- Fresh details emerging indicate that there is an increase in cases of the coronavirus outbreak in China
- Challenges with regard to determining the number of infections has become a problem as various tools are being used
- On a global scale, the total infections are however reported to be about 60,000
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YEN.com.gh has learned that new methods of diagnoses led to about a 15,000 increase in cases of the coronavirus in China.
Information available shows that the standard way to confirm the status of a patient is slow and often misses infections in early stages.
Other diagnostic tools have increased the possibility of the presence of the disease in the Hubei province by 45% to nearly 50,000.
This has raised questions about the true scale of the crisis as there is no standard to determine it.
Per a report by Bloomberg, it also dashes hopes of a possible reduction in the number of cases as the number of those globally affected has shot up to about 60,000.
Until recently, several patients with symptoms akin to pneumonia found with the help of CT scans, could not be diagnosed as positive without an additional nucleic acid test.
An attempt to deal with the menace would require a consistent test of blood samples for antibodies.
The latest trends demand a change in method aimed at renewing efforts to ensure the adequacy and reliability of tests.
In the wake of efforts at eradicating the virus, accusations have flown about with regard to an apparent delay of news by local and central government officials.
It has been gathered that eight local doctors who tried to ring the alarm were reprimanded by local authorities but were later vindicated by the country’s Supreme Court.
In other news, Ghana’s gold producer, AngloGold Ashanti, has left South Africa after selling its mines there for $297 million.
The mining firm reached an agreement with Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited to offset its remaining assets and liabilities in the country.
Per a report by Business Insider, Harmony is expected to pay $200m in cash and $260/oz of gold from Mponeng and other underground assets included in the transaction based on production above 250,000oz/year.
YEN.com.gh understands that payment would be made for six years beginning from 2021. AngloGold Ashanti explained to investors that it approved the sale because it intends to streamline its portfolio in line with a framework focused on capital allocation.
This would help it create a more focused business with enhanced operating and financial standards.
In other news, Rwanda, a central African country, is on record as the first to produce cell phones in the continent in October 2019.
Information available shows that the gadgets produced come with higher-end options such as fingerprint sensors that assist with unlocking the phone.
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