African Union (AU)

9-10 February 2020 – 33rd Summit – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The theme of the summit is called “Silencing the Guns”.

The spirit of “Building a Strong Africa” is imbued / enshrined in the Agenda 2063 which is the continent’s political, social and economic development blueprint.

However, Conflict has increased instead of decreasing as envisaged. The Executive Council comprising the Ministers of Foreign Affairs is meeting to set the agenda of the summit.

Of note is the attendance by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

China Appreciates International Solidarity in Fight against Corona Virus #COVID19

Zimbabwean student Munyaradzi Gurure in China together with a French Doctor Philippe Klein have received mention & appreciation from Mr Wang Yi State Councilor & Minister of Foreign Affairs of #PRChina at #MSC2020 for their stand against the #COVID19 virus in Hubei Province.

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

4 February 2020, Gaberone, Botswana.

Malawi Presidential Election 2019 Results Annulment

Statement by His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) acknowledges the decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Malawi that was delivered on 3rd February 2020, which nullified the results of the Presidential Election held on 21st May 2019. SADC notes that the Constitutional Court also ordered that a fresh election be held within 150 days. Read more

Antimalarial drug Chloroquine Phosphate confirmed effective on #COVID19 virus infection

Based on the result of clinical trials, #China confirms that #Chloroquine Phosphate, an #antimalarial drug, has a certain curative effect on the novel coronavirus disease #COVID19. Include in next treatment guidelines & be applied in wider clinical trials Read More

United Nations (UN)

6 February 2020, New York, USA

Coronavirus is a Global Health Emergency

A slight drop overnight in the number of people infected by the new coronavirus is welcome but “nothing to celebrate”, a top UN health official said on Thursday. Read more

 Information Updates:

Get Daily information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 Read more

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Corona Virus in Africa

Africa has first confirmed case of Corona Virus #COVID2019 in Egypt on the 14th February 2020. How prepared is african for this pandemic? @BillGates has also weighed in that critical steps need to be taken to protect rest of Sub-Saharan Africa. Death toll can reach about 10Million people if unchecked. Read More

Corona Virus, Cash & Electronic Banking in AFrica

Africa has a long history of being reliant on cash transactions for day to day transactions. With the coming in of the #COVID2019 Virus this set to change as the authorities grapple with the containment and treatment thereto.

China has started the ball rolling by disinfecting large consignments of bank notes as they flow into and out of banks. It is a miracle that the chinese society is heavily embedded into electronic money usage. This has heavily reduced the reliance on cash as a medium of exchange.

Coming back to Africa, it will be a tall order looking at the level of sophistication in the banking sectors. These banks are neither well equipped nor do they have the funds to fight the scourge right now. Read More

Will this crisis nudge Africa further up the scale in its journey of replacing cash with mobile / electronic money? Time will tell as the situation evolves.

Blood Tests in the Identification of Corona Virus #COVID2019

Could Blood Tests be the Instant Prescription in helping to identify the #COVID2019 Corona virus? The current temperature scanning methods seem to have failed dismally in effectively identifying victims of the virus to sufficiently warrant immediate quarantine and treatment.

A study carried out in 2013 that used the sampling and testing of blood could hold the answers if it is possibly explored. Work carried out in the wake of the 2013 Middle East Corona Virus might hold the key. Read More

From today 17 February 2020, WHO will report all #COVID19 confirmed cases, including laboratory-confirmed as previously reported, and clinically diagnosed cases (currently only applicable to Hubei province, #China Read more

Location of Global Cases of #COVID2019 using John Hopkins CSSE – GIS Information Tool

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 28 – 17 February 2020

No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

WHO has developed guidance documents for managing public health events at Points of Entry and mass gatherings. These are posted on WHO COVID-19 Points of Entry and Mass Gatherings website. See Technical Focus for more details.

Those responsible for managing places that congregate lots of people are best advised to get hold of the Situation Report 28 and diligently follow the guidelines given

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