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Makerere University to Open Coronavirus Information Site

Makerere University Kampala has announced plans to launch a website dedicated to providing information on the deadly coronavirus declared by World Health Organization as a global pandemic.

The university announced on Friday evening that the website, expected to go online on Saturday, is aimed at providing Africa with facts and research based information.

“To provide Africa with facts and research based information on COVID-19, we are launching a dedicated website for CODVID-19 where expert analysis, research news and updates about Coronavirus from our researchers will be published.

The East Africa’s oldest institution ranked number four in Africa is celebrated in research.

The website “coronavirus.mak.ac.ug will go live” concluded the brief statement.

The deadly virus that started from China and spread to other continents has by Friday evening affected 19 African countries including the neighboring Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.  Other affected African countries are Sudan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana and Guinea Bissau.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that Europe has become the epicenter of coronavirus.

“Europe has now become epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic,” said WHO.

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“Our message to countries continues to be: You must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all.”

Italy has reported highest daily jump in fatalities by 250 in last 24 hours, toll now at 1,266. According to the latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department, 250 more people died of disease on Friday. The total number of cases rose to 17,660 from 15,113 the day before, an increase of some 17%.

The world has by Saturday morning recorded 145,857 coronavirus cases. Out of the closed cases, 5,436 (7%) deaths recorded while 72,532 (93%) recovered. Currently active cases are 67,889 with mild condition figure at 61,807 (91%) and serious critical cases at 6,082 (9%).

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