Africa 

Malawi: Dire costs for campaign amid virus – experts

Officials and experts are sounding the alarm as Malawi shifts to top campaign gear with giant rallies for an unprecedented presidential re-run despite the coronavirus pandemic. Malawi University of Science and Technology virologist Gama Bandawe warned that the consequences would be dire. “It effectively leaves us to face the full unmitigated force of the pandemic,” he told AFP. He said Malawians “will only fully understand the impact once we start to see burial teams and mass graves” because the disease is “deceptively undramatic until it is too late”. Malawians will…

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Ethiopia coronavirus: 306 cases, how about 100 cases hit in a week

May 16: Cases pass 300 mark Total confirmed cases = 306 (new cases = 19)Total recoveries = 113 (new recoveries = 1)Total deaths = 5Active cases = 189Tests within 24-hours = 4,044Total tests = 53,029 As of May 9, Ethiopia had recorded 210 cases, it means that it took a week for the next 100 cases to be registered. The index case was recorded on Mar 13, it too 25 days for the 50th case to register on April 7. The next eleven days produced a further 50 cases as…

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Africa coronavirus: DRC’s returnees from Europe, Zim lockdown extended

The coronavirus pandemic has been confirmed in over 180 countries globally since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic due to its spread. All African countries except Lesotho have since recorded cases as governments roll out measures to combat the spread. In this article, we will share the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent. Major African stats: May 16 at…

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Somali mayor casts doubts on virus deaths

The Mayor of Somalia’s capital has warned of hundreds of deaths that he suspects have been caused by the new coronavirus, suggesting that actual death toll may be 10 times higher than official figures. In an address at the beginning of May to the Somali COVID-19 Task Force, Mogadishu Mayor Omar Mohamud Mohamed said that “the highest deaths we recorded in a single day was 49 people and the lowest was 22, and this is just between the 19th of April and the beginning of May.” Given the higher-than-usual death…

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Meditation & daily naps, one entrepreneur’s tips for remote working in the UAE

A Gallup poll of recent years, suggests that only around 15% of the world’s full-time workers are truly engaged. The research also showed that millennials ranked amongst the most dissatisfied, due to factors such as old management practices. Global self-isolation and work lockdowns of late, have prompted many to assess their personal and professional happiness. Some people have looked to entrepreneurship, whilst others have leaned towards self-development and self-improvement. “The best entrepreneurs do not follow the status quo. I believe real entrepreneurs do things to push humanity forward,” says Vishen…

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No new COVID-19 cases in Tunisia – Authorities

*No new Covid-19 cases have been registered in Tunisia for the past five days, the country’s authorities said Friday, after a further easing of the curfew, and the reopening of supermarkets throughout the country. In a statement issued late Thursday evening, the Tunisian Ministry of Health said it had recorded “zero new coronavirus cases for the fifth consecutive day”. The total number of infected cases remained at 1,032, 45 of whom have died since the beginning of March. The same sources said 3 of 217 patients are hospitalized. In view…

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Africa’s persona non grata diplomacy: Burundi sacks WHO experts

Diplomacy is a delicate business that is duly defined as the ‘art of dealing with people in a tactful way’, and comes in handy on occasions where different countries’ interests collide. African nations play host to several diplomats, who weigh in on the affairs of their hosts’ governments, and in the process take the risk of unsettling the relations between any two countries. Diplomats are often granted certain privileges and immunities to ensure they may effectively carry out their duties, and also allow for maintenance of government relations, including during…

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COVID-19: Guinean security forces accused of violence

A report by Amnesty Intenational accuses security forces in Guinea of taking advantage of the pretext of enforcing measures to curb against COVID-19 to escalate violence against civilians. At least seven people have died during clashes between the population and law enforcement forces. The rights group notes that a systematic crackdown against regime critics began in March. Follow and like us:

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Africa 

Malawi’s presidential campaign amid virus

Malawi’s presidential campaign is in full swing despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as the country’s Supreme Court of Appeal cleared the last hurdle on the road to the 2 July presidential election, campaigns were intensified with total disregard of measures prescribed by health experts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Last week, crowds gathered around opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera in the streets of the capital Lilongwe, to celebrate the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal to uphold the annulment, for fraud, of Peter Mutharika’s re-election in 2019. Thousands…

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Bandits on bikes: Niger to deploy robust security measures

At least 20 villagers have been killed in Niger in series of attacks by motorcycle bandits. Interior Minister, Bazoum Mohamed, who visited the scene of the tragedy in Tillaberi condemned the killings. He also announced a robust security measure to be implemented amid escalating violence in the region. “Because so far we have reacted to episodes of violence like this with strategies that were not sustainable. “But with the increase in violence and the level of violence we’ve seen, we are advancing plans to implement very strict measures to deter…

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