House fly can transmit coronavirus says GHS Director General in Covid-19 Updates
The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr Patrick Aboagye has disclosed that the new Covid-19 can be transmitted through houseflies.
Dr. Patrick Aboagye stressed on the importance of keeping our surroundings clean.
Covid-19 Updates On Vaccine
This week, the first patients in a clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine were given shots, marking a key step in the global race to find a cure.
Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time and started administering the shots on Monday.
“We’re team coronavirus now,” Kaiser Permanente study leader Dr. Lisa Jackson said on the eve of the experiment. “Everyone wants to do what they can in this emergency.”
Covid-19 Updates in Africa
As of 18th March, 2020 13:00GMT, the number of countries infected by Covid-19 stands at 31 with The Gambia, Djibouti and Zambia being the latest to confirm their index cases.
Djibouti’s Foreign Minister confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case which involved a member of a Spanish military contingent that entered the country recently.
He confirmed that the group have been isolated and were under medical supervision. None of them had contact with the Djiboutian people since entry.
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The country is undertaking formalities that will allow for the contingent to be sent back to Spain within the shortest possible time. In the Horn of Africa region, Ethiopia and Somalia have all recorded cases. Sudan and Kenya have also done same.
A day after the Zambian authorities imposed wide ranging measures which included banning public gatherings and closing school, the first two cases were recorded according to a local news portal, Mwebantu.
The case involves a Zambian couple who arrived in the country on March 15 after a 10-day holiday in France aboard Emirates Airline, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said in a statement.
They were screened at the Kenneth Kaunda Airport and asked to under go self-quarantine because on arrival they showed no symptoms.
Whiles in quarantine, the husband reported symptoms following which authorities were notified and a test carried out on the couple returned positive.
The Gambia recorded its first coronavirus case yesterday in a statement by the health minister. The country becomes the 31st to be infected in Africa.
The case involved a young woman who flew in from the United Kingdom. All passengers on the flight she came in with are being traced, authorities confirmed.
Gambia’s only neighbour Senegal has also been greatly impacted by the pandemic with close to thirty confirmed cases. President Macky Sall last week announced a raft of measures that included ban on public gatherings and closure of schools.
The Gambia has yet to announce such measures which most African countries – affected or virus-free – are implementing as preventive or containment measure.