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#Malawi’s COVID-19 Update, October 20, 2021: Six new cases, one death – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered six new COVID-19 cases, 63 new recoveries and one new death. Of the new cases, four are locally transmitted: all from Blantyre District while two of the new cases are imported: both from Dowa District.

One new death was registered in the past 24 hours and is from Chiradzulu District. The new death was not vaccinated. To the families that have lost their loved ones during this pandemic, may you find peace, hope
and love during this difficult time. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 61,738 cases including 2,295 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.72%). Of these cases, 2,662 are imported infections and 59,076 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 57,029 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 92.4%) and 232 were lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 2,181.

In the past 24 hours, there were no new admissions in the treatment units while two cases were discharged. Currently, a total of six active cases are currently hospitalised (One case is in critical condition and is not vaccinated): two each in Lilongwe and Zomba, and one each in Blantyre and Neno Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 610 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 242 tests were through SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR.

The positive cases out of the total number tested (past 24 hours) translates to a positivity rate of 1% a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.1%.

Cumulatively, 420,518 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,160,788 vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 636,692 and 269,981 people have received the first dose and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 254,115 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Over the past 24 hours, 4,269 and 2,381 people have received first dose and second of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 337 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Cumulatively, 524,096 people are fully vaccinated.

Let me recommend those that are still practicing the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures as it is helping to supress further the transmission in our country.

We need everyone to embrace the new norm of adhering to the measures in order to win this fight. One of the
preventive measures in the COVID-19 fight is the proper wearing of a mask.

Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control.

Apart from reducing the spread of COVID-19, facemasks play an important role in the prevention and control of other infectious respiratory disease transmission such as influenza.

Compliance with other measures including physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and adequate ventilation in indoor settings is essential for reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

In addition, those that are aged 18 years and above should ensure that they receive COVID-19 vaccine to reduce their risk of developing severe disease, risk of hospitalization and deaths when they contract COVID-19.

It is important to note the type of mask to use to effectively protect ourselves and others to the virus. Those that are COVID-19 positive must self-isolate and put on a surgical mask always.

Surgical masks must always be used when taking care of a COVID-19 suspected or positive patient both in health care settings and at home.

Heath care workers and other frontline workers are advised to strictly follow the Infection Prevention and Control measures at all times.

The use of face masks is part of a comprehensive package of the prevention and control measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19.

Face masks can be used either for protection of healthy persons (worn to protect oneself when in contact with an infected individual) or for source control (worn by an infected individual to prevent onward transmission).

The following is a guide on how to wear and remove a mask;
 Clean your hands before putting on the mask.
 Inspect the mask for tears or holes, do not use a mask that is damaged.
 Adjust the mask to cover your mouth, nose, and chin, leaving no gaps on the sides.
 Avoid touching the mask while wearing it.
 Change your mask if it gets dirty or wet.
 Clean your hands before taking off the mask.
 Take off the mask by removing it from the ear loops, without touching the front of
the mask.
 Medical masks are for single use only; discard the mask immediately, preferably into a
closed bin. Do not liter
 Wash your hands with soap after removing the mask.
 If you are using a cloth mask, wash it using soap at least once a day.
 Do not share used masks

No one is safe until everyone else is safe. Get Fully Vaccinated! Wear Face Mask! Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone.

Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, MINISTER OF HEALTH
CO-CHAIRPERSON – PRESDENTIAL TASKFORCE

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Former Australian rules football player Jimmy Bartel has officially split from his former girlfriend Lauren Mand as he shared a post on Instagram where he introduced his new girlfriend, Amelia Shepperd or Milly Shepperd. The said post was shared on the footballer’s Insta story on Thursday which featured the pair kissing each other with “Happy” written on it paired with a red heart that indicates nothing but love. The player had tagged Amelia in the post. Well, it was enough to break the internet. Now, the netizens are searching for Jimmy Bartel’s girlfriend Amelia Shepperd.

