A joint operation yesterday against armed rebels near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola hot spot in Beni killed seven United Nations peacekeepers, as officials confirmed one more infection in the outbreak.Action targeted ADF strongholdThe action against the armed rebels, who have been responsible for several attacks against civilians in Beni that have stymied response activities, involved the UN mission known as MONUSCO and government armed forces. Their target was the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).Forces killed in the clash included one Tanzanian and six Malawian “blue helmets,” or UN soldiers, according to a UN report. Ten other peacekeepers were wounded, and another is missing. Several government soldiers and an unknown number of ADF fighters were also killed or wounded.According to a New York Times report, the joint forces came under attack while trying to remove rebel fighters from a stronghold in Kididiwe near Beni. UN officials speaking anonymously told the Times that the mission was successful, and a number of rebels were taken.In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the killing of the UN peacekeepers and called on armed groups to disarm and stop their destabilizing activities, which hurt the local population and complicate the Ebola outbreak response.He also urged the DRC’s government to keep taking steps to apprehend those responsible for attacks on civilians, government forces, and UN peacekeeping troops.Beni has been the scene of several violent attacks since the Ebola outbreak began in August, including one in September that resulted in a public mourning period that temporarily halted response operations.The joint mission push against the ADF forces in the area comes a week after a high-level visit by UN and World Health Organization (WHO) officials to address the security problems, which have been fueled by the DRC’s longstanding failure to protect citizens against armed groups in the eastern part of the country.One confirmed case, more probable illnessesMeanwhile, the DRC’s health ministry today reported one new case, which involves a patient from Katwa. Officials have been cleaning up their case database, which has resulted in the addition of seven probable cases in Kalunguta.The new developments bring the outbreak total to 352 cases, 305 of them confirmed and 47 listed as probable. One more death was reported, which involves a person from Katwa, lifting the fatality count to 210.Health officials are currently investigating 90 suspected Ebola cases, which is double the number the health ministry said they were investigating yesterday.In an update on vaccination efforts, the health ministry said it has used a different strategy to immunize people in Kalunguta, a “red zone” where the security situation doesn’t allow investigators to establish a contact list needed for the ring vaccination strategy used elsewhere in the outbreak region.Instead, health officials have used a targeted geographic vaccination strategy, which consists of vaccinating several households or even a whole village or district around a confirmed case.Overall, 31,224 people have been vaccinated, about half of them in Beni and 1,620 in the Kalunguta red zone.See also:Nov 15 UN reportNov 16 DRC updateNov 15 UN secretary-general statementNov 15 NY Times story
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Talk Africa: COVID-19 and Food Security South Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 South African lawmakers on Friday voiced concern over food insecurity threatening 8 million people in the country as a result of COVID-19.COVID-19 is a huge threat to food security and a large proportion of the population could experience food insecurity as a result of the pandemic, said Mondli Gungubele, chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Social Development.On Thursday, the committee was briefed by the national Department of Social Development and the provincial departments on the implementation of food distribution and progress on other programs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.The need to feed the South African people came out very strong in the meeting, Gungubele said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.“If we are supposed to feed 14 million people and we are only able to feed just over 5 million, then it is a serious problem,” he said.The committee heard that the demand for food far surpasses supply and the government’s ability to assist is limited, according to Gungubele.Furthermore, the impact of COVID-19 on food security will be prolonged, he said.The most worrying issue is food insecurity among the vulnerable, the chairperson said,Gungubele appealed to the government to do everything in its power to ensure that children, the vulnerable and people in dire need have access to food.“It is also important as a committee that we must express a strong appropriation to members of civil society who made contribution to feeding our nation, whether through donations or volunteering,” he said.As of Thursday, South Africa’s has reported 118,375 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 6,579 cases recorded in the previous 24 hours, the highest single-day surge since early March, according to the latest official figures.Meanwhile, 87 new deaths were reported, bringing the toll to 2,292.Related South Africa COVID-19 – REUTERS South Africa records two more COVID-19 deaths
In the 16th round of the “Optibet” Latvian Football Super League, the vice-leader RFS will play on his field with the result 5: 1 (1: 0). beat other Riga unit “Metta”. Content will continue after the ad Advertising Slovenian defender Žiga Lipuščeks scored two goals for the home team, Namdi Ofors, Aleksandrs Solovjovs and Jānis Ikaunieks scored one by one, and Raimonds Krollis stood out for the guests.The goal fell already in the second minute of the match, when Ofors scored his ninth goal of the season, becoming the most productive player of the club and reaching the second place in the list of snipers “Jūrmala” Spartaka “Nemanju Belakovič.The second goal was also scored with the head, after the long shot hit the tallest Lipušček and sent the ball under the crossbar. No one even really bothered him.In the 51st minute, Lipuščeks was “to blame” for scoring again, but again, the goalkeeper Helmuts Saulītis blocked the ball, but, trying to help him, Krollis headed the ball over his goal line, Saulītis caught the ball only after that.Five minutes later the ball hit the visitors’ goal again after touching the “Metta” defenders, but after Solovjov’s shot the ball bounced somewhere in the middle between the two “Metta” players, who tried to stop the ball at the goal line – 4: 0. After 65 minutes, the visitors nearly went up a goal, but Krollim’s free kick hit the crossbar.67 minutes into the game, Lipuščeka was the replacement.79 minutes into the match, the visitors’ central line of defense had to look on as fc. After a combination of several players on the left side of the field, Ikaunieks hit the goal in the penalty area, the ball is pushed into the goal for the third time after contact with the guest defender 5: 1.In the first round match, the RFS team celebrated a minimal victory with 1: 0, and Lipuščeks scored the only goal.Also in this round, on Saturday, “Spartaks” will host “Liepāja” at Jūrmala’s home, while on Sunday, the leader “Riga” will play at home with the “Tukums 2000” / TSS team in the opposite pole of the tournament table, “Ventspils” will welcome guests from “Daugavpils” club, but ” Valmiera “will duel with” Jelgava “in front of its fans.RFS has emerged as a leader in the Premier League, having 40 points in 16 battles. The second with 39 points in 14 matches is “Riga”, but the third place with 25 points is taken by “Valmiera”. Jūrmala “Spartak” has 22 points in 14 fights, “Ventspils” has accumulated 20 points in 15 dues, but “Daugavpils” and “Metta” team have 15 points in 15 matches, respectively. “Jelgava” has 14 points in 15 fights, “Liepāja” has 13 points in 14 games, but “Tukums 2000” / TSS has scored four points in 15 dues.