A Fundação Merck e as Primeiras Damas Africanas anunciam os vencedores do Prémio de Jornalismo ‘Fique em Casa’ para elevar a conscientização sobre o coronavirus

O Comité de Prémios de Jornalismo da Fundação Merck introduziu ainda uma segunda e uma terceira posições e selecionou mais de um vencedor

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Estamos a reconhecer a notória reportagem e o trabalho excepcional de jornalistas que frequentemente cobriram este tema nos seus países

WINDHOEK, Namíbia, 15 de outubro 2020/APO Group/ — 

A Fundação Merck (Merck-Foundation.com), o braço filantrópico da Merck KGaA Alemanha, anunciou os vencedores dos Prémios de Jornalismo “Fique em Casa” para a África. O tema dos prémios foi “Elevar a Conscientização sobre como Manter-se Seguro, Física e Mentalmente Saudável durante o Bloqueio do Coronavírus” com o objectivo de separar os factos dos mitos e equívocos. Os Prémios de Jornalismo “Fique em Casa” foram apresentados em parceria com as Primeiras Damas Africanas do Gana, Nigéria, República Democrática do Congo (RDC), Malawi, Namíbia, Níger, Guiné-Conakry, Burundi, República Centro-Africana (RCA), Chade, Zimbabwe, Zâmbia, Gâmbia, Libéria e Congo Brazzaville, Angola e Moçambique

A Dra. Rasha Kelej Directora Executiva da Fundação Merck enfatiza, “Estou muito orgulhosa dos nossos vencedores. Recebemos uma resposta tremenda de jornalistas africanos na forma das suas inscrições.  Eu realmente acredito que a Mídia desempenha um papel crucial na educação e sensibilização das nossas comunidades sobre a saúde e questões delicadas como a COVID-19, portanto, por meio dos prémios, estamos a reconhecer a notória reportagem e o trabalho excepcional de jornalistas que frequentemente cobriram este tema nos seus países ”.

Os vencedores do Prémio de Jornalismo Fique ‘Fique em Casa’ de países africanos de língua portuguesa estão a ser anunciados em parceria com a Primeira dama de Angola, S.Exa. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO e Primeira Dama de Moçambique, S. Excia ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI:

Portuguese Speaking African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position

  • Cornelio Rosa – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position

  • César Silveira – Valor Econômico, ANGOLA (500 USD)
  • Evelina Muchanga Mavie – Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Lídia Manuel Cossa – Jornal Dossiers & Factos, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Frederico Lucas Jamisse Mossigueja – Jornal domingo-Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position

  • Abdul Remane Alifate Ibraimo – TV Surdo, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Pascoal Malate – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position

  • Jeremias Mondlane – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Sumali Gilberto Sumagil Picaires – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Nelson Mainato – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

Eis aqui os vencedores dos países da África Austral em parceria com a Primeira Dama do Malawi, S.Exa. MONICA CHAKWERA, a Primeira Dama da Namíbia, S. Exa. MONICA GEINGOS;  a Primeira Dama da Zâmbia, S. Excia ESTHER LUNGU; a Primeira Dama do Zimbabwe, S.Exa. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:

Southern African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position

  • Tendai Rupapa – The Herald, ZIMBABWE (500 USD)
  • Keletso Thobega – Botswana Guardian & The Midweek SunBOTSWANA (500 USD)
  • June Shimuoshili – Unwrap.online, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Faith Mzungu-Vilakati – Daily News, ESWATINI (300 USD)

And

  • Andrew Mambondiyani – The African Argument, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Mercy Malikwa – MW Nation, MALAWI (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position

  • Adolf Kaure – Namibia Media Holdings, NAMIBIA (500 USD)
  • Henry Sinyangwe – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Violet Mengo – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Bridget Mananavire – Independent Senior Reporter, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Cliff Chiduku – News Day, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position

  • Abdullah Vawda  –  LENZ TV, SOUTH AFRICA (500 USD)
  • Selima Henock – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Denver Kisting – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Aston Gondwe – Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, MALAWI (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position

  • Rachel Nghimulitete – Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Jo Jackson – The Children’s Radio, SOUTH AFRICA (300 USD)

And

  • Aunyango Nkhoma – Zodiak Broadcasting Station, MALAWI (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Prudence Siabana – Radio Phoenix, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Eis aqui os vencedores dos países da África Ocidental em parceria com a Prima Dama da Gâmbia, S. Exa. FATOUMATTA BAHBARROW e a Primeira Dama da Libéria, S. Exa CLAR MARIE WEAH:

