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South Africa Again Bans Alcohol As Coronavirus Surges

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South Africa Over COVID-19 Hump And Reopens Borders Next Month

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has on Sunday since the sale and distribution of alcohol was reintroduced in June, hospitals have experienced a spike in admissions of Covid-19 patients in their trauma and emergency wards and now the country will have to immediately re-enforce a ban on alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds open for patients.

Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation, that top health officials warned of impending shortages of hospital beds and oxygen as South Africa reaches a peak of COVID-19 cases. He said some hospitals have had to turn away patients because all their beds are full.

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The southern African country has been confronted by surging hospitalizations because of the coronavirus outbreak.

As the number of cases in the country continued to rise, starting from Monday a curfew will be reimposed in the country between 9pm (7pm GMT) to 4am (2am GMT), while wearing a mask is now mandatory for all residents when in public as measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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The president said as part of new restricting measures, selling alcoholic beverages is also forbidden in an effort to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients.

According to Johns Hopkins University, South Africa ranked as the ninth country most affected by the disease as it has reported increases of more than 10,000 confirmed cases for several days and the latest daily jump was nearly 13,500.

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In Africa, the country accounts for 40 percent of all the confirmed cases in the continent with a total of 276,242. It has recorded 4,079 deaths, 25 percent of which have been in the past week.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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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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Ethiopia Charges 2,000 Over Violence After Musician’s Murder

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Haacaaluu Hundeessaa

In Ethiopia, nearly 2,000 persons have been charged over deadly violence that followed the killing of a popular singer in June.

More than three months ago, at least 166 persons were killed when violent protests erupted following the murder of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, some in protests against authorities and some in ethnically-targeted attacks.

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Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the country’s attorney general, Gideon Timothewos said the arrested persons are being charged for their conduct that resulted in the death of hundreds of citizens.

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He did not give details on the charges or on whether any prisoners had been released without charge.

On June 29, Haacaaluu was shot dead while driving in the capital Addis Ababa. He was one of Ethiopia’s biggest musical stars and a powerful political voice, with many of his songs speaking out on behalf of his Oromo ethnic group and calling for more freedoms.

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South Africa To Reopen International Travel

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South Africa To Reopen International Flight

South Africa says it will reopen its borders to international travel next month.  President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has seen a significant drop in daily new coronavirus infections.

South Africa is the worst hit nation on the continent with more than six hundred sixty-five thousand confirmed COVID-19 cases. The virus also claimed more than 16,000 lives in the country. So far, more than 4 million coronavirus tests have been conducted.

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Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said travellers must present a 72-hours certification of covid-19 negative result.

Authorities say airports in Johannesburg and Cape Town are the only other two airports that will be open to let locals travel abroad and receive foreign visitors from countries deemed non-high-risk.

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