Gunmen have attacked another school in Cameroon`s south-west coastal city of Limbe. This is the latest in a series of attacks on schools in the country.
A senior school official said at least twenty attackers stormed the school on Wednesday and forced students and teachers to undress before beating them up and molesting some of them. The attackers then set parts of the school building on fire.
Eyewitnesses say the security force’s rapid intervention battalion arrived at the scene after the attackers had fled.
Schools in Cameroon’s restive anglophone regions have come under attack recently by unidentified gunmen. On Tuesday, a Presbyterian School in Kumbo city in the north-west was attacked and at least 11 teachers were kidnapped. The government has accused separatist fighters of carrying out the attacks.
Late last month, at least seven students were killed by attackers. They are being buried today.
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.
Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules
Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.
In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.
But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.
Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election
Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.
Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.
His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.