Tunisia says it will re-impose a night time curfew in the capital city, Tunis and at least three other neighbouring provinces
The mayor of Tunis, said the curfew will be re-introduced for two weeks as a series of restrictions is being reinforced to control the spread of coronavirus that has significantly risen in recent weeks. Weekly markets and Friday prayers have also been banned. Cafes and restaurants can no longer have seated areas.
More than 20,000 persons have tested positive for covid-19, since July. There were only a few soft measures in place to control the rate of infection in Tunisia.
The mayor of Tunis said the curfew will start today, Thursday and will run from 9pm to 05:00 am local time.
The mayors of four other Tunisian cities, which have also seen a significant rise in covid-19 cases, have also recently imposed a night curfew.
There is concern the country’s health sector could struggle significantly if the infection rate does not slow down.
Meanwhile, the Tunisian government has ruled out a return to a nationwide lockdown that was imposed earlier this year, when it shut down its economy and borders, and imposed severe restrictions on movement.
Ethiopia PM Meets AU Envoys But Bars Them From Tigray
After more than three weeks of military conflict in Ethiopia, the country’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has on Friday met an African Union mission in Addis Ababa to try to mediate between his government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Initially, Abiy has refused to negotiate with the TPLF and has rebuffed calls for dialogue as “interference” in Ethiopia’s internal affairs as he branded international efforts to bring the two parties to the table as “unwelcome”. After Friday’s meeting with three special AU envoys,
The prime minister, who won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize said in a statement after Friday’s meeting with three special AU envoys that his government was seeking to ensure the protection of civilians, it was opening a humanitarian corridor, and it will welcome back Ethiopian refugees who fled into Sudan.
However, the prime minister said his government would continue its efforts against what it calls the “TPLF clique”.
The government has already said the AU envoys – former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa – will not be allowed to travel to Tigray.
Abiy said he appreciated the “esteemed African elders” for their “readiness to support”, “this gesture and… the steadfast commitment this demonstrates to the principle of African solutions to African problems.”
Uganda Police To ‘Investigate Protesters’ Deaths’
Uganda’s police have begun probe into the alleged killing of protesters. The security outfit opened investigations into law enforcement`s violent crackdown on protesters last week that led to killings of dozens demonstrators.
The police spokesperson Fred Enanga said the inquiry will “identify mistakes” that led to the collateral damage.
Last week, plain-clothed operatives were seen on video recorded by members of the public holding guns in the streets during protest over the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine. Bobi Wine was charged with flouting covid-19 restrictions and granted bail. He has returned to campaigning.
There have been calls by European Union envoys for a full and independent investigation into police actions against protesters to ensure justice for victims and to avoid impunity for the perpetrators who must be held accountable”.
Africa ‘Needs To Get Ready For COVID-19 Vaccine’ – WHO
The World Health Organization is urging countries in Africa to prepare for the arrival of a vaccine as soon as possible. W.H.O warned that African countries are far from ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine, whenever one becomes available.
It says only a third of countries on the continent have a health infrastructure capable of conducting mass vaccination campaigns.
WHO also says only half of the countries on the continent have set aside funding and identified priority cases who will receive the vaccine first.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has said vaccinating people will be a big challenge. Africa CDC hopes to vaccinate at least 60% of people on the continent, arguing that this should help achieve herd immunity.
There are now more than 2.1 million cases on the continent – less than 4% of the global total.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Dr John Nkegasong, has said the process might not start until the second quarter of next year.
Until then, people have been urged to rely on the public health measures that have been put in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.