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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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Covid19 and the provision of water and sanitation services to informal settlements

Covid19 and the provision of water and sanitation services to informal settlements

NEIL MACLEOD Recently, as a result of the Covid19 pandemic, there has been a recognition in South Africa of the importance of access to water and sanitation for residents living in informal settlements, together with hygiene education.  However, the solutions adopted have been reactive to date, contradict stated government policy when it comes to both sanitation and water, and are not sustainable.  The water and sanitation solutions currently adopted in South Africa make use of fixed water tanks that are filled by tankers and provide sanitation using communal chemical toilets. Ironically, while bucket toilets provided by the public sector are…
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Zimbabwe loses 4th cabinet minister to covid-19

Zimbabwe loses 4th cabinet minister to covid-19

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER ZIMBABWE has lost a second serving cabinet minister in one week to COVID-19. Transport and Infrastructure Minister Joel “Biggie” Matiza has also become the 4th minister in President Emmerson Mnangagwa to die from COVID-19 related illness. Matiza (61) died yesterday at the St Anne Hospital in Harare, a week after he was admitted to hospital and a few days after the death of his colleague Dr Sibusiso Moyo, the Foreign Minister.  There other two cabinet ministers who succumbed to COVID-19 are Perrance Shiri, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Settlement and Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, the Provincial…
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