UPDATE 22. May 2020: World Bank Is Using COVID-19 to Further Push for Debt Slavery in Africa

In addition important questions have to answered:

★Are the locust attacks masterminded and part of a biological warfare??

★Do chemical industries like Dow Chemicals , Monsanto/BAYER gaining huge profits on locust attack??

★How do US companies get benefits from these locust attacks??

PROLOGUE: The first wave went through Africa already in November and December 2019, but was not registered as something peculiar. Now this is the second or maybe even third wave. The worst part are the imposed state measures that ruin the economies and livelihoods - the hunger-games are on and unlike in Europe nature is suffering severely since tourism is totally down and nature protection not keeping up with the onslaught.

Low Covid-19 death toll raises hopes Africa may be spared worst

An activist explains how to wear a face mask in Nairobi’s Mathare slum. Africa has more than 32,000 official cases of the virus and fewer than 1,400 deaths © Fredrik Lernery/AFP/Getty

Continent has limited confirmed virus fatalities but experts warn it is too early to draw conclusions

By David Pilling - 28. 

Since the first African coronavirus case was confirmed on February 14 when a Chinese national was diagnosed in Egypt, the virus has spread to virtually all corners of the continent.

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder whose charitable foundation is focused on the pandemic, has warned that, if left unchecked in a region of crowded slums and flimsy health systems, the disease could claim a horrifying 10m African lives.

Yet, more than two months on, some are daring to whisper a more hopeful message. Maybe, just maybe, the continent could be spared the worst of the pandemic. “I don’t get it,” said Kennedy Odede, a grassroots organiser who said that of 400 people tested randomly in Nairobi’s huge Kibera slum last week, only three were positive. “For me, it was good news.”

Africa has more than 32,000 official cases of the virus that has infected more than 3m people around the world, and suffered fewer than 1,400 deaths. Given the limited testing capacity, the numbers may greatly underestimate the true burden, although Mr Odede, like others, said there was little evidence of unexplained outbreaks of the virus. At face value, the figures suggest that a continent of 1.2bn people had suffered fewer Covid-19 deaths than the US was recording each day.

“People are very cautiously beginning to breathe a sigh of relief, although it is too early to say that we’ve dodged a bullet,” said Murithi Mutiga, a Nairobi-based analyst with the Crisis Group think-tank.

Chart showing death tolls in African countries are lower than those in most of the rest of the world

John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned it would be wrong to draw any firm conclusions. There was, he said, no hard evidence that any factors specific to Africa — whether a younger population, warm weather or even the prevalence of BCG vaccinations against tuberculosis — had any impact on the disease’s spread.

“I would be extremely cautious at this point to make any statement that we are moving slowly and that there are special factors,” he said, adding that confirmed cases have risen by more than 40 per cent in a week. That suggested Africa might simply be behind the curve, with the pandemic picking up speed now.

“Our testing level is extremely low,” he said, implying many cases might have gone undetected. About 415,000 tests meant only 400 per million had been carried out, which is much lower than in Europe.

Rather than speculate about unproven factors retarding the disease’s spread, Mr Nkengasong said he preferred to praise the decisive action taken by governments. “African countries took very radical steps very early on by shutting frontiers and doing lockdowns,” he said.

Mannequins with face masks in Cairo, Egypt

Mannequins with face masks in Cairo, Egypt. Africa’s youthful population may also help to explain the low death rate so far  © Mohamed Hossam/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, said the authorities were right to be cautious. Still, he said, there were reasons to suspect the virus might be less deadly in Africa where droplet-spread diseases, such as flu, have tended to spread more slowly. The continent had only one case of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) during the 2002-03 outbreak, with a sole infection in Cape Town.

Slower spread of airborne infections, said Prof Hunter, might be attributable to less dense populations, the effect of ultraviolet light or a climate that meant people spent more time outside.

In the case of coronavirus, he said, Africa’s youthful population may also help to explain the low death rate so far. The median age in Africa is 19.4 years, compared with 40 in Europe and 38 in the US.

Prof Hunter said: “There have been so few cases of severe disease in people under 20 in the west that, when you have a population that is median age 19, the risk of high numbers of fatalities is substantially reduced.”

