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Zambia’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has tested positive for coronavirus, making him the second cabinet minister to have Covid-19. Information Minister Dora Siliya went public about her test results last weekend in order to fight the stigma associated with the virus, she told the BBC. The health minister’s test results …

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Ministry of Health equips Ho Covid-19 testing centre

The Hon Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa together with  the Vice Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Prof John Owusu Gyapong,  Head of the COVID-19 Testing Centre, Ho, Dr. Deudu; and a Representative of the Volta and Oti Caucuses in Parliament, the Hon. Member of …

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Coronavirus may never go away – WHO warns

The coronavirus “may never go away”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr. Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear. He added that even if a vaccine is found, controlling the virus will require a …

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WHO warns against untested Covid-19 cures

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people not to put their faith in local untested remedies for coronavirus. The advice comes at a time when at least three African heads of state have said they are importing large quantities of a herbal tonic which the president of Madagascar claims …

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Coronavirus: US authorises use of anti-viral drug Remdesivir

The US’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the coronavirus. The authorisation means the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19. A recent clinical trial showed the drug helped shorten the recovery time …

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Ivory Coast minister tests positive for coronavirus

Ivory Coast’s Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko has tested positive for coronavirus and gone into quarantine. Mr Bakayoko tweeted that he had shown no symptoms before the test and urged citizens to be vigilant. Ivory Coast has so far confirmed 323 cases of coronavirus and three deaths. The government has imposed …

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First case of coronavirus found in Senegal

The first case of coronavirus in Senegal has been confirmed by the country’s health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr. The patient is a French man who lives in Senegal and flew back from France on 26 February, Mr Sarr told a press conference in the capital, Dakar. The patient reported to …

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