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Tanzania Extends Visas For Stranded Tourists

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Tanzania Extends Visas For Stranded Tourists

Tanzania’s immigration department says it is approving three-month visa extensions for foreign nationals who can’t leave the country because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign visitors, who applied online, were granted the three-month visa extensions. Residents and holders of other passes, such as exemption certificates and dependent pass holders, have been given a one month extension at no cost.

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The immigration department also says, if the pandemic situation persists after the expiry of the extension period, holders would have to report to the main immigration office in Dar Es Salaam. Those who have already surrendered their residence permits or passes have also been urged to report to the main office.

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Tanzania has so far reported 20 cases of coronavirus, including one death and two recovered patients. The ministry of health has said it was tracing and monitoring more than 500 individuals who are believed to have had contact with those who have tested positive.

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The nation has not suspended international flights and its border crossings are still open, but airlines have suspended flights to the country. Tanzania’s neighbors have also restricted cross-border travel as a precaution to stopping the spread of the virus.

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South Africa To Reopen Places Of Worship Amid Virus

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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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Huge Spike In Burkina Faso School Attacks – HRW

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Huge Spike In Burkina Faso School Attacks - HRW

An international pressure group, Human Rights Watch, says a surge in Islamist militant attacks on schools in Burkina Faso is having a devastating impact on education.

HRW says more than 200 teachers and other staff had been targeted since 2017.  Some of them were shot, while others were beheaded by the armed Islamists who say they oppose education as it is French and western.

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All schools in Burkina Faso are now shut because of coronavirus but Islamist militant attacks had already forced twenty-five hundred schools to close, depriving more than 330,000 children of education.

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The Human Rights Watch report, released on Tuesday, cites Burkina Faso’s ministry of education, that at least 126 attacks and armed threats against education professionals, students and schools have taken place in the nation.

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