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Day: July 22, 2020

Will Covid-19 mutate into a more dangerous virus?
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Will Covid-19 mutate into a more dangerous virus?

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, there are concerns that it will mutate into a form that is more transmissible, more dangerous or both, potentially making the global health crisis even worse. What do we know about the way the virus is evolving? Is the virus mutating? All viruses mutate and the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is no exception. Mutations arise when the virus replicates inside cells and mistakes are made in copying its genetic code. Unlike humans, whose genes are written in double-stranded DNA, the coronavirus genes are carried on single-stranded RNA. How fast is the virus mutating? The coronavirus is actually quite stable. Scientists have analysed about 13,000 samples in Britain since mid-March and found that new mutations appear roughly t...
US signs contract with Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine doses
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US signs contract with Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine doses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for a December delivery of 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine the pharmaceutical company is developing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Wednesday. The U.S. could buy another 500 million doses under the agreement, Azar said. “Now those would, of course, have to be safe and effective” and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Azar said during an appearance on Fox News. Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced separately that the agreement is with HHS and the Defense Department for a vaccine candidate the companies are developing jointly. It is the latest in a series of similar agreements with other vaccine companies. The agreement is part of President Donald Trump's Ope...
Baiden, Obama, criticise Trump
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Baiden, Obama, criticise Trump

Former Vice President Joe Baiden and his old boss, former President Barack Obama sat down for a socially distant conversation to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the steps they believe need to be taken to right the American economy. A minute-long teaser video released by the Joe Baiden campaign on Wednesday shows only a brief portion of the in-person discussion, but features both Obama and Biden clad in black face masks as they arrive for the conversation, as the two discuss their incredulity at President Donald Trump's handling of coronavirus. "Can you imagine standing up when you were president and saying, ‘It's not my responsibility. I take no responsibility.' Literally. Literally," Biden says in the teaser's open. "Those words didn't come out of our mouths when we we...
President Akufo-Addo cuts sod for €70 million Eastern Regional Hospital
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President Akufo-Addo cuts sod for €70 million Eastern Regional Hospital

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, onWednesday, 22 nd July, 2020, cut the sod for the commencement ofconstruction of Phase One of the new 600-bed Eastern Regional Hospital – aproject which will be completed in 36 months. According to President Akufo-Addo, “Phase one of this new hospital projectwill involve the construction of a two hundred and eighty-five (285) bedfacility, out of the total capacity of six hundred (600) beds. Once fullycompleted, it will be fitted with the requisite teaching and learning facilities, and will position the Eastern Region on the right side of the healthcare map of our country.” When completed, the President stated that the new Eastern Regional Hospital will handle and help improve acute care and referral services, as we...
Whip disagrees with call to invite shooting Minister before Privileges Committee
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Whip disagrees with call to invite shooting Minister before Privileges Committee

First Deputy Majority Chief Whip Mathew Nyindam, has condemned, the shooting incident involving Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister for Special Initiatives and MP for Awutu Senya East. He, however, disagreed that she should be hauled before the Privileges Committee of Parliament for the reported shooting, stressing that the Police should be allowed to investigate the matter and get to the root of it. Speaking to journalists at the Parliament House, in Accra, the Whip said some information he had gathered, indicated that Mrs Koomson admitted the shooting, but added that “I think it has to do with the Police, and the Police must do their investigation and get to the bottom of it. “But for somebody to say she should be called before the Privileges Committee, I disagree with that.” ...
Calls on finance Minister to account for COVID-19 expenditure wrong- Assibey Yeboah
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Calls on finance Minister to account for COVID-19 expenditure wrong- Assibey Yeboah

Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, on Tuesday, said calls on the Minister to account for the monies approved by Parliament to fight COVID-19 pandemic during the mid-year budget review are wrong. He explained that all the country’s expenditures at the end of each year, are submitted to the Auditor General to audit, after which he submits the accounts back to the House. Dr Assibey-Yeboah gave the opinion at the Parliament House, Accra, ahead of the presentation of the mid-year budget review to Parliament by the Finance Minister on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Dr Assibey-Yeboah asked: “How can the Minister who have been given money come to the House to say, I am accounting for this… it is for the Auditor General to vet the accounts and submit a repo...
CBG renovates Airport District Police Station, supports two others
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CBG renovates Airport District Police Station, supports two others

The Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) has renovated the Airport Police Station and supported the Accra Central Police Divisional Headquarters and the East Legon District Police Headquarters, in Accra. The support is to enable the Service to deliver on its mandate, particularly, in the era of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, where they are charged to perform additional tasks, such as enforcing the COVID-19 Safety Protocols. A statement from the CBG, explained that the indigenous bank gave the Airport District Police Station, a complete facelift and furniture, household appliances and electronic gadgets to the Accra Central Police Divisional Headquarters and East Legon District Police Headquarters. At a short ceremony to hand over the newly renovated Airport Police Station, the Managin...
Bring justice to 44 murdered Ghanaian migrants in Gambia- families
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Bring justice to 44 murdered Ghanaian migrants in Gambia- families

The families of more than 50 Ghanaians and other West African migrants killed in Gambia and Senegal 15 years ago have yet to learn the full truth and obtain justice concerning the massacre, 11 human rights organizations said Tuesday. Amid growing evidence that the murders were carried out by Gambian security force members acting on the orders of then President Yahya Jammeh, the groups called for an international investigation of the massacre. “A credible international investigation is needed if we’re ever going to get to the bottom of the 2005 massacre of West African migrants and create the conditions to bring those responsible to justice,” Emeline Escafit, legal adviser at TRIAL International, said Tuesday in a statement. “Until now, information has come out in dribs and d...
Let’s shift to righteous journalism – Affail Monney
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Let’s shift to righteous journalism – Affail Monney

Mr Roland Affail Monney, President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has asked journalists to shift from “evil to righteous journalism.” He expressed worry about how media reportage in the country was becoming provocative and unfortunately attracting more audience against reports that promoted peace and development. Mr Affail Monney was launching the “Watch Your Tongue”-(WYT), peace campaign towards the upcoming 2020 General Election. The campaign is on the theme: “Help maintain Ghana Peace” and would use conferences; virtual and roadshows in regions, visits to Parliament among others to sensitise the public on helping to maintain peace in the country. The GJA President said the “toxic media contents” were evil journalism, thus, journalists should avoid that and promo...
Minister advises traders to observe COVId-19 protocols
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Minister advises traders to observe COVId-19 protocols

Madam Elizabeth Naa Tawiah Sackey, the Deputy Greater Regional Minister, has urged traders not to relent in maintaining the health protocols against the COVID-19. She said considering the businesses being undertaken by traders, and their contact with persons, there was the need for them to practice personal hygiene and safety at all times to avoid contracting diseases. Madam Sackey gave the advice when she addressed traders at the end of her three-day tour of Makola, Agbobloshie and Adabraka markets in Accra. The tour formed the first part of the Minister’s programme to educate traders in the Region on the COVID-19, proper sanitation and the ongoing voters’ registration exercise. She asked the women to always put on the nose masks and should refrain from lowering them (masks) ...
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