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Burundi To Boost Testing, President Labels Covid-19 ‘Worst Enemy’

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Evariste Ndayishimiye

Burundi’s new president Evariste Ndayishimiye says his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his late predecessor. Former president Pierre Nkurunziza who died last month was criticized for not taking the pandemic seriously.

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Now, Ndayishimiye says screenings will be launched wherever clusters of cases are suspected, and that soap prices and water bills will be reduced. He called the coronavirus the country’s worst enemy.

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Some countries and human rights groups have expressed hope that the new president, an ally of Nkurunziza, might break with certain ways of his predecessor.

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Burundi has reported 170 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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Rwanda Records Low Gender Based Violence

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Rwanda says the number of registered Gender Based Violence incidents have reduced as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some residents say though domestic violence has reduced in their homes, it still exists.  They say established COVID-19 preventive measures have had great impact on promoting the wellbeing of families.

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Rwanda Investigative Bureau says gender based violence crimes have reduced by 38% including sexual and physical abuse starting from the first 2 months of the lockdown. It says the sexual abuse of children also reduced, with 161 cases reported before the lockdown and 131 during the lockdown.

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Libyan City With 125,000 Persons At Great Risk – UN

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Libyan City With 125,000 Persons At Great Risk - UN

The United Nations has expressed concern over a possible humanitarian disaster in Libya involving at least 125,000 persons in and around the Libyan city of Sirte should the mobilization of troops nearby lead to hostilities.

Libya’s U.N.-backed government, and the rival eastern-based army, have started mobilizing forces in preparation for the fight to control Sirte, some 450 kilometers east of the capital Tripoli.

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The Sirte fight is believed to be crucial for the two sides and could determine the future political scene in Libya.

The U.N says the situation could compound the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the country as cases continue to increase across Libya. Nearly four thousand cases and 83 deaths have so far been reported, most of them in the western and southern parts of the country.  Haq said the UN and humanitarian partners are at the forefront in supporting the national authorities with its COVID-19 response, particularly in the provision of health supplies and personal protection equipment.

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South Africa Coronavirus Second Wave Risk ‘Remains’

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South Africa Coronavirus Second Wave Risk 'Remains'

South Africa says the risk still remains of a second wave of the Coronavirus.  The country`s health minister, Zweli Mkhize has advised that imposition of containment measures continue.

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South Africa has been the hardest-hit on the African continent and ranks fifth in the world with 521,000 cases and nearly 9,000 deaths.  The minister said, at a virtual media briefing, the country is yet to reach its hospital bed capacity even after cases surged to more than half a million over the weekend.

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