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covid-19

  • The cynicism around vaccine is not new, and has often been driven by a small hardcore group. This group has always understood the dynamics around vaccine acceptance and know that in every society ...

    “The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject and so, this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come when the memory of us will have been effaced.” - Seneca

  • Keeping physical/social distance and staying at home, even for months, is a small price to pay compared to the devastation of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

    Written By Stephen Tindi - Human dependence on digital media technologies has increased significantly as people try to observe social distancing protocols to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

  • After one year of struggle with the Corona Virus Pandemic, a vaccine has finally been found in the West. What of the earlier discoveries in Africa? Or they don’t meet WHO standards?

    Written By Hillary Adongo - Indeed the year 2020 will go down in record as the year the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) swept through, shook and brought on its knees the economies of the world after the Spanish Flu pandemic a century ago.

  • According to the Head of Surveillance at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Asiedu Bekoe, face shields should be used together with a face mask and not as an alternative.

    The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued an advisory regarding the use of face shields in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

  • The S&P 500 and Nasdaq similarly tumbled by 9.51% and 9.43%, with the S&P 500 joining the Dow in bear market territory.

    U.S. financial markets fell even further on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing more than 2,350 points, almost 10%, in the biggest single-day decline since one of more than 22% in 1987's Black Monday crash.

  • The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant told The Athletic he was one of them, saying: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”

    Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA.

  • The bloc said “We wish to dissociate ECOWAS and its health Institution, West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), from this claim and to inform the general public that we have not ordered the said CVO medication.”

    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it has not ordered a package of Covid Organics (CVO) medicine from a third country.

  • He said the current situation called for an urgent strengthening of the public health management procedures, and provision of the needed resources and logistics for managing the pandemic.

    Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on heads of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to convene an emergency teleconference to coordinate a sub-region wide response to the COVID-19 disease.

  • Egyptian security agencies have tried to stifle criticism about the handling of the coronavirus health crisis by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's government

    A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report a suspected coronavirus case.

  • In one breathe, the law is clear when it requires person stepping out of or returning to their homes to put on a face mask. In another breath, there is a blurred line. The key one is what constitutes a public space.

    The President, by his latest executive instrument (E.I 164), has now made it compulsory for all persons to wear face masks in public spaces. The law is clear in some respects. And blurred in some respects.

  • At the same time, election activities are ramping up and the Electoral Commission’s (EC) compilation of a new register, which aims to register some 18 million Ghanaians is in full swing.

    Written By By Kojo Pumpuni Asante (PhD) -  Ghana is at an important crossroads. There is a need for a new and sustainable response to contain the alarming spread of the COVID-19 virus amongst the population.

  • Rival Regeneron Pharmacuticals Inc has said it plans to start clinical studies in June to test its antibody cocktail treatment for the new coronavirus and is aiming to have hundreds of thousands of preventative doses available by the end of August.

    Eli Lilly and Co said on Monday it had started an early-stage trial to test its potential treatment for COVID-19, in the world’s first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.

  • I went to the site last Saturday to see things for myself. First lesson when I got there, virtual is not the same as the real thing. The original six-week target had already been changed to 12 weeks, but ....

    If ever there was an ambitious project in this country, it must be the 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre being built at the Ga East Municipal Hospital.

  • A lot has been said and written about the poor and disadvantaged in our society not being overawed by the threat of COVID-19, because they see hunger as a bigger and more immediate threat.

    At the beginning of the year, I was having a conversation with a friend about what Ghana and Africa should do to enable us to make this elusive breakthrough to economic success.

  • The state of the African Regent Hotel broke my heart, but I am writing not about this particular hotel really, I am using the experience to highlight what is happening to hotels in general.

    It is not often I am lost for words nor reduced to total incomprehensive silence. I have lived through quite a number of crises in my long life and have been suitably impressed with how devastating this current global crisis has been.

  • There is no avoiding it, COVID or no COVID. The drafters of our national Constitution did not make any room for manoeuvre. Come hell, come high water, come pestilence, come war, the term of an elected President comes to an end on January 6. Therefore, we must have our elections.

    The one message I have taken to heart among the COVID-19 protocols is that unless it is very important, I stay home.

  • Singing and,especially choral and group singing has been identified as one of the activities most likely to spread the virus. This happiest of human activities is being snuffed out.

    I sing when I am happy. I sing when I am sad. I sing alone, I sing in choirs, at least I used to and I sing along to songs and music generally.

  • If Ghanaians want to pray and go about their businesses as usual, we shall have a hard time, but a bit of self-discipline, a bit of obedience of the rules and we shall make it through.

    It was almost an anti-climax when the announcement finally came that a case of Coronavirus, COVID-19, had been confirmed in Ghana.

  • The coronavirus crisis has presented us with the perfect opportunity to do something about markets in this country. It would be tragic to let this opportunity go to waste.

    We have a crisis on our hands. If you start thinking of all the problems this coronavirus has thrown up, you might go mad. I am, therefore, limiting myself to little things that we can do something about.

  • Another unprecedented economic recession is not far-fetched, as profit losses and economic quarantine are in sight. Even though many businesses will suffer disruptions, there must be ways to get SMEs thriving.

    Written By Kofi Korankye Sakyi - The COVID-19 pandemic has so far ravaged countries globally and the economic repercussions of it cannot be overestimated.

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