Virus Outbreak Impacts Africans at Home and Abroad

African nations are preparing for what experts believe is the inevitable emergence of cases of coronavirus on the continent. With growing economic ties and increased travel between the African continent and China, health professionals say they must be ready to treat and isolate cases.On Tuesday, Ethiopia announced it had quarantined three Ethiopian students and one Chinese student returning from a university in Wuhan, China. The students were stopped during a screening at the airport when it was discovered they had symptoms including sore throat and a cough.Dr. Munir Kassa, chief of staff for Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, said the country has been determined to stay ahead of the outbreak. Since the beginning of January, the Ethiopian government has communicated with the World Health Organization and the Chinese government for status updates. “We had several meetings and there is also an emergency center [that] has been activated. And so active surveillance and vigilance. So we have been doing active surveillance of the case for this potential threat,” he told VOA’s Horn of Africa service.Checking temperaturesAt Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has been using thermal scanners to take temperatures of airline passengers arriving from the affected Chinese region, quarantining anyone sick and taking the addresses of healthy people for follow-up visits. The country has set up quarantine centers and formed a high-level task force that reports to the prime minister.Kassa said they have screened 22,000 passengers and have sent samples from potential coronavirus cases for testing in South Africa.“So currently in our country, we don’t have anyone who has contracted this novel coronavirus and those who are suspected are under quarantine. So people can go about their daily business,”  Kassa said. There is no reason to “be afraid currently.” But, he added, “because this is a global issue, particularly in China, and because we have frequent flights, people should take cautions.”Other African countries including Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda have begun screening passengers arriving from Wuhan.Passengers arriving on a China Southern Airlines flight from Changsha in China are screened for the new type of coronavirus, upon their arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 29, 2020.In Zimbabwe, WHO representative Dr. Alex Gasasira, said the organization has not yet declared the virus to be a “public health emergency of international concern” but is advising countries on how to screen, treat, quarantine and follow-up on suspected cases. He said even countries that do not have high volumes of travelers from China are still at risk.“As long as the country receives travelers, there’s always a risk,” Gasasira said. “Because some of the people from the affected areas may travel while demonstrating symptoms. Some travel before they have any symptoms, but develop symptoms after arriving in the country.”Gasasira said there have been no reported cases of the virus in Zimbabwe, but health officials have recorded information on people who have traveled to the affected region and are following up on them. “The health authorities know where these travelers are going and checking them on a daily basis to ensure that they don’t report symptoms and then give them the right information, if they develop symptoms, what to do,” he told VOA’s Zimbabwe service in a phone interview.Students study in ChinaAfrican travelers to China, particularly students have also been affected by the outbreak. An estimated 61,000 African students are studying in China and many now face canceled classes and a limited ability to move freely.A Mozambican engineering student in Beijing told VOA’s Portuguese Service that it is becoming hard to get food and that many African students are considering returning home. “We are afraid. We are afraid to go outside. We are afraid to be with other people,” said Francisco Sithoi Jr, a 22-year-old civil engineering student at Beijing University of Technology. “We are afraid even to go to the bathroom because, here in my school, we have a public bathroom. And we know that coronavirus, you can get it even from touching something that someone who has it has touched. So we are afraid almost of everything.”A Rwandan student studying in China told VOA’s Central Africa service that classes have been canceled until at least Feb. 13, students have been instructed to stay inside their buildings and were told to buy groceries that could last for at least three weeks.Another student from Cabo Verde studying in Wuhan said fear is growing, but people are trying to remain calm and focus on safety. “I’ve been trying my best to keep myself safe from what has happened,” Wagner Perei, a computer science master’s student, told VOA’s Portuguese service. “I’ve been trying to stay indoors most of the time and they’re just praying that everything’s going to be over soon.”This story originated in VOA’s Africa Division with reporting contributions from the Horn of Africa Amharic service’s Eden Geremew, Portuguese service’s Amancio Vilanculos and Alvaro Andrade, Zimbabwe service’s Gibbs Dube and Central Africa service’s Etienne Karekezi. 


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Законопроєкт заборонятиме використання тварин в усіх розважально-видовищних шоу…


Наявність е-посвідчення дозволятиме водію посадку на літак і в поїзд у межах України – Криклій

Електронне посвідчення водія можна буде використовувати для реєстрації під час подорожей літаком і поїздом у внутрішньому сполученні, повідомив міністр інфраструктури України Владислав Криклій.

«Сьогодні ми зробили ще один маленький крок для зручності пасажирів у рамках великої реформи з цифровізації транспортних послуг. На засіданні уряду підтримали впровадження експерименту: під час подорожі поїздом, а також в аеропортах під час реєстрації та оформленні багажу на внутрішніх авіарейсах для посвідчення особи пасажира можна буде використовувати електронне посвідчення водія через додаток «Дія» у смартфоні», – сказав Криклій.

Він назвав новацію зручною, сучасною і такою, що «позбавляє пасажирів зайвого клопоту».

У грудні 2019 року Кабінет міністрів почав тестувати мобільний додаток «Дія». Зокрема повідомлялося, що з його допомогою можна буде використовувати цифрові документи замість пластикових.

