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Coronavirus - Africa: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19

This updated version includes a section on Advice to decision makers on the use of masks for healthy people in community settings

This document (https://bit.ly/2JKulzM) provides advice on the use of masks in communities, during home care, and in health care settings in areas that have reported cases of COVID-19. It is intended for individuals in the community, public health and infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals, health care managers, health care…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies Week 14

Cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly and spreading geographically across the WHO African Region, with 45 (96%) of the 47 countries in the Region now reporting cases

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 111 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the WHO African Region Ebola virus disease…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: South Sudan confirms first case of COVID-19

The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa

The Ministry of Health of South Sudan has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa. The patient developed fever, cough, headache and shortness of breath and was identified by the authorities on 2 April…

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Seven tips for protecting against the coronavirus

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WHO recommends 7 tips in protecting yourself against the risk of coronavirus infection: 1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based gel. 2. Need to cough or sneeze? Do it into a tissue or bent elbow, and then wash your hands. 3. Stay at least…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO concerned as COVID-19 cases accelerate in Africa

To contain COVID-19, many countries in Africa are implementing measures, which restrict gatherings and the movement of people

With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in Africa, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent. Infections are increasingly spreading not only between African countries but within different localities in the hardest-hit countries. For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where COVID-19 cases were at…

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Coronavirus - Rwanda: Rwanda Update COVID-19

All new cases have been isolated and the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management

As of 2nd April 2020, two (2) new COVID-19 cases were identified, bringing the total to eighty-four (84). • Two (2) frequent travelers who had visited multiple countries All new cases have been isolated and the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management. All patients are under treatment…

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Coronavirus - Mozambique: 10 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Mozambique

Dr. Rosa Marlene affirmed that “of the ten (10) cases confirmed, nine (9) are imported and one (1) is a local transmission

In Mozambique, the cases confirmed positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has increased to a total of ten (10), announced the Ministry of Health of Mozambique, with two (2) more cases confirmed in the last 24 hours. Announcing the situation overview in-country in a press conference in Maputo, the National Director…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Sierra Leone confirms first case of COVID-19

He was tested at the end of his quarantine period when he developed flu-like symptoms that subsequently led to the confirmation as COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of the Republic of Sierra Leone has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Samples tested at the Military 34 Hospital, and two other accredited laboratories to detect the virus, in the capital Freetown turned out positive on the evening of 30 March 2020.…

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Coronavirus - Fact Check: COVID-19 is NOT airborne

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1…