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Africa Urged To Test More As Coronavirus Cases Exceed 500,000

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South Africa's COVID-19 Infections Breach 600,000 Mark

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, has urged countries in Africa to carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, as covid-19 on the continent hit more than half a million cases.

The regional disease control body said on Thursday, new cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week. Data from governments and the world health organization show more than 512,000 coronavirus cases had been confirmed, including 11,930 deaths.

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Africa CDC chief, John Nkengasong said, the pandemic is gaining full momentum.  Nkengasong also said during a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa that African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.

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He said this will save lives and save the economy. He added that Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the African continent.

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ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

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ECOWAS Hints At Lifting Mali Sanctions

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have hinted on lifting sanctions earlier imposed on Mali in the wake of last month’s coup.  Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.

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ECOWAS envoy, Nigerian former president, Goodluck Jonathan said Mali military officers, who overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.

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The military junta announced a former minister of defence, Bah Nda`Oh, as interim leader that would oversee a transition to a civilian-led government. Coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, has been named vice-president.

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Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis

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Cameroon: Protesters Call For End To Bloodshed From Anglophone Crisis

Protesters in Cameroon have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end a long-running conflict between Anglophone separatists and security forces. More than 3,000 lives have so far been lost in the conflict. The protesters are also demanding a reform of the electoral system.

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Police and soldiers had taken up positions in several cities, including Douala, and the capital-Yaounde, since opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, called for a peaceful demonstration.

Police used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest by hundreds of people in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala on Tuesday.  They were calling for an end to bloodshed in the country’s Anglophone regions.  At least one protester was reported killed.

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Last month Kamto, head of the movement for the rebirth of Cameroon and runner-up to president Paul Biya in a 2018 election, labelled Biya`s government a “kleptocracy.” Kamto accused 87-year-old Biya of “ruling through disdain and terror,” and urged a “giant campaign calling for the pure and simple departure of Paul Biya from power.”

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Ghana’s Nurses And Midwives Call Off Strike

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Ghanaian nurses and midwives have called off their indefinite strike to resume work today following the government’s promise to conclude negotiations within a month.

The nurses and midwives are demanding better terms of service including rent and transport allowances.

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The strike left many patients stranded, and some dead, in medical facilities across the country.

The National Labour Commission secured a court order to enforce an earlier injunction meant to end the strike and compel the healthcare workers to continue negotiations with the government.

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