Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia add to Africa’s COVID19 count

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia add to Africa’s COVID19 count

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia announced Monday that they are among dozens of countries around the world reporting positive coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond China. The Moroccan Ministry of Health said its confirmed case was a Moroccan citizen with ties to Italy who is being treated in an…

South African cruise ship workers test positive for COVID-19

South African cruise ship workers test positive for COVID-19

Two South African citizens working aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are being treated in Japan after testing positive for the coronavirus, the government’s health ministry said. Dr. Lwazi Manzi, speaking to South African media on Friday, said the two were among 3,711 passengers and crew who were quarantined aboard…

Nigeria confirms first COVID19 case in Lagos

Nigeria confirms first COVID19 case in Lagos

Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, according to a statement from the Federal Health Ministry issued early Friday morning. The patient was identified in Lagos State, a coastal area along the Gulf of Guinea, said health minister Osagie Ehanire. It is home to the city of…

Algerian health minister confirms first COVID-19 case

Algeria has confirmed the first case of coronavirus within its borders according to health minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid, who announced the finding to the nation on state-owned ENTV Tuesday evening. The patient is an Italian citizen who arrived in the country on February 17 and has been placed in isolation, the…

WHO appoints three Africans as coronavirus ‘special envoys’

Three Africans have been named as special envoys on the coronavirus, as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed growing concern Friday over the COVID-19 spread in Iran, South Korea and beyond the borders of China. The three envoys will serve to provide strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement…

WHO’s Tedros to meet Tshisekedi on Ebola, DRC health system

With the world’s focus on new coronavirus COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization is headed to Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday to assess the Ebola situation and the country’s health system. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus plans to meet with President Felix Tshisekedi and his senior advisers to…

No coronavirus cases in African nations as death toll reaches 908

So far, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the African continent, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. Countries including Botswana and Sudan have isolated and investigated some people for testing, but have seen those results all come back negative. Meanwhile, possible…

Researchers halt South Africa trial of failed HIV vaccine

A clinical trial of a vaccine that researchers hoped would prevent HIV was stopped by its organizers, according to a statement Monday from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States. “This action was taken because an independent…

How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

South Africa, although hailed as one of the most prosperous economies on the African continent, remains a country of missed opportunities. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again made this clear in its consultations with the Treasury, urging the government to implement reforms to tackle weak growth as well as…

Moeti remains WHOAFRO chief as continent focuses on coronavirus

WHO held its executive board meeting in Geneva on Monday, with Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, reappointed to her position. Yet much of the meeting focused on the 2019nCov outbreak, which was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Thursday. China’s latest update…