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US slap tough sanctions against Ugandan officials over 2021 poll violence

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The US government has today slapped sanctions against some Ugandan officials responsible for undermining the democratic process in Uganda and massive human rights violations during the 2021 elections.

The sanctions released in a detailed statement by the US government secretary of state Antony John Blinken as below

Study Finds Risk of Rare Blood Clotting Higher in COVID-19 Patients than Vaccines

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have reported that the risk of the rare blood clotting known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) following COVID-19 infection is around 100 times greater than normal, several times higher than it is after vaccination or following influenza.

The study authors led by Professor Paul Harrison and Dr Maxime Taquet from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry counted the number of CVT cases diagnosed in the two weeks following diagnosis of COVID-19, or after the first dose of a vaccine. They then compared these to calculated incidences of CVT following influenza, and the background level in the general population.

COVID Long Way From Over as Cases and Deaths Surge – WHO

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a long way from over but there are many reasons to be optimistic, according to the head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

Although January and February saw six consecutive weeks of plummeting COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization chief said that had gone into reverse, with last week yielding the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week so far. 

We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases, and four weeks of increasing deaths”, told journalists at a regular media briefing. While acknowledging that vaccines are vital and powerful instruments, the WHO chief reiterated that they are not the only tools needed to defeat the coronavirus.

Low-Income Countries Have Received Just 0.2 Per Cent of All COVID-19 Shots Given

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The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, with only 0.2 per cent coming to low-income countries like Uganda. 

Statistics released by the World Health Organization show that on average in high-income countries 1 in 4 people has received a COVID-19 vaccine, yet in low-income countries it’s 1 in 500+. More than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally. 

Bunyoro Kingdom on the death of Prince Philip

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Exactly 122 years after the capture and humiliaton of one of Africa’s celebrated heros by the British colonialists, his subjects, who this week also commemorate 98 years since his death, are in jubilations over the death of Prince Philp, a British Mornach, whose parents’ generation presided over murder and plunder of an industrious generation in Western Uganda,now rising from the cinders after large quantities of oils and gas were finally cleared for extraction, a distant breakoff from the colonialists directive that Bunyoro, a place to watch, be kept in limbo.

End of Road: US rapper DMX 50, passes on

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DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50.”We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” family’s statement read in part.

The artist had been hospitalized since last week when he suffered a heart attack at his home in New York, according to his longtime attorney, Murray Richman.

End of Road : Britain’s Queen Elizabeth husband Prince Philip dead at 99

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The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip – has died, Buckingham Palace has said.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Medicines Agency Adds Blood Clots on Possible Effects of AstraZeneca Vaccine

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COVID-19 vaccine research continuesThe European Medicines Agency has said that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added as a possible adverse side effect of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The recommendation was made after a review of 63 cases of reported blood clots that developed moments after receiving the vaccine from several European countries. The majority of the cases were among females below 60 years of age, some aged 24, who developed clots after receiving their first vaccine jab.

Rwanda’s genocide wounds yet to heal as AU marks 27 of tragedy

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A number of diplomats from the African Union and Western countries are meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to mark the 27th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide.

April 7, is dedicated as a day of remembrance of the victims of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people were slaughtered by ethnic Hutu extremists within a period of 100 days. The killers were targeting members of the minority Tutsi community, as well as their political opponents, irrespective of their ethnic origin.

‘Discriminatory’: Kenya hits back after United Kingdom travel ban

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Kenya hit out at the United Kingdom after London added the east African country to its coronavirus travel ‘red list’.

In a strongly-worded statement on Saturday, Kenya’s foreign affairs ministry said the decision was ‘discriminatory’ and lacked ‘logic and scientific knowledge of the disease or the spread of the pandemic’.

On Friday, the UK announced new travel restrictions against travelers from Kenya saying it had established the South African coronavirus variant was fast spreading locally in the country.

The decision means that Kenyans or anybody transiting through Kenyan airports is banned from setting foot in the UK starting on April 9.

WHO Launches Initiative to Tackle Misinformation

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Viral Facts Africa, an initiative to combat health misinformation online, has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Viral Facts Africa will leverage the insights and reach out to a network of 14 organizations to counter health misinformation as it spreads and to guard people against falsehoods. The initiative is starting with engaging health fact checks, explainers, myth busters and misinformation literacy messages that are optimized for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rwandans react to report on France’s 1994 genocide role

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Rwandans visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial react to the publication of a report Friday on France’s role in their nation’s 1994 genocidal atrocity against the Tutsi ethnic group.

The report — based on research led by historian Vincent Duclert, concludes there had been a “failure” on the part of France under former leader Francois Mitterrand.

Jean Dushimimana, a visitor at the museum, appears to have mixed feelings.

“There is nothing that the French can do to pay back for what they did (in the genocide) but what I would say is that maybe they could do something for the victims and the survivors who are still suffering from the effects of the genocide to help them improve their lives.”

Global COVID-19 Infections Rise for Fourth Consecutive Week

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COVID-19 confirmed cases continued to rise around the world for a fourth consecutive week, with around 3.3 million new cases reported in the past seven-day period.

However, the number of new deaths from the coronavirus levelled off after a six-week decrease, with just over 60,000 new deaths reported. According to the World Health Organisations Weekly Epidemiological Update, Europe and the Americas continued to account for nearly eight in 10 of all cases and deaths.