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  •  The World Health Organisation WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville Congo says Republic of Niger has reported new polio outbreak The UN health agency disclosed this in a statement posted on its website Niger has reported a new polio outbreak that has affected two children in Niamey and Tillaberi region Last December the West African country along with Kenya and Mozambique reported ending polio outbreaks that had lasted 24 months However this new circulating vaccine derived poliovirus transmission that paralysed a child on February 15 is not linked to the outbreak that was closed last year The statement quoted Dr Pascal Mkanda Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme in the African Region as saying Niger stopped the previous polio outbreaks by mounting high quality mass vaccination campaigns in 2019 Unfortunately that will not be possible now as we have suspended the polio mass vaccination campaigns due to the novel coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic responses that requires global standards for social distancing and hand washing hygiene practices The poliovirus will inevitably continue to circulate and may paralyse more children as no high quality immunization campaigns can be conducted in a timely manner According to WHO Niger now joins the list of countries experiencing vaccine derived poliovirus outbreaks in Africa ramping up the total to 15 countries The other countries include Nigeria Angola Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Central African Republic Chad C te d Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Ethiopia Ghana Mali Togo and Zambia In these countries weak routine vaccination coverage vaccine refusal difficult access to some locations and low quality vaccination campaigns have made immunization of all children difficult Vaccine derived polioviruses are rare but these viruses affect unimmunised and under immunised populations living in areas with inadequate sanitation and low levels of polio immunisation When children are immunised with the oral polio vaccine the attenuated vaccine virus replicates in their intestines for a short time to build up the needed immunity and is then excreted in the faeces into the environment where it can mutate If polio immunisation coverage remains low in a community and sanitation remains inadequate the mutated viruses will be transmitted to susceptible populations leading to emergence of vaccine derived polioviruses WHO stated The agency said as the COVID 19 pandemic continued to spread in the African Region most countries had enforced travel restrictions and suspended health activities that do not comply with physical distancing guidelines following WHO s recommendations It said mass immunisation activities across the region had been postponed until further notice However the polio eradication programme in the African Region strives to sustain essential disease surveillance functions as well as planning for a rapid scale up in immunisation activities once the COVID 19 situation permits The statement also quoted Dr Modjirom Ndoutabe Coordinator of the WHO led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region as saying We are investigating the outbreak Following the outbreak in Niger we are currently investigating to understand what happened and carrying out a risk assessment to know the magnitude of the problem We are also working with WHO country colleagues local authorities and partners to prepare a team to be deployed once COVID 19 is over Niger s last wild polio case was in 2012 and the Africa Regional Certification Commission ARCC the independent commission designated to certify the eradication of wild poliovirus in the African Region accepted the national documentation of wild poliovirus free status in 2016 No wild poliovirus has been detected anywhere in Africa since 2016 This stands in stark contrast to 1996 a year when wild poliovirus paralysed more than 75 000 children across every country on the continent The ARCC was expected to certify the region free of wild poliovirus in June 2020 Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Niger Republic records fresh polio outbreak – WHO
     The World Health Organisation WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville Congo says Republic of Niger has reported new polio outbreak The UN health agency disclosed this in a statement posted on its website Niger has reported a new polio outbreak that has affected two children in Niamey and Tillaberi region Last December the West African country along with Kenya and Mozambique reported ending polio outbreaks that had lasted 24 months However this new circulating vaccine derived poliovirus transmission that paralysed a child on February 15 is not linked to the outbreak that was closed last year The statement quoted Dr Pascal Mkanda Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme in the African Region as saying Niger stopped the previous polio outbreaks by mounting high quality mass vaccination campaigns in 2019 Unfortunately that will not be possible now as we have suspended the polio mass vaccination campaigns due to the novel coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic responses that requires global standards for social distancing and hand washing hygiene practices The poliovirus will inevitably continue to circulate and may paralyse more children as no high quality immunization campaigns can be conducted in a timely manner According to WHO Niger now joins the list of countries experiencing vaccine derived poliovirus outbreaks in Africa ramping up the total to 15 countries The other countries include Nigeria Angola Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Central African Republic Chad C te d Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Ethiopia Ghana Mali Togo and Zambia In these countries weak routine vaccination coverage vaccine refusal difficult access to some locations and low quality vaccination campaigns have made immunization of all children difficult Vaccine derived polioviruses are rare but these viruses affect unimmunised and under immunised populations living in areas with inadequate sanitation and low levels of polio immunisation When children are immunised with the oral polio vaccine the attenuated vaccine virus replicates in their intestines for a short time to build up the needed immunity and is then excreted in the faeces into the environment where it can mutate If polio immunisation coverage remains low in a community and sanitation remains inadequate the mutated viruses will be transmitted to susceptible populations leading to emergence of vaccine derived polioviruses WHO stated The agency said as the COVID 19 pandemic continued to spread in the African Region most countries had enforced travel restrictions and suspended health activities that do not comply with physical distancing guidelines following WHO s recommendations It said mass immunisation activities across the region had been postponed until further notice However the polio eradication programme in the African Region strives to sustain essential disease surveillance functions as well as planning for a rapid scale up in immunisation activities once the COVID 19 situation permits The statement also quoted Dr Modjirom Ndoutabe Coordinator of the WHO led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region as saying We are investigating the outbreak Following the outbreak in Niger we are currently investigating to understand what happened and carrying out a risk assessment to know the magnitude of the problem We are also working with WHO country colleagues local authorities and partners to prepare a team to be deployed once COVID 19 is over Niger s last wild polio case was in 2012 and the Africa Regional Certification Commission ARCC the independent commission designated to certify the eradication of wild poliovirus in the African Region accepted the national documentation of wild poliovirus free status in 2016 No wild poliovirus has been detected anywhere in Africa since 2016 This stands in stark contrast to 1996 a year when wild poliovirus paralysed more than 75 000 children across every country on the continent The ARCC was expected to certify the region free of wild poliovirus in June 2020 Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Niger Republic records fresh polio outbreak – WHO
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    Niger Republic records fresh polio outbreak – WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo says Republic of Niger has reported new polio outbreak.

    The UN health agency disclosed this in a statement posted on its website.

    “Niger has reported a new polio outbreak that has affected two children in Niamey and Tillaberi region.

    “Last December, the West African country along with Kenya and Mozambique reported ending polio outbreaks that had lasted 24 months.

    “However, this new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus transmission, that paralysed a child on February 15, is not linked to the outbreak that was closed last year.’’

    The statement quoted, Dr Pascal Mkanda, Coordinator of Polio Eradication Programme in the African Region,  as saying “Niger stopped the previous polio outbreaks by mounting high quality mass vaccination campaigns in 2019.

    “Unfortunately, that will not be possible now as we have suspended the polio mass vaccination campaigns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic responses that requires global standards for social distancing and hand washing hygiene practices.