Chart showing that in most African countries, just 1-2% of the population are aged 70 or more, whereas on other continents the elderly account for a much larger share, rising as high as 22% in Japan

Nor was there strong evidence, Prof Hunter said, that the benefit of young populations was undermined by poor nutrition. “Malnutrition may be a contributing factor to mortality, but there is no evidence for what is at this stage just a hypothesis,” he said.

One way to judge whether coronavirus deaths might be being under-reported was to search overall fatality statistics for deaths in excess of normal levels. In South Africa, deaths in the year up to April 14 were “generally within the bounds of expectation”, according to the country’s Medical Research Council, suggesting few hidden coronavirus deaths.

In Egypt, a country of 100m people that has recorded 4,782 infections and 337 deaths, one epidemiologist said the data released by the health ministry was insufficient to predict the course of the disease. But he doubted that the official statistics were wildly inaccurate: “If infections were drastically higher, we would see hospitals being overwhelmed, which is not happening. But it could still happen.”

Trudie Lang, director of the Global Health Network at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine, said it would be wrong — and potentially dangerous — to jump to conclusions. It was far too early to conclude from the data available that the disease was spreading more slowly, she said.

Chart showing South Africa is seeing slightly fewer deaths so far in 2020 than expected, with a marked fall among deaths from non-natural causes

However, Prof Lang said it was possible the virus was spreading “differently” in Africa, including with more asymptomatic cases. It was possible, too, that people with underlying conditions such as tuberculosis might respond differently to Covid-19, conceivably making patients more resistant, because of a previously triggered immune response, rather than more vulnerable as is usually surmised.

“It is really important to have evidence-based conclusions,” Prof Lang said, adding that it was vital to conduct research into the disease’s progress to help governments implement informed policies.

Until health experts knew exactly what was going on with the disease, she said, governments were right to err on the side of caution. “We need to keep measuring and to keep testing,” she said.

Additional reporting by Heba Saleh in Cairo

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UPDATES:

World Bank Using COVID-19 to Further Push for Debt Slavery in Africa

China permeated Africa's economy and went ahead. Now the West plays catch-up, but like the East only is interested in neo-colonial programmes.

By Drago Bosnic

World Usury Institutions are set to profit from the COVID-19 lockdown as their own reports talk about financial “aid” to the world’s poorest nations. According to the World Bank, there will be over 60 million people more living in extreme poverty this year alone and the Bank considers providing “emergency aid loans” to these (mostly African) countries.

Needless to say, becoming more indebted has never really made anyone less poor, so it is not quite clear how loans can “help” the impoverished African nations. Even if the loans were to give an impression of a temporary improvement in the lives of millions of Africans (which they won’t really since corrupt puppet politicians in power are most likely to keep the money for themselves), the debt will grow. Exponentially.

The indebted countries are thus left with only one choice if they were to repay their ballooning national debt – giving away natural resources. And Africa has an abundance of those. Thus, the World Bank is definitely going to help… itself. Here’s the AFP report, released on May 19, 2020.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The world’s progress in eliminating poverty is set to suffer a major setback due to the COVID-19 outbreak, forcing more people to survive on less than $1.90 per day, the World Bank announced in its recent report.

“The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty – erasing much of the recent progress made in poverty alleviation,” World Bank Group President David Malpass stated, World News reported.

According to him, the unprecedented crisis could wipe out up to three years of “progress” in the area. The virus pandemic has been ripping through the global economy, which is set to fall into a deep recession and contract by up to five percent this year, the Washington-based institution added.

Last month, the bank said that the virus-triggered economic turmoil is likely to cause the first increase in global poverty since 1998, when the Asian Financial Crisis hit. Even under the bank’s best estimate, some 49 million people will fall into extreme poverty, which it defines as living on less than $1.90 per person per day.

To help combat the deadly virus, the World Bank has reportedly offered financing “emergency programs” in 100 countries. In the “largest” crisis response in the Bank Group’s history, the program unlocked $160 billion in grants and financial support over a 15-month period, as well as the suspension of bilateral debt service payments. The bulk of the financial help will go to Sub-Saharan Africa, as it is expected to be the region hit hardest in terms of increased extreme poverty.