West African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position

  • Alieu Ceesay – Q TV, GAMBIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Hawa Dolly – Liberia News Agency, LIBERIA (300 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position

  • Ishmael Sallieu Koroma – Concord Times, SIERRA LEONE (500 USD)

Eis aqui os vencedores dos países da África Oriental:

East African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position

  • Hillary Orinde – Standard Media Group, KENYA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Arnold Kwizera – CNBC Africa, RWANDA (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Geoffrey Kamadi – Scientific African, KENYA (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position

  • Esther Oluka – Daily Monitor, UGANDA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Veronica Romwald Mrema – Jamvi La Habari, TANZANIA (300 USD)
  • Lydia Atieno Barasa – The New Times, RWANDA (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Evelyn Makena Gatobu – People Daily, KENYA (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position

  • Mashirima Kapombe – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)
  • Dorcas Wangira – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Daniel Sebakijje – NBS TV, UGANDA (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position

  • Mwanaisha Makumbuli – Highlands FM Radio, TANZANIA (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Kigongo Issa – Radio Bilal, UGANDA (300 USD)

Eis aqui os vencedores dos países Africanos de Língua Oficial Francesa em parceria com a Primeira Dama da República Centro Africana (RCA), S. Exa. BRIGITTE TOUADERA; a Primeira Dama do Burundi, S. Exa. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; a Primeira Dama do Niger, S. Exa. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU:

French Speaking African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position

  • Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo – Blog Lanoca, C.A.R., (500 USD)
  • Abdel Aziz Hali – La Presse de, TUNISIE (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Alphonse Julio – Global News, BENIN (300 USD)
  • Boris Esono Nwenfor – Pan African Vision, CAMEROON (300 USD)

Third Position

  • Elise Nandrasanela – L’Express de Madagascar, MADAGASCAR (200 USD)
  • Bahwa Ferdinand – Le Journal.Africa, BURUNDI (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position

  • Issa Moussa – Niger Times, NIGER (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Koami Agbetiafa – Niger Le Républicain, NIGER (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position

  • Salissou kaka – Saraounia FM, NIGER (500 USD)
  • Boussanga Bissa – Radio Voix Du Paysan, BURKINA FASO (500 USD)

Second Position

  • Mokwe Welisane Epse Nkeng Ngoneh – Cameroon Radio Television, CAMEROON (300 USD)

A qualidade do trabalho foi impressionante, portanto, o Comité de Prémios de Jornalismo da Fundação Merck   passou em revista as inscrições de quatro categorias;  Online, Impressa, Rádio e Multimédia, nos seguintes grupos: 1) Países da África Oriental, 2) Países da África Ocidental, 3) Países da África Austral, 4) Países Africanos de Língua Francesa e 5) Países Africanos de Língua Portuguesa.

O Comité de Prémios de Jornalismo da Fundação Merck introduziu ainda uma segunda e uma terceira posições e selecionou mais de um vencedor, em algumas ocasiões, para cada uma das quatro categorias de todas as regiões.

“A valiosa contribuição dos vencedores em sensibilizar as suas respectivas comunidades sobre a COVID 19 encorajou-nos a recompensá-los adicionalmente para se tornarem ex-alunos da Fundação Merck e fornecer-lhes um ano de acesso ao programa de treinamento educacional online chamado“ MasterClass ”. O MasterClass é uma experiência online imersiva e um curso de aprendizado individualizado em inglês que pode ser acessado em qualquer lugar com a Internet. O objectivo é motivar jornalistas apaixonados a continuar escrevendo e defendendo questões sociais, económicas e de saúde nos seus países ”, acrescentou a Dra. Rasha Kelej.

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South Africa investigates COVID-19 contracts for corruption

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s president, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly seen on a laptop computer in Hastings on the Hudson, New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 22. 2020. The United Nations General Assembly met in a virtual environment for the first time in its 75-year history due to the pandemic. Photographer: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg via Getty Images

South African investigators are investigating 10.5 billion rand ($636.2 million) of the government’s coronavirus spending for corruption, more than double the amount they were investigating two months ago, they told parliament on Tuesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that corruption during the COVID-19 pandemic will be dealt with harshly after a spate of scandals sparked public outrage.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) said in a presentation to parliament that it had uncovered instances where personal protective equipment was overpriced, procurement rules flouted, and services not delivered despite money being paid.

Most of the 10.5 billion under investigation was spent by provincial governments.

The SIU said in August it was investigating tenders worth 5 billion rand.

South Africa has recorded more than 700,000 coronavirus infections, the most on the African continent, with millions of its citizens losing their jobs or being pushed deeper into poverty this year.