    “The poliovirus will inevitably continue to circulate and may paralyse more children as no high-quality immunization campaigns can be conducted in a timely manner.’’

    According to WHO, Niger now joins the list of countries experiencing vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks in Africa, ramping up the total to 15 countries.

    The other countries include Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Togo and Zambia.

    “In these countries, weak routine vaccination coverage, vaccine refusal, difficult access to some locations and low-quality vaccination campaigns have made immunization of all children difficult.

    “Vaccine-derived polioviruses are rare, but these viruses affect unimmunised and under-immunised populations living in areas with inadequate sanitation and low levels of polio immunisation.

    “When children are immunised with the oral polio vaccine, the attenuated vaccine virus replicates in their intestines for a short time to build up the needed immunity and is then excreted in the faeces into the environment where it can mutate.

    “If polio immunisation coverage remains low in a community and sanitation remains inadequate, the mutated viruses will be transmitted to susceptible populations, leading to emergence of vaccine-derived polioviruses,” WHO stated.

    The agency said as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread in the African Region, most countries had enforced travel restrictions and suspended health activities that do not comply with physical distancing guidelines following WHO’s recommendations.

    It said mass immunisation activities across the region had been postponed until further notice.

    “However, the polio eradication programme in the African Region strives to sustain essential disease surveillance functions as well as planning for a rapid scale up in immunisation activities once the COVID-19 situation permits.’’

    The statement also quoted Dr Modjirom Ndoutabe, Coordinator of the WHO-led polio outbreaks Rapid Response Team for the African Region, as saying: “ We are investigating the outbreak.

    “Following the outbreak in Niger, we are currently investigating to understand what happened and carrying out a risk assessment to know the magnitude of the problem.

    “We are also working with WHO country colleagues, local authorities and partners to prepare a team to be deployed once COVID-19 is over,”

    Niger’s last wild polio case was in 2012 and the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), the independent commission designated to certify the eradication of wild poliovirus in the African Region accepted the national documentation of wild poliovirus-free status in 2016.

    No wild poliovirus has been detected anywhere in Africa since 2016.

    This stands in stark contrast to 1996, a year when wild poliovirus paralysed more than 75,000 children across every country on the continent.

    The ARCC was expected to certify the region free of wild poliovirus in June 2020.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  Mali s health authorities reported on Saturday 45 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the number of confirmed cases to 370 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 31 out of the 45 new confirmed cases were detected in Bamako while 8 were reported within the UN mission in Douentza Mopti Region The ministry also announced 4 recovery cases So far the West African country has reported 370 positive cases including 21 deaths and 91 recovery cases since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25 A total of 1 920 close contacts are under observation by the country s health authorities As a measure to contain the spread of the virus the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9 The government declared a state of health emergency on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26 XINHUA
    Mali reports 45 more cases of COVID-19
     Mali s health authorities reported on Saturday 45 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the number of confirmed cases to 370 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 31 out of the 45 new confirmed cases were detected in Bamako while 8 were reported within the UN mission in Douentza Mopti Region The ministry also announced 4 recovery cases So far the West African country has reported 370 positive cases including 21 deaths and 91 recovery cases since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25 A total of 1 920 close contacts are under observation by the country s health authorities As a measure to contain the spread of the virus the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9 The government declared a state of health emergency on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26 XINHUA
    Mali reports 45 more cases of COVID-19
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    Mali reports 45 more cases of COVID-19

    Mali's health authorities reported on Saturday 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 370 in the country.

    According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 31 out of the 45 new confirmed cases were detected in Bamako while 8 were reported within the UN mission in Douentza, Mopti Region.

    The ministry also announced 4 recovery cases.

    So far, the West African country has reported 370 positive cases, including 21 deaths and 91 recovery cases, since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25.

    A total of 1,920 close contacts are under observation by the country's health authorities.

    As a measure to contain the spread of the virus, the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9.

    The government declared a state of health emergency on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Mali s health authorites reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Thursday bringing the number of confirmed cases to 309 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 4 new patients tested negative and discharged from hospital but it also deplored 4 new deaths So far the West African country has reported 309 positive cases including 21 deaths and 77 patients cured since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25 Mali s Minister of Health and Social Affairs said on Wednesday COVID 19 is not a death sentence for the elderly referring to an 88 year old woman tested negative after receiving treatments At the beginning of the week a second batch of medical supplies donated by the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba arrived in Mali as support for the fight against COVID 19 in the country Chinese Ambassador to Mali Zhu Liying called for further cooperation and coordination of the international community within the framework of the World Health Organization As a measure to contain the spread of the virus the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9 Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26 XINHUA
    Total number of COVID-19 cases in Mali tops 300
     Mali s health authorites reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Thursday bringing the number of confirmed cases to 309 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 4 new patients tested negative and discharged from hospital but it also deplored 4 new deaths So far the West African country has reported 309 positive cases including 21 deaths and 77 patients cured since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25 Mali s Minister of Health and Social Affairs said on Wednesday COVID 19 is not a death sentence for the elderly referring to an 88 year old woman tested negative after receiving treatments At the beginning of the week a second batch of medical supplies donated by the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba arrived in Mali as support for the fight against COVID 19 in the country Chinese Ambassador to Mali Zhu Liying called for further cooperation and coordination of the international community within the framework of the World Health Organization As a measure to contain the spread of the virus the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9 Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26 XINHUA
    Total number of COVID-19 cases in Mali tops 300
    Foreign3 years ago

    Total number of COVID-19 cases in Mali tops 300

    Mali's health authorites reported 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 309 in the country.

    According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 4 new patients tested negative and discharged from hospital, but it also deplored 4 new deaths.

    So far, the West African country has reported 309 positive cases, including 21 deaths and 77 patients cured, since the beginning of the pandemic in the country on March 25.

    Mali's Minister of Health and Social Affairs said on Wednesday COVID-19 "is not a death sentence for the elderly", referring to an 88-year-old woman tested negative after receiving treatments.

    At the beginning of the week, a second batch of medical supplies donated by the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba arrived in Mali as support for the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

    Chinese Ambassador to Mali Zhu Liying called for further cooperation and coordination of the international community within the framework of the World Health Organization.

    As a measure to contain the spread of the virus, the Malian government has decided to extend the closure of all education establishments from April 9 to May 9.

    Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 evening and instituted a curfew from March 26.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday called on the African Union AU to carry out closer coordination among its member countries and with the Group of 20 and international financial institutions in the months ahead amid the COVID 19 outbreak The coordination is to ensure that Africa has the fiscal space needed to cushion its private sector from the epidemic and protect its human development gains Kagame said at an AU teleconference meeting chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa The meeting also brought together the heads of state and government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ethiopia Kenya Mali Senegal Zimbabwe as well as African business leaders Kagame called on the AU members not to lose sight of the critical importance of the start of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area in July The current disruptions to international trade make it even more important at this particular moment to increase trade and production in our continent he said During the meeting Rwanda pledged 500 000 U S dollars to the AU COVID Fund and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each Also during the teleconference Ramaphosa in his capacity as AU chairperson appointed four special envoys to mobilize international support for Africa s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic The envoys are tasked with soliciting the rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 the European Union and other international financial institutions The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa warned in March that the unfolding coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa s already stagnant growth and result in huge losses in export revenues XINHUA
    Rwandan president calls for closer coordination amid COVID-19 outbreak
     Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday called on the African Union AU to carry out closer coordination among its member countries and with the Group of 20 and international financial institutions in the months ahead amid the COVID 19 outbreak The coordination is to ensure that Africa has the fiscal space needed to cushion its private sector from the epidemic and protect its human development gains Kagame said at an AU teleconference meeting chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa The meeting also brought together the heads of state and government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ethiopia Kenya Mali Senegal Zimbabwe as well as African business leaders Kagame called on the AU members not to lose sight of the critical importance of the start of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area in July The current disruptions to international trade make it even more important at this particular moment to increase trade and production in our continent he said During the meeting Rwanda pledged 500 000 U S dollars to the AU COVID Fund and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each Also during the teleconference Ramaphosa in his capacity as AU chairperson appointed four special envoys to mobilize international support for Africa s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic The envoys are tasked with soliciting the rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 the European Union and other international financial institutions The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa warned in March that the unfolding coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa s already stagnant growth and result in huge losses in export revenues XINHUA
    Rwandan president calls for closer coordination amid COVID-19 outbreak
    Foreign3 years ago

    Rwandan president calls for closer coordination amid COVID-19 outbreak

    Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Wednesday called on the African Union (AU) to carry out closer coordination among its member countries and with the Group of 20 and international financial institutions in the months ahead amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The coordination is to ensure that Africa has the fiscal space needed to cushion its private sector from the epidemic and protect its human development gains, Kagame said at an AU teleconference meeting chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

    The meeting also brought together the heads of state and government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, as well as African business leaders.

    Kagame called on the AU members not to "lose sight of the critical importance" of the start of trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area in July.

    "The current disruptions to international trade make it even more important at this particular moment to increase trade and production in our continent," he said.

    During the meeting, Rwanda pledged 500,000 U.S. dollars to the AU COVID Fund and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each.

    Also during the teleconference, Ramaphosa, in his capacity as AU chairperson, appointed four special envoys to mobilize international support for Africa's efforts to address the economic challenges African countries will face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The envoys are tasked with soliciting the rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20, the European Union and other international financial institutions.

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa warned in March that the unfolding coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa's already stagnant growth and result in huge losses in export revenues.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Mali s health services on Wednesday reported 35 new positive cases of COVID 19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 293 in the country The Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs also reported 3 new deaths So far the West African country reported 293 confirmed COVID 19 cases including 17 deaths and 73 recoveries Former Prime Minister Moussa Mara is mong the 35 new positive cases He confirmed the information on his Facebook and Twitter pages I took yesterday Tuesday April 21 2020 a test of COVID 19 This Wednesday April 22 at the end of the morning the test turned out to be positive From this moment I am confined for a period decided by the responsible health officials he wrote Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 and imposed a curfew since March 26 XINHUA
    Mali reports 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 293 in total
     Mali s health services on Wednesday reported 35 new positive cases of COVID 19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 293 in the country The Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs also reported 3 new deaths So far the West African country reported 293 confirmed COVID 19 cases including 17 deaths and 73 recoveries Former Prime Minister Moussa Mara is mong the 35 new positive cases He confirmed the information on his Facebook and Twitter pages I took yesterday Tuesday April 21 2020 a test of COVID 19 This Wednesday April 22 at the end of the morning the test turned out to be positive From this moment I am confined for a period decided by the responsible health officials he wrote Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 and imposed a curfew since March 26 XINHUA
    Mali reports 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 293 in total
    Foreign3 years ago

    Mali reports 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 293 in total

    Mali's health services on Wednesday reported 35 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 293 in the country.

    The Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs also reported 3 new deaths.

    So far, the West African country reported 293 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 17 deaths and 73 recoveries.

    Former Prime Minister Moussa Mara is mong the 35 new positive cases.

    He confirmed the information on his Facebook and Twitter pages. "I took yesterday, Tuesday April 21, 2020, a test of COVID-19. This Wednesday, April 22 at the end of the morning, the test turned out to be positive. From this moment, I am confined for a period decided by the responsible health officials," he wrote.

    Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on March 25 and imposed a curfew since March 26.
    (XINHUA)

