Global South America 

35% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic

DETECTING cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease could be harder than expected, as a number of persons are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show signs of the disease. Public health authorities reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 moved from 113 to 116 over the past 24 hours, but over 35 per cent or over 40 persons are asymptomatic. “You should note that over 35 per cent of our COVID-19 cases were actually asymptomatic – had no typical signs or symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath etc…, so…

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Global North America 

‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis

UN calls for international solidarity to ease effects of Covid-19 on food security   Vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while humanitarian relief efforts are being hindered by lockdowns and travel restrictions, according to the UN. Experts raised the spectre of unrest similar to that seen in 2007-08 when food price rises sparked riots around the world, destabilising fragile states and fuelling conflict in ways that are still being felt. They told the…

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Asia Global North America 

U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before coronavirus outbreak

Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned. The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases of the new coronavirus may have emerged as early as November, and as cases exploded, the Trump administration in February chastised China for censoring information about the outbreak and keeping…

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Management Mining 

Zambian Kalumbila Minerals Ltd awards a 6.5 percent salary increment

THE labour movement has commended Kalumbila Minerals Ltd (KML) management and employees for successfully concluding salary negotiations leading to a pay rise. KML General Manager Morris Rowe has pledged to “always honour the documents that are signed with mineworkers’ unions.” KML has awarded a 6.5 per cent salary increment across the board for 2020 to its employees, a year after work stoppage disrupted operations in January last year. This follows the successful conclusion of salary negotiations with three mine unions namely NUMAW, Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and United Mine…

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Agriculture 

Kenya agriculture leaders set for first-of-its-kind summit to tackle sector challenges

More than 400 high level farming sector leaders are set for a first-of-its-kind event in Kenya as industry gamers take a look at ingenious ways of invigorating farming development and strengthening their dedication to leave nobody behind across the worth chain. The two-day workshop dubbed National Farming Summit and gathering representatives from nationwide and county federal governments, farmer organizations, research study institutions, economic sector, NGOs and advancement partners is slated for 26 and 27 February 2020 at Safari Park Hotel. It is available in the wake of mounting challenges ranging…

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