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Zimbabwe Receives Second Batch Of Sinopharm Vaccine

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In fight to curb the spread of coronavirus and continue its mass COVID-19 vaccination drive, Zimbabwe has on Tuesday received a second batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by China.

According to state media president Emmerson Mnangagwa was at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in the capital, Harare, to receive the consignment.

In the early hour Tuesday morning, the Air Zimbabwe plane carrying the vaccines touched down at the airport with 344,000 doses comprising 200,000 donated by China and 144,000 doses bought by the government, and comes four weeks after the arrival of the first batch

The ministry of information has tweeted a video of the arrival of the consignment.

Since the pandemic started, Zimbabwe has so far confirmed 36,504 cases of coronavirus and 1,504 fatalities.

The southern African country which aims to vaccinate 10 million persons launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign last month. The vaccination drive has prioritized healthcare workers and groups considered at high risk.

In total, China has now donated 400,000 doses to Zimbabwe this year.

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Thousands Facing Hunger Over Mozambique Crisis – UN

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The United Nations says thousands of people are facing hunger as a result of the crisis in Mozambique. Several days of attacks in Palma last month were targeted at foreign workers and expatriates. Reports say the attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee.  Jihadists killed dozens of people in the five-day assault. At least 50,000 have been displaced – some to remote areas.

UN World Food Programme says the crisis in northern Mozambique is adding to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. The agency says close to a million persons affected by the conflict in northern Mozambique are facing severe hunger, many lacking proper shelter.  The agency says malnutrition among children is also on the rise.

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Nigeria Heightens Security On Border With Chad

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Nigeria’s minister of defence Bashir Magashi says the country has heightened security on its border with chad following president Idris Deby’s killing by rebels.

The minister says this is because of external threats that would come from the influx of refugees. Magashi says only Nigerians living in Chad will be allowed back into the country.

Nigeria borders Chad in the north-east where Boko Haram militants have been active recently. Chadian soldiers have been part of the troops battling insecurity in west Africa.

Chad is seen as an important country to the international efforts to combat insecurity in the west African region.

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Ghana: NCA To Shut Down 49 TV Stations For Operating Without License

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Ghana has shut down what it called 49 illegal television stations. The National Communications Authority says broadcasting by too many stations would affect signals. Authorities say the TV stations were being shut down because they were unlicensed. They say the action will ensure efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.

At least 146 TV channels are currently authorized to operate.

The process of shutting down unlicensed stations is being done in collaboration with the police and intelligence agents.

The NCA says it continuously monitors satellite free-to-air television platforms.

More than 50 radio stations were shut down in a similar exercise in 2017.

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