 Jimmy Bartel Girlfriend Amelia Shepherd

Amelia Shepperd who is also known as Milly Shepperd belongs to Melbourne. She recently got in the news after the AFL player shared a telling picture on his official Instagram. Apart from the fact that Amelia happens to be based in Melbourne, no details related to her age, date of birth, family, educational background is known. No source happens to have the information about the new personality yet. However, it is definitely known that the pair seem to have been sharing a sweet bond with one another that is clearly visible in the photograph shared by the player himself.

Talking about Jimmy’s former girlfriend Lauren, aged 32, she had reacted to the breakup rumours at the beginning of the year. Lauren had changed her Instagram profile picture to a photo of herself and Jimmy. Later, she changed the profile picture to a photo of just herself. Lauren’s last post on Instagram was made in September last year on the occasion of their first anniversary. In that post, Jimmy’s ex had written “Three hundred and sixty-five days” along with a red heart emojis as she had shared a cute picture of them cuddling up on a couch.

Last year in December, their breakup rumours started to surface again as they have not posted about one another for months. The player had shared their last photo together on his social media account in March last year. Their relationship had come to light in 2019 after Jimmy’s public split from Nadia Bartel, his ex-wife. Now, Jimmy Bartel is again making headlines for his new story update on Instagram. He has officially debuted his new girlfriend Amelia Shepperd who is also gaining the attention of the netizens. As mentioned above, we do not have much information about the 37-year-old’s girlfriend. Stay tuned to this space to get to know the latest news.

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Violence in Cameroon, impacting over 700,000 children shut out of school  – The Maravi Post

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Two out of three schools are closed in the North-West and South-West regions of the country. On 24 November, four children and one teacher were killed in an attack in Ekondo Titi, in the South-West. 

Lockdown 

A recent lockdown imposed by a non-State armed group, from 15 September to 2 October, limited access to basic services including health and education. 

Over 700,000 children have been impacted by school closures due to violence in northwest and southwest Cameroon., by © Education Cannot Wait/Daniel Beloumou

During the period, OCHA reported a series of attacks in the North-West. 

Eight students were kidnapped, and a girl’s fingers were chopped off after she tried to attend school. Five public school principals were also kidnapped, including one who was then killed. 

All schools and community learning spaces were closed, except for some schools in a few urban areas which operated at less than 60 per cent capacity. 

The lockdown and insecurity also forced UN agencies and aid organisations to temporarily suspend the delivery of aid. During that time, about 200,000 people did not receive food.  

Multiple crisis 

Nine out of ten regions of the country continue to be impacted by one of three humanitarian crises: the crisis in the North-West and South-West, conflict in the Far North, and a refugee crisis, with people fleeing the Central African Republic.  

Because of these combined crises, over one million children need urgent education support.  

To answer some of these needs, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN global fund for education in emergencies and crises, is working closely with UN agencies, the Norwegian Refugee Council and other civil society partners. 

ECW is contributing $25 million over three years and calling for other donors to fill the gap, which is estimated at $50 million. 

putting a schoolbag on your back shouldn’t make you a target

When fully funded, the programme will provide approximately 250,000 children and adolescents with access to safe and protective learning environments in the most-affected areas. 

Visit 

Just this week, the Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, and the Director of Education Cannot Wait, Yasmine Sherif, had a joint visit to the country. 

In a statement, Ms. Sherif said the situation “is among the most complex humanitarian crises in the world today.” 

“Children and youth are having to flee their homes and schools, are threatened with violence and kidnapping, and being forced into early childhood marriage and recruited into armed groups,” Ms. Sherif recalled. 

Jan Egeland argued that “putting a schoolbag on your back shouldn’t make you a target”, but unfortunately children in Cameroon “risk their lives every day just showing up for school.” 

“Cameroon’s education mega-emergency needs international attention, not deadly silence by the outside world,” Mr. Egeland declared.  

Sourced from United Nations Africa Pages

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Opinion: After Merkel’s exit, Germany must remain committed to Africa – The Maravi Post

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In August, at a meeting of the G-20 Compact with Africa in Berlin, I had the distinct pleasure of joining some 30 African heads of state and government, and fellow heads of international organizations, to bid farewell to outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Merkel has been a dear and loyal friend of Africa.

