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DR Congo Isolates Capital Kinshasa Over Covid-19

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DR Congo Isolates Capital Kinshasa Over Covid-19

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared a state of emergency and also isolated the capital, Kinshasa, in its fight against covid-19.

President Félix Tshisekedi announced the measures late on Tuesday in a nationwide televised address. Tshisekedi said the country’s land borders have been closed.  He also announced a ban on flights, buses and river transport travel into and out of the capital to the provinces.  The ban takes immediate effect.

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So far, D.R. Congo has reported 45 coronavirus cases and three deaths. Last week, authorities announced measures restricting the movement of its citizens.

The country’s second largest city, Lubumbashi, started a 48-hour lockdown on Monday after two persons tested positive for the virus.  The province’s governor Jacques Kyabula said both patients arrived in Lubumbashi on a Congo Airways flight from the capital Kinshasa on Sunday afternoon. A total of 77 persons were on that flight.

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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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