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01
APR
3am

Confusion in Lesotho over COVID-19

Lesotho is among the few African countries that have not yet confirmed a case of COVID-19. The country however, relies on South Africa to help with testing as it does not have the capacity to do so. The mountain Kingdom this week joined many other nations into a lockdown, amid some Basotho not convinced that coronavirus is real. A top official in the country may have also caused further confusion around the virus through remarks about HIV treatment possibly helping cure COVID-19. More from a journalist in the country Rose Moremoholo.
01
APR
1am

It could take more than 15 months to develop a vaccine for COVID -19

Since 2000, the Vaccine Alliance, GAVI has proved instrumental in responding to both long-term disease transmission as well as responding to rapid outbreaks. Gavi helped facilitate wider access to 300-thousand investigational doses of the recently approved Ebola vaccine. To reflect on the work of GAVI in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the world to its knees, claiming tens of thousands of lives, Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso spoke to Managing Director of Country Programmes at Gavi, Thabani Maphosa
31
MAR
3am

Day 1 of lockdown chaotic in Lesotho

It was a chaotic day in Lesotho, as the mountain kingdom tried to enforce a three weeks lockdown to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order came into effect on Monday and is scheduled to last until the 21st of April. The tiny country has not confirmed any case of cronavirus so far, but it is landlock by South Africa which is battling an increase of confirmed cases, now sitting at over 1300 and three deaths. For more on how Basotho reacted to DAY 1 of the lock down, Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to a journalist in the country - Rose Moremohlo - who described a disorganized situation made worse for people who still have to provide essential services, due to transport curfews...
30
MAR
4am

Lesotho goes into a lockdown

Lesotho has joined many other nations in declaring a lockdown which came into effect at midnight and scheduled to last until the 21st of April. The mountain kingdom landlocked by South Africa has not recorded any confirmed cases of COVID-19. The country relies on South Africa to help with testing as it does not have the capacity to do so. For more on how Basotho are responding to prime minister Tom Tabane's decision to also institute a lockdown. Channel Africa's Jwalane Thulo spoke to a journalist in the country, Rose Moremoholo.
27
MAR
4am

Channel Africa team shares lockdown experience

South Africa today woke up into a new reality, the first day of the 21 day- national lockdown to help contain the spread of COVID-19 cases. Sadly, the country this morning reported its first deaths related to coronavirus, one at a public hospital and one at a private hospital. While many citizens are obliged to stay at home, those providing essential services have been allowed to continue going to work. As part of those still providing essential services, Channel Africa's morning current affairs team shared their experience driving to work on day one of the Lockdown. Here's Luyanda Maome the producer and reporter Jane Rabothata.
26
MAR
6am

Momentum metropolitan helps government fight COVID 19

South African based financial services group, Momentum Metropolitan, has partnered with Government and the National Department of Health to provide financial support for the various initiatives aimed at preventing and containing the impact of COVID-19 . The country currently sits with over 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19, amid government imposing stringent measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. For more on this issue, Channel Africa's Jwalane Thulo spoke to Damian McHugh, Executive Head of Sales and Marketing at Momentum Health Solutions.
24
MAR
4am

The effects of sleep deprivation

Health professionals are encouraging South Africans to find ways of boosting their immune systems in order to reduce their vulnerability to viruses including COVID-19. Research has shown that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Dr Robert Daniel, a Specialist Ophthalmologist in the country.
20
MAR
5am

UNICEF cautions against repeating Ebola mistakes in response to COVID 19

As the world intensifies efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN child agency, UNICEF is warning against a repeat of the mistakes of the big Ebola outbreak in West Africa. After the 2014-2015 outbreak, the number of children under-five who had died from other illnesses was more than the number of children who died from Ebola. This was due to the overwhelming of health facilities, which meant children could not find care for preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Gabriele Fontana, UNICEF's Regional Advisor for Health in Eastern and Southern Africa..
20
MAR
3am

Protecting children from COVID-19

Save the Children South Africa, is calling on parents, guardians and caregivers to be extra cautious to ensure that children are protected from COVID-19. Children are particularly vulnerable because they like to touch and taste the world around them. They often do not understand health advice and tend to have weaker immune systems than adults. For more on this issue, Channel Africa's Lulu Gaboo spoke to Steve Miller, CEO of Save the Children South Africa....
19
MAR
6am

The impact of COVID-19 on children

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, the UN child agency, UNICEF, says its work to provide children with health, education and nutrition has never been more critical. The agency however maintains that it is counting on donors to continue supporting its mission for those most vulnerable. Hundreds of millions of children have been forced to stay away from school, with South Africa adding to the numbers this week, following government's announcement of early school closure as one of the measures to curb the spread of the virus. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Gabriele Fontana, UNICEF's Regional Advisor for Health in Eastern and Southern Africa.
18
MAR
6am

Understanding how employers can respond to COVID-19 and leave

Early school holidays can wreak havoc with childcare arrangements and many working parents having to make urgent plans in order to ensure that their children are looked after. On Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a state of disaster which enables the country's Government to introduce far-reaching measures to deal with COVID-19. One of the measures introduced by Ramaphosa is the closure of all public schools from today until 14 April. So how should employers treat the absence of working parents who are forced to look after their children ? To help us answer this question, Channel Africa's Lulu Gaboo spoke to Lusanda Raphulu, Head of Employment and Benefits Practice at the law firm Bowmans.
17
MAR
7am

Creches also forced to close to avoid spread of coronavirus

Parents and Early Childhood Development practitioners in South Africa are frustrated by the order to also close ECD centres in compliance with president Cyril Raphosa's announced measures to stem the outbreak of COVID-19. Ramaphosa has prohibited gatherings of more than 100 people and has also ordered the early closure of schools for the first term, until the Easter weekend. For the first time, ECD centers and partial care facilities will also be shut down. Elaborating on concerns around this move is Abram Kgari, from Khomanani Early Development Forum in Randburg, north west of Johannesburg..

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