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Tanzania Confirms Its First Coronavirus Death

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eSwatini Records First Coronavirus Death - Health Minister

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.

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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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South Africa Scientists Say Up To 50,000 Covid-19 Deaths Possible

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South Africa Scientists Say Up To 50,000 Covid-19 Deaths Possible

South Africa scientists have said up to 50,000 persons could die of coronavirus in the nation in the next six months.

South Africa already has the highest number of infections and deaths on the African continent, with more than 19,000 identified cases and 369 deaths.

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Scientists hired by the health ministry to model the spread of the coronavirus said the country could see between 35,000 and 50,000 coronavirus deaths by November.

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Models showed on Thursday, South Africa could also see as many as 3 million infections by the end of the year as the southern-hemisphere-winter, leads to a higher rate of infection.

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Ten South Sudan Ministers Test Positive For Covid-19

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Ten South Sudan Ministers Test Positive For Covid-19

Ten ministers in South Sudan have contracted the coronavirus, days after first vice-president of the country Riek Machar, his wife and staff tested positive for the virus.

Information minister Michael Makuei says all the ministers are former members of the high-level task force on coronavirus. They were reported to have come in contact with an official who tested positive of covid-19. The health minister is the only coronavirus-free among the task force.

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The government says, all the ministers infected are now in self-isolation and are in good health.

South Sudan has 481 confirmed cases and six deaths.

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There are fears that the virus could cause havoc as the healthcare system is barely functioning following decades of conflict.  Displaced persons in hundreds of thousands are living in camps.

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 13 In Kenya

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 13 In Kenya

At least 13 persons have died of cholera in Kenya since the onset of rains and deadly floods in the country.

The health ministry says more than 500 cases of cholera have been reported mostly affecting children and fatalities have been recorded in the northern part of the country. The outbreak started in Garissa and has spread to four other counties.

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Kenya minister of health Mutahi Kagwe attributed the outbreak to flooding that led to poor sanitation.

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