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COVID-19 Creates ‘Fertile Ground’ For Genital Cutting in Africa

COVID-19 Creates ‘Fertile Ground’ For Genital Cutting in Africa

When Margaret heard the family making plans for her genital cutting ceremony last August, the 15-year-old Kenyan schoolgirl knew there was no room for negotiation. Her school in rural, western Kenya had been closed for five months due to the pandemic, and with no certainty when classes would resume, Margaret’s parents decided she should wed. […]

The ‘Second Wave’ of COVID-19 is Overwhelming Malawi

The ‘Second Wave’ of COVID-19 is Overwhelming Malawi

After being relatively spared by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Malawi is being swept by a new, fast-spreading wave of the disease that is quickly overwhelming the health care system. In the first few weeks of January, the number of positive cases has doubled every four to five days, and while the local capacity is […]

Buhari Signs Regulations Making Use of Face Mask Mandatory

Buhari Signs Regulations Making Use of Face Mask Mandatory

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the COVID-19 Disease Health Protection 2021, a regulation which makes the use of face mask mandatory. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said in Abuja that the president signed the document yesterday. He said the president signed the document, which became effective yesterday, in […]

Despite Testing Fewer People, Nigeria Records More New Cases, Deaths

Despite Testing Fewer People, Nigeria Records More New Cases, Deaths

Last week, 10,534 COVID-19 patients were discharged but the country still has 23,933 patients receiving treatments. Although Nigeria conducted fewer COVID-19 tests last week than the previous week, the country still recorded more new cases and deaths, official data shows. According to a PREMIUM TIMES’ review of data provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), […]

Covid-19 – Freetown Goes Into 2 Weeks Lockdown

Covid-19 – Freetown Goes Into 2 Weeks Lockdown

Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown goes into a two-week lockdown starting Monday, as the government revises measures to contain the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sierra Leone remains one of the countries least hit by the pandemic, in terms of both cases and fatalities. But the government said a steady rise in new cases since […]

Over 2.8 Million Covid-19 Recoveries Across Continent

Over 2.8 Million Covid-19 Recoveries Across Continent

As of January 22, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,364,291. Reported deaths in Africa reached 82,789 and 2,809,930 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,380,807 – and 39,501 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (463,706), Tunisia (190,884), Egypt (158,963), Ethiopia (159,715), and Nigeria (116,655). For the latest totals, see […]

Covid-19 – All Schools in Kigali Closed for Two Weeks

Covid-19 – All Schools in Kigali Closed for Two Weeks

Effective Monday, January 18, all nursery, primary and secondary schools will be closed in the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Education has announced. The decision, which follows the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the capital, has been taken to further contain the spread of Covid-19. Kigali has over the past days been the hot […]

Covid-19 Death Toll Nears 79,000

Covid-19 Death Toll Nears 79,000

As of January 18, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  3,261,125 . Reported deaths in Africa reached 78,874  and 2,676,282  people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,337,926 – and 37,105 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (459,671), Tunisia ( 180,090 ), Egypt (156,397), Ethiopia (131,195), and […]

COVID-19 and Your Nutrition

COVID-19 and Your Nutrition

The importance of a healthy body system and well-being cannot be overemphasized. And this is largely influenced by the substances we consume, particularly food. Eating healthy meals tend to boost the body’s immune system. And as a result, it produces antibodies that fight diseases. It has not been established that COVID-19 can be spread through […]

UN Women – Covid-19 Spikes Online Trafficking Of Women and Girls

UN Women – Covid-19 Spikes Online Trafficking Of Women and Girls

UN Women has raised the red flag on the acute rise of online trafficking targeting girls and women during this Covid-19 pandemic period. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, in a statement, said it is unfortunate that the drivers of trafficking in women and girls have intensified as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. […]