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Coronavirus: Rwanda’s Health Minister Fired For Lying About Testing Kits

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Liberia, Benin, Somalia And Tanzania Confirm First Coronavirus Cases

Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame says the country’s health minister- Diane Gashumba has been fired over mishandling of coronavirus testing kits. Kagame also accused several other ministers of lying, carelessness and indiscipline.

Kagame, says the former health minister Diane Gashumba lied to him about availability of kits to test individuals for the deadly coronavirus.

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Gashumba had allegedly lied that there were 3,500 coronavirus kits where as there were only 95 kits available.

President Kagame says its worrisome when leaders cannot speak the truth.

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The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city Wuhan since January seventh. Cases have since been confirmed in several other countries. More than seventeen hundred persons have been killed.

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The World Health Organisation, W.H,O.,  declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions.

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China Temporarily Bans Foreign Nationals To Curb Spread Of Coronavirus

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China Temporarily Bans Foreign Nationals To Curb Spread Of Coronavirus

China has on Thursday temporarily banned all foreign visitors from entering the country in efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said foreigners with residence permits and visa liberalization will also be temporarily suspended but foreign missions’ workers are excluded from the restriction.

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In a decision made to prevent the foreign-based spread of the virus and to be implemented on Sunday, the country is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full.

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On Thursday, China recorded 55 new cases of covid-19 across the communist country and 54 of the cases are from overseas.

Johns Hopkins University in the United States confirmed the number of cases globally has now surpassed 511,000 with a death toll higher of more than 23,000 while nearly 121,000 patients having recovered.

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Countries Must Not Squander Chance To Control Coronavirus – W.H.O.

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Countries Must Not Squander Chance To Control Coronavirus - W.H.O.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said on Wednesday countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can to suppress and control covid-19.

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WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world squandered the first window of opportunity two months ago, but said this is a second opportunity which should not be squandered.  The

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WHO officials are warning again the world is facing a “significant shortage” of personal protection equipment for health workers, particularly masks, gloves, gowns and face shields.

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South Africa’s Coronavirus Cases Rise To 709 – Health Minister

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South Africa's Coronavirus Cases Rise To 709 - Health Minister

South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize says number of Covid-19 cases in the country has risen to 709 on Wednesday, a jump of a hundred fifty-five cases from Tuesday.

In response to the rising cases in the country, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday a 21-day nationwide lockdown that will take effect by midnight tonight.  He said his government needed to escalate covid-19 response to curb the spread of the outbreak.

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South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Panic buying is reported in the country as people stock up on food and other essentials ahead of the lockdown.

Here are some of the conditions of the South African lockdown:

Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances.

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All shops and businesses will be closed except those providing essential services.

Temporary shelters will be set up for the homeless.

Medical and security personnel will be exempt from the lockdown.

In the meantime, the number of new infections – and deaths – is rising fast across Africa, in spite of lockdowns, curfews and travel bans.

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In Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, all markets and shops have been closed, except for those selling food and medicine.

France says it will send special aid to the most vulnerable countries, many of which are in Africa.

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