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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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COV!D-19: Restrictions On Social Gatherings Partially Lifted With An Abridged Format

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Update No.10: President Akufo-Addo addresses the nation

Update No.10: President Akufo-Addo addresses the nation

Publiée par Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sur Dimanche 31 mai 2020

GREATER ACCRA – Sunday, May 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency William Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has, during the 10th update to Ghana’s enhanced response to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Sunday, 31st May, 2020, revealed that with effect from Friday, 5th June, Ghanaians will begin stage one of the process of easing restrictions, with the commencement of an abridged format for religious services.

According to him, twenty-five percent (25%) attendance, with a maximum number of one hundred (100) congregants, can worship at a time in church or at the mosque, with a mandatory one metre rule of social distancing between congregants. In addition to the mandatory wearing of masks for all persons at all times in churches and mosques, a register of names and contact details of all worshippers and hand washing facilities and sanitisers must be provided, with a maximum duration of one (1) hour for each service.

The President revealed that, Religious institutions that are desirous of opening their premises to their members, such as churches, mosques and others, must disinfect, fumigate and put in place the requisite logistics needed to guarantee safe opening and operation. They must work with the designated, regulatory bodies and undertake test runs of the protocols I have outlined.

Nana Akufo-Addo appealed that, in the case of Christians, on the first Sunday of re-opening, i.e. 7th June, in the case of the Adventists, Saturday, 6th June, and in the case of Muslims, on the first Friday, i.e. Ṣalāt al-Jumuʿah on 5th June, to dedicate their worship to prayers for the nation in these challenging times, adding that, the Minister for Religious Affairs, will, tomorrow, Monday, 1st June, outline, in detail, the specific guidelines for the safe reopening of our churches and mosques.

On the subject of schools ressuming for lessons, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that, from Monday, 15th June, 2020, the decision has been taken, after engagement with the Teacher Union to re-open schools and universities to allow for final year junior high, senior high and university students, including all final year students of educational and training institutions, which are being managed by Ministries other than the Education Ministry, to resume classes ahead of the conduct of their respective exit examinations.

He, final year university students are to report to their universities on 15th June; final year senior high school (SHS 3) students, together with SHS 2 Gold Track students, on 22nd June; and final year junior high school (JHS 3) students on 29th June. JHS 3 classes will comprise a maximum of thirty (30) students; SHS classes a maximum of twenty-five (25) students; and University lectures will take place with half the class sizes.

He reiterated that, prior to the opening of schools and universities, the Ministry of Education, and the heads of public and private educational institutions, will fumigate and disinfect their institutions. Explaining that, each student, teacher, and non-teaching staff will be provided with re-usable face masks by the Ministry of Education. He added that, for the avoidance of doubt, all other educational facilities, private and public, for non-final year students, will remain closed.

On private burials, with a maximum of one hundred (100) persons, can continue to be performed. Restaurants, providing seated services, can operate under appropriate social distancing arrangements and hygiene protocols. Individual, non-contact sports can go ahead. Conferences, workshops, weddings, and political activities, except rallies, can now take place, but with limited numbers not exceeding one hundred (100) persons present, with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.

Market places, work places, public transport, and constitutional and statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education and the National Identification Authority, whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols.

Whilst Ghanaians step up public education of the protocols on public gatherings, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that, regulatory agencies will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with these rules, and the security services will be tasked to enforce them, adding that, should any institution fail to adhere to these directives, its activity will be immediately prohibited, and relevant sanctions applied.

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Nigeria’s Ministry Of Health To Test Madagascar Drug.

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LAGOS, NIGERIA, May 29th, 2020/www.gbafrica.com/ The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said the Madagascar COV!D Organics has been received by his ministry.

He said the formulation has been sent to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research for scientific evaluation.

The PUNCH reports that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), received the consignment of the formulation from his Guinea Bissau counterpart, Umaro Sissoco Embaló on May 16.

It was later sent to the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COV!D-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, two days after – May 18.

The PTF chair had said he would hand over the five cartons to the minister of health who has the “responsibility of validation through his institutions chattered by law”.

But the formulation was only received by the minister of health this week, according to The PUNCH report.

Confirming this development during the PTF briefing on Thursday in Abuja, Ehanire said, “The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. The government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”

Also, the minister said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for the trial of local remedies for COV!D-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.

