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via c.cdc.gov09/21/2020

Two Pandemics, One Challenge—Leveraging Molecular Test Capacity of Tuberculosis Laboratories for Rapid COVID-19 Case-Finding - CDC

In many settings, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic coincides with other major public health threats, in particular tuberculosis. Using tuberculosis (TB) molecular diagnostic infrastructure, which has substantially expanded worldwide in recent years, for COVID-19 case-finding might be warranted. We analyze the potential of using TB diagnostic and research infrastructures for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing. We focused on quality control by adapting the 12 Quality System Essentials framework to the COVID-19 and TB context. We conclude that diagnostic infrastructures for TB can in principle be leveraged to scale-up SARS-CoV-2 testing, in particular in resource-poor settings. TB research infrastructures also can support sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 to study virus evolution and diversity globally. However, fundamental principles of quality management must be followed for both TB and SARS-CoV-2 testing to ensure valid results and to minimize biosafety hazards, and the continuity of TB diagnostic services must be guaranteed at all times.

via allafrica09/21/2020

Namibia: Students Paint Mural Encouraging People to Take Care of Themselves and Others During the Pandemic - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Students from the visual arts department from the College of the Arts (COTA) have painted a mural on the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) exterior wall. The students contributed in their individual ways on how they have observed Namibians being affected by COVID-19.

via na.usembassy.gov09/17/2020

America Strengthens Healthcare Services in Namibia - US Embassy in Namibia

The U.S. government is supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Services to hire 67 data clerks for a one-month period during the month of September.  By increasing the Ministry’s capacity to analyse disease trends and patterns, Namibia is better able to understand and respond to healthcare needs of the population. These data clerks will ...


Mystery shrouds plans to start fracking near Namibia’s Kavango River and Botswana’s Tsodilo Hills - Daily Maverick

A Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, says it has the go-ahead to frack in some of Africa’s most sensitive environmental areas, including the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site in Botswana. But they may have jumped the EIA...

via diamonds.net09/14/2020

Gemstone Dealers Adapt to New Reality - Rapaport

The novel coronavirus has put the brakes on every aspect of gem trading around the globe, and the limit on international travel is one of the most notable setbacks. Miners, geologists and suppliers usually must make their way from remote mining sites to manufacturers, keeping the flow of goods...

via allafrica09/11/2020

Namibia: Church, Ministry Differ On Covid Burials - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) has demanded government bury persons who succumbed to the novel coronavirus in a dignified manner, including providing coffins, especially to the less fortunate whose families may not be in a position to afford them.

via allafrica09/10/2020

Namibia: Windhoek Taxi Drivers' Income Dropped By About 60 Percent -

Taxi drivers in Windhoek are concerned that their daily income dropped by as much as 60% during the past months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to drivers, their income depends on the movement of people in the city and the reduced economic activity brought about by the virus lockdown resulted in making ends meet become quite difficult.

via allafrica09/21/2020

Namibia: N$160m Needed to Implement Witness Protection Programme - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

The Ministry of Justice has rubbished claims that it is purposefully delaying the implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 and the Witness Protection Act of 2017. The legislations, which were signed into law in 2017 by President Hage Geingob, could not be implemented due to budgetary constraints. However, the decision not to make the important legislations operational was seen as government's way of doing little to tackle corruption in the country. According to justice minister Yvonne Dau

via allafrica09/19/2020

Namibia: Survival of Wildlife Reserves Under Threat in Namibia - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia's economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country's wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain.

via allafrica09/15/2020

Namibia: Over N$50 Million Donated to Fight Pandemic - PM -

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) last week announced that it received N$50.3 million in donations to fight Covid-19 in the country. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the funds came from individuals, political parties, private sector companies, trade unions, state-owned enterprises, traditional authorities and religious institutions.

via allafrica09/14/2020

Namibia: Coronavirus Recoveries Shoot Up... All Eyes On State of Emergency - AllAfrica - Top Africa News

The number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus in the country is on the up, with 1 648 given the all clear at the weekend, while the total recovery rate stood at 67%. According to the latest figures released by the health ministry yesterday, 6 543 patients have recovered from Covid-19, leaving the country with 3 075 active cases and 101 deaths. The cumulative confirmed cases in Namibia are 9 719.

via arkansasonline09/13/2020

Africans wait, hope for return of tourism stifled by pandemic - Arkansas Online

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa's wine country crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus -- useless without tourists to ferry around -- and bought a herd of pregnant cows.

via thepointsguy09/11/2020

More countries in Africa are opening for American tourists - The Points Guy

The list of countries around the world that are opening back up for Americans is rapidly expanding despite the growing cases in the United States. As we’ve been reporting, several African nations have already opened for U.S. tourists including Egypt and Rwanda. Now several more are either open or in the process of reopening. Here’s …

via allafrica09/10/2020

Namibia: Ethanol Traders Required to Register As Imports Soar -

The Ministry of Finance has reminded all importers, manufacturers and distributors that Ethyl Alcohol (ethanol) must be classified under the Harmonised System Code Heading or Tariff Item and that payment of excise duty on the substance must be made. This comes after the finance ministry, through the Directorate of Customs and Excise, observed an influx of ethanol imports into the country, which is being used by various traders for various reasons but mainly for production of Covid-19 related products, such

via news.un.org09/19/2020

Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia - UN News

After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia’s economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country’s wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain. |

via allafrica09/17/2020

Namibia: Blue Bank Adds More Partners to Paypulse to Expand Mobile Payment Platform -

Standard Bank this week announced that it has added Liberty Life, Olusheno and MTC Data to its bouquet of partners on its Cardless Transaction Application, PayPulse, as part of the strategy to offer variety and enhance the mobile payment experience for partners and customers.

via menafn09/15/2020

Coronavirus - African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1359724) deaths (32795), and recoveries (1106991) - MENAFN.COM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 15, 2020/APO Group/ --

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,359,724) deaths (32,795), and recoveries (1,106,991) by region:

Central (56,216 cases; 1,062 deaths; 48,847 recoveries): Burundi (472; 1; 448), Cameroon (20,009; 415; 18,837), CAR (4,

via allafrica09/14/2020

Namibia: Firstrand Profit Before Tax Down to N$1.21 Billion -

The greatest health threat of a generation that has impacted every single economy in the world, the global Covid-19 pandemic, was the main reason that FirstRand Namibia's profit before tax decreased by almost a quarter (23.7%), from N$1.58 billion in 2019 to N$1.21 billion this year. This is according to the banking group's latest financial results released on Thursday, for the year ended 30 June 2020.

via allafrica09/11/2020

Namibia's Covid-19 Restrictions Remain in Force As Cases Rise -

During a State House briefing, Namibian President Hage Geingob announced that the current state of emergency will remain in force in all regions until 17 September and said the government is increasing testing capacity and increasing hospital-based isolation. "Namibians should continue to be vigilant to drop rate of infections," he said.

via allafrica09/10/2020

Namibia: Murder Trial to Continue With or Without American -

Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday ordered that the stop-start trial of the two American citizens accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in 2011, continues today with or without Marcus Thomas. Thomas who is now using the Covid-19 pandemic as another of his ploys to delay the already long-running trial is claiming that he fears for his safety as he allegedly had contact with confirmed cases. But Liebenberg would have nothing of this, saying there is no evidenc