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COVID-19: 18 Chinese Health Experts Arrive The Gambia



Eighteen leading health experts from China arrived in The Gambia on Monday, nine of them prominent epidemic control experts who have rich first-hand experience in fighting COVID-19.

“They will work in The Gambia for three months. At the request of the Gambian government, these experts have been selected by China’s National Health Commission in late September, and dispatched immediately after The Gambia officially resumed inbound flights.

The other nine experts are members of the fourth China Medical Team, a cohort of doctors specializing in various fields who come to provide general medical services to the Gambian public in the coming one year. All the experts will also provide assistance in strengthening Gambia’s public health security system,” a statement by the Chinese embassy in The Gambia said on Monday.

In his welcoming remarks, the Chinese ambassador to The Gambia, Ma Jianchun, said the fruitful China-Gambia cooperation in fighting COVID-19 started since early this year.

He pointed out that, while the COVID-19 situation in The Gambia has improved, the pandemic is still raging across the world, therefore it is necessary to maintain vigilance.

He hoped that the Chinese experts’ work could help consolidate Gambia’s COVID-control achievements made so far, and assist in further improving the country’s capabilities of safeguarding public health security.

Ambassador Ma said that China would continue to stand with The Gambia in the face of COVID-19, and join hands to build a community of public health security for all mankind.

Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, the Gambian Minister of Health and Social Welfare, welcomed the experts to The Gambia which he called their “new home”.

He recalled the frequent interactions between his Ministry and the Chinese Embassy on joining hands to combat the pandemic, and hailed the experts’ arrival as yet another action that demonstrates international solidarity in fighting COVID-19.

He expressed the hope that the experts will assist The Gambia in building better resilience against future public health security threats, in addition to complementing its efforts in keeping COVID-19 at bay.


Nigeria Records 110 New COVID-19 Infections in 11 States



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 110 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC made this known via the agency’s website on Saturday.

The public health agency said that the new cases brought the total number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria to 67,330.

Nigeria has so far tested 756,237 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced on Feb. 27 this year.

The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in 10 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the centre, the 110 new cases are reported from 11 states with Lagos having 26; the FCT, 23; Kaduna, 20 and Katsina, 11.

Ogun recorded nine cases; Ekiti, six; Plateau, five; Rivers, four; Kano and Nasarawa, three each and Niger had two.

The NCDC said that till date, 67,330 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed out of which 62,819 patients had been discharged from the various isolation centres across the country.

The centre said the nation had so far recorded 1,171 COVID-19-related deaths.

The public health agency said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated at Level 3 to coordinate response activities. (NAN)

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Deaths Hit 1171, New Cases 246



Death toll from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria increased to 1,171 after the West African nation announced two new fatalities on Friday.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 246 new cases were also recorded in the country.

The NCDC made this known on its verified website on Friday.

The agency said that the infections brought the total number of cases in the country to 67,220.

Nigeria has tested 756,237 persons since the first confirmed case was announced on Feb. 27.

The country had since April suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,220 and total recovery and discharge stood at 62,686.

The agency, however, said that there were two confirmed deaths within the last 24 hours, with 101 patients discharged from isolation centers across the country.

The NCDC said that the new infection were spread across nine states and the Federal Capital Territory.

It noted that Lagos led in the number of cases with 81, 73 in FCT, 39 in Plateau and 25 in Kaduna.

Among other states were Ogun with 13 infections, Bauchi, 5, Rivers, 4 and Ekiti, Taraba and Kano 2 each.

The public health agency said that till date, 67,220 cases had been confirmed, 62,686, discharged and 1,171 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) was activated at Level 3, and had continued to coordinate the national response activities.

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Kenya Records 810 New Coronavirus Infections



Kenya has recorded 810 new coronavirus cases, the East African country’s health ministry announced on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health said the cases increased infections in the country to 79,322 since March.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said eight patients had succumbed to the virus, raising fatalities in the country to 1,417 since April.

He said there were 1,198 patients admitted in various health facilities across the countrry.

“7,169 are on home-based isolation and care,” he said in a statement. “Forty-nine patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, thirty-one of whom are on ventilatory support, and fourteen on supplementary oxygen,” Kagwe said.

Kenya has experienced a surge in the number of infections since September, in what threatens plans to reopen schools in January next year.

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