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Ghana To Reopen International Airport After Five Months

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Ghana To Reopen International Airport After Five Months

Ghana says it will reopen its air borders to international travel from tomorrow, September the first. International flights were closed five months ago to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a speech to the nation on Sunday, there has been a drop in active Coronavirus cases in Ghana.

All travellers arriving in Ghana will be required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result done within 72 hours before departure.

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They will also be required to pay or test on arrival at the airport.  Results will be available within 30 minutes.

Those who test positive will undergo further assessment and treatment. But children under five will not be tested.

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All passengers are also expected to observe the safety protocols including mandatory wearing of masks.

The government says it will sanction airlines that fail to comply with the government directives. Akufo-Addo said land and sea borders will remain closed.

Ghana has experienced a continued decrease in the number of Covid-19 active cases which are now just more than 1,000 out of over 44,205 confirmed cases.

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Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the main Kotoka International Airport in the capital, Accra, handled about 24,500 passengers arriving from abroad every week.

Domestic flights resumed three months ago.

But the country’s land and sea borders remain shut.

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.

Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.

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Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.

Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.

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The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.

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Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.

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Uganda Receives Machines To Boost HIV Testing In Infants

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The Uganda ministry of health says it has received more than one thousand Abbott M-Pima point of care machines for the national scale-up of, early infant HIV diagnosis and viral load testing. Health authorities say, the number of babies born with HIV has reduced, over the last 10 years.

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The machines donated by Abbott rapid diagnostics Uganda were received by the permanent secretary of ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine together with other development partner’s dignitaries and implementing partners.

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The permanent secretary noted that the entire country had only 32 machines in diagnosing new-born babies that are born with infections.

The Abbott point care machines will enforce and strengthen timely testing of HIV in infants across the country and eliminate, transmission of mother to child infections.

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

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Cameroon Deploys Army Ahead Of Elections

Cameroon authorities have deployed military personnel on the streets ahead of protests scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday.

The army said, all military personnel have been put on alert in Cameroon for four days starting Monday, over fears the Tuesday protests could cause severe public disorder.

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Opposition leader of the Cameroon renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto has been calling for peaceful protests, demanding that president Paul Biya step down, and that regional elections in the Anglophone regions be reformed, so to include the marginalized communities.

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Members of the government have been quick to criticize the call for protests made by opposition leader Maurice Kamto, labelling his movement as an insurrection. They also are forbidding all demonstrations, threatening any protestors with “life imprisonment” should they answer Kamto’s call on Tuesday.

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Since 2017, security forces have been violently repressing activists demanding the independence of the Anglophone regions.  The instability, has forced half a million people from their homes.

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