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UAE Confirms First Cases Of New Coronavirus

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Malaysia Records First Death From Coronavirus

Cases of the new deadly coronavirus have been confirmed in United Arab Emirates (UAE) after a family recently entered the country from the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak.

According to the UAE’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday, a family of four Chinese tourists had been diagnosed of coronavirus making the first cases in the Mideast.

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The ministry said in a statement carried by the state news agency WAM, “all family members are in stable condition and the situation was contained by following the most necessary precautionary measures adopted globally when dealing with infected cases.”

According to report by AP news agency, an Emirati doctor saying the first to fall ill only showed symptoms after over a week on vacation.

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At least 132 persons have died and some 6,000 others have been infected globally, surpassing the number of cases diagnosed during the SARS epidemic of 2002-2003.

Several countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe and North America have confirmed cases of the virus. These include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the US.

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Officially known as 2019-nCoV, the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year. It causes flu-like symptoms, such as cough and fever and in severe cases pneumonia, that are similar to many other illnesses

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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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