 


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Юрій Курбаль, один з керівників “Київпастрансу” дозволяє вигравати тендера компанії свого дядька. І робить вигляд, що вони незнайомі. Журналісти виявили це ще у 2018-му і ттоді поліція почала розслідування. Проте за рік нічого не змінилось. Хоча ні, тепер тендерів у компанії дядька стало ще більше
 

 
 
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Americans Pass Health Test After Being Evacuated from China

A plane evacuating more than 200 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test in Anchorage, where the aircraft had stopped to refuel.All 201 passengers had already been through two screenings in China and were screened twice more in Anchorage by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One passenger received medical attention for a minor injury that happened before boarding the airplane in China, according to a news release from Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services.A nearly empty lobby at the North Terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, is shown, Jan. 28, 2020.The U.S. government chartered the plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the latest coronavirus outbreak started, and other U.S. citizens. The plane landed Tuesday night in Anchorage. The Americans will undergo additional health screenings in California and will be temporarily housed there for a period of time as they finish the repatriation process, the statement said.
“For many of us directly involved, this has been a moving and uplifting experience,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “The whole plane erupted in cheers when the crew said, `Welcome home to the United States.'”
“This is the best possible outcome,” added DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “We wish these passengers the best of luck as they complete their journeys home and I am deeply grateful to everyone who came together to assist us in helping with this repatriation effort.”The plane is now scheduled to land at March Air Reserve Base in California’s Riverside County, instead of the original plan to go to Ontario International Airport in neighboring San Bernardino County.
Curt Hagman, an Ontario airport commissioner, said the Centers for Disease Control announced the diversion.
“We were prepared but the State Department decided to switch the flight” to the airbase, Hagman said.
Officials at the Ontario airport 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Los Angeles had been readying facilities to receive and screen the repatriates and temporarily house them for up to two weeks — if the CDC determined that is necessary, said David Wert, spokesman for the county of San Bernardino.
Ontario International Airport was designated about a decade ago by the U.S. government to receive repatriated Americans in case of an emergency overseas, but it would have been the first time the facility was used for the purpose, Wert said.People wait as medical staff (back) wear protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, Jan. 24, 2020.Wuhan is the epicenter of a new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100 people. China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further. In addition to the United States, countries including Japan and South Korea have also planned evacuations. Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and in more severe cases shortness of breath or pneumonia.
 
The Americans aboard the white cargo plane with red and gold stripes left Wuhan before dawn Wednesday, China time. They arrived in Anchorage at the mostly desolate North Terminal just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, local time. The jetway was extended from the end of the terminal, but it also had no windows. Passengers were not visible. Media were held in a concourse between the airport’s two terminals, about 100 yards (91.4 meters) from the plane. Airport workers were buzzing around the plane after it landed.
The passengers were isolated in the airport’s international terminal, which lies mostly dormant in the winter months. The terminal is not connected to the larger and heavily used domestic flights terminal, and each has separate ventilation systems, said Jim Szczesniak, manager of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
“In the wintertime, we have the ability and the luxury of not having any passenger traffic over there, so it’s a perfect area for us to handle this kind of flight,” he said.  


У МЗС радять українцям уникати поїздок до Китаю

Міністерство закордонних справ України рекомендує українцям уникати поїздок до Китаю через спалах нового коронавірусу.

«Міністерство закордонних справ та Міністерство охорони здоров’я рекомендують громадянам України тимчасово утриматися від поїздок до провінції Хубей та міста Ухань, де є найбільший ризик зараження, а також відкласти свої подорожі, які не є вкрай необхідними, до інших територій Китайської Народної Республіки», – мовиться у повідомленні.

Тим українцям, які перебувають у Китаї радять бути уважними, уникати уражених вірусом регіонів, повідомляти про своє місце перебування до консульських установ України або зареєструватися на вебресурсі friend.mfa.gov.ua.

«Органами влади Китаю частково чи повністю карантинні заходи запроваджено у 16 містах провінції Хубей (Ухань, Хунган, Сян’ян, Їчан, Цзінмень, Сяннін, Хуанши, Суйчжоу, Сяньтао, Ечжоу, Цяньцзян, Еньши, Сяогань, Чжицзян, Дан’ян та Чибі). Крім того, підтверджено випадки інфікування цим небезпечним вірусом на території практично всіх китайських провінцій, міст центрального підпорядкування, автономних районів та спеціальних автономних районів Гонконг і Макао», – зазначили у міністерстві.

Станом на ранок 29 січня у Китаї підтвердили 132 летальних випадків захворювання на вірус. Його також виявили у інших країнах, включаючи Австралію, Німеччину, В’єтнам, Канаду, Малайзію, Сінгапур, США, Таїланд, Францію, Південну Корею, Японію та ОАЕ.

Виявлений нещодавно вірус належить до великої групи коронавірусів. У деяких випадках перебіг хвороби – легкий, в деяких – із симптомами застуди і грипу, зокрема з високою температурою і кашлем, у більш складних випадках спостерігається задишка. Це може перерости в пневмонію, яка може бути смертельною.


