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South Africa COVID-19 Cases Surpass Half A Million

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South Africa Drops To Seventh In COVID-19 Cases Globally

South Africa has confirmed 511,000 cases of covid-19 surpassing half a million.

The health ministry says more than 3 million persons have so far been tested for the virus in South Africa, which confirmed its first case five months ago. More than 8,300 deaths have been recorded since then.

South Africa imposed a nationwide lockdown at the end of march to curb the spread of the virus, but it has now eased many restrictions to boost economic activity.

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said in a separate statement, the lockdown succeeded in delaying the spread of the virus by more than two months, preventing a sudden and uncontrolled increase in infections in late march.

But as restrictions have eased, infections have spiked over the last two months, particularly in the worst-hit western cape, Gauteng and eastern cape provinces.

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The World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert Micheal Ryan warned last week that South Africa’s experience was a precursor for what was likely to happen across the African continent.

South Africa, is the fifth highest total in the world. The healthcare system already stretched is said to be overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, final year students in secondary schools in South Africa have resumed classes on Monday after a one-week break.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa closed all schools last week to limit the spread of coronavirus after a surge in cases among students, but said they will be gradually reopened over a three-week period.

Final year students in primary schools, are scheduled to resume on august tenth while, other pupils will resume classes on August 24.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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