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The European Union (EU) on Thursday donated 900,000 COVID-19 test kits to the African Union (AU) in a major boost to the continent’s coronavirus (COVID-19) battle.

Josep Borrell, EU High Representative, who spoke at the COVID-19 test kits donation ceremony in Addis Ababa, said the test kits donation is an important expression of solidarity to Africa’s fight against the pandemic.

The 900,000 COVID-19 test kits are the third and last batch of the 1.4 million COVID-19 test kits donated by the EU’s largest economy, Germany.

The kits were delivered through an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge Flight as part of the EU’s global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today’s COVID-19 test kit donation is an important expression of the EU’s role in the fight against the pandemic,” said Borrell.

“The pandemic will affect the entire global community. It’s a common enemy; it’s an enemy we can all defeat together with a global approach and with cross-border coordination.

“Solidarity and cooperation are the keywords with this battle. They are at the heart of our response in this crisis. In this crisis, nobody will be safe until everyone is safe,” said Borrell.

The AU Deputy Chairperson, Thomas Quartey commended the EU for the donation of a large batch of COVID-19 test kits, essential to increase the still comparatively low continental testing capacity.

“Today we received a very large consignment of COVID-19 testing materials, Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), medical equipment, logistics from the EU, mainly from the German contribution,” Quartey said.

“We’re grateful for the logistical ability of our capital country Ethiopia and also of the ability of Ethiopian Airlines to distribute evenly COVID-19 test kits evenly to other countries,” further said Quartey.

Africa’s largest airline company, Ethiopian Airlines has since early this year transported several rounds of large COVID-19 medical supplies from various entities including the Chinese government and private Chinese institutions.

Also from various European nations to scores of countries in the African countries.

Ethiopian Airlines has also transported COVID-19 medical supplies to Middle Eastern and South American destinations, playing an essential role in the global anti-COVID-19 efforts.

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South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.

According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.

According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.

According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.

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South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths

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South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.

The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.

The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.

In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.

He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.

The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.

Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.

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