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Abba Kyari, Nigeria president’s chief of staff succumbs to coronavirus

A top aide to Nigerian president has died from COVID-19, the president’s spokesperson confirmed in the early hours of Saturday. “The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died […]

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Oxbridge students are up in arms over the pom-pom pomposity of snobs who won’t take them seriously 

The dark and pale blues of the uniforms are, at least, in keeping with Oxford and Cambridge’s finest sporting traditions. But from the skin-tight micro-minis to the giant hair bows and perma-smiles, everything else about the Cambridge Cougars cheerleading team and their rivals, the Oxford Sirens, is likely to have the dons spluttering into their […]

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Electricity relief for Ghanaians to cost GHS1 billion

The Minister for Energy, John Peter Amewu says Ghanaians will start enjoying the full electricity reliefs announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, from May 2020 instead of April. In his sixth national address to the nation on the novel coronavirus on Thursday, April 9, 2020, President Akufo-Addo said that government will fully cover the […]

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Coronavirus: UK scientists start mass production of vaccines while trials are still under way

British scientists have said they hope to have one million doses of a coronavirus vaccine ready to be deployed by September. The team at Oxford University will start the first UK study of an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 next week. But so great is the need, and so high their confidence that it will work, […]

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COVID-19: Parliament approves IMF’s $1bn interest-free loan for Ghana

Parliament has approved a US$1 billion IMF Rapid Credit Facility to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ghana’s economy. The Executive Board of IMF announced the approval of the loan on Monday, April 13, 2020. The loan has zero percent interest with 5 and half years moratorium and a ten year period of […]

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UEW benefits from Citi TV, Zoomlion fumigation exercise

The University of Education, Winneba (UEW) has benefited from the disinfection exercise jointly organised by Cit TV and Zoomlion. Speaking to Citi News, Vector Control Coordinator for Zoomlion, Gideon Sogbey called on school authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 by putting in place measures to help control the spread of the virus when school […]

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Ministers in lockdown war over whether to lift lockdown in May or wait until summer

Ministers are torn over whether to lift the lockdown at the start of May or wait until the summer.  Frustration is growing in the Cabinet over a lack of debate on the issue as the damage to the economy mounts. It emerged on Friday night that ministers are considering two possible strategies, which are being discussed […]

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Alex Mould writes: Government must communicate, implement CAP strategy now

The Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) was proposed by government to effectively manage social and economic recovery in Ghana as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, or so we thought. A clear CAP implementation strategy has not been communicated to date. It is common knowledge that the majority of small businesses have been adversely impacted […]

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Trump wants stay-at-home states liberated

Ambulance and doctors at the Cotugno hospital emergency room for infectious diseases, in Naples on Friday, April 17. Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket/Getty Images) The number of active novel coronavirus cases in Italy continued to rise on Friday, despite the deceleration trend seen in the fast few weeks. On Friday, there were 106,962 active cases of Covid-19 in […]

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Africa’s coronavirus deaths pass 1,000 mark as cases approach 20,000

Africa’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed the 1,000 mark according to tallies by the john Hopkins University. As at 18:30 GMT of April 17, 2020; Africa had recorded 1,002 deaths. Since the virus arrived on the continent on February 14 in Egypt till date, the number of confirmed cases stood at 19,417 whiles recovered cases were […]

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Putin unveils new 800-bed coronavirus Moscow hospital built from scratch in 36 days

Russian president Vladimir Putin has unveiled a brand new emergency coronavirus hospital, built up from scratch in just 36 days after intense, around-the-clock work.  The mammoth emergency £92 million construction in Moscow will initially hold 800 patients – 300 more than originally announced – and it comes amid fears of the city’s capacity being overrun. Mr […]

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Festus Aboagye writes: Should Ghana review its COVID-19 strategic assumptions and lines of action?

The Ministry of Information’s briefing on April 16, 2020, was not only brief, but it was also short of data and analysis. It gave no clues on the question of the lifting, extension or expansion of the lockdown. The national COVID-19 framework hinges on two major strategic assumptions which appear to be that: 1. The […]

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African countries with 100+ coronavirus cases: Congo, Tanzania join list

The numbers of confirmed cases across the continue continues to grow with each passing day. The World Health Organization Africa regional head warns that a spike is expected in the coming weeks. Whiles the figures remain very low in a number of countries, quite a sizeable number has passed the 100 mark with only a […]

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KCCR gets €650,000 grant from German government to boost capacity

The German Government has made available a grant of €650,000 to boost the capacity of the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) The support was announced by the German Embassy in Ghana, which said the grant is a rapid response measure to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana. The Embassy […]

