The Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November. The WHO has listed it as a ‘variant of concern’ and said it could take several weeks to know if there are significant changes in transmissibility, severity, or implications for Covid vaccines, tests, and treatments. Australia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain, Israel, Hong Kong, Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada are countries where the new COVID-19 variant has also been detected.
Gbenga Okejimi, World Remit Country Manager (Ghana and Nigeria) speaks to Guardian TV on how World Remit is facilitating global remittances across Africa. WorldRemit is a cross-border digital payments service that provides international money transfer and remittance services in more than 130 countries and over 70 currencies.
Activists at COP26 tell the rich world to get its head out of the sand and keep its promises on climate change. Africa is paying an outsized price for pollution by developed nations. Also, Covid-19 has kept the border between DR Congo and the Republic of Congo closed for a year and a half. Those who depend financially on inter-country travel are barely hanging on. And Libya starts registering presidential candidates for a December election it hopes will bring stability.
Stopping deportations would "motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home." Afghan authorities have asked them to stop until October.
The global economy is heading for its strongest - but most uneven - recovery on record. The World Bank has warned that more international cooperation is needed to ensure more equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to help developing economies rebuild. Franziska Ohnsorge, Manager of the Prospects Group at the World Bank, says that vaccinations and economic recovery will go hand in hand. Also in the show: French gyms prepare to reopen after a more than seven month closure.
As a result of oil production cuts, price instability, and disruptions in the oil supply chain, the case for diversification has intensified in Nigeria, which is why the current administration is making attempts to diversify Africa's largest economy away from crude to gold. How successful will the new quest be?
Heavy rain and storms exacerbated by climate change particularly affected East Africa, Asia and South America in 2019, according to the latest Climate Risk Index.
Traditional staple food 'Fufu' common in many countries in West Africa and Central Africa is getting attention and popularity among different people in the United States and around the world.
Nigeria, Africa's largest country by population is also forced to depend on the limited amount of Covid-19 vaccines produced internationally. Here are the reasons why Nigeria can’t produce COVID-19 vaccines now.
Niger Govt. sacks 80 civil servants for fraud, Lagos State pledges 20 cars to outstanding teachers and more
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