Ramaphosa has likened those responsible for corruption during the pandemic to a pack of hyenas circling wounded prey.

Nigerian venture aims to raise $1.2 billion to solve country’s electricity problems

A Nigerian venture plans to raise 480 billion naira ($1.2 billion) over the next three years to buy electricity meters and help power distributors plug a revenue gap in Africa’s most populous nation.

Less than a 10th of Nigeria’s 41 million households have their electricity consumption metered, and half of those are faulty, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a result, distribution companies have to estimate bills, resulting in disputes that delay payments.

Meter Assets Finance and Management Co. hopes to end that by raising funds to purchase and supply meters to consumers, Onion Omonforma, the chief executive officer of New Hampshire Capital, said by phone from Lagos. New Hampshire Capital, FBNQuest and Kairos Investments Africa are helping to package and structure the venture, known as MAPCo, for investors to either buy equity or inject debt into the company.

“The electricity distribution firms will then have the money to go back and buy more meters and the cycle continues, paving the way to close the meter gap,” he said. MAPCo will collect the cost of the meters from consumers at a premium over the next 10 years. The meters will be handed over to the power-distribution companies once paid off.

MAPCo plans to issue a 100 billion naira bond in the next year, Omonforma said. Roadshows have been planned for the U.S. and Europe, and will also include local institutional investors.

The investment securities will be backed by the underlying pre-paid meters, which have a “stable and long useful life,” Ewaen Imohe, CEO of Kairos Investments Africa, said in a separate interview. This will appeal to investors with long-term horizons, he said.

Kenya’s resurgent COVID-19 transmission raises fear of second wave

A health worker takes a swab sample from a girl during COVID-19 mass testing exercise in Kangemi, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)

The sudden increase in COVID-19 positive cases and fatalities that has been witnessed in Kenya lately has raised concern amid a looming second wave.

Ministry of Health officials said East Africa’s largest economy was staring at a potential crisis given the consistent spike in the virus caseload and deaths that had been reported across all the 47 counties.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Health, said the positivity rate had jumped from four to 12 percent in less than three weeks since the relaxation of containment measures that include reopening of bars and schools commenced.

“There is no doubt we are headed for a second wave of infections as positive cases and deaths continue to rise on a daily basis since the relaxation of some containment measures began,” Kagwe said at a briefing in Nairobi on Sunday.

He said that projections developed by local epidemiologists were pointing at a dire situation unless leaders, citizens and business owners adhered strictly to public health protocols meant to contain the pandemic.

“There is no sign of the retreat of the virus. The virus is spreading fast in rural counties including those that were on the verge of being declared coronavirus-free,” said Kagwe.

“Experts are saying that wanton violation of containment protocols is wholly to blame for the spike,” he added.

The cabinet secretary said the government could reimpose stringent measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus like the closure of bars, learning institutions and restricted movement amid risk of a second wave.

Kenya’s COVID-19 caseload reached 45,076 on Monday after 195 out of 1,852 samples tested positive for the virus as the cumulative tests hit 623,828 and fatalities rose to 839.

The ministry of health said total recoveries stood at 32,084 after 227 patients including 146 under home-based care program and 81 admitted in hospitals were declared coronavirus free.

According to the health ministry, a total of 1,084 COVID-19 patients are currently admitted in hospitals while 2,480 with mild or no symptoms were domiciled in the home-based care program.

Patrick Amoth, acting director-general for Health Services said that Kenya was bracing for a second wave as the positivity rate rose from an average of 3.5 percent in late September to the current 12 percent.

“The next couple of weeks will be crucial in determining the overall pandemic’s trajectory, especially our ability to suppress infections and failure which could lead to a second wave that would strain existing health facilities,” said Amoth.

Kenya is among ten African countries carrying the bulk of COVID-19 caseload in the continent amid warnings from health experts that laxity in the enforcement of public health protocols could trigger a second wave of infections.

Githinji Gitahi, CEO of Nairobi-based Amref Health Africa said that robust uptake of handwashing, wearing of face coverings and social distancing was imperative to avert a second wave of coronavirus transmissions in Kenya.

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Merck Foundation and African First Ladies celebrate the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Awards to raise Awareness about coronavirus

The Merck Foundation Media Awards Committee has further introduced a second and a third position and selected more than one winner

WINDHOEK, Namibia, October 15, 2020/APO Group/ — 

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for African Countries. The theme of the awards was ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and Keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’ with the aim to separate facts from myths and misconceptions. The “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards were introduced in partnership with African First Ladies of Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville, Angola and Mozambique.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation emphasizes, “I am very proud of our winners. We received a tremendous response from African journalists in form of their entries. I truly believe that Media plays a crucial role in educating and sensitizing our communities about health and sensitive issues such as COVID-19, therefore, through the awards, we are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who frequently covered this topic in their countries”.

