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D.R Congo Approves ‘MANACOVID’ as Anti-Covid Drug

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The Luozi pharmaceutical research centre (CRPL) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has approved the “MANACOVID” drug to treat the coronavirus infections in Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to a statement, the results were observed by three teams of doctors on a total of 300 cases that tested positive to COVID-19, all these cases proved negative with the disappearance of symptoms and a good tolerance, within five days of treatment.

“MANACOVID”, a product based on local medicinal plants, was approved on 24 November 2020 and issued a certificate of invention as evidence.

The drug was discovered in March 2020 by Congolese chemist-doctor, Etienne Flaubert Batangu Mpesa, following his work with a team of pharmacist researchers, the statement said.

MANACOVID is one of three projects selected and recommended by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technologic innovation since 14 April 2020 for clinical tests.

Before its approval, all the processes were respected, particularly the approval of the MANACOVID protocol by the National Health Ethics Committee (CNES).

The clinical tests were carried out from June to October 2020 through three independent teams of Congolese investigative doctors registered with the DRC Doctors Order under the coordination of a principal-investigator.

Pharmacist Etienne Flaubert Batangu Mpesa graduated at Lovanium University since 1971, now University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN). He became a teacher of Pharmaceutical sciences at Montreal, Quebec/Canada University in 1980.

Mpesa, now chairman of the board of directors of CRPL, is the inventor of the products Manadiar (against amebic diarrhoea) and Manalaria (anti-malaria).

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COVID-19: Nigeria Records 3 Deaths, 1,430 Infections in 24 Hours

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No fewer than three people died from complications related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The health agency, in a statement on its website, said it recorded 1,430 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 122,996.

The NCDC disclosed this on its website on Monday.

The country has so far tested 1,270,523 people since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded on Feb. 27, 2020 in the country.

The Nigeria’s public health institute sadly registered three additional coronavirus related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country.

The NCDC stated that the new infections were reported from 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The agency, in its breakdown of the newly recorded infections, shows that Lagos state reported the highest number of confirmed infections with 744 cases.

This brought the total number of infections in the state to 45,684 and 292 deaths recorded.

Plateau reported 100 infections, Oyo had 77 and the FCT, the second most affected by the disease in the country registered 75 new infections.

Amongst other states were; Nasarawa-74, Katsina-48, Edo-42, Kano-41, Enugu-37, Rivers-34, Ogun-33, Kwara-32, Niger-28, Ebonyi-27, Kaduna-26, Borno-12, Yobe-10, Ekiti-five and Gombe-one.

The health agency also announced the discharge of 1,131 patients from isolation centers across the country.

According to it, the discharges today include 435 community recoveries in Lagos State and 184 community recoveries in Kaduna State managed in line with guidelines.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

The country’s COVID-19 infections have witnessed a significant increase since Nov. 29 till date.

During the period, from November 29 to December 3, a total of 1,607 cases were recorded and since then, the country’s weekly infections have recorded a massive increase.

In the previous week, the country recorded 9,880 new infections Jan. 10 to Jan. 16, an increase when compared to the 9,833 cases recorded in the penultimate week January 3 -9 and the 5,681 cases recorded from Dec. 27 to January 2.

However, from Jan. 17 to Jan. 23, the country recorded 11,659 new infections out of the 87,092 samples tested.

Also, the 2,314 cases reported on Friday, January 22 is the highest daily figure of confirmed cases since the pandemic broke out in February 27, 2020.

Data from the NCDC show that a total of 87,092 samples were collected for testing as of November 20 as against the 136,077 tested the previous week.

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COVID-19: Schools Not Reopening Yet – Ugandan Government

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Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports has dismissed reports schools are being re-opened. It says no decision has been taken yet on resumption dates.

On Monday, Alex Kakooza, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Sports, tweeted that only candidate classes and finalists in institutions of higher learning were open.

He said the rest will wait until the government reaches a decision on when to re-open.

“Contrary to media reports, government has not yet agreed upon the re-opening of schools and higher institutions of learning for non-candidate classes,’’ Kakooza said.

In October 2020 , Uganda re-opened candidate classes, seven months after the government closed all schools, colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As at Saturday, the country had a cumulative total of 39,149 COVID-19 cases, 13,861 recoveries and 317 deaths.

Uganda reported its first COVID-19 case on March 21, 2020.

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Ethiopia Announces 469 New COVID-19 cases

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Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health has announced 469 new Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 133,767.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the country reached 2,066 by Sunday evening, after three new deaths were reported, the ministry said.

It said 686 more recoveries were logged during the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 119,416.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, is one of the countries the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Africa, after South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.

The Ethiopian government has been urging the public to implement COVID-19 precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.

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