Coronavirus Africa: news summary for 31 August
Coronavirus live Africa: latest Covid-19 news - 31 August
Africa Covid-19 update: 21:00 WAT on Monday 31 August (22:00 CEST)
Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.
Algeria approves more measures to ease coronavirus lockdown
Algerian authorities said on Monday they will carry out further measures to ease a coronavirus lockdown from 1 September, including lifting a ban on some cultural activities such as reopening museums and libraries.
His footballing rival Lionel Messi - who the 31-year-old beat to be crowned the World Player of the Year in January - was second on the list, taking home pound 56 million in 2015/16.
Algeria has already eased restrictions linked to the novel coronavirus, including reopening some businesses, mosques, leisure venues and beaches. It has so far reported 44,494 infections and 1,510 deaths.
South Africa reports 1,985 new cases
South Africa has reported 1,985 new cases of coronavirus to take its total caseload to 627,041. The death toll has increased by 121 to reach 14,149.
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The two pleasure devices both made of bronze date back more than 2000 years to China's Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).
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Emergency authorisation of Covid-19 vaccines needs great care - WHO
The emergency authorisation of Covid-19 vaccines requires a "great deal of seriousness and reflection", the World Health Organization said on Monday after the United States announced it was considering fast-tracking candidate drugs.
Although every country had the right to approve drugs without completing full trials, "it is not something that you do very lightly", WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a news conference.
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration said he would be willing to bypass the normal approval process to authorise a Covid-19 vaccine as long as officials were convinced the benefits outweigh the risks. Russia has already granted regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine this month after less than two months of human testing, prompting some Western experts to question its safety and efficacy.
In response to the incident, Jiedaibao made an announcement on its Sina Weibo on Dec. 1, stressing that the use of nude pictures as collateral for loans constitutes a private deal between users, which the company cannot regulate.
For the full year, profits rose 3.3 per cent, the slowest growth since at least 2008, when Chinese manufacturers were slammed by the global financial crisis.
The WHO has used experimental drugs to combat Ebola in Africa, a measure which proved successful, Mike Ryan, the head of the organisation's emergencies programme, said. But he stressed that a fast-track approach without full trials required intensive monitoring and safety follow-up work, and should be halted immediately if problems occur. 'If you move too quickly to vaccinate ... millions of people, you may miss certain adverse effects,' Ryan said. (Reuters)
Kampala Metropolitan Police arrested more than 500 people at the weekend in renewed operations against breaches of Ministry of Health directives on the prevention of coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins University data, Uganda has fewer than 3,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 30 deaths related to the disease.
South Africa's ruling party says officials charged with corruption must step aside
(Reuters) South Africa's governing party decided at a meeting of its executive over the weekend that party officials formally charged with corruption and other serious crimes must step aside from their positions, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
The African National Congress (ANC) has been rocked in recent weeks by reports of corruption during the coronavirus crisis, with state investigators probing irregularities in government tenders worth 5 billion rand ($297 million).
Scientists see downsides to top Covid-19 vaccines from Russia, China
(Reuters) High-profile Covid-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.
CanSino Biologics' vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5.
A vaccine developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, approved in Russia earlier this month despite limited testing, is based on Ad5 and a second less common adenovirus.
"The Ad5 concerns me just because a lot of people have immunity," said Anna Durbin, a vaccine researcher at Johns Hopkins University. "I'm not sure what their strategy is ... maybe it won't have 70% efficacy. It might have 40% efficacy, and that's better than nothing, until something else comes along."
A worker waits for customers outside a newly reopened bar in Long Street, normally bustling with foreign tourists, as coronavirus lockdown regulations ease in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture taken August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
With borders closed, S.Africa pins hopes on cash-strapped local tourists
Lisa Krohn's Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town - normally abuzz with backpackers from around the world - today sits largely empty, a sign of how the pandemic has crushed South Africa's tourist industry.
