Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

COVID-19: Kenya records 181 new cases, 88 recoveries, 1 death

The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 181 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample size of 5,577 tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed infections to 105,648. From the cases, 159 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners; 112 are males and 69 are females, while the youngest is a two-month-old infant and the oldest is 86. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, said 88 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 46 were discharged from various health facilities, while 42 are…

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Kenya issues travel advisory against Tanzania as COVID-19 situation escalates

The government of Kenya issued an alert to her citizens living in Tanzania in the wake of the Covid-19 upsurge in the neighbouring country. The Director of Public Health, Dr Francis Kuria, has advised Kenyans to conform to strategies laid out by relevant authorities. “We are asking Kenyans in Tanzania to seek informed advice about the disease. “We are alert. We have heightened surveillance at the border to avoid any further imported infections. We have also advised Kenyans, in general, to avoid unnecessary travel to Tanzania,” Kuria, an assistant to Health CS Mutahi…

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Coronavirus UK: Surge testing in Ealing, West London amid South Africa variant cases

Surge testing for coronavirus has been started in Ealing, West London after cases of the South African variant of the virus were found there. The Department of Health said ‘a small number’ of new cases caused by the variant had been discovered in the borough. Ealing was among the first places to get surge testing when the programme began after a case of the variant was found in the W7 postcode. That testing sweep has been completed but the scheme has reopened because of further evidence that the variant is…

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COVID-19: Morocco Suspends Flights With Five Countries

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have suspended all flights to and from five, mostly European, countries starting midnight, February 22, to limit the spread of new COVID-19 strains. So far the embassies of Switzerland, Turkey, and the Netherlands have confirmed the flight suspensions. The Dutch embassy also confirmed on Twitter the disruption of flights with Germany as well. Flights to and from Austria have also been suspended. The Moroccan government is yet to make an official announcement about the suspensions. Since the emergence of new COVID-19 strains, Morocco has suspended flights…

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Africa Covid19 

Presidential adviser affirms optimal COVID-19 isolation period is 14 days

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has an ideal isolation period of 14 days, because the virus’ ability to infect is different from that of other viruses. The remarks were made by Dr Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, Advisor to the President of the Republic for Health and Preventive Affairs, during televised statements on Sunday evening. Tag El-Din also said that influenza viruses have the ability to mutate, which is why the vaccine differs each season to include the new strains. He added that the coronavirus (COVID-19) mutation “will occur, sooner or later”,…

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