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Gabon Blocks European Travellers After EU ‘Safe List’ Snub

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Gabon Blocks European Travellers After EU 'Safe List' Snub

Gabon’s government has said on Wednesday European tourists and business travellers would not be granted visas as retaliation for being placed on the list of countries banned from visiting Europen Union countries.

The European Union re-opened its borders on Wednesday to leisure and business travel from 14 non-European countries based on their success in containing the coronavirus. The list was approved by a majority of European Union member states on Tuesday.

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In response to its exclusion, Gabon’s foreign ministry instructed diplomatic missions to deny tourist visas to citizens of E.U. member states when Gabon’s air borders re-opened on Wednesday.

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Gabonese foreign affairs ministry said it had applied “the principle of reciprocity.

Gabon has recorded nearly five and a half thousand covid-19 cases, including 42 deaths, one of the higher rates in central Africa. The European Union has excluded countries whose containment of the virus is considered worse than its own average. The United States, Nigeria, Russia, Brazil and Turkey are on the list.

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Rwanda: Kigali International Airport Reopens 

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Rwanda: Kigali International Airport Reopens 

Rwanda Airports have reopened for scheduled commercial flight operations on Saturday.  All incoming and outgoing commercial passenger flights were suspended in march at the onset of the covid-19 pandemic.  Only cargo and emergency flights were allowed to operate.

The ministry of infrastructure said in a statement all passengers, including those in transit, will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory. The test results must indicate they were taken within 72 hours of arrival in Rwanda.

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The ministry also said a second PCR test will be done on passengers arriving in Rwanda, results of which will be made available to them within a day.  They will have to stay in designated hotels at their own expense during the tests.

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This is Rwanda’s latest move to gradually reopen its economy and is welcome news to RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier, which has been adversely affected by the disruption of air travel by coronavirus.

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Libya To Impose Full Lockdown As Pandemic Cases Grow

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Libya To Impose Full Lockdown As Pandemic Cases Grow After a sharp rise in coronavirus cases Libya's internationally recognized government in Tripoli has said a full lockdown will be reimposed in certain areas of the country it controls. Libya's National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one of the few bodies that operates across the country despite the conflict, has confirmed 3,222 cases. However, the disease has been spreading more quickly this month. Libya’s health system is in tatters after nearly a decade of chaos and war that has fragmented the state, destroyed infrastructure and left many people living in crowded conditions after fleeing their homes. The lockdown which will start on Friday is going to last for at least five days, forbidding all movement outside except to buy necessities, and replacing a partial 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Split since 2014 between areas held by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east, Libya managed to avoid an early surge of the pandemic According to the country’s health agency even as cases have also been confirmed in most other major population centres, the main outbreaks are focused in Tripoli, the port of Misrata and in the southern desert town of Sebha.

After a sharp rise in coronavirus cases Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli has said a full lockdown will be reimposed in certain areas of the country it controls.

Libya’s National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one of the few bodies that operates across the country despite the conflict, has confirmed 3,222 cases. However, the disease has been spreading more quickly this month.

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Libya’s health system is in tatters after nearly a decade of chaos and war that has fragmented the state, destroyed infrastructure and left many people living in crowded conditions after fleeing their homes.

The lockdown which will start on Friday is going to last for at least five days, forbidding all movement outside except to buy necessities, and replacing a partial 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

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Split since 2014 between areas held by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east, Libya managed to avoid an early surge of the pandemic

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According to the country’s health agency even as cases have also been confirmed in most other major population centres, the main outbreaks are focused in Tripoli, the port of Misrata and in the southern desert town of Sebha.

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Seven Zimbabwe Babies Stillborn In One Night At Hospital

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Seven Zimbabwe Babies Stillborn In One Night At Hospital

Zimbabwean doctors have on Wednesday said seven babies were stillborn in one night at a major hospital in the country this week because their mothers did not get adequate medical care due to a nurses’ strike.

The crippling health sector in Zimbabwe has been facing dispute over unhealthy working conditions in hospitals. Nurses are on strike nationwide because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other concerns, and the maternity wards were overwhelmed.

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Nurses are demanding U.S. dollar salaries, which the government says it cannot afford. The health sector has recently been hit by a Covid-19 procurement scandal.

That has left government hospitals with skeleton staff and doctors and senior nurses stretched at a time when the country is grappling with rising COVID-19 cases.

Three doctors who work in the maternity and paediatric units told Reuters that out of eight pregnant women who underwent caesarean sections on Monday night at Sally Mugabe Hospital, the biggest in the country, only one successfully delivered a baby.

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“This was preventable. Some ruptured their uterus because nobody was there to monitor them, so when interventions were made it was to save the mother,” one of the doctors said, declining to be identified because they are not allowed to speak to the press.

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Another doctor said fresh stillbirths – meaning a baby that dies during labour or delivery – were just a window into the state of Zimbabwe’s public hospitals, which had become “dysfunctional and a death trap to citizens”.

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