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Coronavirus: Tanzania Bans Three More Kenyan Airlines

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Tanzania has banned three more Kenyan carriers amid diplomatic retaliatory row over COVID-19.

The latest blockade came after Nairobi, for the second time, retained Tanzania on the red list of nations with high risk in Coronavirus cases. That means travellers from the neighbouring country will continue to face a mandatory two-week quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19. The decision has angered Tanzanian authorities causing the country’s civil aviation authority to nullify the approval granted some Kenyan owned airlines that operate daily flights to tourist destinations of Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.

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Tanzania civil aviation authority director general Hamza Johari is quoted as saying the basis of the decision to nullify approval for the three Kenyan Airlines is as a result of the ongoing dispute between the two nations.

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Earlier, Kenya Airways had been banned after Nairobi said passengers from Tanzania have to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Kenya.

Tanzanian president, John Magufuli, whose government has been criticized for its relaxed approach to COVID-19, declared Tanzania free of Coronavirus in June.

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.

Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.

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Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.

Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.

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The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.

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Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.

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Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants

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The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.

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The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.

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The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.

The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

Cameroon authorities have deployed military personnel on the streets ahead of protests scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday.

The army said, all military personnel have been put on alert in Cameroon for four days starting Monday, over fears the Tuesday protests could cause severe public disorder.

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Opposition leader of the Cameroon renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto has been calling for peaceful protests, demanding that president Paul Biya step down, and that regional elections in the Anglophone regions be reformed, so to include the marginalized communities.

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Members of the government have been quick to criticize the call for protests made by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, labelling his movement as an insurrection. They also are forbidding all demonstrations, threatening any protestors with “life imprisonment” should they answer Kamto’s call on Tuesday.

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Since 2017, security forces have been violently repressing activists demanding the independence of the Anglophone regions.  The instability, has forced half a million people from their homes.

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