Kenya’s Covid positivity rate jumps to 18 percent with 1,006 new cases

KENYA – Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate has shot up to 18 percent as 1,006 new infections are recorded following analysis of 5,584 samples over the past 24 hours. Kenya’s positivity rate has been above 10 percent for the last few days, standing at 13.9 percent on Saturday, 12.2 percent on Sunday and 13.5 percent on Monday and 14.7 percent on Tuesday. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the number of confirmed infections, since the first one last March, rose to 199,941 while the number of tests carried out so far…

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Tanzania receives first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines since onset of the pandemic

TANZANIA – Tanzania has welcomed a delivery of one million Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 shots as part of a USA government donation after the African nation’s late president had long resisted accepting any doses. The donation is part of the Biden administration’s commitment first announced last month to donate 25 million coronavirus shots abroad, partially through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX initiative. “We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic,” Donald Wright, the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania…

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Africa nears 6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases as fatalities hit 151,775

AFRICA — As of today, there are 5,949,740 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries while over 37,004,431 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa stand at 151,775 and 5,140,313 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases 2,179,297 and 64,138 mortality cases. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (541,405), Tunisia (491,021), Egypt (282,985), Ethiopia (276,984), Libya (201,236) and Kenya (188,513). Many countries in Africa have rolled out mass vaccination drives to contain the spread of the virus, even though the uptake of the…

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Serengeti Breweries unveils TSH 2.3b fund to help bars fight against communicable diseases in Tanzania

TANZANIA – Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL), Tanzania’s leading brewing company, has announced a programme worth over TSH. 2.3 billion (US$ 992,000) to support bars and eateries in Dar es Salaam and other major towns to protect their staff and customers against communicable diseases, including Covid-19.  This initiative dubbed “Raise the Bar”, is part of a global Diageo programme to help outlets, and bars recover from COVID-19 and support jobs and communities around the world. Nairobi and Kampala will also benefit. The fund will roll out over the next two years…

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East African nations muster funds to combat the pandemic and restore economic stability

AFRICA – The COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a health crisis and a human tragedy, but it also has far-reaching economic ramifications. As of now, more than 182 million cases of COVID-19 had been recorded worldwide, with nearly 4 million deaths. The number of cases, and deaths, has been growing exponentially. Compared to other regions, the number of recorded cases in Africa is still relatively small, totaling about 5.4 million cases across 47 African countries. Even though the rate of transmission in Africa to date appears to be slower than that…

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As coronavirus cases rise, Africa faces immense threat from rise of deadlier variants

AFRICA – African Union Member States have reported 5,190,181 COVID-19 cases, 137,350 deaths and 4,611,132 recoveries according to the most recent report. According to the Africa CDC, new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 are rapidly spreading across continents and multiple variants are emerging in Africa, some deadlier, as the continent slips into a third wave. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the slowdown in vaccination, with 47 of Africa’s 54 countries at the risk of missing the September target of vaccinating 10 percent of their population, unless 225 million…

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GAVI receives US $28.9 million from KFW Development Bank to boost routine vaccinations for children in EAC

EAST AFRICA – KfW has given US $28.9 million on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, in effectively protecting children in the East African Community (EAC) against infectious diseases. The funds will be used to facilitate the procurement of vaccines, consumables, transport and insurance on a pro rata basis. This funding comes as a follow up to the US $346.1 million kfW has issued to fund immunization programs in East Africa since 2013. The funds have made possible…

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