African Coronavirus Watch: Ugandan ministers undergo mandatory testing, over 1m lose jobs to covid-19 in Kenya
London, June 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Uganda on Friday started mandatory Covid-19 testing for ministers after staffers in the prime minister’s office tested positive, the health ministry confirmed.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said he was self-isolating despite testing negative for the virus.
“Friends, I have gone into self-isolation after some of my contacts tested positive for Covid-19. My own test result is negative, however, I have taken this decision as a health recommended measure,” tweeted Dr Ruhakana on Friday.
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54 African Union Member States reporting 171,206 cases, 4,766 deaths, and 75,083 recoveries.
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One minister posted photos of himself undergoing the test on social media Friday afternoon.
The cabinet ministers will also undergo a second testing after 14, according to Emmanuel Ainebyona, a Health Ministry spokesman.
Uganda has recorded 557 Covid-19 cases, 82 recoveries with no death
Over one million rendered jobless in Kenya as Covid-19 takes toll on businesses
At least one million Kenyans have lost their jobs or have been put on indefinite unpaid leave as the Covid-19 pandemic morphs into a major jobs crisis.
Multiple interviews and a compilation of public data from some of the companies suggest that the numbers could be higher, especially when casual labourers are factored in.
The massive job haemorrhage from the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown Kenya into one of the worst employment crises it has faced.
The Chinese contractor building the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) sent 4,013 Kenyans and 471 Chinese expats on unpaid leave due to the coronavirus crisis.
The worst-hit companies are in the tourism, transport, horticulture, communication and education sectors.
At Kenya Airways, there is a thick cloud of helplessness as its more than 4,000 employees wait for a government bailout and the lifting of travel restrictions. The pay of a majority of its staff was cut by 75 per cent.
Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr. Mercy Mwangangi on Friday announced that COVID-19 infections in the country had risen to 2,474 after 134 more patients tested positive for the disease from 3,177 samples tested within the last 24 hours.
Ghana records highest death toll in a day with over 9,000 cases
Four people have died from Coronavirus in 24 hours, the highest in a single day as Ghana’s case count rises to 9,168.
According to a Ghana Health Service (GHS) update the total number of deaths is now 42 after the last update on June 4.
The new figures mean that 283 more people have been confirmed with the fast-spreading pandemic.
Meanwhile, 268 persons have recovered from the COVID-19 bringing the numbers to 3,457.
There are currently 5,669 active cases.
New infections emerge in Eritrea
Eritrea says two people have tested positive for Covid-19, three weeks after the nation announced all its confirmed patients had recovered from the virus, and made it the first country in the region to bring number of infections down to zero.
The new cases, a couple, emerged from a city-wide testing spree in Asmara, officials said
And while Asmara had said recovery of patients did not mean relaxation of its guard, the new cases also came after it was revealed land and sea borders had continued to accept new arrivals, two months after Eritrea shut down its main airport.
On May 16, Eritrea had officially declared of being a corona virus-free nation after all the 39 patients successfully recovered from the highly infectious disease.
But on the same day, Eritrea’s High-Level Task Force on Covid-19, however, said that country will launch a “random and extensive testing to gauge the spread of Covid-19 in the country in a comprehensive and more reliable manner”
Nigeria Records 328 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 11,844
Nigeria has recorded 328 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 11, 844.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), announced this on Friday.
According to the agency’s report, 121 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 70 in the FCT, and 25 in Bauchi.
Other affected states are Rivers with 18 cases, Oyo with 16, 15 in Kaduna, 14 in Gombe, 13 in Edo and Ogun, eight in Jigawa, six in Enugu, five in Kano and two each in Ondo and Osun states.
Morocco Registers 73 COVID-19 Recoveries, 68 New Cases in 24 Hours
Morocco’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 68 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 8,071.
The ministry did not report any additional deaths, with fatalities remaining at 208. The mortality rate is now 2.58%, below the global average of 5.9%.
Morocco also recorded 73 new recoveries in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 7,268. The recovery rate reached roughly 90.1%.
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