WhatsApp Limits Mass Message-forwarding To Curb Fake News During COVID-19 Pandemic

ENCRYPTED  messaging service WhatsApp is restricting how often messages can be forwarded in a bid to stop misinformation from ballooning on its platform. SOURCE: BUSINESS INSIDER WhatsApp announced on Tuesday that “frequently forwarded” messages, which it defines as messages that have already been forwarded on five times, will be limited so users can only forward them to one chat at a time. The aim is to stop rumors from spreading exponentially on the messaging service. With the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, WhatsApp’s parent company Facebook has been faced with…

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WHO Director Slams Racist French Doctors Who Suggested Africa As COVID-19 Vaccine Testing Ground

DIRECTOR General for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has taken a swipe at French scientists and medical doctors for suggesting that Africa should be testing ground for COVI-19 Vaccine trials. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Tedros said the remarks by the scientists were nothing more than racist rants and a hangover from a colonial mentality. There was comment I think last week where some couple of scientists said the testing ground for the vaccine will be Africa. Honestly, I was so appalled. These remarks  came at a…

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Zim Student Dies Of Covid-19

WASHINGTON. — A Zimbabwean student at St. Andrews University in the United States has died of coronavirus, according to a family spokesperson, Takudzwa Mandaza. Mandaza said his 19-year-old cousin, Melissa Jacqueline, died yesterday. He said the family is devastated by the death of Melissa, whose mother lives in Michigan, USA. Mandaza could not say when Melissa will be laid to rest. “Her dad passed on a while back and she was in Michigan with her mum and other siblings studying at St. Andrews University. “She was asthmatic and she tested…

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#BREAKING: Lesotho Shuts Boarders As Coronavirus Fears Grow

THE government of Lesotho has with immediate effect suspended in and outbound travel as it seeks to protect its citizens from Coronavirus infection, making it the first country in Africa to issue a travel ban as a result of the pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Lesotho Principal Secretary and National Contact Point, Mrs Motena Tsolo said the move has been driven by the growing cases of human to human Covid-19 infections elsewhere in the world. This correspondence serves to inform the SADC Secretariat that the Lesotho Government has…

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Stop Discriminating Asians For Coronavirus-WHO Warns

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for calm in the face of growing stigma and discrimination against people frOm China, and other Asian countries where the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wrecked havoc. By Michael Gwarisa Through his Mircroblogging site (Twitter), Dr Tedros said this was a time for unity in the face of one common enemy COVID-19. It’s appalling to see new reports of people being targeted due to their race, ethnicity or purported association with #COVID19. @WHO once again calls for an end…

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#BREAKING: Second Positive Coronavirus Case Recorded On African Soil

THE Coronavirus plague which has killed not less than 2000 people in China and several others outside China is gradually penetrating  African soil as Algeria records its first case a week after Egypt had its first positive case. By Michael Gwarisa The Algerian Ministry of Health  Shamsuddin Shitor confirmed on Tuesday the first case of coronavirus in the country, an Italian man who arrived on February 17. The Minister of Health Health said on state TV that the authorities were able to detect this case due to the vigilance system…

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#JUSTIN: Iran Deputy Health Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

IRAN’S deputy health minister has tested positive for the new coronavirus disease, as it struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15 people. SOURCE: BBC A health ministry spokesman confirmed that Iraj Harirchi was infected with Covid-19 and under quarantine. President Hassan Rouhani meanwhile urged Iranians not to panic, saying: “We will get through the virus.” Officials have reported 95 confirmed cases since last week, but the actual number is thought to be far higher. The World Health Organization has said the sudden increase in cases in the country…

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SAP, Converge Solutions co-innovation project delivers powerful healthcare solution for African hospitals

COMPLEX business models, combined with immense pressure to deliver great patient experiences and outcomes, has African healthcare providers turning to technology to improve their operational efficiency and automate back-office operations. This task is now far less daunting with the launch of a new technology platform designed by Converge Solutions and the SAP Co-Innovation Lab specifically for the African healthcare market. Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to deliver improved patient experiences and streamline their operations with mounting financial constraints,” says Johann Joubert, CEO at Converge Solutions. “The answer to affordable,…

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Japan To Start Using ARVs To Treat Coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the ceremony site where Emperor Naruhito will report the conduct of the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Sanctuary inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is aiming to start trials soon using an HIV treatment for the coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. “We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus,” Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing. He added that he could not comment on how long it would take for the new drug to be approved. Japan now has seen over 500 coronavirus cases, with more than 450 of them from a cruise ship docked in…

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#BREAKING: Africa Records First Coronavirus Case

Egypt has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, also the first known infection on the continent of Africa. SOURCE: DW. The patient — who is not from Egypt — did not show any symptoms of being ill. Egypt on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, making it the first known infection in Africa. A joint statement from Egypt’s health and population ministries said the patient was not from Egypt. It did not say what nationality the person was or where they had been prior to arriving in Egypt. The…

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