Here are the winners from Southern African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Namibia, H.E. MONICA GEINGOS; The First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU and The First Lady of Zimbabwe, H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:

Southern African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Tendai Rupapa – The Herald, ZIMBABWE (500 USD)
  • Keletso Thobega – Botswana Guardian & The Midweek SunBOTSWANA (500 USD)
  • June Shimuoshili – Unwrap.online, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Faith Mzungu-Vilakati – Daily News, ESWATINI (300 USD)

And

  • Andrew Mambondiyani -The African Argument, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Mercy Malikwa – MW Nation, MALAWI (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Adolf Kaure – Namibia Media Holdings, NAMIBIA (500 USD)
  • Henry Sinyangwe – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Violet Mengo – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Bridget Mananavire – Independent Senior Reporter, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Cliff Chiduku – News Day, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Abdullah Vawda  –  LENZ TV, SOUTH AFRICA (500 USD)
  • Selima Henock – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Denver Kisting – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Aston Gondwe – Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, MALAWI (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Rachel Nghimulitete – Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Jo Jackson – The Children’s Radio, SOUTH AFRICA (300 USD)

And

  • Aunyango Nkhoma – Zodiak Broadcasting Station, MALAWI (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Prudence Siabana – Radio Phoenix, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Here are the winners from West African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of The Gambia, H. E. FATOUMATTA BAHBARROW and The First Lady of Liberia, H.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH:

West African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Alieu Ceesay – Q TV, GAMBIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

We are recognizing the distinguished reportage and the exceptional work of journalists who frequently covered this topic in their countries

  • Hawa Dolly – Liberia News Agency, LIBERIA (300 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Ishmael Sallieu Koroma – Concord Times, SIERRA LEONE (500 USD)

Here are the winners from East African Countries:

East African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Hillary Orinde – Standard Media Group, KENYA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Arnold Kwizera – CNBC Africa, RWANDA (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Geoffrey Kamadi – Scientific African, KENYA (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Esther Oluka – Daily Monitor, UGANDA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Veronica Romwald Mrema – Jamvi La Habari, TANZANIA (300 USD)
  • Lydia Atieno Barasa – The New Times, RWANDA (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Evelyn Makena Gatobu – People Daily, KENYA (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Mashirima Kapombe – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)
  • Dorcas Wangira – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Daniel Sebakijje – NBS TV, UGANDA (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Mwanaisha Makumbuli – Highlands FM Radio, TANZANIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Kigongo Issa – Radio Bilal, UGANDA (300 USD)

Here are the winners from French-speaking African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Central African Republic (CAR), H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA; The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; The First Lady of Niger, H.E. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU:

French Speaking African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo – Blog Lanoca, C.A.R., (500 USD)
  • Abdel Aziz Hali – La Presse de, TUNISIA (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Alphonse Julio – Global News, BENIN (300 USD)
  • Boris Esono Nwenfor – Pan African Vision, CAMEROON (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Elise Nandrasanela – L’Express de Madagascar, MADAGASCAR (200 USD)
  • Bahwa Ferdinand – Le Journal.Africa, BURUNDI (200 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Issa Moussa – Niger Times, NIGER (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Koami Agbetiafa – Niger Le Républicain, NIGER (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Salissou kaka – Saraounia FM, NIGER (500 USD)
  • Boussanga Bissa – Radio Voix Du Paysan, BURKINA FASO (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Mokwe Welisane Epse Nkeng Ngoneh – Cameroon Radio Television, CAMEROON (300 USD)

Here are the winners from Portuguese-speaking African Countries in partnership with The First Lady of Angola, H.E. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO and The First Lady of Mozambique, H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI:

Portuguese Speaking African Countries

Online Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Cornelio Rosa – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Print Category Winners:

First Position:

  • César Silveira – Valor Econômico, ANGOLA (500 USD)
  • Evelina Muchanga Mavie – Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Lídia Manuel Cossa – Jornal Dossiers & Factos, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Frederico Lucas Jamisse Mossigueja – Jornal domingo-Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

Multimedia Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Abdul Remane Alifate Ibraimo – TV Surdo, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Pascoal Malate – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Radio Category Winners:

First Position:

  • Jeremias Mondlane – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Second Position:

  • Sumali Gilberto Sumagil Picaires – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Third Position:

  • Nelson Mainato – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

The quality of work was impressive; therefore, the Merck Foundation Media Awards Committee reviewed the entries from four categories; Online, Print, Radio and Multimedia; under the following groups: 1) East African Countries, 2) West African Countries, 3) Southern African Countries, 4) French Speaking African Countries and 5) Portuguese speaking African countries.

