Africa surpasses a million coronavirus cases

first_imgTopics : Algeria Algerians spent a bleak Eid el Adha festival under a strict lockdown that discouraged family visits and banned movement into or out of 29 of the country’s 48 wilayas (prefectures).The nation is the fifth worst-hit in Africa in terms of infections — a surge in the past few weeks has brought the total to over 33,000.Algeria has the continent’s third highest number of fatalities at 1,273, after South Africa and Egypt.The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the country’s economy, which is also facing the collapse of fossil-fuel prices. EgyptEgypt became the first African country to report a coronavirus case on February 14. So far, it has officially registered the continent’s second highest number of cases, with 95,000, including 4,630 deaths. Numbers of daily new infections have recently been falling steadily. From an average of 1,500 previously, new cases plunged below 200 this week.Jihane al-Assal, who heads the government’s anti-coronavirus scientific panel, told a TV talk show “Egypt has passed the peak of the pandemic”.At the weekend she announced the gradual closure of isolation hospitals, while assuring that the government was “preparing” for a potential second wave of the pandemic.However, the country’s health system has been severely strained and came close to “collapsing”, according to the doctors’ union, which recorded at least 134 deaths among its members due to COVID-19.A curfew imposed in March was lifted at the end of June.  Regular domestic and international air traffic resumed on July 1 and tourism, a key income generator for the country, is slowly picking up. The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday some countries have recently seen declines of around 20 percent in daily cases but it was too early to confirm this as a trend, while around 10 countries are still experiencing increases.Countries with high infections relative to the size of their populations are South Africa, Djibouti, Gabon, Cape Verde  and Sao Tome and Principe.Here is an overview of key countries: Nigeria Around 45,000 cases have been recorded in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, and more than 900 deaths.In June, the daily caseload rose by between 500 and 800 but latterly has dropped to between 300 and 400.Authorities say they are also gearing for a likely second wave as restrictions are eased. “New rise in cases are to be expected,” said the chief of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.Nigeria carries out only 3,000 tests per day, about a tenth of the number in South Africa, which has a much smaller population of 58 million.The epicenter is the commercial hub of Lagos with a population of 20 million. The authorities are loosening lockdown restrictions, allowing churches and mosques to re-open. South Africa The continent’s most industrialized economy has notched up more than 529,000 infections, 53 percent of the continental caseload, and the fifth biggest in the world.The good news is that numbers of daily infections have slightly decreased in recent days to below 10,000 cases compared to an average 12,000 during much of July.Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that cases in the epicenter, the commercial hub of Gauteng province, appeared to be plateauing. But he warned the risk of a second wave remained: “we are not out of the woods yet”.South Africa imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in March, including a ban on sales of alcohol and cigarettes. The restrictions have been progressively eased since June.The country has some of the best healthcare facilities on the continent, but the World Health Organization (WHO) this week deployed 43 experts to “strengthen” the nation’s response to the pandemic.Among its problems: more than 24,000 health workers have been infected — a tally bigger than the national caseload of many other African countries. Ethiopia Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, has seen a sharp upward trend with infections doubling in less than three weeks in July.It has so far recorded more than 20,000 cases and over 365 deaths.The figures are small relative to a population of 110 million, but the WHO frets unrest sparked by the killing of a pop star from the Oromo ethnic group could further accelerate transmission.The upward spiral is coinciding with mounting signs of virus fatigue.Once-ubiquitous hand-washing stations are becoming scarcer.Hitherto-empty restaurants are filling up, and even some health workers say they are struggling to maintain the same vigilance they had in March.Around three-quarters of all COVID-19 cases in Ethiopia are in the capital Addis Ababa. Coronavirus has now infected more than a million people in Africa, but hopes that the pandemic may be peaking in some countries are also leavened by fear of a second wave.Nations across the continent have recorded 1,000,054 infections and at least 21,724 deaths, accounting for around five percent of global cases, according to an AFP tally as of Thursday.Just five countries account for 75 percent of all cases in Africa, the continent’s health watchdog, the Africa Centers for Diseases Control, says. Zimbabwe Zimbabwe is among the countries where daily infections are steadily rising: numbers of diagnosed cases doubled over 10 days last month and now stand at 4,200, including 81 fatalities.The impoverished country is in a particularly precarious position. The health system is struggling with shortages of basic drugs and equipment, as well as an overburdened and underpaid staff.Nurses countrywide have been on a go-slow for months demanding improved remuneration and coronavirus protective gear. They have since been joined by senior and junior doctors.Burying a minister who died from COVID-19, President Emmerson Mnanagwa pleaded with health workers to act responsibly, promising their grievances will be addressed but not “at the expense of the loss of lives”. “When the pandemic spreads and the death toll rises there are no winners, none at all. We all die,” he said.last_img read more

