South Africa prepares 1.5m gravesites as COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

  South African official has said a single province in the country is preparing 1.5 million gravesites as COVID-19 cases and deaths surged in late Nelson Mandela’s country. A report by The Associated Press reads that just a day after confirmed virus cases across Africa surpassed the half-million milestone the total was over 522,000 and climbing, with more than 12,000 deaths. “With testing levels low, the real numbers are unknown,” the report read. South Africa has the most confirmed cases with over 224,000, and for the first time Gauteng province…

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Why Nigerian Schools May Remain Shut till 2021 – Minister

  Africa’s Most Populous Country Makes U-Turn on participation in 2020 West Africa Exams as COVID-19 Cases Exceed 30,000 mark Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given a hint on possibilities of keeping doors of its schools under lock and key till 2021. Kenya, a leading economy in East Africa, has earlier come out clear on this: No Schools’ resumption until next year. Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who conveyed opinion of the government while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at…

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COVID-19: Nigeria’s biggest power plant, Egbin Power reacts as employee’s newborn dies

  Newborn of our staff dies from post-delivery, not COVID-19 complications – Egbin MD   Egbin Power, one of Africa’s largest thermal electricity generation companies, has denied report that a newborn by one of its staff died on its premises due to COVID-19 protocols. Acting Chief Executive Officer of the plant that provides a quarter of Nigeria’s total power generation, Paul Harriman, declared in a statement to Platforms Africa that though the newborn of one of its staff died due to post-delivery complications outside the facility, the death has nothing…

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Panic in Ghana’s Girls School as 6 pupils test positive for Covid-19

  Barely a week after the government of Ghana reopened schools, heavy security presence buoyed by panic rocked the Accra Girls Senior High School after parents began trooping there to withdraw their wards. This, according to a report by Accra-based news medium, JoyNews follows reports that the school has recorded some cases of coronavirus nearly a week after the school reopened for final year students. Some parents successfully withdrew their wards from the institution over the weekend. Speaking on Beyond the Lockdown, JoyNews reporter Maxwell Agbaba stated that one parent said their ward was…

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Confusion as Madagascar Imposes Fresh Lockdown, COVID-19 cases surge

Madagascar has placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new spike in coronavirus infections which has surged confirmed cases to 2,728, including 29 deaths. The new lockdown was imposed barely two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced in a statement obtained by Platforms Africa. “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in the statement issued on Sunday, July 5, 2020. “No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until…

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First results from COVID-19 drug trials ready within next two weeks – WHO

  The World Health Organization expects initial results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, within next two weeks. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Friday just as Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said it would be unwise to predict when a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for mass distribution. While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s end, the question was how soon it could be mass produced, he told…

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172 Nigerian evacuees from Kenya, Uganda test for COVID-19

  The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission says 172 Nigerian evacuated from Uganda and Kenya have been subjected to COVID-19 test. They arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 10:20am local time on Wednesday. The commission disclosed this in a statement by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit. Odu said the evacuees arrived via Air Peace Flight B777-200 from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. According to him, some of the evacuees disembarked at the airport in Abuja, while others proceeded to the Murtala Muhammed International…

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Another Nigerian Governor, Okowa, wife test positive for COVID-19

  Governor of oil-rich Delta state in Nigeria, Ifeanyi Okowa has tested positive for COVID-19 less than 24 hours after his counterpart in Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, announced he had contracted the viral infection. Okowa’s wife, Dame Edith Okowa also tested positive. His daughter had earlier tested positive. The governor announced this on his verified Facebook Page on Wednesday. “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter,” he…

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Nigeria’s Ondo State Governor, Akeredolu, Tests Positive For COVID-19  

Governor of Ondo State, South West, Nigerisla, Rotimi Akeredolu, has announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Akeredolu in his verified twitter handle on Tuesday, said he got confirmation of a positive result for the virus on Tuesday morning. According to him: “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for Covid-19. “I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms. I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital. “I ask that we all stay safe and…

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Nigeria’s Kogi Chief Judge dies at COVID-19 isolation centre

  Nasir Ajanah, Chief Judge of Kogi state, Nigeria’s confluence state, is dead. He died at a COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja, according to Nigeria-based The Cable online newspaper, at a time Governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, is having a running battle with the country’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) over his insistence that the state is Coronavirus free. A member of the family confirmed the death to TheCable on Sunday morning. His death came less than two weeks after an aide to Yahaya Bello, the state governor,…

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