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WHO Warns Against Use Of Masks During Exercise

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WHO Warns Against Use Of Facemask During Exercise

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against wearing masks while exercising, it says masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.

WHO gave the warning on Wednesday in an update of its coronavirus disease (covid-19) advice. The health agency says sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which make it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms.

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WHO says the best preventive measure during exercise is maintaining physical distancing of at least one metre.

Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom residents are about to face tougher enforcement of the use of face mask in public.  The state’s police command says it will begin prosecuting violators of the order that mandates the use of face masks in public places in the state.

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State commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, said in a statement on Tuesday all members of the enforcement committee have been mandated to arrest and prosecute offenders.

Edgal says the quarantine and restriction of movement regulations provide for a ten thousand naira first offender fine or seven days community service.  If a first offender learned no lesson and runs foul of the requirement again, a fine of 20,000 naira or fourteen days community service would apply.

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UN Chief Laments ‘Agonizing Milestone’ Of 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

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UN Chief Laments ‘Agonizing Milestone’ Of 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has urged the world to learn from mistakes made in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic as the world records one million COVID-19 deaths.

The United States’ more than 200,000 fatalities, Brazil 142,000 and India more than 96,000 currently account for nearly half of the one million global numbers. Secretary-general, Guterres said the figure was mind-numbing. He called for respect for science in tackling the crisis.

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Some experts believe the real number of fatalities could be significantly higher, as testing rates in many countries remain low, meaning that deaths related to covid-19 may not have been properly recorded. The Johns Hopkins University in the US says, nearly 23 million people are known to have recovered from the virus in the nearly three and a half million cases worldwide.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says Africa has reported both the lowest number of covid-19 cases and deaths in the world.  W.H.O. emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, says Africa has many lessons to teach the world about how to be resilient and creative.

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

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Uganda: Sickle Cell Awareness Fundraising Campaign Launched

A sickle cell awareness fundraising campaign has been launched by Uganda’s ministry of health to create awareness about sickle cell disease and to provide free screening services to stakeholders.

The exercise is expected to help give specialized health care, to promote awareness and testing, and to provide tele-medicine services.

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The campaign is a joint effort with CTI Africa Uganda sickle cell rescue foundation.

A study has shown a prevalence of sickle cell trait at a very high rate of more than thirteen percent.  As a result, health authorities have called for premarital and newborn screening.

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The ministry’s director-general for health services, Dr. Henry Nwebesa, says the ministry will strengthen partnerships and ensure every sickle cell child is able to live a quality life.

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Sickle cell is a chronic illness that effects people from childhood and restricts them for participating in many activities that could affect their conditions.

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million

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Global COVID-19 Cases Top 33 Million As Death Toll Nears A Million

The world is about to cross the one million mark coronavirus deaths.  998,000 persons have been killed by the virus globally as confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide surpass 33 million. The infection situation has worsened in some countries.

The United States is worst hit with more than 7 million confirmed cases, and 205, 000 deaths.

India has struggled to stop an alarming surge in cases the past three months, more than six million cases have been reported there, with the number of deaths nearing 100,000.  More than 95,500 patients have died in India so far.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Africa has reported both the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world.  Fears that the pandemic might devastate the African continent have so far abated.

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W.H.O. emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan said “certainly, the reported numbers and most importantly, the reported deaths from Africa are low, and they’re the lowest in the world. Dr Ryan said Africa has many lessons to teach the world about how to be resilient and creative.

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Ryan credited humanitarian agencies, governments in Africa and community health workers across Africa for the protection of vulnerable populations, such as those living with HIV and refugees.

The global health body urged Africa to remain on guard.

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