level 3 Laws Even If It Means Jail Time: Malema

TimesLIVE ‘FROM today we don’t listen to what Ramaphosa says about the coronavirus. We don’t comply with nonsense he says about the coronavirus until he gives us vaccine and vaccinates our people’ As the country commemorated Youth Day on Wednesday, EFF leader Julius Malema launched a scathing attack on government, instructing his members to defy

Covid-19 Plunges 50 % Zimbabweans Into Extreme Poverty – World Bank

By Alois Vinga EXTREME poverty in Zimbabwe rose to 49 % in 2020 due to the disruption caused on the national economy by Covid-19, coupled with inadequacies in terms of social protection, the latest World Bank report has established. The document entitled, Zimbabwe Economic Update, observes that the number of extremely poor citizens rose to

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu

Tanzania Gears Towards Covid-19 Vaccination

Africa News Once considered as the staunch anti-Covid country, Tanzania is gearing towards vaccination after a team of health experts handed in their report on how to roll out mass inoculation to President Samia Suluhu. The report comes a month after a special committee of experts handed in another report evaluating the Covid-19 situation in

Uganda Closes Schools as Covid Cases Rise

BBC THE country has been reporting a spike in virus casesImage caption: The country has been reporting a spike in virus cases Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has shut down schools and suspended public gatherings as the country faces a surge of infections in a second Covid-19 wave. Public transport between districts will be banned starting