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Kenya Quarantines Student Suspected Of Coronavirus

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Kenya Quarantines Student Suspected Of Coronavirus

Kenya says a student returning from Wuhan, China with suspected coronavirus has been quarantined at a hospital in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi Tuesday.

Health minister Sicily Kariuki said the patient, a male Kenyan, had flown through Guangzhou China and Thai capital, Bangkokto Nairobi

Health officials at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport noted that he had a high fever – and he is now being kept in isolation at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

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The health ministry said Kenya Airways had been asked to contact all passengers on the flight, requesting that they present themselves to the nearest health facility for a check-up.

Authorities are waiting for results to determine whether he is infected with coronavirus.

Coronavirus first confirmed in china have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States.

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The World Health Organization’s Africa emergency response program manager Michel Yao has advised health ministers on the continent to activate standard flu screening at airports for passengers coming from mainland china.

There is a considerable number of students from African countries in China.  Some of them have expressed their desire to return home as China authorities struggle to contain the virus. Other countries across the world are considering evacuating their citizens.

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Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda among other countries have started implementing surveillance and screening at airports, especially for travelers arriving from Wuhan in China the epicentre of the disease.

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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

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Zambian Police Arrest 16 Suspects After Chemical Attacks

Zambia police said on Thursday, they have arrested 16 persons suspected of being behind a spate of attacks in which people were sprayed with poisonous substances that have caused some deaths.

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The attacks began in December and were initially confined to the mineral-rich copperbelt.  They have since spread to the capital Lusaka.  Police are still trying to pinpoint the exact number of victims.

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Last week, president Edgar Lungu ordered soldiers to join the police in patrolling the streets after the attacks, that have sparked public outrage.

Britain and the United States have issued travel alerts to their citizens following the attacks.

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife’s Death

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Lesotho PM Misses Court Date Over Wife's Death

Lesotho’s prime minister Thomas Thabane, who was accused of killing his wife and was due in court for hearing on Friday, did not show up.  Police said they were unsure of his whereabouts.

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Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in June 2017 near her home in the capital, Maseru, two days before the minister took office.

Thabane’s current wife, Maesaiah, has also been charged with ordering Lipolelo’s murder. She is currently out on bail.

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The prime minister bowed to pressure and announced on Thursday he would step down in July.  Both Maesaiah and Thomas Thabane, who married two months after Lipolelo’s killing, have denied any involvement in her death.

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Authorities say the prime minister’s whereabouts are unknown.  Some even suggest he might have fled the country.

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

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South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Agrees To Form Unity Government

South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar said he has agreed to form a unity government with president Salva Kiir by Saturday’s deadline, following talks at state house on Thursday.

President Kiir has promised protection for opposition leaders. Machar’s allies had sought assurances for his safety should he formally return to the capital.

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Kiir said the main issues which have not been resolved, such as how he and Machar would share the power, and how opposing forces will be unified, are set to be addressed and finalized in coming days.

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There are expectations the deal will bring an end to South Sudan’s devastating six-year civil war, which has killed some 400,000 persons.

Before the announcement, it had been unclear if the deadline would be met as key benchmarks of the 2018 peace agreement had not been fulfilled. The deadline had elapsed several times without an agreement between the two sides.

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