International News Updates

World Bank warns about oil and gas price hikes adversely affecting Africa, many healthcare workers have died from COVID-19 and Ghanaian Musician, Shatta Walle appears in court.

Economy

The World Bank has warned that the rapid hikes in energy prices across Europe and parts of Asia will have a knock-on effect on Africa.

The bank explains that the World is struging to satisfy the demand of oil and gas, following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In addition to these, fertilisers are also experiencing hikes in prices, thereby making foos more expensive. This may lead to an increase in food poverty by 25%, the World Bank indicates.

Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) says COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 and 180,000 healthcare workers worldwide.

The organisation noted that the deaths have occured between January 2020 and May 2021.

It is worth mentioning that though healthcare workers should be prioritised in taking vaccines, statistics from 119 countries indicate that just about two in five across the world are fully vaccinated.

Culture

Ghanian Musician, Shatta Wale has pleaded not guilty to publishing fake news on social media.

The Musician, best known for his collaboration with Beyonce in her “Lion King” album appeared in court after his Personal Assistant took to social media on October 18, 2021 to claim that the artist had been shot and was receiving treatment at a health facility in Accra, Ghana.

The story turned out to be untrue and the police went in search of the artist.

Compiled by Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi

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