  •  a cumulative total of 14 068 confirmed COVID 19 cases and 658 associated deaths case fatality ratio 4 7 per cent have been reported across 45 countries in the WHO African Region Some of the countries most affected are South Africa 3 158 Algeria 2 626 Ghana 1 042 Cameroon 1 016 Cote d Ivoire 847 Niger 648 Burkina Faso 565 and Nigeria 541 confirmed cases These eight countries account for 74 per cent of the cases reported in the region Notably two countries Republic of Congo and Tanzania observed exponential increase in their number of confirmed cases in week 16 Tanzania observed increase in number of confirmed cases which rose by 434 per cent from 32 to 171 cases and Republic of Congo by 104 per cent from 70 to 143 cases Seven countries Angola Gambia Mauritania Namibia Sao Tome and Principe Seychelles and South Sudan have not reported any new confirmed COVID 19 case during week 1 The bulletin further stated that 658 deaths occurred in 31 countries Six countries in the region have shown very high case fatality ratios Algeria 14 per cent which 375 deaths out of 2 629 confirmed cases and Democratic Republic of Congo 8 0 per cent 25 332 Mali recorded 6 3 per cent fatality ratio 14 224 Burkina Faso 6 4 per cent 36 565 Kenya 5 2 per cent 14 270 and Republic of Congo 4 2 per cent 11 143 According to the report the COVID 19 outbreak continues to expand rapidly in the WHO African Region with 96 per cent 45 47 of countries being affected Only Comoros and Lesotho are still apparently free of the disease The cumulative number of confirmed COVID 19 cases is now 14 068 and the number of deaths is steadily growing standing at 658 an increase of 43 per cent over the previous week The disease is now spreading from the capital cities to the inter land with most countries in the region experiencing local transmission and a few progressing to community transmission Most countries are implementing lockdown measures of various types with varying degree of societal impact To prevent this outbreak from further intensifying in the region it is critical that all governments step up implementing strong public health response Physical distancing handwashing finding cases providing care and isolation contact tracing and isolation and additionally countries need to ensure it added In addition WHO emphasised that the outbreak of COVID 19 had spread to most countries in the WHO African Region with an associated upsurge in the number of cases and deaths in the past weeks The agency said that many countries were now experiencing local transmission with a few beginning to see widespread community transmission Rigorous efforts are needed to bring this situation under control WHO continues to advise all countries in the region to scale up their public health response measures aimed to contain further spread of the disease In areas with widespread or potential widespread transmission countries will need to quickly adapt mitigation measures to reduce the impact of the pandemic Edited By Constance Imasuen Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: 112 health workers have been infected in Africa -WHO
     a cumulative total of 14 068 confirmed COVID 19 cases and 658 associated deaths case fatality ratio 4 7 per cent have been reported across 45 countries in the WHO African Region Some of the countries most affected are South Africa 3 158 Algeria 2 626 Ghana 1 042 Cameroon 1 016 Cote d Ivoire 847 Niger 648 Burkina Faso 565 and Nigeria 541 confirmed cases These eight countries account for 74 per cent of the cases reported in the region Notably two countries Republic of Congo and Tanzania observed exponential increase in their number of confirmed cases in week 16 Tanzania observed increase in number of confirmed cases which rose by 434 per cent from 32 to 171 cases and Republic of Congo by 104 per cent from 70 to 143 cases Seven countries Angola Gambia Mauritania Namibia Sao Tome and Principe Seychelles and South Sudan have not reported any new confirmed COVID 19 case during week 1 The bulletin further stated that 658 deaths occurred in 31 countries Six countries in the region have shown very high case fatality ratios Algeria 14 per cent which 375 deaths out of 2 629 confirmed cases and Democratic Republic of Congo 8 0 per cent 25 332 Mali recorded 6 3 per cent fatality ratio 14 224 Burkina Faso 6 4 per cent 36 565 Kenya 5 2 per cent 14 270 and Republic of Congo 4 2 per cent 11 143 According to the report the COVID 19 outbreak continues to expand rapidly in the WHO African Region with 96 per cent 45 47 of countries being affected Only Comoros and Lesotho are still apparently free of the disease The cumulative number of confirmed COVID 19 cases is now 14 068 and the number of deaths is steadily growing standing at 658 an increase of 43 per cent over the previous week The disease is now spreading from the capital cities to the inter land with most countries in the region experiencing local transmission and a few progressing to community transmission Most countries are implementing lockdown measures of various types with varying degree of societal impact To prevent this outbreak from further intensifying in the region it is critical that all governments step up implementing strong public health response Physical distancing handwashing finding cases providing care and isolation contact tracing and isolation and additionally countries need to ensure it added In addition WHO emphasised that the outbreak of COVID 19 had spread to most countries in the WHO African Region with an associated upsurge in the number of cases and deaths in the past weeks The agency said that many countries were now experiencing local transmission with a few beginning to see widespread community transmission Rigorous efforts are needed to bring this situation under control WHO continues to advise all countries in the region to scale up their public health response measures aimed to contain further spread of the disease In areas with widespread or potential widespread transmission countries will need to quickly adapt mitigation measures to reduce the impact of the pandemic Edited By Constance Imasuen Sadiya Hamza NAN
    COVID-19: 112 health workers have been infected in Africa -WHO
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    COVID-19: 112 health workers have been infected in Africa -WHO

    a cumulative total of 14, 068 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 658 associated deaths (case fatality ratio 4.7 per cent) have been reported across 45 countries in the WHO African Region.

    Some of the countries most affected are: South Africa, 3 158; Algeria, 2,626; Ghana, 1 042, Cameroon, 1 016; Cote d’Ivoire, 847; Niger, 648; Burkina Faso, 565 and Nigeria 541 confirmed cases.

    These eight countries account for 74 per cent of the cases reported in the region. Notably, two countries (Republic of Congo and Tanzania observed exponential increase in their number of confirmed cases in week 16.

    Tanzania observed increase in number of confirmed cases which rose by 434 per cent from 32 to 171 cases and Republic of Congo by 104 per cent from 70 to 143 cases.

    Seven countries Angola, Gambia, Mauritania, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles and South Sudan have not reported any new confirmed COVID-19 case during week 1.

    The bulletin further stated that 658 deaths occurred in 31 countries.

    Six countries in the region have shown very high case fatality ratios: Algeria 14 per cent which 375 deaths out of 2, 629 confirmed cases and Democratic Republic of Congo 8.0 per cent (25/332).

    Mali recorded 6.3 per cent fatality ratio (14/224), Burkina Faso 6.4 per cent (36/565), Kenya 5.2 per cent (14/270) and Republic of Congo 4.2 per cent (11/143).

    According to the report, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to expand rapidly in the WHO African Region, with 96 per cent (45/47) of countries being affected.

    Only Comoros and Lesotho are still apparently free of the disease. The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is now 14 068 and the number of deaths is steadily growing, standing at 658, an increase of 43 per cent over the previous week.

    The disease is now spreading from the capital cities to the inter-land, with most countries in the region experiencing local transmission, and a few progressing to community transmission.

    Most countries are implementing lockdown measures of various types, with varying degree of societal impact.

    To prevent this outbreak from further intensifying in the region, it is critical that all governments step up implementing strong public health response:

    “Physical distancing, handwashing, finding cases, providing care and isolation, contact tracing and isolation and additionally, countries need to ensure,’’ it added.

    In addition, WHO emphasised that the outbreak of COVID-19 had spread to most countries in the WHO African Region, with an associated upsurge in the number of cases and deaths in the past weeks.

    The agency said that many countries were now experiencing local transmission, with a few beginning to see widespread community transmission.

    Rigorous efforts are needed to bring this situation under control.

    WHO continues to advise all countries in the region to scale up their public health response measures aimed to contain further spread of the disease.

    In areas with widespread or potential widespread transmission, countries will need to quickly adapt mitigation measures to reduce the impact of the pandemic.


    Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

     

     

