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UNSG CONDEMNS GENDER VIOLENCE AMID LOCKDOWN

06 April 2020
UNSG CONDEMNS GENDER VIOLENCE AMID LOCKDOWN

  United Nations Secretary General Antonnio Guterres has called for more vigilance against domestic violence during the coronavirus outbreak, as the lockdown against the spread of the pandemic could unleash, untold violence against women in abu...

TOUGHER UK LOCKDOWN IF TOO MANY BREAK RULES

06 April 2020
TOUGHER UK LOCKDOWN IF TOO MANY BREAK RULES

  British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has condemned members of the public who congregate in public parks and open spaces as contravening the rules of the lockdown. In a statement, he said a small minority of people are breaking the rules whic...

SOUTH SUDAN CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 CASE

06 April 2020
SOUTH SUDAN CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 CASE

  In South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar, accompanied by United Nations Mission Chief, David Shearer told the media in the capital Juba that the country’s first case of the coronavirus has been detained and isolated in a United Nations...

PRETORIA MAN NABBED AFTER MOCKING VIDEO OF COVID-19 GOES VIRAL

06 April 2020
PRETORIA MAN NABBED AFTER MOCKING VIDEO OF COVID-19 GOES VIRAL

  In Pretoria, a 23-year old male was arrested for allegedly contravening the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act, after posting a video on social media in which two young men were seen travelling around Pretoria with one of them continu...

1 655 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES, AS WELL AS 11 DEATHS IN SOUTH AFRICA

06 April 2020
1 655 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES, AS WELL AS 11 DEATHS IN SOUTH AFRICA

  As of Sunday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1 655, with 11 confirmed deaths. Gauteng with 704 people affected, remains the province with the highest number of cases, followed by the Western Cape with 454 cases and KwaZulu-Na...

POLICE REMOVE MIGRANTS FROM CAPE TOWN CHURCH

03 April 2020
POLICE REMOVE MIGRANTS FROM CAPE TOWN CHURCH

  About 700 foreign nationals who were holed-up in the Cape Town Methodist Church from earlier this year were removed on Thursday, in a bid to comply with ‘social distancing’ and the nationwide lockdown. Authorities have been asked...

SAUDI ARABIA URGES MUSLIMS IN ALL COUNTRIES TO WAIT BEFORE DOING HAJJ CONTRACTS

01 April 2020
SAUDI ARABIA URGES MUSLIMS IN ALL COUNTRIES TO WAIT BEFORE DOING HAJJ CONTRACTS

  Saudi Arabia's hajj minister has asked Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual Hajj pilgrimage amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, Saudi Arabia suspended the "umrah" pilgrimage over fears of the corona...

TRUMP WARNS VIRUS IS BECOMING “PRETTY STRONGER”

01 April 2020
TRUMP WARNS VIRUS IS BECOMING “PRETTY STRONGER”

  In the United States, President Donald Trump has conceded that the ‘surge’ of the pandemic was getting “pretty stronger” and that people should brace themselves for the worst. Trump has called COVID-19 a "plague" durin...

JOHNSON & JOHNSON WORKS ON COVID-19 VACCINE

01 April 2020
JOHNSON & JOHNSON WORKS ON COVID-19 VACCINE

  Johnson & Johnson says the company has selected a lead candidate vaccine for the new coronavirus that will move to human trials by September and could be ready for emergency use by early next year. Johnson & Johnson is using the same...

BOTSWANA DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY

01 April 2020
BOTSWANA DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY

  Botswana has declared a state of emergency and for people to stay at home until further notice in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Across all of Africa, countries have recorded 5 700 cases of the coronavirus, and 190 deaths....

SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL A CHALLENGE

01 April 2020
SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL A CHALLENGE

  One of reasons for the lockdown is to ensure social distancing to avoid further spread of the Coronavirus. Reporters on the ground in Soweto found long queues, busy roads and many people struggling to adhere to the strict social distancing ru...

CHALLENGES IN KHAYELITSHA SETTLEMENT AFTER A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IS DETECTED

01 April 2020
CHALLENGES IN KHAYELITSHA SETTLEMENT AFTER A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE IS DETECTED

  The informal settlement of Khayelitsha in South Africa's Western Cape Province has detected its first positive case of COVID-19. There are several fears over the virus' impact on these communities as many share communal toilets and some areas...

WHO: NOBODY IS SAFE UNTIL WE ARE ALL SAFE

31 March 2020
WHO: NOBODY IS SAFE UNTIL WE ARE ALL SAFE

  The World Health Organization has urged wealthier countries to support lower income countries through the coronavirus pandemic. World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus says the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us...

NIGERIAN TRAFFIC WORSENS AS PEOPLE SCRAMBLE TO RETURN HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

31 March 2020
NIGERIAN TRAFFIC WORSENS AS PEOPLE SCRAMBLE TO RETURN HOME AFTER LOCKDOWN

  Nigerian traffic jams have worsened since the announcement of the 14-day lockdown as residents from Lagos and Abuja scramble to get back home. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week lockdown and “cessation of all movements”...

KENYAN POLICE USE TEAR GAS TO ENFORCE CURFEW

31 March 2020
KENYAN POLICE USE TEAR GAS TO ENFORCE CURFEW

  In Kenya, police used teargas to disperse several people who were in contravention of the curfew imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses and institutions of learning have been ordered to close and people urged to stay at...

