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COVID-19: Africa’s confirmed cases near 2.03m



The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the African continent has reached 2,026,841, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Friday.

The death toll related to the pandemic stood at 48,681, the continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement.

A total of 1,714,395 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered across the continent.

Most hit in terms of the number of positive cases are South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

Southern Africa is the hardest hit African region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths, followed by northern Africa, according to the Africa CDC.

South Africa currently has the most COVID-19 cases, at 759,658. The country also has the highest number of deaths related to COVID-19, at 20,671.

Morocco comes next with 311,554 confirmed cases and 5,090 deaths, followed by Egypt with 111,955 confirmed cases and 6,508 deaths, Africa CDC said.

South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Tunisia account for approximately 68 per cent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the continent.

Countries reporting the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days in Africa include Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Cabo Verde, and South Africa.

According to the Africa CDC, from the 55 members of the AU that are reporting COVID-19 epidemiologic data, 16 report case fatality rates higher than the global rate of 2.4 per cent.

They include Chad, Sudan, Liberia, Niger, Egypt, Mali, Algeria, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Gambia and Tunisia.

Africa’s average fatality rate is around 2.4 per cent.

The continent’s total COVID-19 cases represent about 3.6 per cent of the global tally, according to Africa CDC.

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Ghana Election 2020: Withdraw Soldiers From Volta Region Now



Ghana Election 2020: Volta Regional House of Chiefs has released a statement to call President Akufo-Addo to withdraw soldiers and security personnel deployed in the region ahead of December 7 elections.

According to the Vice President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, the presence of armed security personnel in the region will intimidate majority of voters on electon day.

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Part of the statement read “The call from citizens is that the House should demand the withdrawal of security personnel from the region forthwith, so as to reduce the fear of intimidation being exhibited by the security personnel,

“Our people are of the view that the continued presence of these personnel and the intimidating posture towards the citizens will prevent them from going out on December 7, 2020, to cast their votes in a peaceful manner.”


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This is Yakubu Gowon’s Response to Allegations of Leaving Nigeria with Half of CBN



On Monday, Former Nigerian head of state Lt Col Yakubu Gowon was accused of  “stealing half of Nigeria’s Central Bank” by the Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat. In his words, “Some people will remember when General Gowon left Nigeria with half the Central Bank of Nigeria, so it is said, and moved to London.”

Tugendhat made the statement while speaking during a parliamentary debate concerning the British government imposing sanctions on Nigerian officials. He went further to say,

Sadly, we know that our banks have been used for those profits and for that illegal transfer of assets. That means that the UK is in an almost unique position in being able to do something to exert pressure on those who have robbed the Nigerian people.

However, the former head of state who studied political science and international relations in the UK in 1975 has responded to the allegations in an exclusive interview with BBC. “I don’t know where he got that rubbish from, I served Nigeria diligently and my records are there for all to see,” he said.

The case is still on-going in the UK courts, although hundreds of millions of dollars have been returned to Nigeria from bank accounts in several places including Jersey and Switzerland.

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17-Year-old girl who bagged seven A1s in 2019 WASSCE dies of cancer



Chisom Chukwuneke is a 17 year-old girl who was adjourned the best student in her school after she got 7 A’s in the 2019 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has died after battling with blood cancer.

Chisom was indicted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ in her school, Graceland College after her performance in the 2019 WASSCE examination and is said to have died in South Africa on October 18th, 2020 after suffering from blood cancer for so long.

Her school in a post on Facebook paid a tribute to Chisom, it reads;

Forever in our hearts! Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint you left in our Hall of Fame. A truly outstanding student! Rest In Peace Chisom!”

Chisom in 2019 won awards like Best Student in Mathematics, Best Student in Further Mathematics, Best Student in Physics and Best Student in Chemistry.

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