Most international financial institutions have already sounded alarms over the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with some forecasts indicating that the global gross domestic product (GDP) could fall nearly 10 percent. The UN had earlier warned that the virus could also trigger a global food shortage, while its labor agency forecasts that 195 million jobs could be lost worldwide.

Author:

Drago Bosnic

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Top 10 Africa Countries With The Most Chinese Debt

•May 15, 2020

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African Countries with the most China Debt

In this video we shall be presenting the Top 10 African countries with the most Chinese debts. The Relation between China and Africa is refered to as Sino – African Relation and this relation dates back as early as the 15 century, However Modern political and economic relations between Africa and china commenced in the era of Mao Zedong, following the victory of the Chinese Communist Party in the Chinese Civil War. Starting in the 21st century, the modern state of the People's Republic of China has built increasingly strong economic ties with Africa. There are an estimated one million Chinese citizens residing in Africa. Additionally, it has been estimated that 200,000 Africans are working in China. We have a video on the Top 10 African countries with the most Chinese population, click on the card on your screen to check if out. In 1980, the total China-African trade volume was US$1 billion. In 1999, it was US$6.5 billion and in 2000, US$10 billion. By 2005, the total Sino-African trade had reached US$39.7 billion before it jumped to US$55 billion in 2006, making China the second largest trading partner of Africa after the United States, which had trade worth US$91 billion with African nations. Many African Countries are currently indebted to china, and china is now exploiting these countries due to the fact that they are unable to repay their loan, What China is doing in Africa is refered to debt trap diplomacy where by China intentionally extends excessive credit to another debtor country with the alleged intention of extracting economic or political concessions from the debtor country when it becomes unable to honor its debt obligations (often asset-based lending, with assets including infrastructure). If you are new here welcome be sure to subscribe and turn on notification so you don’t miss any of our videos There are many African countries that owes china but these are the Top 10 ones with the most Chinese debts.

10. DR Congo – Estimated Debt – $3.4 Billion The Relationship Between China and the Democratic Republic of Congo dates as far as 1890. Fast forward to post independent DR congo China is still one of the biggest Beneficiaries to DR Congo’s Natural resources. Ideally The Democratic Republic of Congo was suppose to be the richest country in Africa since it has the Most Natural Resources more than any other country but due to high debts to china, China is taking away these natural resources as payment of debt. for Example A deal was struck between Sicomines, a consortium of Chinese companies (Sinohydro and China Railway Engineering Corporation), and the Congolese government in April 2008 to grant mineral concessions in Katanga province in exchange for infrastructure investments. In a deal originally worth US$9 billion and funded by China EXIM Bank, US$6 billion would go to infrastructure development and US$3 billion being invested in mining operations in Katanga. 68% of the project would be owned by Sicomines and the remaining 32% would be owned by Congo’s mining parastatal Gécamines. Critics of the project have alleged that the deal undervalues the mineral deposits in Katanga. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised concerns about this deal negatively affecting the DRC's ability to sustain its debt. Due to china’s Debt trap, The Democratic Republic of congo has loss most of its Natural resources to china. In 2007, the DRC exported US$304.8 million worth of cobalt to china. In 2008, the DRC exported US$1.13 billion of cobalt to China. Exports of copper ore and hard woods to China also increased greatly and most of these exports are geared towards the payment of loans of construction works done in DR Congo by the Chinese. The country currently owes china about $3.4 Billion dollars.

09. Ghana – Estimated Debts - $3.5 Billion Relations between the two countries date back to 1960 when the countries first established diplomatic relations. Since then Ghana has provided substantial diplomatic support to the china with the china reciprocating with material support for Ghana's development. Since the 2000s the volume of Chinese trade and investment in Ghana has increased greatly. From $4.4 million Chinese projects registered by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in 2000, Chinese registered flows had increased to $1.6 billion in 2014 alone.In 2007 china signed six agreements and a US$66 million Chinese loan to expand and upgrade Ghana's telecommunications network. Beijing provided a concessionary loan of US$30 million to support the first phase of a telecommunications project to link all ten regional capitals and 36 towns in Ghana with fiber optic cables. Recently the China Export and Import Bank (Exim Bank) granted US$562 million loan construction.

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