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Mozambique Government Cancels Hefty Fees For Journalists

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Mozambique Government Cancels Hefty Fees For Journalists

Authorities in Mozambique have revoked a decree passed ten months ago mandating journalists to pay hefty accreditation fees.

The constitutional council, had declared the decree unconstitutional.

Foreign correspondents were required to pay 2,500 dollars for each trip to the country and those living in the country to pay 8,300 dollars a year. Local journalists reporting for foreign outlets were asked to pay 3,500 dollars annual fee. And 500 dollars each year for freelancers.

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A court case was filed by several groups concerned about freedom of speech in the southern African nation challenging the government`s decree.

Mozambique government`s press office has now said, accreditation licenses are now free of charge. Journalists are only required to pay 7 dollars to get an accreditation card.

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South Africa Scientists Say Up To 50,000 Covid-19 Deaths Possible

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South Africa Scientists Say Up To 50,000 Covid-19 Deaths Possible

South Africa scientists have said up to 50,000 persons could die of coronavirus in the nation in the next six months.

South Africa already has the highest number of infections and deaths on the African continent, with more than 19,000 identified cases and 369 deaths.

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Scientists hired by the health ministry to model the spread of the coronavirus said the country could see between 35,000 and 50,000 coronavirus deaths by November.

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Models showed on Thursday, South Africa could also see as many as 3 million infections by the end of the year as the southern-hemisphere-winter, leads to a higher rate of infection.

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Ten South Sudan Ministers Test Positive For Covid-19

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Ten South Sudan Ministers Test Positive For Covid-19

Ten ministers in South Sudan have contracted the coronavirus, days after first vice-president of the country Riek Machar, his wife and staff tested positive for the virus.

Information minister Michael Makuei says all the ministers are former members of the high-level task force on coronavirus. They were reported to have come in contact with an official who tested positive of covid-19. The health minister is the only coronavirus-free among the task force.

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The government says, all the ministers infected are now in self-isolation and are in good health.

South Sudan has 481 confirmed cases and six deaths.

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There are fears that the virus could cause havoc as the healthcare system is barely functioning following decades of conflict.  Displaced persons in hundreds of thousands are living in camps.

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 13 In Kenya

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Cholera Outbreak Kills 13 In Kenya

At least 13 persons have died of cholera in Kenya since the onset of rains and deadly floods in the country.

The health ministry says more than 500 cases of cholera have been reported mostly affecting children and fatalities have been recorded in the northern part of the country. The outbreak started in Garissa and has spread to four other counties.

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Kenya minister of health Mutahi Kagwe attributed the outbreak to flooding that led to poor sanitation.

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