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

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

South Africa’s health ministry says after the number of new coronavirus cases has been declining since a peak in July, the confirmed COVID-19 cases have now surpassed 600,000.  This has left the country hardest hit on the continent.

The ministry said in a statement South Africa now has a total of more than 603,000 cases and nearly thirteen thousand deaths. World health organization data show South Africa`s case accounts for more than half of the continent’s reported infections and nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths.

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Health minister Zweli Mkhize said last week, the nation is now moving past the point of the pandemic’s peak, and has gone beyond the inflection point.

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Meanwhile, South African students in all grades have resumed classes today, Monday, after months of closure because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Monday’s resumption of classes comes as the country registers a decline in new infections.

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Final-year students had resumed classes earlier to prepare for examinations.

Last week, United Nations agencies asked African governments to reopen schools with measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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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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