Africa reports ‘hopeful’ daily drop in coronavirus cases

first_img“It’s a good thing that suggests that we are doing the right things on the continent,” he said. “We take this news with cautious optimism because we really want our population to continue not to show what we call prevention fatigue.”Nkengasong also announced Thursday that Africa had crossed the threshold of 10 million COVID-19 tests, suggesting that some progress has been made in addressing the continent’s considerable testing limitations. He acknowledged, though, that testing is still well below what is needed to give a full picture of how the pandemic is progressing on the continent.The Africa CDC announced last week that it would start large-scale antibody testing and that seven countries would participate in the first phase: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria and Morocco. Even with limited data, African health officials are increasingly sure that most coronavirus cases are asymptomatic — Nkengasong put the portion at 70 to 80 percent — and that deaths are relatively low, Nkengasong said. “For sure our deaths… are not as high as in other parts of the world,” he said, noting that official data put the fatality rate at 2.3 percent and there was little evidence this figure was off-base.”We are beginning to be comforted with that number,” he said. “Member states are looking actively as to whether deaths are occurring massively in the community, and that is not the case.” “It is very, very early. We are dealing with a very delicate virus that spreads very quickly, but it’s important to recognize those slight tendencies that are positive.”  Africa had recorded 1,147,369 cases as of Thursday morning, about half of which were in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest total globally.South Africa has seen its number of daily confirmed cases fall from a peak of over 12,000 to an average of 5,000, driving the drop in the continent-wide average.But Nkengasong noted Thursday that countries in West and Central Africa were showing “similar trends”.  Average daily cases of coronavirus in Africa fell last week, a “hopeful sign” for the continent’s fight against the disease, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before, Dr John Nkengasong said at a press briefing, adding that officials were greeting the news with “cautious optimism”. “We have begun to bend the curve slowly,” he said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Woods struggles with greens in first round since Masters

first_imgTiger Woods watches his approach shot on the third hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiger Woods’ first round since the Masters left him perplexed and questioning his putting.Woods shot an opening-round even par 71 at the Wells Fargo Championship, leaving him six shots behind leader John Peterson, but in decent position with 54 holes left to play.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident He won this tournament 11 years ago, but hasn’t played here since missing the cut in 2012. He said the Quail Hollow course is much more difficult than the previous time he teed it up, but he feels as if he is playing well enough to be a factor.“Ball-striking-wise, I’m fine,” said Woods, who received a warm welcome from the fans on the first tee box in his return to Charlotte. “I’m right there. If I make a couple putts, I’d be 2 or 3-under par, which is fine.”Woods said his putting woes may have been the result of starting late in the day. He felt the grass on the greens had grown since earlier. He knows that won’t be the case on Friday when he will be in one of the first groups off the tee.“It should be a little quicker,” he said.Woods finished tied for 32nd in last tournament at Augusta National after a final-round 69. Strangely enough, Woods said Augusta National is probably the easiest course he has played all year in terms of scoring.“Seriously,” Woods said. “Most of the golf courses I’ve played have been really difficult setups. … Augusta was more wide open than pretty much any event I’ve played in so far this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Well, that is if the 42-year-old can figure out the speed of the greens at the Quail Hollow Club.“They are on the slower side. They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way,” Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion. “What I was feeling and what I was sensing just didn’t match up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens.On a day when fans joked that Woods and playing partner Patrick Reed were “twinning” — they wore similar pink shirts and carded the same score — his round easily could have been three to four strokes better had he holed a few makeable putts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie. He took three putts on Nos. 4 and 16 and was exasperated after missing out on a chance to birdie the difficult closing 18th hole, rolling a putt just past the cup.Woods came up with a couple of big putts though, rolling in a 27-footer for birdie on No. 8 and a bender from 17 feet on the over-the-water par-3 17th hole to save par.Woods’ best finish this season is a tie for second at the Valspar Championship, but said he’s still trying to get a gauge for where his overall game is following years of persistent back problems.“I felt like I’ve played my way into playing shape now — whether it’s the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week,” Woods said. “I feel like I’ve played my way into the rhythm of it. Now I’m just trying to get a little better.”Woods has not won on the PGA Tour since 2013, but is optimistic about his prospects this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more