Category Archives: Medical

Public Face of South Africa’s COVID-19 Fight Dies of Virus Complications

South Africa is mourning the sudden death of Jackson Mthembu, a cabinet minister and presidential adviser who was the public face of South Africa’s fight against COVID-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa offered condolences in a statement Thursday, saying he was shocked

US Pledges to Join World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Global Vaccination Initiative

The leading infectious disease expert in the United States says the country will participate in the global initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and

Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Dies of COVID-19

Zimbabwe is mourning the death of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo. The government said the country’s top diplomat died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19. Moyo gained international notoriety as an army general, becoming the spokesperson of the 2017

COVID-19 Kills Two Malawian Cabinet Members; President Declares State of National Disaster

BLANTRYE, MALAWI – Two ministers in the cabinet of Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera died Tuesday from COVID-19. The southern African country is dealing with a steep rise in cases, and in a televised address the president urged Malawians to take

Assault on US Capitol Possible COVID-19 Superspreader Event, Experts Say

Health professionals and other scientists are concerned that the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday may also have been a COVID-19 superspreader event. The shouting mob that invaded the building was largely unmasked and not observing social distancing as

South African President Reinstates Restrictions to Control Resurgence of COVID Cases

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he is reinstating a ban on alcohol sales and ordered the closure of all bars as a necessary step to control a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant of the virus. During

Malawi Musicians Obtain Injunction Against COVID-19 Ban

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – A group of musicians in Malawi has obtained a court order halting enforcement of a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people to curb COVID-19.  Malawi’s government this week reintroduced the restrictions after a jump in

US Considers Requiring Travelers from Britain to Prove They Tested Negative for COVID-19

U.S. officials are considering a requirement for all travelers from Britain to offer proof they have tested negative for COVID-19. News outlets say the White House coronavirus task force met Monday and discussed crafting a rule that passengers prove they

South Africa Identifies New, Virulent Strain of COVID-19

South African health officials say a new variant of the COVID-19 virus is driving up the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Officials said Monday the variant, known as 501.V2, appears to be more infectious than the original virus.

Biden to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to receive a COVID-19 vaccination Monday. Biden said in a statement he looks forward to having it administered publicly “and continuing to build confidence in the scientific process.” Other U.S. leaders received their vaccinations