The Merck Foundation Media Awards Committee has further introduced a second and a third position and selected more than one winner, on some occasions, for each of the Four Categories from all the regions.

“The valuable contribution from the winners in sensitizing their respective communities about COVID 19 has encouraged us to additionally reward them all to become Merck Foundation Alumni and provide them with one-year access to online educational training program called “MasterClass”. The MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course in English that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet. This is to motivate passionate journalists to continue writing and advocating for social, economic and health issues across their countries”, added Dr. Rasha Kelej.

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Global COVID-19 cases surpass 40 million

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 40 million globally, with over 1.1 million fatalities and more than 27.4 million recovered patients, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

Here is what we know:

The Chinese mainland reported 13 new cases from overseas on Sunday. China’s economy expanded by 4.9 percent year on year in the third quarter of 2020, stepping up its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. has registered over 219,000 deaths and more than 8.1 million infections – both the highest in the world. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she’s optimistic on a coronavirus relief deal before the presidential election on November 3.

Italy’s daily COVID-19 cases hit a record high as the government reported 11,705 new cases on Sunday. New measures, including mandatory mask wearing in public and restrictions on public gatherings and restaurants were ordered. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to announce further measures later on Sunday.

India’s caseload continues to surge with more than 50,000 new infections each day. The world’s second-most populous country has become a major hot-spot for the pandemic, rivaling the United States for the unenviable record of being the country with the most confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on earth.

However, India recorded its lowest death toll in nearly four months on Monday, with 579 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 114,610.

Talk Africa: 60 years of independence for Africa

A wave of optimism swept across Africa in 1960 as many years of liberation struggle began to bear fruits. 17 African nations; one country after another, the independence flag was being raised as European colonists packed and left, bringing an end to decades of foreign rule. That remarkable year became known as “The Year of Africa”.

60 years of African independence have seen enormous growth in the continent’s population and its economies, with numbers surging from just about 300 million people in 1960 to over 1.2 billion today. Economic growth has also taken off since then, with Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP for example growing from tens of billions to well over 1,000 billion dollars.

Access to education – an essential indicator of development has also dramatically increased as well as free markets taking roots.

It’s been six decades of evolution & transformation, successes & failure, opportunity and challenges.

This week on Talk Africa we will reflect on what independence has meant for Africa, what has changed in the last 60 years and what lies ahead for the continent.

Kenya records 195 new COVID-19 cases

File Photo. Health workers personal protective equipment (PPE) record the details of residents, as they stand at social distance to each other, during a Covid-19 testing drive at Olympic Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.Photographer: Patrick Meinhardt/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

The Kenyan Ministry of Health has announced 195 cases of COVID-19 tested from a sample pool of 1,852 tested in the last 24 hours.

The total of confirmed cases in the country has risen to 45,076 and the cumulative total of samples tested to 623,828.

The infections include 176 Kenyans and 19 foreigners. 137 patients are male while 58 are female.

The youngest patient is a five-month-old baby while the oldest is 75-years-old.

The total cases in ICU are 39, and 39 people are on supplemental oxygen.

The total number of people admitted in various health facilities are 1,084 while those under the Home-based Isolation Care are 2,480.

Kenya to resume SGR commuter train services between Nairobi, suburb

A general view shows a train on the SGR line in Kimuka, Kenya, October 16, 2019./ VCG Photo

Kenyans will from Wednesday start using the standard gauge railway (SGR) commuter train that plies from Nairobi to suburbs northwest of the capital, Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) announced on Monday.

The resumption of the services that were halted in April following the outbreak of COVID-19 will complete the full restoration of SGR passenger services in the East African nation.

“The Madaraka Express Commuter Service serving Ngong, Ongata Rongai stations from Nairobi terminus is back on October 21,” said KRC in a notice.

The long-distance service from Nairobi to Suswa is also back on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, added the corporation, which runs the train in conjunction with Chinese firm Afristar.

Demand for the service SGR passenger services has been on the rise in Kenya since July when they were restored.

Some 32,641 passengers used the SGR passenger train between Nairobi and Mombasa in August, up from 19,502 in July when the service was restored, according to KRC.