  •  African Union Member States 52 reporting COVID 19 cases 23 505 deaths 1 158 and recoveries 5 833 by region Central 1 912 cases 75 deaths 384 recoveries Burundi 6 1 4 Cameroon 1 163 42 305 Central African Republic 14 0 10 Chad 33 0 8 Congo 143 6 11 DRC 350 25 35 Equatorial Guinea 79 0 4 Gabon 120 1 7 Sao Tome amp Principe 4 0 0 Eastern 2 542 56 590 Djibouti 846 2 102 Eritrea 39 0 3 Ethiopia 111 3 16 Kenya 281 14 69 Madagascar 121 0 41 Mauritius 328 9 224 Rwanda 147 0 80 Seychelles 11 0 5 Somalia 237 8 3 South Sudan 4 0 0 Sudan 107 12 8 Tanzania 254 8 11 Uganda 56 0 28 Northern 10 052 817 2 326 Algeria 2 718 384 1 099 Egypt 3 333 250 821 Libya 51 1 11 Mauritania 7 1 2 Morocco 3 064 143 350 Tunisia 879 38 43 Southern 3 525 70 969 Angola 19 2 6 Botswana 20 1 0 Eswatini 24 1 8 Malawi 17 2 3 Mozambique 39 0 8 Namibia 16 0 4 South Africa 3 300 58 903 Zambia 65 3 35 Zimbabwe 25 3 2 Western 5 474 140 1 564 Benin 54 1 27 Burkina Faso 581 38 357 Cape Verde 67 1 1 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 879 10 287 Gambia 10 1 2 Ghana 1 042 9 99 Guinea 622 5 122 Guinea Bissau 50 0 0 Liberia 99 8 7 Mali 246 14 56 Niger 655 20 124 Nigeria 665 22 188 Senegal 377 5 235 Sierra Leone 43 0 6 Togo 84 6 53
    Coronavirus – Africa: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases (21-04-2020)
     African Union Member States 52 reporting COVID 19 cases 23 505 deaths 1 158 and recoveries 5 833 by region Central 1 912 cases 75 deaths 384 recoveries Burundi 6 1 4 Cameroon 1 163 42 305 Central African Republic 14 0 10 Chad 33 0 8 Congo 143 6 11 DRC 350 25 35 Equatorial Guinea 79 0 4 Gabon 120 1 7 Sao Tome amp Principe 4 0 0 Eastern 2 542 56 590 Djibouti 846 2 102 Eritrea 39 0 3 Ethiopia 111 3 16 Kenya 281 14 69 Madagascar 121 0 41 Mauritius 328 9 224 Rwanda 147 0 80 Seychelles 11 0 5 Somalia 237 8 3 South Sudan 4 0 0 Sudan 107 12 8 Tanzania 254 8 11 Uganda 56 0 28 Northern 10 052 817 2 326 Algeria 2 718 384 1 099 Egypt 3 333 250 821 Libya 51 1 11 Mauritania 7 1 2 Morocco 3 064 143 350 Tunisia 879 38 43 Southern 3 525 70 969 Angola 19 2 6 Botswana 20 1 0 Eswatini 24 1 8 Malawi 17 2 3 Mozambique 39 0 8 Namibia 16 0 4 South Africa 3 300 58 903 Zambia 65 3 35 Zimbabwe 25 3 2 Western 5 474 140 1 564 Benin 54 1 27 Burkina Faso 581 38 357 Cape Verde 67 1 1 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 879 10 287 Gambia 10 1 2 Ghana 1 042 9 99 Guinea 622 5 122 Guinea Bissau 50 0 0 Liberia 99 8 7 Mali 246 14 56 Niger 655 20 124 Nigeria 665 22 188 Senegal 377 5 235 Sierra Leone 43 0 6 Togo 84 6 53
    Coronavirus – Africa: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases (21-04-2020)
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus – Africa: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases (21-04-2020)



    African Union Member States (52) reporting COVID-19 cases (23,505) deaths (1,158), and recoveries (5,833) by region:

    Central (1,912 cases; 75 deaths; 384 recoveries): Burundi (6; 1; 4), Cameroon (1,163; 42; 305), Central African Republic (14; 0; 10), Chad (33; 0; 8), Congo (143; 6; 11), DRC (350; 25; 35), Equatorial Guinea (79; 0; 4), Gabon (120; 1; 7), Sao Tome & Principe (4; 0; 0).

    Eastern (2,542; 56; 590): Djibouti (846; 2; 102), Eritrea (39; 0; 3), Ethiopia (111; 3; 16), Kenya (281; 14; 69), Madagascar (121; 0; 41), Mauritius (328; 9; 224), Rwanda (147; 0; 80), Seychelles (11; 0; 5), Somalia (237; 8; 3), South Sudan (4; 0; 0), Sudan (107; 12; 8), Tanzania (254; 8; 11), Uganda (56; 0; 28).

    Northern (10,052; 817; 2,326): Algeria (2,718; 384; 1,099), Egypt (3,333; 250; 821), Libya (51; 1; 11), Mauritania (7; 1; 2), Morocco (3,064; 143; 350), Tunisia (879; 38; 43).

    Southern (3,525; 70; 969): Angola (19; 2; 6), Botswana (20; 1; 0), Eswatini (24; 1; 8), Malawi (17; 2; 3), Mozambique (39; 0; 8), Namibia (16; 0; 4), South Africa (3,300; 58; 903), Zambia (65; 3; 35), Zimbabwe (25; 3; 2).

    Western (5,474; 140; 1,564): Benin (54; 1; 27), Burkina Faso (581; 38; 357), Cape Verde (67; 1; 1), Côte d'Ivoire (879; 10; 287), Gambia (10; 1; 2), Ghana (1,042; 9; 99), Guinea (622; 5; 122), Guinea-Bissau (50; 0; 0), Liberia (99; 8; 7), Mali (246; 14; 56), Niger (655; 20; 124), Nigeria (665; 22; 188), Senegal (377; 5; 235), Sierra Leone (43; 0; 6), Togo (84; 6; 53).

