Egypt is using plasma in the treatment of the new Coronavirus. More than 100,000 Coronavirus cases have been reported there and more than 5,000 deaths relating to the virus.
Some who contracted the virus and survived are now donating their plasma to save orders. About 200 volunteers have so far taken part in the budding project, each providing 800 ml of the fluid split into four bags, which are given to two patients at a time.
Egypt, like the United States and a handful of other countries, is trying to fight the pandemic in part by using convalescent plasma, the watery fluid in the blood of recovered patients that is teeming with antibodies.
After US president Donald Trump touted it as a temporary cure, his administration issued an emergency authorization last month to use plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients.
The idea is to harvest the plasma and inject it into other patients to give them an immunological boost that helps fight the same infection.
The scientific community is divided on using plasma to treat COVID-19, but proponents say the technique has proven effective in small studies to treat other infectious diseases, including Ebola and SARS.
Health professionals in Egypt say they are looking for many more donators/donations are needed.
Tunisian Leader Proposes Death Sentence For Murderers
Tunisian president Kais Saied has said murderers should be sentenced to death following the rape and killing of a young woman in the north African country.
President Saied told a national security council meeting on Tuesday, “those who commit murder should be sentenced to death.
The public outrage over the woman’s murder –a 29-year-old Rahma Lahmar, sparked calls for executions to restart. Lahmar, went missing for a few days and her mutilated body was found north of the capital, Tunis, on Friday last week after she had been raped.
Police say they have arrested a suspect who has since confessed to the killing. Many in the country are calling for the killer to be hanged. Tunisia abolished the death penalty in 1991.
South African Airways Suspends Operations Over Funding
South Africa`s national carrier, South African Airways’ operations have been suspended with immediate effect.
SAA administrators said they were putting the struggling state-owned carrier under “care and maintenance” until funding for a restructuring plan was found.
Some media reports say, this means the airline will not schedule any further flights after completing repatriation flights that have already been scheduled.
The airline was put in bankruptcy protection in December after heavy financial losses in the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation.
Ivory Coast Lifts Ban On Protests Ahead Of Polls
Ivory Coast has lifted a ban on protests. The ban on public demonstrations in the country ends today, Wednesday just as the opposition plans to begin a campaign of civil disobedience against president Alassane Ouattara’s third term bid.
President Ouattara’s candidacy has caused tension in the country and led to protests. At least 10 persons have been killed since riots broke out last month.
The opposition is demanding changes to the constitutional court, the electoral commission, and the withdrawal of Ouattara’s candidacy. President Ouattara has accused the opposition of scaring the public in order to disrupt the electoral process.
Ivory coast authorities have barred political candidates including former president Laurent Gbagbo and former prime minister Guillaume Soro from running because of previous convictions. Their supporters have condemned the government for excluding them from the presidential election and threatened to hold protests.
International crisis group has urged the Ivorian authorities to allow former president Laurent Gbagbo and exiled ex-speaker Guillaume Soro to return to the country.
The United Nations special envoy for west Africa -Mohamed Ibn Chambas during a visit to Abidjan last week, urged peaceful elections in ivory coast as the nation prepares to head to the poll in October.
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