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Covid-19: Uganda records 36 new cases toll now 317

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Covid-19: Uganda records 84 new cases toll now 413

Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s Health Ministry said late Thursday.

Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

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Twenty-six foreign truck drivers, who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points, were handed over to their country of origin, it said.

Out of the 317 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the health ministry.

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JUST IN: FCT Perm Sec recovers from COVID-19, resumes

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Sir Christian Ohaa has resumed work after testing negative for COVID-19.

Ohaa, though asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19 about two weeks ago and has been in one of the isolation centres in Abuja.

Upon testing positive, his office was immediately shut down and staff, as well as all directors in the administration, directed to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test.

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Lagos discharges 56 COVID-19 patients

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Covid-19: Lagos may run out of isolation bed spaces in three weeks, Health commissioner says

The Lagos State government, on Sunday, announced the recovery and discharge of an additional 56 more COVID-19 patients, comprising 47 Nigerians and nine foreigners, after testing negative twice for the disease.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement issued in Lagos that a total of 1,897 patients had been discharged from the isolation centres.

“The good people of Lagos, today, 56 #COVID19Lagos patients; 12 females and 44 males, including 9 foreign nationals, were discharged from our isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

“The patients; 25 from Gbagada; 5 from Agidingbi; 8 from Eti-Osa (LandMark); 3 from Onikan and 15 from LUTH isolation centres, were discharged after full recovery and testing negative for COVID-19.

“This brings to 1,897 the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities.

”Remember, COVID-19 is real! Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government #ForACOVID19FreeLagos,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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Amid Covid-19 cure claims, two Madagascar lawmakers die after virus infection

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Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, on Sunday confirmed that two lawmakers — one member of the senate and one deputy — had died after becoming infected with coronavirus.

Eleven other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, Rajoelina said.

The Indian Ocean island on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in infections, two months after the restrictions were eased.

It has recorded 2,573 infections including 35 deaths with the government estimating that the peak will not be reached until the end of August.

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In April, Rajoelina launched a local herbal concoction he claimed prevents and cures the novel coronavirus.

He has since been promoting the brew for export, saying it is the country’s “green gold” which will “change history”.

The potential benefits of Covid-Organics, a tonic derived from artemisia — a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment — and other indigenous herbs, have not been validated by any scientific study.

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Madagascar had in the first week of July placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced Sunday.

“The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people.

“Only one person per household is allowed to go out into the street between 6:00 am (0400 GMT) and 12:00 pm (1000 GMT),” said the statement. The measures have been taken “because of the spread of the epidemic and the increase of COVID-19 cases,” it added.

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