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Outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza Hospitalised Over #COVID-19

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Outgoing President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, is a very sick man after he tested positive with  #Covid-19 –local media reported on Monday.

The outgoing first lady Denise Nkurunziza is also reportedly recovering at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. “She sent a recorded audio message saying she was responding very well to treatment,” a source said, adding she shared the message on WhatsApp.

Nkurunziza is on record for saying that there was no #Covid-19 in his country and vividly disregarded all measures announced by WHO aimed at stopping the spread of this pandemic.

“Nkurunziza is in the hospital in Karusi suffering from #COVID-19,” a source said.

Burundi just concluded presidential elections on May 20 after a month-long campaign period that exposed millions of citizens to Covid-19 because of no social distancing, no wearing face masks, and not even washing hands.

The top leadership and elite people of the country also did not show any regard for measures against COVID-19 during the campaigns.

Health experts argue that Burundi may be headed for another massive disaster due to community contagion that may have occurred during campaigns.

After waiting since May 20 for the winner of the presidential elections, the constitutional court confirmed on Thursday, June 4, that Maj. Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye was the new President of the Republic of Burundi.

The constitutional court also rejected an appeal of the presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa of the CNL party.

“Even if these allegations were founded, they could not have had a significant influence on the results of the poll by their low number,” the president of the constitutional court ruled.

The court declared that the candidate of the CNDD-FDD won the ballot with 68, 70%, adding that he is proclaimed president of the Republic for a mandate of 7 years. According to the constitutional court, the winner of the presidential election will take office after the swearing-in.

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    June 10, 2020 at 2:19 am

    He has apparently passed on from a Heart Attack. Covid-19 being ruled out as the cause of Death….
    Sad but…..

  2. Douglas OTSIMI

    June 10, 2020 at 8:48 am

    He ought to have lived to easy and feel the consequences of poor leadership based on ignorance. I wonder how he could ignore COVID -19 even after his wife being hospitalised in Kenya. Is the so called ‘died of heart attack better’ ?

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Health Workers To Be First To Get Vaccinated As Omicron Spreads

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As the Omicron wave of COVID-19 hit the world, health medical staff and frontline workers will be the first to get vaccinated before other target groups in the phase.

According to the Ministry of Health announcement, COVID-19 vaccine boosters will begin with the front line workers and those in elderly ages non-communicable diseases and health conditions.

Regardless of frontline workers and health staffs, other main target groups are the elderly people in the 50’s and above as well as those in the 39-40 but with non-communicable diseases or other health conditions as the guideline mentions.

Health practitioners have welcomed the third vaccination jab saying the move is timely because they know well they are risk factors to transmit the pandemic.

“We are the first risk factors who can spread COVID-19 easily therefore, we have to vaccinate before others due to contacts we make with patients,” said Vicent Mugambira, a health practitioner.

According to the Ministry of Health, the third dose will focus on those who received the first and second phases of the vaccine.

“COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is an additional dose that is given to eligible groups at least 6 months (180) days after being fully vaccinated. It can be considered as the third dose for those who received a single dose type of vaccine,” the Ministry’s announcement reads.

Despite the third wave of COVID-19, there are concerns and uncertainty on the times a person should vaccinate.

“I would like to know how comes for the person to be considered as fully vaccinated while there is a remaining dose,” a tweep responded to the Ministry’s announcement.

Since last week, the vaccination program of students in the range age of 12-17 is going on countrywide but parents have to first sign consent forms on their behalf.

Rwanda target to vaccinate 30 percent of its population by the end of December.

 

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UN Agency Says Travel Bans over Omicron a ‘Mistake

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Many countries across the globe have rushed to impose travel ban on arrivals to countries in the southern africa region following the emergence of a more deadly covid-19 strain known as omnicron in South Africa.

 

Passengers from most countries in South African Development Community bloc are banned from entering various countries across the globe.

 

Like many other countries responding to the quick spread of Omnicron, Rwanda has banned passengers arriving from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Malawi.

 

The government of Rwanda said on Monday any passengers from the countries listed shall have to be quarantined for 7 days at their own cost.

 

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa said that travel bans to try and stop the omicron strain from spreading are a “mistake” and pose a greater risk to African economies than the threat of the virus itself.

The restrictions could push more people in the continent into poverty, said Vera Songwe, Uneca’s executive director. The agency was already estimating that 70 million jobs would be lost because of the pandemic, she said. 

Rwanda Issues New Conditions For Travelers From Southern Africa

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Rwanda Issues New Conditions For Travelers From Southern Africa

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Passengers arriving in Rwanda from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Malawi shall have to be quarantined for 7 days at their own cost, the government of Rwanda said on Monday.

A new coronavirus strain named Omicron potentially more contagious than previous variants and is fast spreading across the world and has forced governments to institute enhanced guidelines to quickly prevent the variants further spread.

Passengers arriving in Rwanda shall have to respect the new measures announced by the government on Sunday. It said that passengers arriving from the countries mentioned above are required to quarantine for seven days at their own cost at designated hotels upon arrival in Rwanda.

“The measure also applies to passengers who have visited any of these countries within seven days of arrival in Rwanda.”

Meanwhile, all other arriving passengers are required to quarantine for one day at their own cost in designated hotels. a covid-19 PCR test will be conducted on arrival also paid for by the passenger and an additional PCR test covered by the government of Rwanda will be administered at a designated testing site on day 7 after arrival in Rwanda.

RwandaAir flight to the South African countries are also suspended until further notice.

An extra-ordinary cabinet meeting held yesterday learned that despite the fact that Omicron variant is not yet detected in Rwanda, residents are required to be vigilant by enforcing preventive measures.  

Prior the announcement, Botswana’s Presidential COVID-19 Task Force also forewarned the public about the new variant cases in the country.

“The four cases were detected among travelers who tested SARS-COV-2 positive on routine pre-travel testing. The variant tests were carried out as part of the routine genomic surveillance of SARS-COV-2 as prescribed in our COVID-19 response plan.” the statement signed by Dr. K Masupu, Coordinator, Presidential COVID-19 Task Force reads.

UK has also imposed a travel ban on South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, and Eswatini.

Researchers around the world are still conducting multiple studies to better understand many aspects about Omicron.

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