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Madagascar ‘Appeals For COVID-19 Support’

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Madagascar 'Appeals For COVID-19 Support'

Madagascar health ministry has sent out an urgent request to partner agencies and health institutions for support, as covid-19 cases increase.

Officials at some hospitals in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo are warning that their facilities are overwhelmed following a recent spike in covid-19 cases.

Madagascar ministry of health said the covid-19 epidemic has evolved in a very critical fashion in the island nation in recent weeks.  Significant outbreaks have occurred in some regions, particularly the capital. There have been reports that public hospitals in Madagascar are at full capacity and will only admit severe cases of coronavirus.

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The health minister has written an open letter to aid agencies asking for testing kits, respirators and protective equipment for health workers, to help fight the pandemic.

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President Andry Rajoelina had reimposed a lockdown on the capital early this month following a rise in cases.

More than eight thousand covid-19 cases have been reported, including at least 69 deaths.

Madagascar had launched a herbal mixture it touted as remedy for COVID-19.  Health professionals in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo had discredited the efficacy of the Covid-organics after clinical analysis.

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The world health organization representative in Madagascar has warned that hospitals are saturated even before the nation reached the peak of the pandemic.

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WHO To Probe ‘Sexual Exploitation’ By Aid Workers In DR Congo

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WHO To Probe 'Sexual Exploitation' By Aid Workers In DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it had opened an investigation into claims of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse in the context of the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The actions were allegedly perpetrated by individuals identifying themselves as working for W.H.O. during the epidemic.

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WHO says “anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal.

Its statements comes after more than 50 women accused aid workers from the W.H.O. and leading NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse – including offering sex in exchange for a job.

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The investigation was published by the humanitarian news agency (TNH).

Early June 2020, DRC declared an Ebola outbreak, making it the country’s eleventh in just over 40 years.

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The previous outbreak caused 2,287 deaths and 3,470 cases between august 2018 and June 2020.

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Coronavirus Surge Prompts Isolation Rooms Order In Maputo

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Coronavirus Surge Prompts Isolation Rooms Order In Maputo

The Mozambican health ministry has told all companies and institutions in the capital, Maputo, to set up isolation rooms within their premises for holding people suspected to have contracted coronavirus.

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Firms have also been told to set up “covid-19 management institutional commission” to manage suspected and confirmed cases of covid-19 and to keep in contact with health authorities.

The commissions will include people trained on how to handle the disease.

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The country has lately witnessed a steady increase in the number of confirmed cases, particularly in the capital, Maputo.

Nearly 137,000 persons have been tested for coronavirus so far with almost 8,600 confirmed cases. There have been 59 deaths and more than 5,200 recoveries.

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South Africa Says Tourists From High-Risk Countries Still Barred From Oct. 1

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South Africa Says Tourists From High-Risk Countries Still Barred From Oct. 1

As South Africa’s borders reopen today, October first, ministers have said on Wednesday tourists from countries with coronavirus infection rates, higher than South Africa, including Britain, the United States and France, will not be permitted to come in.

But business travellers from countries considered “high-risk,” which also include the Netherlands, Russia and India, with scarce and critical skills including diplomats, repatriated persons and investors will be allowed to enter.

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Foreign minister Naledi Pandor said, data will be reviewed every two weeks,” and the South African government would be guided by epidemiological data when deciding which countries were deemed high-risk.

President Cyril Ramaphosa eased lockdown restrictions last month in a country which had one of the world’s strictest at the height of its covid-19 outbreak. The easing included opening up to air travel, bringing relief to its badly battered tourism industry.

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The tourism sector makes up almost 9% of the GDP of Africa’s most industrialized country and employs nearly three -quarters of a million people, according to the country’s tourism marketing agency and the statistics office. Sa tourism, the marketing agency, has said nearly 440,000 tourism jobs are at risk because of the pandemic.

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Last year, South Africa welcomed over 10 million foreign visitors. The top 10 origin countries, which accounted for 73% of tourist arrivals, include the United States, United Kingdom, France, India and the Netherlands, all of which are on the “high-risk” list read out by home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

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