Source: PUNCH

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[IN NUMBERS] Coronav!rus Update In Africa

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While most cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in the U.S. , Europe, and China, the virus is spreading rapidly across the African continent. The confirmed worldwide cases for the virus have surpassed four million with the current figure being at 5,557,310.

The increase in new reported cases around the world has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the coronavirus a global pandemic. The death toll has risen globally to a whopping 348,312.

The U.S. leads with 97,377 deaths. The U.K is second with 36,393. Italy is third with 32,616. Spain is fourth with 28,628, and France is fifth with 28,289. China, where the virus originated from, maintains that its death toll is at 4,634.

The figure of the global recoveries stands at 2,333,215. The African continent has 114,749 cases of Covid-19, while the death toll stands at 3,389. The continent has made 46,365 recoveries.

Here are the numbers in Africa:

Country Confirmed Cases Confirmed DeathsConfirmed Recoveries
Algeria7,9185824,256
Angola60317
Benin135361
Botswana29119
Burkina Faso81452672
Burundi42120
Cameroon4,4001591,822
Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)362395
Central African Republic (CAR)47918
Chad61158196
Comoros78118
Congo46916137
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)2,301291,100
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)1,94563312
Djibouti2,270101,064
Egypt15,7867074,374
Equatorial Guinea96011165
Eritrea3939
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)2252119
Ethiopia4335128
Gabon1,56712365
Gambia25113
Ghana6,486311,951
Guinea3,067181,575
Guinea-Bissau1,109642
Kenya1,16150380
Lesotho2
Liberia24924136
Libya72338
Madagascar4482135
Malawi82328
Mali94760558
Mauritania20067
Mauritius33210322
Mayotte1,52119894
Morocco7,3321974,377
Mozambique16448
Namibia1914
Niger92460753
Nigeria7,0162111,907
Reunion4491411
Rwanda321222
Sao Tome and Principe25184
Senegal2,909331,311
Seychelles1111
Sierra Leone60638230
Somalia1,59461204
South Africa22,58342911,100
South Sudan56366
Sudan3,378137372
Tanzania50921183
Togo36312121
Tunisia1,04647883
Uganda16066
Western Sahara66
Zambia9207336
Zimbabwe51418

Note: The numbers will be updated as new information is available.

– Forbes Africa

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[IN NUMBERS] Coronav!rus Update In Africa

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While most cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in the U.S. , Europe, and China, the virus is spreading rapidly across the African continent. The confirmed worldwide cases for the virus have surpassed four million with the current figure being at 5,269,965.

The increase in new reported cases around the world has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the coronavirus a global pandemic. The death toll has risen globally to a whopping 338,191.

The U.S. leads with 97,377 deaths. The U.K is second with 36,393. Italy is third with 32,616. Spain is fourth with 28,628, and France is fifth with 28,289. China, where the virus originated from, maintains that its death toll is at 4,634.

The figure of the global recoveries stands at 2,136,686. The African continent has 105,341 cases of Covid-19, while the death toll stands at 3,191. The continent has made 42,663 recoveries.

Here are the numbers in Africa:

Country Confirmed Cases Confirmed DeathsConfirmed Recoveries
Algeria7,9185824,256
Angola60317
Benin135361
Botswana29119
Burkina Faso81452672
Burundi42120
Cameroon4,4001591,822
Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)362395
Central African Republic (CAR)47918
Chad61158196
Comoros78118
Congo46916137
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)2,301291,100
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)1,94563312
Djibouti2,270101,064
Egypt15,7867074,374
Equatorial Guinea96011165
Eritrea3939
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)2252119
Ethiopia4335128
Gabon1,56712365
Gambia25113
Ghana6,486311,951
Guinea3,067181,575
Guinea-Bissau1,109642
Kenya1,16150380
Lesotho2
Liberia24924136
Libya72338
Madagascar4482135
Malawi82328
Mali94760558
Mauritania20067
Mauritius33210322
Mayotte1,52119894
Morocco7,3321974,377
Mozambique16448
Namibia1914
Niger92460753
Nigeria7,0162111,907
Reunion4491411
Rwanda321222
Sao Tome and Principe25184
Senegal2,909331,311
Seychelles1111
Sierra Leone60638230
Somalia1,59461204
South Africa20,12539710,104
South Sudan56366
Sudan3,378137372
Tanzania50921183
Togo36312121
Tunisia1,04647883
Uganda16066
Western Sahara66
Zambia9207336
Zimbabwe51418

Note: The numbers will be updated as new information is available.

– Forbes Africa

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