African Coronavirus Watch: Africa to conduct 20M tests in 100 days, Deploy 1million community health workers
London, June 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-With delayed but rapidly expanding coronavirus pandemic across African continent, African leaders, through the Africa centre for Disease Control ACDC, will on Thursday launch ambitious four cardinal programme aimed at curtailing the spread of the pandemic
Alternativeafrica.com can exclusively report that the main priority is to conduct 20 million covid-19 tests across the continent in the next 100 days. The second is to deploy one million well trained community health workers who will conduct the test door-to door
The third target is to train 100,000 healthcare workers to support covid-19 response and lastly to establish a continent-wide procurement for laboratory and medical supply
Africa CDC deploys 28 frontline responders to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Niger using African Union strategic lift capability
For the first time, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in collaboration with the Operations Division of the African Union Peace and Security Department (PSD) successfully deployed 28 frontline responders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Niger through activation of the African Union Strategic Lift Capability.
#COVID19: update in Africa (As of 3 June 2020, 6 pm East Africa Time)— Africa CDC (@AfricaCDC) June 3, 2020
54 African Union Member States reporting 158,318 cases, 4,508 deaths, and 67,630 recoveries.
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This complex mission shows the African solidarity, builds upon existing capacities on the continent, and shows how Africans cooperate to support each other in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic
Morocco Records 456 COVID-19 Recoveries, 56 New Cases in 24 Hours
Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 56 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 7,922.
The ministry reported no additional deaths, with fatalities remaining at 206. The mortality rate stands at 2.6%.
Morocco also recorded 456 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 6,866. The recovery rate reached 86.7%.
Coronavirus Cases: 9,733 Deaths: 673 Recovered: 6,218
Confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA now at 37 525, with 37 more deaths
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 37 525, with 1 713 new cases and 37 more deaths reported over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday.
Seven deaths in the Eastern Cape, one in KwaZulu Natal and 29 in the Western Cape have increased the total national deaths to 792, Mkhize said in a statement.
“We note the same pattern that drove up the outbreak in Western Cape is building up in the Eastern Cape. The two provinces now consist of 78% of all positive cases.
“Additional attention is being directed to the Eastern Cape to ensure the province can adequately respond to limit escalation of infection,” Mkhize said.
Egypt’s daily coronavirus infections drop for 3rd straight day
Egypt reported on Tuesday 1,079 new coronavirus infections and 36 deaths as the number of cases continued to drop for a third straight day.
This brings the total infections to 28,615 and the death toll from the contagion to 1,088, according to the health ministry’s daily bulletin on new coronavirus cases.
The health ministry added that 523 patients have fully recovered and were discharged from isolation hospitals and quarantine facilities. The total number of recoveries from the highly contagious virus now stands at 7,350.
The number of patients whose PCR test results have turned from positive to negative, including complete recoveries, has now reached 8,371, ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said.
It took 50 days for Egypt to reach the milestone of the first 1,000 infections on 4 April. Last Sunday alone, however, saw 1,536 new cases, the highest single-day rise in infections to date.
The country’s overnight curfew, put in place since March, is to end in mid-June. It’s not yet clear whether it will be renewed.
Nigeria unveils COVID-19 contact tracing App
Nigerian government through the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has developed a COVID-19 contacts-tracing software application that can be deployed in all its locations across the country.
The corporation disclosed this in a statement issued by its spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The Contacts-Tracing Solution is ready to be deployed, all the technical testing have been done and the solution is ready to go live.
“Everywhere you go around NNPC locations will be covered by this novel application, which will reveal all information about persons visiting any official.
“Should there be any medical challenge, the NNPC Medical will be able to track from the information at the data base all the contacts and advise properly,” Inuwa said.
He said the application could also be used by members of staff of the corporation to document their private visitors at their homes.
Kenya records highest number of recoveries at 54 as new coronavirus cases rise to 2,216
54 people have recovered from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest number since Kenya reported its first recovery on April 1.
Health CAS Rashid Aman said this brings the total number of recoveries to 553.
“I want to pay tribute to our health workers. While celebrating the success, I want to reiterate the importance of observing the containment measures,” Dr. Aman said on Wednesday.
He however revealed that the number of Kenyans who have contracted coronavirus has risen to 2,216 after 123 tested positive.
This is from a total of 2,112 samples that were tested bringing the total number of cumulative samples tested in the country to 85,058.
90 of the new cases are male while 33 are female while age distribution is between 8 to 84 years.