COVID-19 pandemic in Africa

Covid-19: Biggest Rise of Daily Cases in UK since February

A surge in cases of the delta variant continued to push the U.K.'s coronavirus infection numbers to levels not seen since the winter, even with most of the adult population now fully vaccinated.

With more than 60 percent of adults in the country having received two shots, there's growing optimism among experts that the vaccine roll-out has broken the link between cases and deaths.

Acute phase of pandemic nearing end in Turkey, says health minister

The "acute" phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey is nearing an end, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said as the country broke yet another record in the number of daily vaccines administered.

The daily virus cases have declined sharply over the past weeks, easing from more than 60,000 in mid-April to around 6,000 lately.

CHP slams gov’t over handling of pandemic

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) spokesperson Faik Öztrak has criticized the government's way of handling the normalization process in Turkey and the vaccination program amid the pandemic.

"A new easing period is now expected, but it is still unclear how the opening will be," he said on May 31 at a press conference.

South Africa steps up virus curbs against third wave

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on May 30 that South Africa would re-impose stricter measures against Covid-19 fearing the whole country will soon face a third wave of the pandemic.

Four of the nation's nine provinces, including Gauteng which boasts Johannesburg and Pretoria and has the biggest population, are already battling a third wave of infections, Ramaphosa said.

Nearly 500,000 Turkish teachers set to get COVID shots

With a national lockdown nearing its end, nearly half a million teachers and school staffers will be vaccinated for COVID-19, Turkey's National Education Ministry said on May 15. 

Vaccination appointments have been made for 499,000 personnel, including ones for preschool, primary school, and village schools plus other education staff, according to ministry officials.

UK Adds New Countries on Travel Ban Red List, See What They are

Travel from the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh is to be banned from next week, the government says.

They are being added to England's "red list" amid concerns about the spread of new Covid-19 variants.

From 04:00 on 9 April, international visitors who have travelled from or through those countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry.

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