PEOPLE URGED TO STAY AT HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA

31 March 2020
PEOPLE URGED TO STAY AT HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA

  During the televised announcement last night, President Ramaphosa reiterated his call to stay at home for the next 17 days and to only leave home for food as well as essential necessities or for medical reasons. Extracted from President Cyril...

MASS DOOR-TO-DOOR SCREENINGS OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SOUTH AFRICA

31 March 2020
MASS DOOR-TO-DOOR SCREENINGS OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SOUTH AFRICA

  South Africa will start mass door-to-door screening and testing for coronavirus. President Cyril Ramaphosa made this announcement yesterday to the nation last night. The "unprecedented" exercise will be launched in the next few days, with at...

MALIANS BEGIN VOTE COUNTING AMID SECURITY & VIRUS FEARS

30 March 2020
MALIANS BEGIN VOTE COUNTING AMID SECURITY & VIRUS FEARS

  Vote counting started in Mali yesterday just a day after the country reported its first coronavirus death and with the leading opposition leader allegedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen. According to health officials a 71-year old man recently r...

NIGERIANS REACT TO LOCKDOWN

30 March 2020
NIGERIANS REACT TO LOCKDOWN

  Residents in Lagos have reacted with mixed feelings to the announcement by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for all citizens to stay at home for 14-days in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Lagos residents have been specifically...

NIGERIA DECLARES 14-DAY VIRUS LOCKDOWN

30 March 2020
NIGERIA DECLARES 14-DAY VIRUS LOCKDOWN

  Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced a 14-day lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, ordering all movement and activity to stop. In a televised address, Buhari urged all Nigerians to suspend all travel an...

SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS 2ND COVID-19 DEATH

30 March 2020
SOUTH AFRICA RECORDS 2ND COVID-19 DEATH

  The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced yesterday that South Africa recorded its second death resulting from the Coronavirus. The 74 year old male who tested positive for COVID-19 had been in ICU and ventilation in a private hos...

TREASURY ANNOUNCES COVID-19 TAX MEASURES THAT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM 1 APRIL 2020

30 March 2020
TREASURY ANNOUNCES COVID-19 TAX MEASURES THAT WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM 1 APRIL 2020

  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Sunday announced exceptional tax measures to counter the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. The tax measures include a tax subsidy to employers of up to R500 per month for the next four months for private sec...

PUBLIC TRANSPORT RULES GET AMENDED TO ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL GRANT PAYMENTS

30 March 2020
PUBLIC TRANSPORT RULES GET AMENDED TO ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL GRANT PAYMENTS

  Under the current lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, public modes of transport are allowed to operate from 5am to 9am and again from 4pm until 8pm. However, in light of the payment of social grants from today until Friday April...

FIRST GROUP OF MIGRANTS FROM LIBYA ARRIVE IN RWANDA

27 March 2020
FIRST GROUP OF MIGRANTS FROM LIBYA ARRIVE IN RWANDA

  Rwanda has received 66 asylum-seekers that were being held in  Libyan detention centres, the first of a group of 500 migrants to be sent under an agreement with the United Nations to help re-settle people detained while trying to reach E...

INDONESIA USES DRONES TO DISINFECT DENSE AREAS

27 March 2020
INDONESIA USES DRONES TO DISINFECT DENSE AREAS

Indonesian officials and activists are using drones to spray disinfectant at densely populated areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With 10 litres of liquid and in 12 minutes of flying time, the drone can cover 1 hectare of an area. However in som...

US TOPS WORLD IN VIRUS CASES WITH RECORD NUMBER OF NEWLY UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE

27 March 2020
US TOPS WORLD IN VIRUS CASES WITH RECORD NUMBER OF NEWLY UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE

The United States now has more COVID-19 infections than any other country, and a record number of newly unemployed people, as the coronavirus crisis deepens around the world. Hours after his nation reached the grim milestone, President Donald T...

G20 NATIONS INJECT $5 TRILLION TO COMBAT COVID-19

27 March 2020
G20 NATIONS INJECT $5 TRILLION TO COMBAT COVID-19

  Amid forecasts of a deep recession, G20 nations will inject $5 trillion into the global economy to combat the pandemic. World leaders joined an emergency online conference chaired by Saudi Arabia's King Salman yesterday. The talks come amid c...

EUROPE LEADS WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS

27 March 2020
EUROPE LEADS WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS

  Remaining with the coronavirus outbreak, about 60% of the world’s recorded cases and 70% of deaths have been reported in Europe, says the World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge. Italy and Spain are th...

EUROZONE GIVEN 2 WEEKS TO FIND VIRUS RESPONSE

27 March 2020
EUROZONE GIVEN 2 WEEKS TO FIND VIRUS RESPONSE

  In Europe, finance ministers have been given two weeks to formulate a stronger response to the economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. Nine EU countries including hard-hit Italy and Spain have pleaded for “corona bonds&rdquo...

RAMAPHOSA HOLDS TELECONFERENCE WITH AU BUREAU BEFORE G20 SUMMIT

27 March 2020
RAMAPHOSA HOLDS TELECONFERENCE WITH AU BUREAU BEFORE G20 SUMMIT

  President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Chair of the African Union also participated yesterday in a tele-conference with members of the AU Bureau to coordinate the continent’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic before participatin...

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KwaZulu-Natal’s Education department has launched an investigation into a fire incident where a grade R learner was burnt on school premises last week in Illovo, south of Durban. The department was told that educators heard screams from outside, only to discover the leaner’s hands had been burnt. According to reports, a fire was started to burn refuse at the school which had not been collected. The child is still recovering and is expected to be discharged on tomorrow.

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