Source: Jet Carrying Americans from China Outbreak Zone Lands in US

An airplane that a federal official said was evacuating as many as 240 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak has landed in the U.S.The U.S. government chartered the plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the latest coronavirus outbreak started, and other U.S. citizens. The plane made a refueling stop in Alaska before flying on to Southern California, the U.S. Embassy in China has said.The white cargo plane with red and gold stripes and no passenger windows arrived at the mostly desolate North Terminal just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, local time.The jetway was extended from the end of the terminal, but it also had no windows. Passengers were not visible.Media were held in a concourse between the airport’s two terminals, about 100 yards (91.4 meters) from the plane. Airport workers buzzed around the plane after it landed.Alaska health officials said a news conference would be held later.New California destinationTuesday night, it was announced that the plane would land at March Air Reserve Base in California’s Riverside County instead of at Ontario International Airport in neighboring San Bernardino County.Curt Hagman, an Ontario airport commissioner, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the diversion.“We were prepared but the State Department decided to switch the flight” to the airbase, Hagman said.Wuhan is the epicenter of a new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100, and the official said Tuesday that the plane left the city before dawn Wednesday, China time. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.In Anchorage, Alaska, passengers were set to go through customs and CDC screening.“Then they will put them back on the plane and then send them on to their final destination,” said Jim Szczesniak, manager of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He didn’t know how long it would take beyond “hours.”A nearly empty lobby at the North Terminal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 28, 2020.Isolated in terminalThe passengers are being isolated in the airport’s international terminal, which lies mostly dormant in the winter months.Szczesniak stressed that the terminal is not connected to the larger and heavily used domestic flights terminal, and each has separate ventilation systems.The lobby in the international terminal was nearly empty Tuesday afternoon, and an airport employee was seen jogging through the facility that has closed counters for companies like Korean Air, China Airlines and Asiana Airlines. There are two businesses operating at either end of the ticket counters, a 4×4 rental agency and a satellite office of the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.Because the terminal is only active in the summer, it allows the airport to practice situations such as this one.“In the winter time, we have the ability and the luxury of not having any passenger traffic over there, so it’s a perfect area for us to handle this kind of flight,” Szczesniak said.Officials at the Ontario airport 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Los Angeles had been readying facilities to receive and screen the repatriates and temporarily house them for up to two weeks, if the CDC determined that is necessary, said David Wert, spokesman for the county of San Bernardino.Ontario International Airport was designated about a decade ago by the U.S. government to receive repatriated Americans in case of an emergency overseas but it would have been the first time the facility was used for the purpose, Wert said.China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further. In addition to the United States, countries including Japan and South Korea have also planned evacuations.


US, Japan Evacuate Citizens from China as Coronavirus Outbreak Toll Rises to 132

The first evacuations of foreign nationals from China took place Wednesday as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak soared to 132 people.A chartered jet flew 206 Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, to Tokyo’s Haneda airport Wednesday.  Four passengers were taken to a hospital after complaining of feeling ill.  Medical personnel were on board the flight to screen the passengers before take-off and again when the plane landed.  The Associated Press says a chartered jet evacuated an unknown number of Americans out of Wuhan on a flight to Anchorage, Alaska, where they will be re-screened for the virus.  Australia, New Zealand, France, Russia and other nations also have announced plans to evacuate their citizens out of Wuhan this week.  In addition to the increased death toll, Chinese health authorities say the total number of confirmed cases has soared above 5,900, far exceeding the number of people infected during the outbreak of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that killed 800 people worldwide between 2002-2003.Authorities have imposed a virtual quarantine on Wuhan, banning people from traveling in and out of the city. Several other cities in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, are facing heavy restrictions on movement. Wuhan is racing to complete two new field hospitals to treat the growing number of patients. The virus is believed to have emerged late last year at a Wuhan seafood market illegally selling wildlife.Passengers wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus arrive at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Jan. 29, 2020.The United Arab Emirates Wednesday confirmed that a family that had recently arrived from Wuhan has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, making them the first confirmed cases in the Middle East. The UAE has now joined a list of more than a dozen countries with confirmed cases of the virus, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. The World Health Organization says most of those are people who had a travel history in Wuhan, with several others having contact with someone who traveled there.Several nations have imposed strict travel restrictions to China, while Mongolia has closed its vast border with its neighbor. Malaysia and Hong Kong have banned entry to visitors from Wuhan, and Hong Kong has suspended all high-speed rail and ferry services from the mainland beginning Friday.The virus hit China just as it was beginning celebrations to mark the Lunar New Year, resulting in the canceling or the scaling back of festivities for tens of millions of Chinese. Chinese officials took an extra step Sunday to extend the Lunar New Year holiday three extra days to cut down on group gatherings.There have been no reported deaths linked to the virus outside of China.Chinese President Xi Jingping vowed the country will conquer the fight against a “devil” coronavirus outbreak during his meeting Tuesday in Beijing with Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, according to state-run news outlets.  Xi was quoted telling Ghebreyesus “we cannot let this devil hide.”