The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised an alarm that coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 persons in Africa and overwhelm the available medical capacity on the continent in the first year if control measures fail to work.
The world health body said on Thursday, the novel coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 Africans and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained. It has proposed a strengthening of health care systems on the continent.
W.H.O. Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti says transmission of the virus in Africa has been slower but could result to a longer outbreak.
Moeti told reporters in a teleconference, the new projections are contained in a latest W.H.O. Africa study based on assumptions that no containment measures are put in place, which has fortunately not been the case.
There are 54,083 confirmed cases with 2,073 deaths. 18,412 patients have recovered. 53 African countries have recorded infections while one country, Lesotho, is the only virus-free nation on the continent.
Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases
The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.
As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.
The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.
The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.
Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.
UK Approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID Vaccine For Rollout Next Week
The United Kingdom has on Wednesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine opening the way for mass immunization which will begin next week for those most at risk across the UK.
Before decisions by the US and Europe, the British government has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid after it was authorized for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorization in the UK after Brexit.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine which the UK has bought 40m doses has shown to be 95% effective in its final trials with no serious side effects against a virus that’s killed nearly 1.5 million persons globally.
According to a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman “the government has today accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.
It added in the statement that “this follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness
Mozambique Legislators Ask For Increase In HIV Budget
Mozambique`s parliament is urging the government to allocate more funds to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic, in the week that marks world aids day.
The budget allocated to combat the epidemic has been reducing year after year – the budget has decreased from 2.9 million dollars in 2015 to about 1.6 million dollars this year. Legislators in Mozambique have warned that budget cuts will affect the fight against HIV.
The legislators say the epidemic has killed 50,000 persons in the country over the past five years. Official data show, Mozambique has 2.2 million persons living with HIV.
A report by the parliamentary office to combat HIV shows an increase in infections. It says contributing factors include an increase in population mobility, the growing number of multiple marital partners and the proliferation of mining lorry drivers and gold miners are contributing to the increase in new infections. The office says it has also recorded an increase in the number of sex workers.
Mozambique has the fourth highest rate of HIV in the world, after South Africa, Nigeria and Russia.