Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

first_imgNkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.”That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.  African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.”The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa. Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.”This will save lives and save (the) economy.”Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill: “The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options. “I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.” HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor. The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records: Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislationlast_img read more