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Malawi to close schools, bars to shut early

MALAWI’S schools are to shut for at least 15 days, and all bars must close at 8 p.m., under new coronavirus restrictions announced by President Lazarus Chakwera in a television address. After reporting no positive cases for almost two months, the country has seen a sudden resurgence in coronavirus cases since the middle of last month. The new measures concerning schools and bars will take effect from Monday. Chakwera also said the government has allocated an additional 1.6 billion kwacha ($2.10 million) in funds to be spent on recruiting frontline healthcare workers, 1,000 intensive care unit beds and 1,000 oxygen…
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Nigeria to deny entry to countries that bar Nigerians – minister

Nigeria to deny entry to countries that bar Nigerians – minister

NIGERIA will bar entry to citizens of countries that do not allow in Nigerians due to coronavirus restrictions, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has announced. "The principle of reciprocity will be applied," Sirika told reporters. "If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way." Nigeria earlier this week announced plans to resume international flights on August 29. All but essential international flights were halted in late March in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. The resumption will begin with four flights daily to both Lagos and Abuja, but Sirika said that…
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Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

Namibia eases coronavirus restrictions to attract tourists

NAMIBIA has further eased restrictions for international tourists to try to prevent the collapse of a sector hit by the coronavirus pandemic after the country closed its borders in March. The Tourism Ministry has announced that tourists could go to their pre-booked destinations and take part in activities for up to five days, after which they will be tested for the virus. If they stay at their pre-booked destination for less than five days they can proceed to another destination without a test. In rules introduced in July, tourists had to quarantine at their first destination for seven days, which…
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Two killed as Gabon citizens protest coronavirus restrictions

Two killed as Gabon citizens protest coronavirus restrictions

TWO people have died after demonstrations in Gabon's two major cities, the prime minister has announced, as anger over restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 spilled over into street stand-offs. On Thursday night security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades in some neighbourhoods in the capital Libreville and Port Gentil to disperse protesters who banged pots and had set up barricades, burning tyres and debris. "Yesterday evening, two of our compatriots died during protests against these protective measures," Prime Minister Rose Christine Ossouka Raponda said in a statement. Gabon restricted travel in and out the capital city…
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Rhino poachers are back in South Africa

Rhino poachers are back in South Africa

AKHONA MATSHOBA and SHAFIEK TASSIEM RHINO poaching is on the rise again in South Africa since the government loosened coronavirus restrictions, following a year-long lull due to the pandemic, wildlife parks say. The strict limits on travel, including international travel, imposed in March last year had the happy side effect of keeping poachers at bay. In 2020, 394 rhinos were poached, 30% fewer than the year before and the lowest yearly tally since 2011. But then South Africa began easing international travel restrictions in November. "Since November, December last year and into 2021, this landscape and particularly Kruger National Park…
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Egypt lifts coronavirus restrictions

Egypt lifts coronavirus restrictions

EGYPYT will lift restrictions it imposed earlier this month to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including early closure of shops and restaurants, from June 1, the cabinet said. Since May 6, stores, malls and restaurants had to close by 9 p.m after a rise in infections.
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