Corona Virus – #COVID19

Highlights in the Fight Against CoronaVirus #COVID19

Breaking News (07/10/2020): #COVID19 (Coronavirus) – Globally the number of confirmed cases continues to rise and breached the 36 Million mark with 36,053,816 people, whilst the recoveries are also increasing with 27,156,297 people recovered, the number of Active Cases stands at 7,842,798 and the number deaths also continued to increase with 1,054,721 people and has surpassed the psychological barrier of the 1 Million mark 

Corona Virus – #COVID19 in the World

What does the future hold for Southern African Countries & People as Economies are Opened up during the COVID19 Pandemic

October 1, 2020 – South Africa’s borders were opened for international leisure travellers at midnight and Lufthansa Flight LH572 was the first flight to land at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. At the same time, the South African Government issued out a list of Red Lighted countries that will not be allowed to originate travellers due the high incidences of COVID19 there.

Social gatherings above six banned in England from 14 September

September 9, 2020 – Britain has seen a sharp rise in #COVID19 cases again with the government now setting a new legal limit from 14th September 2020, that will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors. The restrictions however will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports. Ant transgressions will attract a £100 fine if people fail to comply with police, with the fine doubling up to a maximum of £3,200. A full list of exemptions will be published by the government later.

Italy overtakes China’s death toll

March 19, 2020 – Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus #COVID19#pandemic has risen to 3,405, Thereby overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in #China. How did the Situation in #Italy go south this fast. What are the lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa? #Attitude

Washington Pledges US$1.0 Billion to Finding Vaccine for #COVID19 – 25/02/2020

U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking $2.5 billion from Congress to fight the coronavirus epidemic and a $1.0 Billion of that amount will be used to finance the rapid development of a vaccine for #CoronaVirus #COVID19. Read More

China Issues Travel Warning to the US for her Citizens. Cites Bad Treatment in the Wake of #COVID19 – 24/02/2020

The lack of proper knowledge and guidance on #COVID19 has led to a lot of prejudice against people of Asian Descent in the United States of America (USA); up to a point that China has issued a Travel warning.

The increase of cases outside China is not helping and this could have (If not already having) a huge impact on global trade and particularly the Tourism Market.

Corona Virus – #COVID19 New Facts Emerging – 23/02/2020

The world is now faced with fact that the coronavirus #COVID19 might run rampant in some countries that are least prepared to deal with it and If that were to happen the experts say the virus could become endemic.

Untraceable coronavirus cells emerge in three countries (South Korea, Singapore & Iran) amid pandemic (disease has spread across at least two continents) @WHO. Read More

Is Air Travel Secure in the wake of Corona Virus #COVID19 23/02/2020

It would seem the Airlines and the Airport Companies are not doing enough to combat the spread of Corona Virus #COVID19. Airline travel is the prevalent and pervasive mode of travel at this juncture and could well be the reason why there is now an up surge in the distribution of the virus outside china.

This upsurge is going largely undocumented as the Airline industry is purely focused on just destinations to and from China ONLY.

It’s time for a paradigm shift and accept that the virus has long bolted out of China and increasing probably at a higher rate elsewhere.

Chinese government approves decision to ban consumption and trade of wild animals #COVID19 – 24/02/2020

The aftermath of the outbreak of the #CoronaVirus #COVID19 has seen the Chinese Government taking an unprecedented step in the management and consumption of wild animals.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPC) approved the ban (Eating of Wild Animals) on Monday 24 February 2020 in a bid to help “safeguard public health and ecological security,” according to Chinese state media. 

In the past epidemics like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus have resulted in Temporary Bans.

China Has Spent Decades & Lots of money on its Tech Sector; Is it coming to the party against #COVID19? – 24/02/2020

China has spent decades and a lot of investment nurturing its tech sector. Now, as the country is faced with a massive public health crisis since it became a republic, Beijing is pushing its tech companies to join the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Tech giants are responding to the call from Central Government by deploying autonomous vehicles to bring supplies to medical workers, fitting drones with thermal cameras to improve detection of the virus and lending their computing power to help rapidly develop a vaccine. Read More

CouldContainment be reaching the end of effectiveness in dealing with Corona Virus #COVID19? -23/02/2020

The spread of #COVID19 seems to be accelerating with more new cases being reported which are not originally associated with the initial epicentre of Wuhan, China.

It is also now rearing up in presumably warmer climates and should that be a cause for concern? Currently 30 Countries in the world have confirmed cases.

Preparedness and vulnerability of African & Third World countries against Corona Virus #COVID19 – 23/02/2020

The biggest threat to African Economies in 2020 is going to be the Corona Virus #COVID19. The disease is already highlighting the huge gap between the health infrastructure in the 1st World Countries & 3rd World Countries making up Africa.

This surely now begs the question, how much of the countries’ resources should be channeled to Heal Infrastructure compared to Consumption and novelty infrastructure projects?

National public health capabilities and infrastructures are now at the core of global health security, because they are the first line of defence in infectious disease emergencies; as evidenced by China and #COVID19 this year.

As such there is a need for the International Community to look at ways of rethinking and financing of critical Infrastructure going forward.

Corona Virus – #COVID19in Africa

WHO Africa Region

WHO Africa Region to Assist African Countries on a common Platform Against Corona Virus #COVID19 – Addis Ababa, 22 February 2020

As the threat of coronavirus disease looms over the continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) promised to support African Union Member States on a common preparedness and response strategy. WHO joined Health Ministers in an Emergency Meeting on the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, which was convened on 22 February by the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Reports First Suspected Case of Corona Virus – 19/02/2020

ZIMBABWE is investigating a suspected case of Corona virus #COVID19 emanating from a 27-year-old woman who arrived in the country from Wuhan China on Tuesday 11 February 2020.

The woman has been quarantined at the Wilkins Infectious disease hospital in Harare. Read more.

The suspected case of #COVID19 in Harare, Zimbabwe has tested negative to the virus – 19/02/2020 (22:00).

Zimbabwe Now has capability to test for #COVID19 – 12/02/2020

Health minister Honorable Dr. Obadiah Moyo told journalists that the country would be conducting tests at the National Health Laboratory Services the Daily News newspaper reported.

“The reagents are now in the country. We can now do the tests locally. We do not have to send to South Africa anymore,” Moyo said.

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Global Focus on #CoronaVirus #COVID19

Will the new coronavirus co-exist with humans for a long time?

That is now the big question as the situation faces up to reality and the focus changes from reaction to prevention.

Pan Zhaoyi discusses this and quotes Wang Chen, a respiratory expert and president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. “The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to turn into a flu-like chronic illness, co-existing with human beings”. Read More

China winning war against coronavirus #COVID19, says envoy – Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe – 21/02/2020

Ambassador Guo  Shaochun said his government will continue to update Zimbabwe and the world on coronavirus #COVID19.

He said Zimbabwean nationals in China were safe, adding that his Government will continue to prioritise their safety. Read More

Egypt

Only Confirmed Case of #COVID19 in Africa Recovering Well – 21/02/2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the person previously confirmed as having coronavirus in Egypt was on their way to recovery, after latest tests showed they were “no longer carrying the virus”.

“He will remain in quarantine until the full 14-day period is over and will be undergoing further required tests to ensure he was fully recovered,” WHO spokeswoman Inas Hamam wrote in an email. Read More

Countries with ability to test for #COVID19 – 21/02/2020

Countries with ability to test for #COVID19

World Health Organisation (WHO) @whofro has confirmed the Countries that can test for the #COVID19 #CoronaVirus and Zimbabwe is one of them. List has increased from Two to Twenty Four in the past Two weeks.

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