Following a five-month lockdown, South Africa is easing domestic travel restrictions, allowing hotels to reopen. With international borders still closed, the government is pinning its hopes on domestic tourism, echoing a strategy being tried from Vietnam to New Zealand with mixed results.
South Africa remains among the countries hardest hit by the pandemic however. And with recession-battered consumers watching their pocketbooks, many in the sector foresee an uphill battle.
"When your tourism industry is all geared towards international tourism, domestic tourism will not compensate," said Olivier Ponti, vice-president at ForwardKeys, which studies global travel trends. "It's just impossible."
The 8,000 volunteers who will welcome international visitors to London 2012 have been issued with a 66-page instruction manual, covering everything from foreign etiquette to uniform care and advice on dealing with journalists. But what of the visitors themselves? Could they not do with a manual outlining the customs, manners and practicalities of the islands they are visiting? We hereby present a simple guide to UK etiquette for the 2012 Olympics.
In the world’s coronavirus blind spot, fears of a silent epidemic
“An employee left a sticky note saying that he was quitting.”
Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same major points.
A number of nude photographs have been leaked online after several female students offered the photos in exchange for high-interest loans via an online lending platform.
Hunting for SA's uncounted Covid-19 toll
The letter surfaced in a Pennsylvanian university mailroom earlier this month.
Morocco: Clashes over coronavirus Ashura ban
The Big Tech backlash will spread to technology industry employees in 2018, as many question whether the work they do really is saving the world.
“These students have absolutely no free speech rights that were violated in this context."
Uganda to review reopening of schools
“All the regulatory bodies are looking to do this and more transparency is always welcome. But whether they get there is different,” she says. “Regulators talk about more transparency and lower fees but very little in terms of law.”
On the long voyage to World Cup triumph, Belgium and Uruguay are two icebergs that the favorites would rather avoid. Both nations, despite being underdogs in this year's tournament, have the ability and the nous to upset their bigger and brasher rivals. Yet it's remarkable, given their small size and history as geopolitical doormats, that they remain competitive at all.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti leads Africa's fight against Covid-19
You are supposed to enjoy life, not be stressed out all the time. If you spend most of your days stressed about everything that going on at work, you are not at the right job.
But even in a bad economy some jobs are just not worth it. Are there any telltale signs you should be looking for when trying to decide if you throw in the towel? Here are ten signs to look for to determine if it's time to find a new job:
According to the financial data provider Wind Information Co Ltd, listed companies in China's A-share market earned 2.47 trillion yuan in profits last year. Of those listed companies, 2000 plan to pay out 700 billion yuan to their shareholders.
SA set to replace Japan in eight-team tournament
A party of 108 pandas – performers dressed in costumes – descended on London streets today to promote the plight of the cuddly black and white endangered species.
Yes. There are plenty of positives: earnings, economic growth, and US tax cuts. But they are already known. Stocks look ridiculously expensive by historical standards, but that tells us nothing about short-term moves. Ultimately, it comes down to liquidity, which has driven markets since they emerged from the crisis in 2009. If all goes according to plan, central banks will be decreasing their balance sheets, and removing liquidity, by the end of 2018. If they go through with this, the odds are that the S&P will stall. But even a tiny tremor could make the bankers blink. Expect the momentum to continue.
- Kenya Airways has posted a pre-tax loss of $133m (£100m) for the first six months of the year, as its performance stalled during the coronavirus pandemic
- Ghana will reopen air borders to international travel as of Sept. 1 after closing them in March to limit the spread of the coronavirus
- Africa has become polio free as the world battles a pandemic, and lessons learned can help its fight against Covid-19
- South African president Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the governing African National Congress party’s integrity commission over controversial campaign donations
- Schools will reopen in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as Covid-19 cases decline
- Supporters packed the Benjamin Mkapa stadium in Dar es Salaam today as Young Africans SC presented their new season kits ahead of a friendly game
Africa Covid-19 update: 06:00 WAT on Monday 31 August (07:00 CEST)
Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.
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