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Covid-19 Causes Low Voter Turn Out In Mali

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Mali officials are reporting a voter turnout of just 36 percent for the country‘s legislative elections.

Minister of territorial administration, Boubacar Alpha Bah, said on Thursday many chose to stay away from the ballot boxes because of threats of violence and covid-19 pandemic.

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Mali went to the polls on Sunday, to elect new lawmakers in an election that has been long delayed over security concerns.

Polling day was marked by several violent incidents in the volatile north and centre, including kidnappings of officials.

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Provisional results released on Thursday indicate a leading opposition figure, Soumaila Cissé, was elected in the first round, but also show a second round of voting will be needed in some districts where no candidate won a majority.  The results also show many candidates who support president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta will likely face a second round of voting by the middle of this month.

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At Least 20 Killed As Minibus Collides With Truck In Mali

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At Least 20 Killed As Minibus Collides With Truck In Mali

At least 20 persons have been killed and 11 seriously injured after a minibus and a truck collided in the south of Mali on Tuesday.

The country’s transport ministry said the accident occurred on a major road linking the capital Bamako with the town of Narena on the border with Guinea.

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In the statement released by the ministry stated the “probable cause” of the accident was excessive speed of the truck, coupled with a technical problem.

All the injured were taken to Bamako. Travelling by road is still the principal means of transport for people and goods in the landlocked West African country.

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South Africa To Reopen Places Of Worship Amid Virus

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US GiveSouth Africa To Reopen Places Of Worship Amid Viruss 'Up To 1,000' Ventilators To South Africa For Virus

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that churches and other recognized places of worship will start operating from June, when the country eases lockdown restrictions further.

Ramaphosa said, on Tuesday, the faith community is an integral part of the South African life and has made a great contribution in the fight against the coronavirus.

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He said number of worshippers will be limited to 50 persons or fewer.

Meanwhile, South African Airways says it aims to resume domestic flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town from mid-June. S.A.A. suspended all commercial passenger flights in late march, when the government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns on the African continent to fight coronavirus.

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South Africa has reported more than 24,000 coronavirus cases, 524 deaths and nearly 13,000 recoveries.

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Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus Cases Double In A Day To 132

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Zimbabwe's Coronavirus Cases Double In A Day To 132

The government of Zimababwe says the number of coronavirus cases in the country has now more than doubled to 132 cases over the past 24 hours.

Government spokesman, Nick Mangwana said on Wednesday most of the new cases were Zimbabweans who had returned from abroad, mainly from South Africa and Botswana, with only one local transmission.

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Data show, more than 4,000 Zimbabweans have returned to the country in the past month. The government has said, returnees are being placed under mandatory quarantine for 21 days.

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Zimbabwe is under a coronavirus lockdown. At least four persons have died of the virus.  Citizens also fear a surge in covid-19 cases could overwhelm the health service that was already struggling with shortages of medicines before the coronavirus outbreak.

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