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Uganda Introduces Fee For Voluntary Coronavirus Testing

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The Ugandan government has introduced a fee for voluntary COVID-19 tests.

A government directive, this week, requires agencies to charge 65 dollars per test. The government in Kampala says the fee will help defray the cost of managing the pandemic.  Those who have developed symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has contracted covid-19, will not be charged.

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The move affects cross-border truck drivers, visitors to the country and returning Ugandans. Organizations that plan to test their staff, and individuals who want to know if they have contracted the virus, will also have to pay.

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So far, nearly three thousand positive cases have been reported and at least 30 deaths in 350,000 tests conducted.

It is feared that the charge may undermine efforts to contain the virus, by discouraging people from getting tested.

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It could also increase the cost of imported goods as truck drivers have to pay, as do any potential tourists.

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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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