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Kenya Reports First Full Coronavirus Recovery

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Kenya has announced that, for the first time, a coronavirus patient in the country has fully recovered. President Uhuru Kenyatta described the full recovery of the patient as encouraging news.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s confirmed cases also rose to 28 on the same day.

The president has ordered a curfew, pay cuts and tax reliefs in a range of measures to combat the virus.

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Kenyatta announced voluntary 80 percent pay cuts for himself and deputy, 30% salary cut for cabinet ministers and senior civil servants, to free up funds to fight coronavirus. A 100 million dollars cash transfer was announced to cushion the country’s vulnerable population, including the elderly and orphans.

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Kenyatta also announced a 100% tax relief for certain levels of earnings.  Some others will pay 5% less on income tax. There were also reductions on corporate and value added tax.

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The president called on all arms of government to join in by making similar voluntary reductions.

Kenya has also banned the importation of second-hand clothes, as a way of limiting the spread of coronarivus.

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Burundi, Sierra Leone Confirm Index Cases Of Coronavirus

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Burundi, Sierra Leone Confirm Index Cases Of Coronavirus

Burundi and Sierra Leone have confirmed Covid-19 index cases. Both countries were among a handful of African countries deemed coronavirus-free.

Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio said on Tuesday its first confirmed case involves a 37-year-old man who traveled from France mid-march and had been in isolation since his entry into the country.

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The government says it would not announce a total lockdown yet.  A year-long state of public health emergency has already been declared, commercial flights have been suspended, and schools have been closed.

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Meanwhile, Burundi`s health minister Thadée Ndikumana announced on Tuesday two nationals had tested positive for covid-19 after travelling from Rwanda and Dubai.

There had been doubts over Burundi’s claim that no-one in the country had coronavirus.

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Ethiopia Postpones Landmark August Election Due To Coronavirus

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Ethiopia Postpones Landmark August Election Due To Coronavirus

Ethiopia has postponed August parliamentary elections because of the coronavirus outbreak. The country’s electoral board said on Tuesday, the move to delay the highly anticipated general poll has been endorsed by key opposition parties as the coronavirus makes it impossible to prepare.

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The country says a new schedule would be announced once the threat of the pandemic was over.

Voter registration was to begin in April, and political parties would have commenced their campaigns late in May, but much of its planning, such as obtaining election materials on time and training staff, had been disrupted by the pandemic.

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The elections were to be the first since prime minister and Nobel Prize winner Abiy Ahmed came to office in 2018.  He has carried out wide-ranging reforms over the last two years.

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Lawmakers are expected to vote to extend the government’s mandate that will expire in a few months.

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Covid-19 Derails South Sudan’s Peacekeeping Troop Rotation

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Covid-19 Derails South Sudan's Peacekeeping Troop Rotation

The coronavirus pandemic has caused South Sudan to suspend troop rotation in its peacekeeping operation. The move is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.  But this has raised procedural concerns and poses immediate and longer-term implications.

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Five Asian countries are affected by this suspension.  China, South Korea, India, Nepal and Cambodia contribute a third of sixteen thousand peacekeeping staff currently deployed by the united nations mission in South Sudan.

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Some experts believe this decision to suspend the troop rotation will have an immediate effect on the mission and the UN’s broader peacekeeping capacity.  It is also believed there would be implications for long-term peace and stability in South Sudan.

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Experts say a prolonged stalled troop rotation would very likely cause severe fatigue among troops overdue for replacement. Rotations usually happen every twelve months.

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