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South Africa Drops To Seventh In COVID-19 Cases Globally

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South Africa has continued to report a decline in coronavirus cases. The country has now dropped to seventh from fifth position it held for months among countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases globally.

Official data show, new cases continue to reduce.  The country has dropped two places in a span of one week after being overtaken by Peru, Colombia’s neighbours, early last week.

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South Africa has reported a total of 639,000 cases and a death toll of more than 15,000.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says although the numbers are reducing, the country is not over the worst yet, fearing that there could be a second wave.

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Mkhize told state broadcaster SABC on Monday “South Africans need to continue with containment measures in order to prevent a second wave.

The US, India, Brazil, Russia, Peru and Colombia are the top six nations in confirmed cases.

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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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