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Covid-19: Chobi Ghana supports Rebecca Foundation with 300 food boxes

Chobi Ghana, an agro-chemicals company has supported the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation with 300 boxes of food items to aid the First lady’s outreach to the vulnerable amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rebecca Foundation launched the ‘Relief Boxes Challenge’ April 2 to support the national effort of preventive and treatment measures instituted by the government against […]

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Covid-19: Trucks of food arrive in Kumasi

Trucks of dry food, mainly rice, have arrived in Kumasi to be distributed to vulnerable communities struggling to feed under the partial lockdown. The food items were handed over to faith-based organizations and the various MMDCEs and DCEs to spearhead the distribution. Speaking in an interview with Ultimate FM’s Isaac Bediako Justice, Deputy Gender Minister […]

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Citi TV to embark on COVID-19 Awareness Campaign with Mobile Vans

Ghanaian Television channel, Citi TV, will from Thursday, April 9, 2020, kick-start a sensitization campaign on the coronavirus pandemic in specific markets and communities in Accra, to keep citizens more informed to protect themselves and the masses from the disease. The station has thus dedicated two of its pick-up vehicles solely branded for the exercise. […]

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When staying home ISN’T safe: Calls to domestic abuse helplines have risen 25 per cent

There were wealthy career women and stay-at-home mums; wives of politicians and surgeons, and asylum-seekers reliant on food banks. Aged from their 20s to their 70s, they often had little in common except one thing: they had all been abused by their partners. Meeting up for counselling at the charity Woman’s Trust provided a much-needed respite. […]

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Obesity is a major risk factor for those with coronavirus, says France’s chief epidemiologist

Being overweight is a major risk factor for people infected with the novel coronavirus, France’s chief epidemiologist said on Wednesday. Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, said up to 25 percent of French people are seriously at risk from the virus because of age, pre-existing conditions […]

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The COVID-19 debt trap; an African perspective [Article]

Firstly, the huge spending would have a severe impact on the African economy if the debt is not employed in increasing the productive capacity of the economy but instead on freebies. In the long run, the nations will be faced with inflation which will hurt its citizens, especially the poor. Another scenario is that the […]

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Parliament’s Appointments Committee to vet Okoe Boye next week

The Appointments Committee of Parliament is set to vet the Deputy Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This was disclosed by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu. He said this in an interview on Eyewitness News today, Wednesday. “The Speaker suspended the meeting again. It [sitting] is not done […]

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Playboy mansion’s huge renovation project is revealed by aerial photos

Extensive renovation work is underway at the iconic 29-room Playboy mansion in Los Angeles. Aerial images of the huge project come as California enters its third week of a sweeping lockdown which has seen all non-essential work banned. But the state has deemed construction work ‘essential’ meaning that workers are allowed to come and go from […]

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Coronavirus: Nigeria’s tally at 276, Chinese medical team quarantined

April 8: Tally at 276, govt considers traditional treatment The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, reported that twenty-two new cases of COVID19 were recorded in Nigeria on April 8: The breakdown showed 15 in Lagos, 4 in the FCT, 2 in Bauchi, 1 in Edo State. Consequently the national tally stands at 276. Earlier […]

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Africans ‘evicted from Chinese hotels over coronavirus fears’

Hundreds of African residents and businessmen in China’s southern city of Guangzhou have been evicted from hotels and apartments as local health officials rollout a testing campaign for COVID-19, community leaders have told the BBC. Those evicted say they are being discriminated against. “They are accusing us of having the virus,” said Tobenna Victor, a […]

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Suicides soar to record levels in England in late 2019

 The number of people taking their own lives in England has jumped more than a quarter in two years according to provisional figures collated by the Office of National Statistics.         The data compares the final three months of 2019 with the same period of 2017. It shows that there were 1,413 deaths attributed to suicide […]

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Little boy melts hearts with his adorable version of a Bob Marley song

An adorable little boy was caught on camera keeping his spirits up despite the coronavirus lockdown by singing Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. Four-year-old Rylyn Clark was recorded at his family home in Massachusetts, America. The young star gave the heart-warming performance directly to camera while telling those watching that ‘every little thing is gonna be […]

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Covid-19: Bunso Water Treatment Plant shut down again over galamsey

Management of Ghana Water Company Limited in the Eastern Region is struggling to produce water for residents living in and around Bunso due to the pollution of the Birim River by illegal Miners. The Bunso Water Treatment Plant is intermittently shut down over alarming levels of raw water turbidity several months now. The situation has, […]

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Gregg Wallace’s BBC show sparks fury in Cornwall as he goes to ‘unauthentic’ Ginsters pasty factory

Gregg Wallace’s BBC show has sparked fury after visiting an ‘unauthentic’ Ginsters factory and telling viewers the pasty was not invented in Cornwall. The presenter went to the company’s factory in Callington, which makes three million pasties every week, to show how the baked pastry is produced.  But Twitter users reacted fiercely to the visit […]

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COVID-19: Parliament authorizes government to spend GHS1.2bn from Contingency Fund