  •  Apple reg www Apple com announced that starting today even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple rsquo s most popular Services The App Store reg Apple Arcade trade Apple Music reg Apple Podcasts reg and iCloud reg are now available in 20 more countries and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries ldquo We rsquo re delighted to bring many of Apple rsquo s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before rdquo said Oliver Schusser Apple rsquo s vice president of Apple Music and International Content ldquo We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps games music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world rsquo s best creators artists and developers rdquo The App Store Apple Arcade Apple Music Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Cameroon C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Libya Morocco Rwanda and Zambia Asia Pacific nbsp Maldives and Myanmar Europe nbsp Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgia Kosovo Montenegro and Serbia Middle East nbsp Afghanistan excluding Apple Music and Iraq Oceania nbsp Nauru excluding Apple Music Tonga and Vanuatu Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Algeria Angola Benin Chad Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Republic of the Congo Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Tanzania and Tunisia Asia Pacific nbsp Bhutan Europe nbsp Croatia Iceland and North Macedonia Latin America and the Caribbean nbsp the Bahamas Guyana Jamaica Montserrat St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Turks and Caicos and Uruguay Middle East nbsp Kuwait Qatar and Yemen Oceania nbsp Solomon Islands The App Store now in 175 countries and regions is the world rsquo s safest and most vibrant app marketplace with over half a billion people visiting each week It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses and since it launched in 2008 developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games all playable across iPhone reg iPad reg iPod touch reg Mac reg and Apple TV reg Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world rsquo s most visionary game developers Apple Music is the most complete music experience now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs nbsp With world class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections and the renowned global radio station Beats 1 Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone iPad Apple Watch reg Apple TV Mac HomePod reg and CarPlay reg and is also available on Android and and other devices New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six month free trial of the service with locally curated playlists including Africa Now Afrobeats Hits Ghana Bounce and more In addition users have access to world class music experts tastemakers and artist led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh Billie Eilish Elton John Pharrell and more Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world rsquo s largest catalog of podcasts now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions iCloud is an essential service that keeps users rsquo personal content safe up to date and available across all their Apple devices allowing them to store a lifetime of photos keep important documents at their fingertips and share and collaborate with ease iCloud backs up iPhone iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices With Family Sharing up to six family members can share access to Apple Services including Apple TV Apple Arcade Apple Music iCloud storage as well as individual music movie TV book and app purchases Available in 175 countries and regions iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB 200GB and 2TB plans For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world please visit nbsp Apple Support https apple co 34SAX9d Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone iPad Mac Apple Watch and Apple TV Apple rsquo s five software platforms mdash iOS iPadOS macOS watchOS and tvOS mdash provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store Apple Music Apple Pay and iCloud Apple rsquo s more than 100 000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth and to leaving the world better than we found it
    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World
     Apple reg www Apple com announced that starting today even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple rsquo s most popular Services The App Store reg Apple Arcade trade Apple Music reg Apple Podcasts reg and iCloud reg are now available in 20 more countries and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries ldquo We rsquo re delighted to bring many of Apple rsquo s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before rdquo said Oliver Schusser Apple rsquo s vice president of Apple Music and International Content ldquo We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps games music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world rsquo s best creators artists and developers rdquo The App Store Apple Arcade Apple Music Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Cameroon C ocirc te d rsquo Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Libya Morocco Rwanda and Zambia Asia Pacific nbsp Maldives and Myanmar Europe nbsp Bosnia and Herzegovina Georgia Kosovo Montenegro and Serbia Middle East nbsp Afghanistan excluding Apple Music and Iraq Oceania nbsp Nauru excluding Apple Music Tonga and Vanuatu Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions Africa nbsp Algeria Angola Benin Chad Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Republic of the Congo Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Tanzania and Tunisia Asia Pacific nbsp Bhutan Europe nbsp Croatia Iceland and North Macedonia Latin America and the Caribbean nbsp the Bahamas Guyana Jamaica Montserrat St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Turks and Caicos and Uruguay Middle East nbsp Kuwait Qatar and Yemen Oceania nbsp Solomon Islands The App Store now in 175 countries and regions is the world rsquo s safest and most vibrant app marketplace with over half a billion people visiting each week It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses and since it launched in 2008 developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games all playable across iPhone reg iPad reg iPod touch reg Mac reg and Apple TV reg Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world rsquo s most visionary game developers Apple Music is the most complete music experience now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs nbsp With world class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections and the renowned global radio station Beats 1 Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone iPad Apple Watch reg Apple TV Mac HomePod reg and CarPlay reg and is also available on Android and and other devices New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six month free trial of the service with locally curated playlists including Africa Now Afrobeats Hits Ghana Bounce and more In addition users have access to world class music experts tastemakers and artist led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh Billie Eilish Elton John Pharrell and more Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world rsquo s largest catalog of podcasts now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions iCloud is an essential service that keeps users rsquo personal content safe up to date and available across all their Apple devices allowing them to store a lifetime of photos keep important documents at their fingertips and share and collaborate with ease iCloud backs up iPhone iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices With Family Sharing up to six family members can share access to Apple Services including Apple TV Apple Arcade Apple Music iCloud storage as well as individual music movie TV book and app purchases Available in 175 countries and regions iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB 200GB and 2TB plans For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world please visit nbsp Apple Support https apple co 34SAX9d Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984 Today Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone iPad Mac Apple Watch and Apple TV Apple rsquo s five software platforms mdash iOS iPadOS macOS watchOS and tvOS mdash provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store Apple Music Apple Pay and iCloud Apple rsquo s more than 100 000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth and to leaving the world better than we found it
    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World
    Africa3 years ago

    Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World


    Apple® (www.Apple.com) announced that starting today, even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple’s most popular Services. The App Store®, Apple Arcade™, Apple Music®, Apple Podcasts® and iCloud® are now available in 20 more countries, and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries.

    “We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists and developers.”

    The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in the following countries and regions:

    • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda and Zambia.
    • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
    • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.
    • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.
    • Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga and Vanuatu.

    Apple Music is also expanding to the following countries and regions:

    • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Tunisia.
    • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan.
    • Europe: Croatia, Iceland and North Macedonia.
    • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos and Uruguay.
    • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen.
    • Oceania: Solomon Islands.

    The App Store, now in 175 countries and regions, is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace, with over half a billion people visiting each week. It is the best place for users to discover new apps and allows developers of all sizes to distribute their apps to customers around the world. The App Store features many ways for developers to build their businesses, and since it launched in 2008, developers have been creating innovative apps that influence culture and change lives.

    Apple Arcade is a groundbreaking game subscription service within the App Store, offering users unlimited access to the entire catalog of more than 100 exclusive games, all playable across iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® and Apple TV®. Apple Arcade is adding new games and expansions every month from some of the world’s most visionary game developers.

    Apple Music is the most complete music experience, now available in 167 countries and regions and offering more than 60 million songs.  With world-class music experts and tastemakers curating thousands of playlists and daily selections, and the renowned global radio station Beats 1, Apple Music is the best music service for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch®, Apple TV, Mac, HomePod® and CarPlay®, and is also available on Android and and other devices.

    New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six-month free trial of the service, with locally curated playlists including Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits, Ghana Bounce and more. In addition, users have access to world-class music experts, tastemakers, and artist-led programs from globally celebrated creators including Virgil Abloh, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Pharrell, and more.

    Apple Podcasts is the best place to browse and listen to the world’s largest catalog of podcasts, now featuring over 1 million shows in more than 100 languages and 175 countries and regions.

    iCloud is an essential service that keeps users’ personal content safe, up to date, and available across all their Apple devices, allowing them to store a lifetime of photos, keep important documents at their fingertips, and share and collaborate with ease. iCloud backs up iPhone, iPad and iPod touch automatically and includes Find My to help locate and secure missing devices. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share access to Apple Services, including Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, iCloud storage, as well as individual music, movie, TV, book and app purchases. Available in 175 countries and regions, iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage and offers affordable 50GB, 200GB and 2TB plans.

    For a full list of Apple Media Services availability around the world, please visit Apple Support (https://apple.co/34SAX9d).

    Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

  •   Burkina Faso s security forces allegedly executed 31 detainees on April 9 2020 in the northern town of Djibo Human Rights Watch said today The men were apparently killed just hours after being arrested unarmed during a government counterterrorism operation The government should immediately and impartially investigate the killings and hold to account all those responsible regardless of rank The apparent massacre in Djibo about 200 kilometers north of Ouagadougou the capital occurred amid a worsening security and humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso s northern Sahel region The growth of Islamist armed groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahel ISGS has fueled violence that had displaced over 775 000 people by late March The Burkinab security forces apparently executed 31 men in a brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime and could fuel further atrocities said Corinne Dufka Sahel director at Human Rights Watch The government should stop the abuse fully investigate this terrible incident and commit to a rights respecting counterterrorism strategy Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 people with knowledge of the April 9 killings including 12 witnesses to the arrests and later burial of the victims Witnesses provided a list of victims all men from the Peuhl ethnic group as well as maps indicating where the men were executed and later buried Beginning in 2016 armed Islamist groups which have largely recruited from the nomadic Peuhl or Fulani community have attacked security force posts and civilians throughout Burkina Faso but mostly in the Sahel region bordering Mali and Niger Human Rights Watch has since 2017 documented the killing of over 300 civilians by armed Islamist groups and the killing of several hundred men by government security forces for their alleged support of these groups The residents speculated that they had been targeted because of the recent presence of some armed Islamists around Djibo The jihadists have been roaming around lately one said It s like we re punished for their mere presence Local residents said scores of security force personnel were involved in the April 9 operation which lasted from around 10 a m when the arrests began until around 1 30 p m when they heard several bursts of gunfire The victims were arrested from several neighborhoods or sectors while they were watering their animals walking or sitting in front of their homes They were taken away in a convoy of about 10 military vehicles including pickup trucks an armored car and motorcycles Residents said that around 4 p m they ventured to where they had heard the gunfire and found the bodies of 31 men who were last seen in the security forces custody Several had bound eyes or hands Residents said none of the men were armed The Security Forces Involved in the Operation Witnesses said that most of the security force personnel wore military uniforms with protective vests Several were dressed in black or wore mixed military and civilian clothes Many wore helmets while some covered their faces with turbans and most had military assault rifles Large machine guns were mounted on at least two vehicles The soldiers spoke French and Moor one of Burkina Faso s principle languages Three people said they saw soldiers with walkie talkies The Burkina Faso government has three key security force camps in Djibo a police station a gendarme base and a base housing the Groupement des Forces Anti Terroristes GFAT a mixed counterterrorism force Residents said they believed those implicated in the April 9 killings were based in the GFAT camp in part because of the size of the operation and because it is the only camp in which they ve seen armored cars Several told Human Rights Watch they had received calls from family members living close to the GFAT base before the arrests to report that a large convoy was leaving the base and again around 2 p m to 3 p m when the convoy returned The Arrests The first arrests of at least 6 men occurred around 10 a m in sectors 8 and 9 A woman from sector 8 said she saw the convoy stop at a clinic and observed soldiers asking people for their ID cards She said the security forces were already holding two men she knew their eyes bound with their turbans After some minutes the convoy left but on the way they arrested another Peuhl man who had taken out his ID card she said The soldiers ordered him into the pickup with the others and drove off They were all found dead Three animal herders including 1 with a mental health condition were arrested at a watering hole in sector 8 The army suddenly showed up in 3 vehicles and 7 motorcycles said a herder who managed to hide There were 3 adult men there with their animals They tried to show their IDs but one of the soldiers said We don t want your IDs it s you we want They tied their hands with their turbans ordered them onto a pickup and drove off Between 11 a m and noon the convoy moved to sector 7 a few kilometers away arresting at least 25 more men including several who had been displaced by violence elsewhere About 10 pickups and many motorcycles rode through the streets rounding up any Peuhl who couldn t hide from their homes at the well on the road in front of their stores a trader said Another sector 7 resident said Two brothers on bicycles were on their way back from a baptism but they coincided with the convoy arrival I saw the soldiers order them off their bikes and to board a pickup with the other arrested men Later I received a call saying the shepherd who tends our cattle was also taken While hiding a woman in sector 7 saw soldiers arrest a sick man resting near his house Soldiers dragged him 30 meters and onto their pick up the man cried out in pain saying he d just had an operation The soldiers accused him of lying but released him after seeing the bandages on his abdomen They rode off with about 6 other detainees The Executions Search for and Burial of Bodies Witnesses said they heard several bursts of gunfire between 1 p m and 1 30 p m I d just finished afternoon prayer when I heard gunfire from the direction the convoy had taken said a man who lost two close relatives We knew then our loved ones were no more Another resident said After the arrests we waited with heavy hearts When the shots rang out we knew our loved ones weren t coming home Eight people described helping retrieve and bury the dead who were found about 4 kilometers from central Djibo 50 meters from the cemetery in sector 7 also known as Firguindi Witnesses counted between 29 and 31 bodies all Peuhl men between the ages of 20 and about 60 They included fathers and sons and at least 2 brothers Human Rights Watch received a list of 31 people allegedly killed during the incident The names match those retrieved from witnesses The witnesses said the bodies were divided into 4 groups most separated by a distance of about 50 to 100 meters An elder said At around 4 p m after the gunfire and after seeing the army convoy return to Djibo we went in search of our people It was a terrifying scene Many of the bodies were in pieces like they d peppered them with a powerful gun I was only able to recognize my brother from a piece of his clothing Another man said he found five of his family members As night fell we took flashlights and went with a camel drawn cart The bodies were divided into four groups I had to look at all of them to identity my people They d been shot with bursts of gunfire tearing several bodies beyond recognition Witnesses said 6 men were buried in the sector 8 cemetery 5 in the sector 7 cemetery and the rest in several common graves adjacent to where the executions had taken place Need for Investigation and Accountability None of the witnesses saw any of the arrested men with a firearm This was not a battle a trader said There was no gunfire before the arrests If there had been tension or an attack we d not have gone to the well clinic or to our fields said an elder How can unarmed people be thrown into a vehicle and murdered by our own army without even being interrogated or tried said another man who had lost his brother Several people said that the Peuhl population was being targeted by both sides Both jihadists armed Islamists and the army threaten and kill us an elder said Both have prevented us from going to the market to buy and sell A religious leader said Many of us adhere to the Tij niyyah sect of Islam based on tolerance The jihadists see us as traitors and threaten us for not joining them The Burkina Faso authorities should urgently and impartially investigate this alleged war crime and suspend any implicated security force commander pending the investigation s outcome Dufka said The European Union France and the United States should press the government to conduct a credible investigation and hold those responsible to account Human Rights Watch said They should ensure that any military assistance provided to the Burkinab security forces is not being used by units responsible for this or other atrocities for which no one has been held to account
    Security Forces Allegedly Execute 31 Detainees
