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South Africa Drops To 8th On Countries With Most Covid-19 Infections1 minute read

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South Africa continue the drop in countries’ withe the most Covid-19 infections, moving from 7th to 8th.

The country, which is the epicentre of the virus on the continent, has 643,431 confirmed Covid-19 cases, the highest in Africa, and 15,168 deaths to date.

However, in recent times, infections in the country have been decreasing. And on Worldometers, a data source that tracks real-time statistics on several topics including Covid-19, South Africa dropped from 4th to 8th within two weeks.

South Africa’s health ministry reported 1,990 new infections on Wednesday, a significant drop from the more than 11,000 positive cases that were reported daily in the past few months.

The recovery rate now stands at 88.7%, meaning that 569,935 people have so far recovered. It is well above the global average of 64.5%.

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize, said if people continue to adhere to precautionary measures to avoid a resurgence in Covid-19 infections, the country will soon reduce the restrictions.

“The sooner we can get to level 1 the better, the sooner we have a normal economy the better, it is better for the country. We are hoping South Africans will understand that to get there, we have to make sure we are just as cautious in level 2 so that there is no resurgence,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize told Radio Islam on Tuesday that SA had passed the surge and that the worst was over.

He, however, cautioned that it is too early to celebrate, saying that it could lead to a flare-up in cases.

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Kenya Relaxes Burial Restrictions Of COVID-19 Victims

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Kenya’s health ministry have relaxed the restrictions on burials of people who died from coronavirus (COVID-19), allowing families to play active roles in the final rites.

For the last six months, public health wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) has buried those who have succumbed to the coronavirus. But health officials now say that bodies of Covid-19 victims do not transmit the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Africa CDC have not stated whether a corpse can transmit Covid-19, but have updated burial protocols to allow families to give their loved a decent send-off.

Under Kenya’s revised measures, health officials will only be present in burials to guide the process and ensure safety.

“They will also allow any safe burial rites as may be dictated by the religion and or culture of the deceased person,” Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi told journalists on Tuesday.

The government admitted last month that previous burial restrictions were extreme.

The move brings the country’s burial practices in line with World Health Organization guidelines.

The WHO has said that the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 when handling the remains of someone who had the virus is low, but has encouraged the use of PPE when handling bodies if there is a risk of splashes from the body fluids or secretions.

WHO guidelines issued earlier this month state: “Those tasked with placing the body in the grave, on the funeral pyre, et cetera, should wear gloves and wash their hands with soap and water after removal of the gloves once the burial is complete.” They do not call for family members and friends to be excluded from the burial process but encourage the observance of local protocols on the number of people that can attend the ceremony.

“The families will take the centre stage in the ceremonies, with health officials only guiding the process. They will also allow safe burial rites dictated by religion or culture of the deceased person,” Nation reported health secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said.

As of Tuesday, Kenya had 659 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures released by the ministry of health. The country has had 37, 218 confirmed cases of the virus, and 24, 147 people have recovered from COVID-19

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Most People Who Died Of COVID-19 Were Elderly, Says Nigeria’s NCDC

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Nigeria’s health agency has revealed that most patients who died from coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported to have difficulty in breathing.

The agency – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) – added that the deceased were mainly between the 61-70 age range.

NCDC revealed this when it announced 176 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country on Wednesday.

According to the agency, the new infection takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 57,437.

The NCDC said that the new cases were reported from 14 states of the federation.

It stated that Lagos reported the highest infection in the country with 73, Plateau (50), FCT (17), Rivers (8), Ondo (6), Niger (5), Ogun (5), Edo (3), Kaduna (3), Oyo (2), Bauchi (1), Bayelsa (1), Delta (1), and Nasarawa (1).

According to it, till date, 57613 cases have been confirmed, 48836 cases have been discharged and 1100 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT.

The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, have continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

It added that the drivers of COVID-19 were different across the country, therefore subnational understanding of transmission was critical.

“We can’t celebrate decline in national figures until we test sufficient numbers in every state,” it stated.

The NCDC said that the most common signs and symptoms reported by COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were cough and fever.

The agency said that in addition, most patients who died were reported to have difficulty in breathing.

“Most people who died were 61-70 years of age.

The agency said that a properly worn face mask acts as a protective barrier to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Wear a mask properly covering your nose and mouth, no gaps secured with straps.

“Remember, a face mask is a personal item and must not be shared,” it said.

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Libya Records Over 800 New COVID-19 Cases

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Libya’s health agency says the North African country recorded 19 new deaths from coronvirus (COVID-19) complications.

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya, on Monday, in an update, reported 847 new COVID-19 cases were recorded after testing 3,598 suspected samples.

The agency said the figure raises the total confirmed number in the country to 28,796.

Meanwhile, 316 more patients have recovered from the disease and 19 died, raising the total number of recoveries and deaths to 15,384 and 450 respectively.

After the first case was announced in March, Libyan authorities closed the country’s borders, shut down schools and mosques, banned public gatherings, and imposed a curfew in order to prevent infections alongside several other African nations.

China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the country fight the pandemic, including 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 face masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 pairs of goggles, and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.

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