Foreign Affairs
COVID-19 cases throughout Africa now exceed one million

COVID-19 cases throughout Africa have now exceeded one million persons infected. This was announced by the African Union that has been following the spread of the pandemic throughout the continent. The Union expressed its deep concern about the lack of swab-testing throughout Africa because this is leading to a nebulous picture of the pandemic throughout the continent.

As a result of increased cases in Europe, the UK has imposed 14 days of quarantine on all arrivals from Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas. Finance Minister
Rishi Sunak said the UK’s population should exercise great caution regarding its travels while the Government will continue updating the list of countries that are considered to be secure for travel.

”I know it’s frustrating, but it’s right that we keep things under review. And if we think that we can improve our health security by making these changes, of course, it’s the right thing for us to do so. So people should just constantly look at the guidance then heed what we’re saying and then make the best decisions they can, knowing that we are living in uncertain times.”

Sunak said it is being estimated that the aviation industry will take at least between three and four years to recover from the pandemic affects.

In Australia, the State of Victoria is preparing to close further frontiers following a record number of cases of infection. Victoria’s Head of Health aid the restrictions on the movements of persons are necessary to try and prevent new cases.

“But these are the decisions we have to take. It’s heart breaking, it’s very challenging, but unless we drive down movement, the number of people moving around Victoria, we won’t drive down the number of Coronavirus cases, and then we will remain in these terrible conditions, these very challenging rules, for much longer than we otherwise would. That’s not what we want, that’s not the advice of the experts, there is a lot of pain here, but ultimately there will be significant gain for all of us when we can move to reopen, when we can move past this second wave.”

Victoria currently has over 8,000 active cases of COVID-19.

The Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has appealed to all countries throughout the world to invest in health systems to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“While health has often been viewed as a cost, the first Coronavirus pandemic in history has shown how critical health investment is to national security, and health coverage is essential to our collective global health security. Building back stronger health systems will require political will, resources and technical expertise in high and low-income countries alike. That’s why WHO’s highest priority is to support all countries to strengthen their health systems so that everyone, everywhere can access quality health services when they need them.”

He added that the pandemic has affected all whether rich or poor while appealing to all to follow scientific advice to help overcome the pandemic.

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