Six Tunisian players test COVID-19 positive at Cup of Nations

15 January 2022, 9:05 AM
Six Tunisian players have tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the increasing number of infections at the Africa Cup of Nations in a blow to their immediate prospects at the tournament in Cameroon.
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Three more players test positive in Senegal camp ahead of AFCON match 9 January 2022, 3:39 PM

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Uganda’s Museveni says schools, bars to reopen in Jan after COVID closures in place since March 2020 2 January 2022, 5:00 AM

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Friday announced plans to lift COVID-19 containment measures in January that had been in place since March 2020, including reopening schools, bars and nightclubs, citing rising vaccination rates.

Nigerian president’s aide tests positive for coronavirus 26 December 2021, 4:45 AM

The Nigerian president’s top media aide Garba Shehu said on Saturday that he has tested positive for coronavirus and was in isolation.

Kenya to start giving COVID-19 booster shots 25 December 2021, 6:08 PM

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Malawi to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for frontline workers 16 December 2021, 5:36 PM

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Rwanda and Kenya confirm cases of Omicron coronavirus variant 16 December 2021, 4:32 AM

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Rwanda has confirmed six cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the health ministry said, as it pushed for authorities in the small East African country to urge people to get vaccinated.

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Nigeria will destroy around one million expired COVID-19 vaccines, Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said on Monday, adding his agency was working with drug regulator NAFDAC to set a date for their destruction.

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At least 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines have expired in Senegal without being used in the past two months and another 200,000 are set to expire at the end of December because demand is too slow, the head of its immunisation programme said on Monday.

Nigeria plans reciprocal flights ban on four countries over Omicron 12 December 2021, 8:00 PM

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Ghana to vaccinate returning travellers against COVID-19 on arrival 11 December 2021, 1:02 PM

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Coming to a clinic near you: Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccine drive gets a boost 11 December 2021, 2:31 AM

Now that rich nations are sharing more COVID-19 shots with Africa, health officials across the continent are scrambling to overcome vaccine hesitancy and logistical problems to get the doses into arms fast enough before they expire.

Data from SA suggests increased risk of re-infection with Omicron COVID-19 variant: WHO 9 December 2021, 9:03 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says emerging data from South Africa, suggests an increased risk of re-infection with the Omicron variant but added that there is proof that Omicron causes milder disease than its predecessor the Delta variant.

African Union calls for end to Omicron travel curbs on some African nations 8 December 2021, 12:48 PM

The African Union on Tuesday called for an urgent end to travel restrictions imposed on some of its member states, saying the measures effectively penalize governments for timely data sharing in line with international health regulations.

Morocco’s vaccine pass stumbles with new variant looming 8 December 2021, 7:24 AM

Morocco's experiment with vaccine mandates that spurred angry protests last month appears to be coming unloose, with most cafes, restaurants and train stations no longer asking customers to show their passes.

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Nigeria criticises its addition to UK travel “red list” as unjust 7 December 2021, 9:06 AM

Nigeria has criticised Britain's decision to add the country to a travel "red list" due to coronavirus concerns as unjust and not driven by science.

Namibia detects Omicron coronavirus variant in 18 of 19 samples 6 December 2021, 4:47 PM

Namibia has detected the Omicron coronavirus variant in 18 of 19 samples sequenced between November 11-26, its health ministry said on Monday.

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Kenya is to impose restrictions on access to public spaces for those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 from December 21. This, along with the opening up of COVID-19 vaccination to young people over 15, is an attempt by the government to meet its national target of 10 million vaccinated before the new year. Catherine Kyobutungi weighs in on the pros and cons of Kenya’s vaccination strategy.

‘Extreme’ vaccine discrimination risks leaving Africa behind: report 6 December 2021, 1:12 PM

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Britain tightens testing for inbound travellers, adds Nigeria to red list 5 December 2021, 3:31 AM

Britain will require all inbound travellers to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test and arrivals from Nigeria will have to quarantine in hotels to slow the spread of the Omicron variant, health minister Sajid Javid said on Saturday.

Zambia detects first cases of Omicron coronavirus variant 4 December 2021, 4:18 PM

Zambia has detected its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in three people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Zimbabwe detects case of Omicron variant in country 3 December 2021, 6:40 AM

Zimbabwe has detected a case of the Omicron variant in the country, its Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said on Thursday on state television.