Category: Covid 19

Another Kenyan succumbs to Covid-19 complications in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By Collins K’ebwato | KDRTV

A Kenyan American Mr. Richard Mumia Shimaka died last week in the US due to Covid-19 complications, raising the number of Kenyans who have died in the Diaspora through symptoms related to the deadly Corona Virus in the USA.

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Covid-19: 33 Ghanaians Have Died In New York – Ghana’s US Ambassador

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Baffour Adjei Bawuah has disclosed that a lot Ghanaians have died from COVID-19 in that country.

“Quite a number of Ghanaians have been affected and indeed we have 33 people who have been verified to have died from the disease in New York alone,” he said.

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Coronavirus kills 20 Ghanaians in the United States

By Rayliza

Twenty (20) Ghanaians living in the United States (US) have died after contracting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The figures were disclosed by officials of the Ghana Embassy in the United States of America (USA). The victims are reportedly members of the Ghanaian community, most of whom reside in New York and New Jersey.

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Worker From Congo Dies After COVID-19 Outbreak at Iowa Plant

By Associated Press

An immigrant from Congo who worked at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo has died of the coronavirus, the company confirmed. The Congolese community in Waterloo has been mourning the death of Axel Kabeya, which several members announced on social media.

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COVID-19: First batch of stranded Nigerians depart U.S.

By PM News | News Agency of Nigeria

About 160 Nigerians, including eight infants, who made the first batch of Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have returned back home. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the evacuees returned aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad.

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Fear keeps undocumented immigrants from hospitals despite coronavirus

By AFP

Fear of deportation. Fear of facing an unpayable bill. Fear of becoming a “public charge” and unable to obtain legal status. These are some of the reasons undocumented migrants including Africans are avoiding hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, many have contracted the disease and died, and the novel coronavirus is spreading with little check in the community.

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Nigerian-born Salon Owner Barely Staying Afloat as She Awaits Government Rescue Funds

By Doug Stone | Voice of America

Kemi Lawani tries to keep up her spirits in the face of financial adversity, especially in front of her two young children. But sometimes she can’t help but think the deck has been stacked against her amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdown in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota.

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Evacuation of 700 Nigerians from US begins on May 10

By Adelani Adepegba | The Punch

Evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the United States due to the novel coronavirus will begin on May 10, the Consulate of Nigeria in New York has announced. It said 700 Nigerians have registered with the missions in the US for the evacuation, which would be done in batches.

The Consul-General, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, disclosed this in a notice on Sunday.

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Some Africans are stranded in the United States, with no way home or health insurance: ‘We’re just trapped’

By Danielle Paquette  | The Washington Post

She was supposed to stay in New York for a month, exploring the city and swapping business cards. Then the pandemic struck, and her country shuttered its airports. Now, Nuong Faalong, a broadcast journalist from Ghana, is trapped on a friend’s pullout couch.

“This is a terrible nightmare,” said Faalong, 33, who doesn’t have American health insurance — or any idea when she can leave.

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Africa’s Billionaire Entrepreneurs Are Helping the Continent Battle the Covid 19 Challenge

By Ebimo Amungo

As Corona Virus ravages the world, straining health systems to creaking point in America, Italy, Spain, and countries considered advanced, the world watches with trepidation as the virus makes its way slowly, but surely, towards Africa. The World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have warned about the consequence of the virus taking hold in Africa. The prospects are dire for a continent with a dilapidated healthcare system and governments burdened with myriad fiscal and political challenges.

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