Covid-19: 10,000 Health Workers Infected In Africa

According to the latest figures GISTHUBCITY gather, 15,628,936 cases have been detected worldwide, with 636,262 deaths and 8,917,141 people recovered.

South Africa: 421,996 cases / 6,093 deaths

Egypt: 90,413 cases / 4,480

Nigeria: 38,948 cases / 833 deaths

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10,000 health workers infected in Africa

The WHO has confirmed that some 10,000 health workers in 40 countries across Africa have been infected with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The growth we are seeing in Covid-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“This has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them, and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections.”

WHO reports record daily surge in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 284,196 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa, according to a daily report. Deaths rose by 9,753, the biggest one-day increase since a record high of 9,797 deaths on 30 April.

The previous WHO record for new cases was 259,848 on 18 July. Deaths have been averaging 5,000 a day in July, up from an average of 4,600 a day in June.

Kenyan government spokesperson tests positive

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has revealed that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is undergoing treatment in an isolation facility.

Fifteen Zambian lawmakers, 11 parliamentary staff contract COVID-19

Fifteen lawmakers and 11 members of staff at the Zambian parliament have tested positive for COVID-19, the health minister said on Friday, days after the assembly suspended sittings because a lawmaker had died of the respiratory disease.

Zambia’s coronavirus cases have surged to 3,856 from 1,632 at the beginning of July, with deaths rising to 136 from 30 over the same period, minister Chitalu Chilufya told reporters.

The heavily indebted southern African country, the No. 2 copper producer on the continent, is bracing for an economic contraction of over 4% this year because of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

African Development Bank provides coronavirus aid to Sahel

The African Development Bank said Thursday it would provide $285 million in aid to Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The aid was being provided within the framework of a $10-billion Covid-19 response facility unveiled by the AfDB in April. Niger would receive support of $108.8 million, Burkina Faso $54.6 million and Mali $48.9 million in both loans and grants, a statement said. Chad would receive $61.2 million and Mauritania $10.2 million in the form of grants.

“The board of directors of the AfDB has approved budgetary support of $284.8 million to help the efforts of the Sahel countries — Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad — in implementing their response plans to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recovery,” the pan-African bank said.

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