Danish pension fund tenders $30m equities mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgKirstein has tendered a $30m (€22m) global equities mandate, on behalf of a Danish pension fund, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1358, the target is to outperform the MSCI World, MSCI AC World or similar index – irrespective of the style in the market – through a fundamental stock-selection process.The preferred vehicle structure will be a UCITS fund.All types of investment style – core, growth, value, quality or GARP, for example – will be accepted. Kirstein said the investor would consider only long-only products, while 130/30 products or similar products will not be accepted.All large-cap portfolios – i.e. pure mid or small-cap products – are of no interest to the investor, although portfolios with small allocations to small caps are acceptable.Leveraged products will not be accepted.The investor seeks a manager with a proven track record of at least three years.Kirstein placed the ”anticipated excess performance” at a minimum 2% per annum, with a “suitable” tracking error.It added that mandate size was initially expected to be in the range of $30m, with potential for “significant increases in the coming years”.The closing date for applications is 19 December.In a separate IPE-Quest search, QN1359, Grontmij Capital Consultants is conducting a pre-selection of non-listed European infrastructure investment opportunities, on behalf of a Dutch pension fund.The size of the envisaged investments will be approximately €10m-15m.The preferred strategies are core or value added.Grontmij said: “At this stage, we would like to ask you to provide us with an update on your existing European infrastructure investment opportunities that are accessible for our client. After this stage, the process will be followed by a preliminary assessment that will be based on a survey.”The closing date for this search is 11 December.For more information on both tenders, please click here.last_img read more

Colins 2018 NFL Mock Draft 40

first_img2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick, which Colin thinks this is a massive, shortsighted mistake.  Instead, they add the best running back in the draft in Saquon Barkley. Along with newly signed tackle Nate Solder, Barkley will provide a home run threat and balance in the run game. They could regret not using the pick to find  replacement for Eli.(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0, 3.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) 3. Jets (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Colin’s last mock had the Cardinals trading up to the third slot after missing out on Kirk Cousins, but the Jets beat them to the punch.  Even after signing Teddy Bridgewater, Rosen is the pick and long term answer. Most scouts think he’s the most refined passer in the draft, and is equipped to handle the glare of the New York media.(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017 10. Raiders: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio – Colin had the Raiders taking Roquon Smith (LB, Georgia) in his last mock, but Davenport returns this week. He’s a relatively unknown pass rusher with limitless athletic ability, and Jon Gruden needs defensive help. Davenport may be unknown, but made his presence known by dominating the competition at the Senior Bowl. Khalil Mack and Davenport would make a formidable duo.(1.0, 2.0 – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas San-Antonio) (3.0 Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia)Wanna see some hands and nuanced footwork, check out Marcus Davenport here. Makes it seem like such an easy sack, but if you watch how well he sets up the tackle you see why pic.twitter.com/0wO8LbDvD9— Coach Coker (@filmstudybuddy) February 6, 2018 11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin has been critical of Mayfield for maturity issues, but Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and doesn’t look like he’s the answer. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to make the call.Showing off the arm!! @bakermayfield feeling good throwing deep balls to his guys on @OU_Football Pro Day #Sooners #proday #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/Y7S4NxDdmf— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018 5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – No change here. With Case Keenum in now in the fold, Denver is out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go best available player with explosive pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller.(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (3.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018 4. Browns (From Houston):  Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State –  The Browns’ best cover corner, Jason McCourty, signed with New England so Cleveland grabs the draft’s corner in Ward. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine and his stock is rising as fast as any of this year’s prospects. He’s also not afraid to make a tackle. Cleveland getting a franchise QB and a shut down corner in the first four picks is a nice haul.(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama) (3.0 – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame)Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018 7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For the second mock in a row, Colin has Fitzpatrick falling to the Bucs. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average.(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame) (3.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018 6. Colts (From Jets) : Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame –  After trading down with the Jets and amassing more picks, new GM Chris Ballard continues to rebuild the roster with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Andrew Luck needs protection, Nelson can step in right away to help keep him upright.(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0, 3.0 – Calvin  Ridley, WR, Alabama)Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018 9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh AFC East elements in the second half of the season, IF he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0, 3.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group. pic.twitter.com/sjxQbHeEor— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018 8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – The Bears have an underrated roster but bolster their pass rush with the Edwards. He’s a quick twitch athlete, and helped his stock with a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine. The Bears get a fast, explosive disruptor to add to the mix.(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0, 3.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)👀 STONED LACK DRAFT WATCH – Tremaine Edmunds👀(1/7)Tremaine Edmunds, LB, VT6‘5” 253lbs#rannfl #rannflsuechtig #PathToTheDraft #nfldraft #ProDay #HardSmartTough #Hokies #Hokienation @alex_lacki @maine_savage23 @HokiesFB @VT_Football pic.twitter.com/I0wVaBdU0m— STONED LACK (@StonedLack) March 16, 2018 Advertisement After the Jets pulled off a trade with the Colts to move up to the third pick, Colin had to run back and re-work his mock draft. Mock draft 4.0 has a big shake up at the top based on a domino effect from deal. Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out for the fourth time.Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – After four mocks, Darnold is still the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. With the Jets moving into the 3 slot, the Browns can’t afford to pass on a QB. They get the best one in the draft.(1.0, 2.0, 3.0 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC)Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !USC 24, Texas 17 OTpic.twitter.com/R1jDYdnOhe— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017 Here’s Colin to run it down:The Colts-Jets trade caused a major shakeup atop the NFL Draft@ColinCowherd unveils his Mock Draft 4.0 pic.twitter.com/kcFJEYbDlg— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 19, 2018last_img read more