I know that I am not the only public figure involved in furthering the continent’s development who will miss the truly productive interactions we have had with her.

The Compact with Africa, launched in 2017 under Germany’s presidency of the G-20, was a result of Merkel’s initiative. She has long taken a genuine interest in the continent and shown a keen desire for strong economic growth and development.

And I am confident that our collective efforts — homegrown and those from friends of Africa like her — will ultimately serve our continent well.

At the African Development Bank, we have felt Chancellor Merkel’s influence through Germany’s consistent contributions to the African Development Fund, the bank’s concessional lending window. The fund advances economic and social development in 38 least developed African countries for projects and programs, as well as technical assistance for studies and capacity building activities. Since 1973, as the third largest contributor, Germany has cumulatively made €4.2 billion ($4.7 billion) in contributions.

The chancellor’s confidence in the future of Africa is in sync with my own well-known optimism for our continent. One of the many areas where we both see eye-to-eye is in renewable energy investments. We agree 100% that expansion in renewables is critically important if we are to achieve our global climate targets and accomplish a key goal of the African Development Bank’s High 5 strategy to light up and power Africa.

Germany is a major contributor to the Africa Climate Change Fund, which supports African countries in building resilience to climate shocks and transitioning to sustainable low-carbon growth. Under Chancellor Merkel’s leadership, Germany has also supported the adoption of the African Renewable Energy Initiative, which is hosted at the African Development Bank.

Keeping COVID-19 under control is essential for Africa’s economic recovery and growth. Recognizing the inherent inequalities in global access to vaccines, Merkel has consistently called for an increase in production, a fairer system of distribution, and a shift towards building Africa’s own vaccine production capacities.

For Africa to thrive and grow, the drive to do so must come mainly from within Africa.

This much is without question.

Buoyed by the German leader’s enthusiasm for our continent, German companies are more active in Africa today than ever before, with considerable growth over the last few years. We have witnessed an uptick in German interest and participation at the Africa Investment Forum, an unprecedented marketplace that crowds in regional and global infrastructure investments. European and German participation at the 2021 Africa Investment Forum from Dec. 1 to 3, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, will be no exception.

This is thanks, in no small part, to the confidence that Merkel has helped inspire. From 2017 to 2019, German investments in Africa rose by roughly $1.84 billion. And while this is still a minute fraction — 1% — of the country’s global investments, it is a step in the right direction. With African countries continuing to make their investment environments increasingly attractive and transparent, I expect investment inflows to grow.

As Chancellor Merkel prepares to make a graceful exit from the political scene, I earnestly look forward to strengthening the partnership between Germany, Africa, and the African Development Bank.

Germany should support expanded investments by the private sector from the G-20 in Africa through the Compact with Africa and the Africa Investment Forum, supported by the African Development Bank.

We similarly expect Germany’s continued support for the bank’s drive to optimize its capital base with the inclusion of hybrid capital. Such investments will help accelerate much needed development and bridge the continent’s almost $100 billion a year infrastructure investment gap.

Germany can further help with political support for the reallocation of International Monetary Fund-issued Special Drawing Rights to multilateral development banks, including the African Development Bank, which is a prescribed holder of SDRs and can leverage any allocated SDRs by 3 to 4 times. Such allocations would also be complementary to the IMF’s support for the microeconomic stability of countries.

The bank needs further support in its efforts to leverage the balance sheet of the African Development Fund — the bank’s concessional finance window for low-income countries — by accessing capital markets, boosting resources for countries, leveraging resources, and ensuring value for money for its donor countries.

Lastly, support from Germany and G-7 countries for the bank’s Just Energy Transition Facility can help African countries accelerate their transitions to renewable energy sources.

What a resurgent Africa needs today are productive and mutually beneficial partnerships. In this regard, Chancellor Angela Merkel has been one of our most ardent champions.

We bid her farewell with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude. And I am confident that our collective efforts — homegrown and those from friends of Africa like her — will ultimately serve our continent well.

This Op-Ed was previously published on the Devex Global Views page on November 29. Click here for original version.
Source African Development Bank Group

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