The Ugandan government says it’s too costly to charter a plane to bring home more than a hundred students stranded in Wuhan, China, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The students had said they were traumatized by weeks of isolation and the fear that they could contract coronavirus. Some of the them have complained that they were running out of money, food and protective face masks. They have been running a social media campaign under the #EvacuateUgandansInWuhan.
Authorities in Uganda say they can only send them some financial assistance as there are currently no plans to repatriate the students. Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng also told parliament on Thursday Uganda neither has the knowledge nor a specialized facility to handle an outbreak.
She said the government would wire 61,000 dollars to support students in Wuhan. It is unclear how much each student will receive.
The World Health Organisation, W.H.O., has declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international dimensions. W.H.O. chief, Tedros Ghebereyesus, says while China had a robust health system to detect and control, W.H.O. remained concerned about the virus entering countries with weak systems.
This article, shares the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent.
- Uganda to send financial assistance to stranded students
- Chinese doctor in Liberia offers help
- South African company to export face masks to China
- Africa’s response capacity boosted by who
- Ethiopian defends stance on flying to China
- Africa ADC asks countries to allow citizens return home
- Ethiopia to quarantine all Wuhan entrants
- Ghana records negative outcome for two suspected cases
- Kenya to repatriate its students from Chinese city of Wuhan
- Chinese embassy in Kenya issues orders
- Africa’s first infection happens in China
- African trio record cases, Air Tanzania ditches china route
- Kenyan records new case, Nigeria ‘battle ready’
- African airlines suspend flights to China
- Ethiopia suspected cases test negative
- Ethiopian Airlines denies reports of suspending flights
- Ivory coast’s suspected case tests negative
- Mozambique suspends visa-on-arrival for travelers from china
- Ethiopia isolates four suspected cases
- Kenya rushes suspected case to hospital
- Ivory coast conducts first tests on African continent
China Temporarily Bans Foreign Nationals To Curb Spread Of Coronavirus
China has on Thursday temporarily banned all foreign visitors from entering the country in efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Foreign Ministry in a statement said foreigners with residence permits and visa liberalization will also be temporarily suspended but foreign missions’ workers are excluded from the restriction.
In a decision made to prevent the foreign-based spread of the virus and to be implemented on Sunday, the country is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full.
On Thursday, China recorded 55 new cases of covid-19 across the communist country and 54 of the cases are from overseas.
Johns Hopkins University in the United States confirmed the number of cases globally has now surpassed 511,000 with a death toll higher of more than 23,000 while nearly 121,000 patients having recovered.
Countries Must Not Squander Chance To Control Coronavirus – W.H.O.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Wednesday countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can to suppress and control covid-19.
WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world squandered the first window of opportunity two months ago, but said this is a second opportunity which should not be squandered. The
WHO officials are warning again the world is facing a “significant shortage” of personal protection equipment for health workers, particularly masks, gloves, gowns and face shields.
South Africa’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 709 – Health Minister
South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize says number of Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 709 on Wednesday, a jump of a hundred fifty-five cases from Tuesday.
In response to the rising cases in the country, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday a 21-day nationwide lockdown that will take effect by midnight tonight. He said his government needed to escalate covid-19 response to curb the spread of the outbreak.
South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa.
Panic buying is reported in the country as people stock up on food and other essentials ahead of the lockdown.
Here are some of the conditions of the South African lockdown:
Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances.
All shops and businesses will be closed except those providing essential services.
Temporary shelters will be set up for the homeless.
Medical and security personnel will be exempt from the lockdown.
In the meantime, the number of new infections – and deaths – is rising fast across Africa, in spite of lockdowns, curfews and travel bans.
In Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, all markets and shops have been closed, except for those selling food and medicine.
France says it will send special aid to the most vulnerable countries, many of which are in Africa.
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