According to the African Union Center for Disease Prevention, the continent recorded 119,391 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, and 3,589 deaths from the disease. South Africa and Egypt remain the two most affected by the pandemic.
- South Africa to begin partial deconfinement on June 1
With nearly 25,000 confirmed cases and more than 500 deaths, South Africa is the most affected country on the continent. But during the press conference this Wednesday morning, the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize indicated that the country would go into “level 3” from June 1, while identifying “hot spots”, which they will remain at “level 4 “. In the latter cases, of which Johannesburg is a part, the health surveillance, testing and restriction operations will be maintained.
” A district level alert system will help monitor those who need to take extra precautions. Emerging hotspots should be watched carefully. We must focus on the emergence of new infections “Said the Minister. South Africa is one of the African countries to have imposed the strictest restrictions, including banning cigarettes and alcohol.
- Senegal to continue with chloroquine, says health official
Senegal will continue to treat Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine in hospitals despite the recent publication of a new study concluding that it is ineffective or even harmful, the director of Center for health emergency operations. ” Treatment with hydroxychloroquine will continue in Senegal, Professor Seydi’s team maintains its therapeutic protocol “Wrote Dr. Abdoulaye Bousso to AFP. Neither Professor Moussa Seydi, infectious disease specialist who coordinates the treatment of the contaminated, nor the director of cabinet and the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health have responded to AFP’s requests. But Mr. Bousso said it was the position of the health authorities.
A study carried out on nearly 15,000 patients and published Friday in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet shows according to its authors that chloroquine and its derivative hydroxychloroquine do not benefit hospitalized patients and even increase the risk of death and cardiac arrhythmia . She recommends that they not be prescribed outside of clinical trials. In Algeria, a health official said the country would not give up chloroquine, and Brazil said it would continue to recommend hydroxychloroquine against the new coronavirus.
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Aliou Sall, brother of President Macky Sall and mayor of Guédiawaye, in the suburbs of Dakar, has tested positive for coronavirus. Also president of the association of mayors of Senegal, Aliou Sall indicates that he was interned at Dalal Diam hospital.
To date, Senegal has recorded 38 deaths, 3,253 positive cases, of which 1,628 are currently under treatment.
Unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the ban on gatherings on the beaches, an endangered species of sea turtle has reappeared on the Senegalese coast, near the tourist site of Lac Rose, about forty kilometers north of Dakar. “It is a turtle that frequents the Mauritanian coasts a lot. The last time we saw it in Senegal was in 1996, ”says the president of the Oceanium, Youssef El Ali. But the tranquility is short-lived for these turtles, now victims of poaching.
- Three Mauritanian police officers struck off after humiliating treatment
Three police officers from the General Group for Road Safety were arrested on Sunday and struck off from their bodies on Tuesday for inflicting degrading treatment on some of their compatriots arrested during the curfew hours.
- George Weah worried about the future of sport on the continent
The Liberian president, a former Golden Ball, was invited to the Africa Sports Ventures Group on Tuesday. While the championships have been canceled worldwide due to the pandemic, African sport is at its worst. ” I believe that the future of sport in Africa after Covid-19 is bleak and that there is no guarantee of recovery. It will be urgent to revive football and other games Said George Weah. On April 28, Fifa announced the release of funds for its 229 federations to the tune of 138 million euros to bear the losses of the past few months.
AfDB Grants 264 Million Euros in Morocco
To support the Kingdom’s “Covid-19 Response Support Program”, the board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) decided to allocate € 264 million to Morocco. ” The primary objective of the program is to help limit the spread of the virus and further improve the effectiveness of the authorities’ health response. Thus, it will contribute to the increase in the number of hospital centers authorized to carry out virological screening “Said the institution’s press release. Also according to the ADB, this plan will allow ” access to finance for self-entrepreneurs and will strengthen the cash flow of very small and medium-sized enterprises (TPME). The expected result is to preserve 75% of the jobs affected by the crisis. In Morocco, a country little affected by the new coronavirus with less than 8,000 officially detected cases and 202 deaths, confinement is extended until June 10.
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