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Coronavirus: Japan, U.S. Evacuate Citizens As China Virus Death Toll Rises To 132

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Coronavirus: Japan, U.S. Evacuate Citizens As China Virus Death Toll Rises To 132

Countries including the United States and Japan have on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city at the epicenter of a new virus outbreak that has killed 132 persons and infected more than 6,000.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is confident in China’s ability to contain the coronavirus, but concern is mounting as health authorities reported the number of confirmed cases had jumped by 1,459 to 5,974.

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A plane carrying Americans who had been in Wuhan left for Anchorage, Alaska, where they will be rescreened for the virus. U.S. hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected. After departing Alaska, the plane is to fly to Ontario, California.

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Also, a Japanese flight carrying evacuees home included four people with coughs and fevers. The three men and one woman were taken to a Tokyo hospital on separate ambulances for treatment and further medical checks.

It wasn’t immediately known whether they were infected with the new type of coronavirus that appeared in the central city of Wuhan in December. Its symptoms, including cough and fever and in severe cases pneumonia, are similar to many other illnesses.

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As a step up measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus, airlines passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals or blankets and newspapers.

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UN Chief Laments ‘Agonizing Milestone’ Of 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

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UN Chief Laments ‘Agonizing Milestone’ Of 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has urged the world to learn from mistakes made in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic as the world records one million COVID-19 deaths.

The United States’ more than 200,000 fatalities, Brazil 142,000 and India more than 96,000 currently account for nearly half of the one million global numbers. Secretary-general, Guterres said the figure was mind-numbing. He called for respect for science in tackling the crisis.

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Some experts believe the real number of fatalities could be significantly higher, as testing rates in many countries remain low, meaning that deaths related to covid-19 may not have been properly recorded. The Johns Hopkins University in the US says, nearly 23 million people are known to have recovered from the virus in the nearly three and a half million cases worldwide.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says Africa has reported both the lowest number of covid-19 cases and deaths in the world.  W.H.O. emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, says Africa has many lessons to teach the world about how to be resilient and creative.

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.

The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.

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The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.

A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent.  As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.

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The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.

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Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million

The world is about to cross the one million mark coronavirus deaths.  998,000 persons have been killed by the virus globally as confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide surpass 33 million. The infection situation has worsened in some countries.

The United States is worst hit with more than 7 million confirmed cases, and 205, 000 deaths.

India has struggled to stop an alarming surge in cases the past three months, more than six million cases have been reported there, with the number of deaths nearing 100,000.  More than 95,500 patients have died in India so far.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Africa has reported both the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.  Fears that the pandemic might devastate the African continent have so far abated.

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W.H.O. emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan said “certainly, the reported numbers and most importantly, the reported deaths from Africa are low, and they’re the lowest in the world. Dr Ryan said Africa has many lessons to teach the world about how to be resilient and creative.

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Ryan credited humanitarian agencies, governments in Africa and community health workers across Africa for the protection of vulnerable populations, such as those living with HIV and refugees.

The global health body urged Africa to remain on guard.

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