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Food Aid, Medical Supplies Blocked From Ethiopia’s Tigray, UN Warns

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The United Nations says aid agencies supporting the troubling Tigray region in Ethiopia are struggling to provide aid in the state.

The federal government has been conducting a military offensive against forces loyal to the Tigray state’s authorities.

The un resident and humanitarian co-ordinator for Ethiopia, Catherine Sozi, told the media that providing humanitarian assistance had been difficult since the conflict began. Aid agencies say, food and health supplies have not been allowed into Tigray.

It’s been more than a week since fighting broke out in the northernmost state and the impact is spilling over to neighbouring Sudan – as thousands are reported to have crossed the border already.

Both the federal government and Tigrayan authorities are scaling up efforts to mobilize resources – indicating the conflict could go on for some time. The Africa Union has called for a truce while some fear the conflict could degenerate to a civil war.

Prime minister Abiy Hamed says the military will not seize operation until the Tigray forces surrender to the federal authority.

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Wedding Parties To Shrink Under Kenya Lockdown Rules

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Kenya authorities are limiting the number of guests at wedding ceremonies. The number of guests allowed has been reduced to 50 because of rising coronavirus cases in Kenya.

In August, president Uhuru Kenyatta had increased the number of guests allowed in weddings to 100 as he eased restrictions.

But in new measures announced on Thursday, that number has been cut down. The inter-faith council said even food in weddings will only be served to the parents and siblings of the wedding couple. Church services will now not take more than 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, food has been banned in funerals and the number of people allowed to attend limited to 100. The time limit for funerals has also been reduced to one hour.

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Burkina Faso Incumbent Kabore Wins Presidential Election

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Burkina Faso’s the electoral commission says the incumbent president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won the nation`s presidential election with 57.9% of the votes.

Burkina Faso headed to the poll on Sunday.

His main challengers, Eddie Komboigo and Zephirin Diabre, got 15.5% and 12.5% respectively.

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S.Africa Concern Over Sharp Spike In COVID-19 Cases

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South Africa authorities in Western Cape province have expressed deep concern about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Infection rates are beginning to jump in some areas, after a long lull, -particularly along the country’s southern coastline.

Doctors in Cape Town and in Port Elizabeth are reporting a rise in hospital admissions.

The virus is showing signs of a resurgence in parts of South Africa – the most badly affected country on the Africa continent.

One provincial leader described the spike as staggering and said the virus was spreading widely, not just in a handful of hotspots. The country is now heading towards its main summer holiday season, a time when millions of people travel.

Concerns about a second wave are coinciding with nationwide protest action over low pay by community health workers – key figures in south Africa’s fight to contain the virus.

The government is thought to be reluctant to reimpose tough lockdown restrictions, with the economy in deep trouble. 779,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

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