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Andrew Cuomo issues seething response to Donald Trump’s demand he show appreciation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a seething rebuttal to Donald Trump after the president demanded he say ‘thank you’ for federal help building out New York’s hospital capacity to confront the coronavirus crisis. Cuomo, who has called for a measured focus on data rather than opinion in many of his briefings, lit into the […]

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Coronavirus UK: Wind farms may shut as TOO MUCH electricity

National Grid may have to issue emergency orders to switch off power plants and wind farms this summer as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand and threatens to leave Britain’s networks overwhelmed by too much electricity.  With factories, shops, schools and offices shut down across Britain, the company said that it expected to have to intervene […]

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Ghana’s coronavirus recoveries recover to hit 83, still a regional low

North Africa April 17: Recoveries recover by 66 Ghana’s COVID-19 statistics as of April 16 stood at 641, with five new cases recorded, 83 recoveries and eight deaths, the information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told a press briefing in the capital Accra. The figure especially relative to recoveries was the biggest one-day rise. The latest […]

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Prince William and Kate Middleton talk on homeschooling kids

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed today that they home schooled their children during the Easter holidays without telling them – as they also spoke of their fears for Prince Charles over his coronavirus diagnosis. Prince William and Kate said it had been ‘challenging’ to teach their three children – who they said had […]

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COVID-19 Tracker App was developed for Ghana free of charge – NITA boss

Ghana’s COVID-19 Tracker App was developed for free, according to the National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The App was developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Communication and Ascend Digital Solutions with no bidding process. “Ascend is a partner, we work with them and they did this as a CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] offering for […]

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Injection of ‘decoy proteins’ could stop the coronavirus infecting cells within the body

Injecting ‘decoy proteins’ into the body could stop the coronavirus infecting someone, according to scientists. The virus that causes COVID-19 is believed by scientists to enter the body through receptors on the surface of cells in the airways, known as ACE-2 receptors. These provide the gateway to the bloodstream and ‘facilitate’ infection with the bug, […]

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U/W: Nigerian man who escaped after testing positive for COVID-19 arrested

A 46-year-old Nigerian man who bolted after testing positive for the novel Coronavirus, Simon Okafor Chukudi has been arrested by personnel of the Upper West Regional Police Command. Citi News’ Upper West Regional Correspondent, Latif Mahama said Simon Okafor Chukudi was busted in a compound house near the Wa polytechnic. He has since been handed […]

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Shocking moment security guards drag an elderly man by his feet into a Morrisons

An elderly man has been dragged through a Morrisons by his feet in front of stunned shoppers. Three security guards pulled the man back into the store in Enfield, north London, on Thursday. One of them appeared to stand on him during the commotion as startled customers watched on. It is not clear what sparked […]

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Nigeria fumigates IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno gets COVID-19 center

Nigerian health authorities have undertaken a massive disinfection and fumigation in an Internally Displace Persons camp in Maiduguri, capital of the northeastern Borno State. The effort is part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The exercise comes after leaders in the camp had complained of lack of government support during this […]

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Victory Bible Church Int’l donates PPE to Police Operations Command

Victory Bible Church International (VBCI) under the able leadership of her Presiding Bishop, Rt. Rev N. A. Tackie-Yarboi, has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items to the National Operations Command of the Ghana Police Service to support their activities to guarantee the safety of the citizenry as the nation battles the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

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Ghanaian journalists, human right activists experience high online abuse on Twitter than other platforms – iWatch Africa reveals

Introduction iWatch Africa, as part of our efforts to promote digital rights in Ghana, has empirically established that Journalists, Media Workers and Rights Activists in Ghana are attacked and abused on Twitter more than on any other digital platform in the country. iWatch Africa, through the Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) is tracking, documenting and […]

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Coronavirus, a new headache for Zimbabwe’s HIV sufferers

Coronavirus is piling pressure on an already broken healthcare system in Zimbabwe as persons living with HIV struggle under a lockdown imposed to curb spread of the rampaging virus. Daniso Phiri and her husband are both HIV positive. Like most people with HIV / AIDS in the country, it is now difficult for them to […]

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Coronavirus: Africa’s 1 million tests plan, Trump’s fund cuts, Tanzania prays

The coronavirus pandemic has been confirmed in over 180 countries globally since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic due to its spread. All except three African countries have recorded cases as governments roll out measures to […]

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Britain faces up to TEN waves of the coronavirus before the population achieves herd immunity

Professor Anthony Costello says Britain faces up to 10 waves of the coronavirus before the population develops herd immunity Britain could suffer 40,000 coronavirus deaths in the first wave of the outbreak, a leading expert warned today after he claimed the UK may be hit by up to ten bouts of the killer infection before the […]

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