U.S. State Department has on Monday said fourteen U.S. citizens tested positive for the new coronavirus during the evacuation of over 300 U.S. nationals and their family members from a quarantined ship in Japan.
On two chartered aircraft, the passengers were preparing to return to the United States when U.S. officials received notice that 14 persons had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
In a joint statement from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that prior to boarding the charter planes at Tokyo International Airport on Monday, the 14 passengers were moved to a containment area on the evacuation aircraft.
The joint statement read “all passengers are being closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight, and any who become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated.”
The Diamond Princess cruise ship with more than 3,000 passengers aboard was struck by the virus earlier this month, leaving them and crew in confinement.
Upon arrival, all passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days.
On Monday morning, the first charter flight landed at Travis Air Force Base in California while the second landed later Monday at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
UNICEF: DR Congo Battles Five Diseases – Malaria, Measles, Cholera, Coronavirus And Ebola
The United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) says the Democratic Republic of the Congo is bewildered with five deadly diseases. UNICEF says the country`s healthcare system needs urgent support or children’s futures will be destroyed as the nation is struggling to cope with malaria, measles, cholera, coronavirus and Ebola.
Although the number of covid-19 cases is relatively low, there are fears of a catastrophe if it becomes wide spread.
A vast part of DRC is also reported conflict-ridden. D.R. Congo is also trying to contain an outbreak of Ebola disease in the country’s east, where dozens of militias operate and one million persons have been displaced.
Last year, 16 and a half million malaria cases were reported in the country. It suffered the world’s worst measles epidemic that killed thousands of children under five. Cholera is endemic – there were more than 30,000 cases last year.
UNICEF has called on the government of this mineral-rich country to allocate more resources to the failing health system.
If not, it says, the lives of many Congolese children will be destroyed by preventable diseases.
Sierra Leone Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus
Sierra Leone has on Tuesday confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
President Julius Maada Bio said the patient, a 37-year-old man who travelled from France on March 16 and had been in isolation since.
Maada Bio said in a speech on national television “when I did my first coronavirus news conference, I said that it was not a matter of if, but when. Well, ‘when’ has come.”
The president did not mention if any new measures will be taken to tackle the virus.
Tanzania Confirms Its First Coronavirus Death
Tanzania has on Tuesday confirmed its first coronavirus death.
The country’s health minister, Ummy Mwalimu said in a statement the victim was a 49-year-old Tanzanian male who had pre-existing conditions and had been admitted to Mloganzila Hospital in Dar Es Salaam for treatment.
As of Monday, Tanzania had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the government has ramped up its call for preventive measures such as general hygienic practices including the use of face masks, handwashing and use of sanitisers in public places and increased enforcement of social distancing.
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