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COVID-19/ Afropop Sensation, Camidoh, Placed Under Mandatory Isolation

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Monday March 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In the light of recent happenings as far as Coronavirus (COVID-19) is concerned, Ghanaian Afro-pop and RNB musician, Camidoh, has, with immediate effect, been placed under mandatory quarantine by the government of Ghana.

The “For My Lover” crooner was escorted by health personnel and some state officials to the isolation and quarantine base after the former returned from media tour in Europe. The exercise forms part of the drastic measures enlisted to combat the fast spreading global epidemic, and also forms part of the directives given by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.

As of 22 March 2020, 14:00 Hr. a total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

Twenty-four (24) of these have been confirmed at the laboratory as COVID-19. Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died. Among the confirmed cases, seventeen (17) are of Ghanaian nationality and seven (7) other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, France, UK.

With regards to contact tracing, a total of 575 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive. All the other twenty-three (23) confirmed cases are being managed in isolation; and are doing well on treatment

After his Performance in Luton and UK on the 7th and 8th March respectively, the sensational Afro-Pop artiste embarked on some media works in UK, London with the objective of establishing and strengthening ties with his fan base as well as getting his music heard in England and other part of the world.

This coordinated effort to meet with targeted media contacts across multiple geographical locations is to share his personal story or the intricacies of his business/brand. He has also began works with some artistes and producers in the country. Camidoh who is managed by GB Records will be releasing his maiden album in May.

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31 Patients Of Corona Virus Get Discharged

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday, March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Finally some good news in Ghana. According to Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, 31 patients who were confirmed positive of the Corona Virus have now tested negative after treatments and have been discharged.

Thirty-one out of the 152 persons who were receiving treatment after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus have recovered, the Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman-Manu has disclosed. He added that they will still be isolated and monitored for some weeks.

This brings the total number of people who have recovered from the disease in Ghana to 33. Five persons have, however, died after contracting the COVID-19.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana stands at 152 with five deaths as of March 30, 2020. We hope and pray for more positive news.

Source; myjoyonline.com

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Disregard ‘Fake’ UNICEF COVID-19 Messages From Celebrities – Social Media Users Advised

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ACCRA, GHANA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to social media users to disregard information being posted on the novel Coronav!rus by some celebrities including Kalybos, Zynnell Zuh and Jessica Larny with the UNICEF logo.

According to the United Nations Agency, the said information is false and not from UNICEF.

Confirming this to NewsGhana, a Communications Manager from UNICEF indicated that the information is not from the organization, neither is it factual or correct.

Meanwhile UNICEF, according to its Communications Manager never requested or contracted anyone to share such “erroneous posts”.

“UNICEF certainly did not request these people sharing it to post on their profiles. UNICEF did not request anyone to share these erroneous posts. They are not accurate,” it said.

The fake notice with a UNICEF logo dated March 4, 2020, has been circulating on social media in different countries and with these celebrities sharing it to their followers.

Per those “erroneous posts”, these celebrities claim avoiding ice cream and other cold foods can help prevent the onset of the disease.

But according to UNICEF, “the information is of course, wholly untrue. The other frivolous claims, which have been refuted by scientists worldwide, are that any mask prevents its entry because the coronav!rus is a large cell and that drinking hot water and sun exposure will kill the virus.”

Information on UNICEF website, however, explained that “Sharing inaccurate information and attempting to imbue it without authority is dangerous and wrong”.

It is believed that the combined number of followers who may have viewed the said post on Instagram or Facebook accounts is around 2.5 million people.

In Ghana, however social media personalities are therefore urged to remove any mention of the “fake UNICEF notice” and ensure that any information disseminated comes from an official website (www.unicef.org/ghana) and verified sources.

UNICEF, therefore, averred that in this period of panic and confusions, social media followers should also seek formal guidance on COV!D-19 prevention from more educated and accountable news sources.

The misinformation was noticed on the “Adventures of Kalybos” Facebook stories, Richard Asante’s Instagram stories (under user kalybos1) over the past weekend, Zynell Zuh’s Instagram post on March 22 and in a video post on Jessica Larny’s Instagram account on March 17, 2020.

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How To Disinfect And Clean Your Phone To Help Protect You Against Coronav!rus.

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Regular hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, practicing social distancing, avoid touching of the face (nose, mouth and eyes) are some of the foremost measures health experts have recommended against getting or spreading Coronav!rus.

While it is one thing to stop touching your face, it is another thing to stop touching your phone to keep germs out of your fingertips.

Phones are considered “high-touch” surfaces by the America Center for Disease Control Nd Prevention and it has the potential of becoming a carrier of the Coronav!rus.

Phones also spend better part of the day in our hands and we press them up against our face multiple times a day.

How Do You Clean Your Phone?

To begin with, wipe your phone with a product that has 70 percent ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, both Apple and Samsung have recommended.

Make sure to wipe the front and back of your phone gently without too much pressure.

Many people use phone case or cover, make sure to clean them as well using alcohol-based wipes.

What You Should Not Do?

Do not dip your phone into any alcohol-based solution/substance.

Avoid using bleach or aerosol sprays to try to clean your phone. It can affect the function of the phone.

Also avoid passing your phones to people. In situations you want them to look at a photo a something on your phone, forward it to them via Whatsapp or any appropriate channel.

Why should you take these measures serious?

A study in 2017 found high level of bacterial contamination on 27 phones owned by teenagers. The study hypothesized that phones “may play a role in the spread of infectious agents in the community.”

Source: Ghana Web

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Mask On: Future Provides Masks For Medical Workers And Patients Affected By COV!D-19.

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As the coronav!rus pandemic gets worse week by week, hospitals across the country are experiencing shortages of medical supplies. Healthcare workers have been pleading for the government to do something about the shortages, but they have largely gone unheard. Companies and small businesses have started to address the shortage of supplies by producing masks and other materials. Now, Future is one of those doing their part too.

On Friday, the Atlanta bred rapper’s nonprofit organization, Freewishes, launched the #MaskOn campaign. The non-profit has teamed up with Atlanta Sewing Style, a community of over 500 sewers and designers, to “create, cut, sew and deliver the much-needed masks” to healthcare workers and patients affected by the virus.

Future’s mom, Stephanie Jester, said in a statement posted on the Freewishes website, that “There is so much that needs to be done during this crisis and if everyone can step up in some way, we can all get through this together as we serve our community.”

The rapper’s sister, and Freewishes co-founder, Tia Wilburn-Anderson, added that “I think that our healthcare professionals are the heroes in this situation and they are risking their lives for everyone, so it is our responsibility to help protect them.” “It is important to my brother, Future and I that we are of service to our community, especially during this pandemic and throughout the year. This is why our family created the foundation”

Freewishes is currently accepting donations on their website

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