The Finance Committee Of Parliament’s has given authorization to the Minister of Finance to spend from the Contingency Fund. The meeting followed a statement to the house on government’s Coronavirus Alleviation Programme. The Finance Minister can now implement the program, with the expectation that an extra 50 million dollars will accrue to the fund by […]

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E/R: Health directorate calls for strict enforcement of social distancing in markets

The Eastern Regional Health Directorate is advocating for stricter sanctions and implementation of bylaws by various Municipal and District Assemblies to force residents in the Eastern Region adhere to social distancing protocols to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the health directorate, it has noticed that even though a majority of […]

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We’ve run out of blood due to COVID-19 – KATH

Authorities at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) say the facility’s blood bank has been adversely affected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities say they are unable to organize mass donation exercises which have been the main source of blood supply. Speaking to Citi News‘ Ashanti Regional Correspondent, Edward Marfo, the head of […]

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Coronavirus UK: Death toll hits 7,097 with 938 daily fatalities

The UK has announced 938 more deaths from the coronavirus today, taking the total number of fatalities to 7,097 and marking another record one-day high in the nation’s deepening crisis. An update on testing revealed 5,491 more people tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday, meaning there have been 60,733 officially diagnosed patients since the outbreak […]

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Focus on African First Ladies: Ethiopia’s Zenash releases coronavirus song

Across the African continent, First Ladies are generally considered the ‘Mother of the Nation’, and are often expected to be unifying figures, serving the president of the nation and the voters who entrusted him the mandate to lead. While the position of first lady is not legally or constitutionally provided for in many countries, many […]

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Coronavirus: Nigeria court orders compulsory quarantine for 34 Lagos joggers

Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos is at the center of the country’s coronavirus combat. Lagos has the highest number of confirmed cases (as at April 4) and the state government has continued to roll out multiple measures to deal with the disease. Lagos has in the past weeks suspended schools across the state – be […]

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COVID-19: Nine arrested for flouting tricycle ban in Sunyani

Nine tricycle riders in the Sunyani Municipality of the Bono Region have been put before court for flouting the ban on the use of tricycle as means of commercial transportation in the Region. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana, the Bono Regional Coordinating Council placed a ban on the use of tricycles in the […]

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Ethiopia coronavirus: 5-month state of emergency imposed, First Lady sings

April 8: State of Emergency declared, First Lady sings The Ethiopian government has imposed a five-month State of Emergency in the wake of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. A statement released by the Attorney General’s office says constitutional rights to be suspended. The implementation of the emergency rule starts today. Most regions across […]

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4,000 prisoners released early due to coronavirus could be without tag or curfew for 36 hours

All inmates being freed early to stop the spread of coronavirus in prisons will be tagged before being let out, following concerns they could have gone un-monitored for a day and a half. The Government announced on Saturday that 4,000 low-risk prisoners who have less than two months left of their sentence will be eligible […]

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Kenya coronavirus: Cases hit 179, parliament defers sitting, 17 MPs infected

April 8: Seven new cases Uhuru rules out total lockdown Confirmed cases in Kenya has reached 179 with seven new cases recorded from the last round of tests, a top official of the Health Ministry noted on Wednesday. “In the last 24 hours, we have tested a total of 305 samples, out of which seven […]

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COVID-19: Finance Minister seeks parliamentary approval to spend from Contingency Fund

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has formally made a request to Parliament to make use of the Contingency Fund as part of measures to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Speaker of Parliament has referred to the Finance Minister’s request to Parliament’s Finance Committee. The media will be granted rare access to the Finance Committee’s […]

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A third of Brits think the police have gone too far with their lockdown crackdown 

A third of Britons think the police have gone too far in their lockdown crackdown across the UK, a new survey suggests. While 74 per cent of the public support the force’s approach to implementing coronavirus lockdown rules such as social distancing measures, a third believe their handling has been too strict.   A YouGov poll […]

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The coronavirus facts China wants the world to forget

China‘s official news agency has released a coronavirus timeline to hit back at accusations that Beijing tried to cover up the full scale of the outbreak. State-run Xinhua said that the timeline, published on Monday, proved how the country ‘has shared information and advanced international cooperation’ in the fight against the killer bug. The 37-page […]

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Coronavirus in 52 African countries, 10,700+ cases, 534 deaths, 1,192 recoveries

There are now more than over 10,700 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the […]

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Africa’s prominent coronavirus deaths: hero of modern Somali music joins list

The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa is heading towards 500 as of April 7, 2020. The casualties cut across age groups. From the death of a 6 year-old in Kenya, older patients in most instances and persons in the youth bracket. Whiles each death is reported with a sombre mood and with […]

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Ethel Yiranbon writes: Keeping your ‘sanity’ amid COVID-19 crises

COVID-19 has gradually found its way into almost every continent and nation, sweeping thousands of lives globally. Most countries have been forced to enforce total and partial lockdowns leading to significant adjustment to normal routines and springing a lot of panic, anxiety and depression. Society is now ripped off of social connection which is the […]

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