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Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, says it has developed a fast test kit for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has brought world economies to almost a standstill.

The West African country said the Covid-19 test kit can give results in less than 40 minutes, adding that it can also be used by low-skilled people.

The Minister of State for Health, Olurunimbe Mamora, said it is much faster and 10 times cheaper than the PCR testing method currently in use in the country.

The kit is yet to be approved by regulatory bodies but has raised hopes of boosting the country’s low testing rate.

Nigeria has been importing key elements needed for coronavirus testing.

The authorities said the test kit, known as SARS-COV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay, was developed by Nigeria’s Institute of Medical Research.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told a media briefing that the kit was Nigeria’s contribution to the global fight against the pandemic through scientific research.

The health authorities said the test kits will be distributed soon to communities – after a validation process – to boost testing across the country.

Nigeria has so far tested just over 500,000 people out of its population of around 200 million.

It has recorded more than 58,000 coronavirus cases with more than 1,000 deaths. The number of daily confirmed infections is declining.

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COVID-19: Rwanda makes EU “safe list”

The move follows a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.

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According to a statement from the European Union Council on October 22, Rwanda has been listed by the European Union, among the countries on which Covid-19 travel restrictions into the EU territory should be gradually lifted.

The move follows a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.

Some of the criteria which the European Union considers for lifting travel restrictions on third countries (countries that are not members of the EU as well as countries whose citizens do not enjoy the European Union right to free movement) include their epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations.

Some of the other countries from which the restrictions have been lifted are Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Uruguay, Thailand, and New Zealand.

This now means that Rwanda is the only country in African to feature on the list.

The EU Council’s statement, however, indicates that this list will continue to be reviewed regularly and, as the case may be, updated.

In addition, the statement also says that European Union Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument.

To this end, the authorities of the member states are responsible for  implementing the content of the recommendation, where they may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards the listed countries.

In the past few weeks, Rwanda has been reporting progress in the fight against Covid-19. As of today, Rwanda has recorded a total of 5,062 cases of which 4,806 have recovered and 34 have died.

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Nigeria Announces New 48 COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 48 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The NCDC, in its verified wedsite on Saturday, noted that COVID-19 related mortalities stands at 1,129 as no new death was recorded in the last 24 hours.

The public health agency said that 95 treated persons were also discharged from various isolation centres across the country.

The NCDC disclosed that the new infections were recorded in 5 states and the Federal Capital Territory with Lagos having 18, FCT 13, Kaduna 6, Rivers and Ogun 5 each and Ondo 1.

It added that 61,930 cases were confirmed with 57,285 cases discharged and 1,129 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as on Saturday.

Meanwhile, NCDC warned Nigerians against complacency in containing the spread of the disease as the pandemic has yet to be defeated even with the low recorded cases recently.

“People are no longer seen wearing mask. People now attend gathering with a few too many guests. People are getting tired of wearing masks and are not keeping physical distance or washing hands.

“We can’t get to zero risk of COVID-19, but we can minimize our risk and ensure we’re not jeopardizing our health or the health of others,” it advised.

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Kenya Confirms 947 New COVID-19 Cases

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Kenya’s health ministry on Saturday announced it recorded 947 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to 48,790.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement, added that the cases were from a sample of 6,862 collected in the last 24 hours.

The statement said that the country’s cumulative tests stand at 653,229.

The CS said 455 people have recovered from the disease, 343 from the Home-Based Care program while 112 have been discharged from various hospitals across the country.

From the cases, 924 are Kenyans while 23 are foreigners. 595 are males while 352 are females.

The youngest from the new cases is a one-year-old child while the oldest is 96.

Kagwe said that 12 people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the number of deaths to 896.

Also, the CS said that 22 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit(ICU), 62 on the supplementary oxygen while 16 are in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The number of recoveries increased by 455, where 343 were discharged from the theHome-Based Care Program, while 112 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 33,876.

Uasin Ggishu leads with 181 cases, Nairobi 154, Nakuru 146, Kakamega 46, Mombasa 37, Kisumu 37,Kiambu 30, Kericho 30, Busia 28, Turkana 27, and Laikipia 24.

TransNzoia 21, Migori 20, Kisii 18, Meru 17, West Pokot 15, Marsabit 14,Bungoma 13, Murang’a 11, Vihiga 10, Siaya 9, Bomet 9, Nandi 8,Elgeyo Marakwet 7, Baringo 6, Kajiado 5, Kitui 5, Isiolo 5, Wajir 3,Machakos 2, Kilifi 2, Narok 2, Tharaka Nithi 2, Samburu 2, and Nyeri 1.

The 181 cases in Uasin Gishu are from Ainabkoi (137), Turbo (40), Kesses (2), Kapseret and Moiben(1) case each.

In Nairobi, the 154 cases are from Lang’ata (17)Westlands (13), Embakasi East, Kibra, Makadara and Roysambu (11)cases each, Dagoretti North (10), Embakasi West, Kamukunji, Kasaraniand Starehe (9) cases each, Embakasi Central (8), Dagoretti South andEmbakasi North (6) cases each, Embakasi South and Ruaraka (5) caseseach, Mathare (4).

In Nakuru, the 146 cases are from Nakuru West (54), Nakuru East(51), Gilgil (24), Naivasha (13) and Kuresoi South (4).

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