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  • 2nd LD Writethru: UK coronavirus-related deaths top 90,000
    on January 19, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    LONDON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test has surpassed the grim milestone of 90,000 in Britain after another 1,610 were confirmed, according to official figures released Tuesday. Read full story

  • Cameroonian minister vows to respond to killing of security forces
    on January 19, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    YAOUNDE, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji said on Tuesday the government will take tough measures against separatist rebels who killed security forces in the country's volatile English-speaking region of Northwest. Read full story

  • Zimbabwean police to impound motor vehicles from curfew violators as country seeks to tame COVID-19
    on January 19, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    HARARE, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe Republic Police warned Tuesday that they will be impounding vehicles from motorists who will be caught violating a COVID-19 induced dusk-to-dawn curfew. Read full story

  • GM joins hands with Microsoft for self-driving vehicles
    on January 19, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- General Motors Co. (GM) and its autonomous partner Cruise LLC have forged a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. to help commercialize self-driving vehicles faster, the Detroit News reported on Tuesday. Read full story

  • Interview: China-Africa cooperation in COVID-19 fight bearing fruits: Kenyan expert
    on January 19, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    NAIROBI, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The cooperation between China and Africa during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic registered significant breakthroughs including minimizing its severity on the continent's public health systems and livelihoods, a Kenyan expert said on Tuesday. Read full story

 

 

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  • Cholera – Togo
    on January 4, 2021 at 12:00 am

    From 11 November to 28 December, 2020 a total of 67 suspected cholera cases presenting with diarrhea and vomiting, including two deaths a case fatality ratio (CFR: 3%) were reported from the municipalities “Golfe 1” and “Golfe 6” in Lomé, Togo. A total of four health areas (Katanga, Adakpamé, Gbétsogbé in Golfe 1, and Kangnikopé in Golfe 6) in the affected municipalities reported at least one case. On 17 November, cholera was confirmed by culture in the laboratory of the National Institute of Hygiene (INH) in Lomé, Togo and WHO was informed. On 19 November, the Minister of Health, Public Hygiene and Universal Access to Care of Togo issued a press release declaring a cholera outbreak and on 24 November WHO was officially notified. From 11 November to 28 December 2020, a total of 17 out of 41 stool samples tested positive for Vibrio cholerae O1 serotype Ogawa by culture in the National Institute of Hygiene (INH) in Lomé, Togo.

  • Influenza A(H1N2) variant virus – Brazil
    on January 4, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On 15 December 2020, the Brazil Ministry of Health reported the second confirmed human infection with influenza A(H1N2) variant virus [A(H1N2)v] in Brazil in 2020.

  • SARS-CoV-2 Variants
    on December 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has had a major impact on human health globally; infecting a large number of people; causing severe disease and associated long-term health sequelae; resulting in death and excess mortality, especially among older and vulnerable populations; interrupting routine healthcare services; disruptions to travel, trade, education and many other societal functions; and more broadly having a negative impact on peoples physical and mental health. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO has received several reports of unusual public health events possibly due to variants of SARS-CoV-2. WHO routinely assesses if variants of SARS-CoV-2 result in changes in transmissibility, clinical presentation and severity, or if they impact on countermeasures, including diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. Previous reports of the D614G mutation and the recent reports of virus variants from the Kingdom of Denmark, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of South Africa have raised interest and concern in the impact of viral changes. A variant of SARS-CoV-2 with a D614G substitution in the gene encoding the spike protein emerged in late January or early February 2020. Over a period of several months, the D614G mutation replaced the initial SARS-CoV-2 strain identified in China and by June 2020 became the dominant form of the virus circulating globally. Studies in human respiratory cells and in animal models demonstrated that compared to the initial virus strain, the strain with the D614G substitution has increased infectivity and transmission. The SARS-CoV-2 virus with the D614G substitution does not cause more severe illness or alter the effectiveness of existing laboratory diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, or public health preventive measures.

  • Yellow fever – Senegal
    on December 29, 2020 at 12:00 am

    From October to December 2020, a total of seven confirmed cases of yellow fever (YF) have been reported from four health districts in three regions in Senegal.

  • Yellow fever – Guinea
    on December 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Between 6 November and 15 December 2020, 52 suspected cases of yellow fever (YF), including 14

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