Nearly eight hundred Ugandan health workers have contracted COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic in the country. This is considered a sign of the challenges faced by the pandemic’s frontline medical staff.
The country is at phase four of the pandemic, meaning there is an extensive community transmission of the virus. Now, the health ministry is urging the public to be vigilant and observe standard operating procedures.
Uganda minister of state for health, Dr. Joyce Kaducu says most of the health workers contracted the virus from the communities and only one contracted it while on duty.
The minister noted that the country is approaching a critical stage of infections that is likely to stress the nation’s health systems.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Uganda where there are now nearly fourteen thousand cases with close to one hundred twenty deaths.
Kenya Warns Of A Second Wave Of Desert Locust
Kenya is facing a second wave of desert locust invasion. The latest data from the country’s ministry of agriculture show studies had indicated the destructive pests would invade the country from central Somalia in December. Kenya’s agriculture cabinet secretary, Peter Munya, says his country has measures in place to contain the spread of the pest mainly in counties bordering Somalia.
Kenya and development partners, including Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has earmarked 320 million dollars to deal with the crisis and cautions farmers to be on the lookout. Currently, some swarms of the desert locust have been spotted in Taita Taveta county, 350 kilometers south west of the capital Nairobi. Authorities say they have begun spraying with insecticides.
FAO country representative in Kenya, Carla Mucavi, says her organization is committed to supporting this fight so that Kenya can be food secure.
Trump Imposes New Rule For Some African Travellers
The Trump administration has announced a new rule of entry into the U.S. for 15 African countries whose citizens will now have to post bonds of up to $15,000 when visiting the country.
The new temporary travel rule takes effect on Christmas eve and targets visitor and business visas. Affected African countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Djibouti. Others are Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and the Sudan.
The us state department says this move will deter those who overstay their visas.
President Donald Trump had made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term. The visa bond rule targets countries whose nationals had an “overstay rate” of 10% or higher last year and will now be required to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse many of Trump`s immigration policies, but untangling hundreds of changes could take months or years.
Opposition Calls For Sanctions Against Tanzania Officials
Tanzania’s opposition leader, Tundu Lissu has urged the international community to impose sanctions on state officials linked to human rights abuses in last month’s disputed general elections.
President John Magufuli won a second term in the election that was reported marred with violence and claims of fraud.
The UK and the united states said there had been systematic interference, but Tanzania’s electoral commission says there was no fraud.
Opposition leader Lissu has called on the international community in a tweet to “impose targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes, travel bans and such measures necessary to end the impunity. The opposition leader fled to Belgium soon after the election citing threats to his life. The government said there was no evidence of threats to opposition leaders.
He said the international community must hold president Magufuli’s regime and other enablers accountable for human rights abuses and crimes against humanity.