      Burkina Faso s security forces allegedly executed 31 detainees on April 9 2020 in the northern town of Djibo Human Rights Watch said today The men were apparently killed just hours after being arrested unarmed during a government counterterrorism operation The government should immediately and impartially investigate the killings and hold to account all those responsible regardless of rank The apparent massacre in Djibo about 200 kilometers north of Ouagadougou the capital occurred amid a worsening security and humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso s northern Sahel region The growth of Islamist armed groups linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahel ISGS has fueled violence that had displaced over 775 000 people by late March The Burkinab security forces apparently executed 31 men in a brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime and could fuel further atrocities said Corinne Dufka Sahel director at Human Rights Watch The government should stop the abuse fully investigate this terrible incident and commit to a rights respecting counterterrorism strategy Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 people with knowledge of the April 9 killings including 12 witnesses to the arrests and later burial of the victims Witnesses provided a list of victims all men from the Peuhl ethnic group as well as maps indicating where the men were executed and later buried Beginning in 2016 armed Islamist groups which have largely recruited from the nomadic Peuhl or Fulani community have attacked security force posts and civilians throughout Burkina Faso but mostly in the Sahel region bordering Mali and Niger Human Rights Watch has since 2017 documented the killing of over 300 civilians by armed Islamist groups and the killing of several hundred men by government security forces for their alleged support of these groups The residents speculated that they had been targeted because of the recent presence of some armed Islamists around Djibo The jihadists have been roaming around lately one said It s like we re punished for their mere presence Local residents said scores of security force personnel were involved in the April 9 operation which lasted from around 10 a m when the arrests began until around 1 30 p m when they heard several bursts of gunfire The victims were arrested from several neighborhoods or sectors while they were watering their animals walking or sitting in front of their homes They were taken away in a convoy of about 10 military vehicles including pickup trucks an armored car and motorcycles Residents said that around 4 p m they ventured to where they had heard the gunfire and found the bodies of 31 men who were last seen in the security forces custody Several had bound eyes or hands Residents said none of the men were armed The Security Forces Involved in the Operation Witnesses said that most of the security force personnel wore military uniforms with protective vests Several were dressed in black or wore mixed military and civilian clothes Many wore helmets while some covered their faces with turbans and most had military assault rifles Large machine guns were mounted on at least two vehicles The soldiers spoke French and Moor one of Burkina Faso s principle languages Three people said they saw soldiers with walkie talkies The Burkina Faso government has three key security force camps in Djibo a police station a gendarme base and a base housing the Groupement des Forces Anti Terroristes GFAT a mixed counterterrorism force Residents said they believed those implicated in the April 9 killings were based in the GFAT camp in part because of the size of the operation and because it is the only camp in which they ve seen armored cars Several told Human Rights Watch they had received calls from family members living close to the GFAT base before the arrests to report that a large convoy was leaving the base and again around 2 p m to 3 p m when the convoy returned The Arrests The first arrests of at least 6 men occurred around 10 a m in sectors 8 and 9 A woman from sector 8 said she saw the convoy stop at a clinic and observed soldiers asking people for their ID cards She said the security forces were already holding two men she knew their eyes bound with their turbans After some minutes the convoy left but on the way they arrested another Peuhl man who had taken out his ID card she said The soldiers ordered him into the pickup with the others and drove off They were all found dead Three animal herders including 1 with a mental health condition were arrested at a watering hole in sector 8 The army suddenly showed up in 3 vehicles and 7 motorcycles said a herder who managed to hide There were 3 adult men there with their animals They tried to show their IDs but one of the soldiers said We don t want your IDs it s you we want They tied their hands with their turbans ordered them onto a pickup and drove off Between 11 a m and noon the convoy moved to sector 7 a few kilometers away arresting at least 25 more men including several who had been displaced by violence elsewhere About 10 pickups and many motorcycles rode through the streets rounding up any Peuhl who couldn t hide from their homes at the well on the road in front of their stores a trader said Another sector 7 resident said Two brothers on bicycles were on their way back from a baptism but they coincided with the convoy arrival I saw the soldiers order them off their bikes and to board a pickup with the other arrested men Later I received a call saying the shepherd who tends our cattle was also taken While hiding a woman in sector 7 saw soldiers arrest a sick man resting near his house Soldiers dragged him 30 meters and onto their pick up the man cried out in pain saying he d just had an operation The soldiers accused him of lying but released him after seeing the bandages on his abdomen They rode off with about 6 other detainees The Executions Search for and Burial of Bodies Witnesses said they heard several bursts of gunfire between 1 p m and 1 30 p m I d just finished afternoon prayer when I heard gunfire from the direction the convoy had taken said a man who lost two close relatives We knew then our loved ones were no more Another resident said After the arrests we waited with heavy hearts When the shots rang out we knew our loved ones weren t coming home Eight people described helping retrieve and bury the dead who were found about 4 kilometers from central Djibo 50 meters from the cemetery in sector 7 also known as Firguindi Witnesses counted between 29 and 31 bodies all Peuhl men between the ages of 20 and about 60 They included fathers and sons and at least 2 brothers Human Rights Watch received a list of 31 people allegedly killed during the incident The names match those retrieved from witnesses The witnesses said the bodies were divided into 4 groups most separated by a distance of about 50 to 100 meters An elder said At around 4 p m after the gunfire and after seeing the army convoy return to Djibo we went in search of our people It was a terrifying scene Many of the bodies were in pieces like they d peppered them with a powerful gun I was only able to recognize my brother from a piece of his clothing Another man said he found five of his family members As night fell we took flashlights and went with a camel drawn cart The bodies were divided into four groups I had to look at all of them to identity my people They d been shot with bursts of gunfire tearing several bodies beyond recognition Witnesses said 6 men were buried in the sector 8 cemetery 5 in the sector 7 cemetery and the rest in several common graves adjacent to where the executions had taken place Need for Investigation and Accountability None of the witnesses saw any of the arrested men with a firearm This was not a battle a trader said There was no gunfire before the arrests If there had been tension or an attack we d not have gone to the well clinic or to our fields said an elder How can unarmed people be thrown into a vehicle and murdered by our own army without even being interrogated or tried said another man who had lost his brother Several people said that the Peuhl population was being targeted by both sides Both jihadists armed Islamists and the army threaten and kill us an elder said Both have prevented us from going to the market to buy and sell A religious leader said Many of us adhere to the Tij niyyah sect of Islam based on tolerance The jihadists see us as traitors and threaten us for not joining them The Burkina Faso authorities should urgently and impartially investigate this alleged war crime and suspend any implicated security force commander pending the investigation s outcome Dufka said The European Union France and the United States should press the government to conduct a credible investigation and hold those responsible to account Human Rights Watch said They should ensure that any military assistance provided to the Burkinab security forces is not being used by units responsible for this or other atrocities for which no one has been held to account
    Security Forces Allegedly Execute 31 Detainees
    AMA3 years ago

    Security Forces Allegedly Execute 31 Detainees

     Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 detainees on April 9, 2020 in the northern town of Djibo, Human Rights Watch said today. The men were apparently killed just hours after being arrested, unarmed, during a government counterterrorism operation. The government should immediately and impartially investigate the killings and hold to account all those responsible, regardless of rank.

    The apparent massacre in Djibo, about 200 kilometers north of Ouagadougou, the capital, occurred amid a worsening security and humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region. The growth of Islamist armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahel (ISGS) has fueled violence that had displaced over 775,000 people by late March.

    “The Burkinabè security forces apparently executed 31 men in a brutal mockery of a counterterrorism operation that may amount to a war crime and could fuel further atrocities,” said Corinne Dufka, Sahel director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should stop the abuse, fully investigate this terrible incident, and commit to a rights-respecting counterterrorism strategy.”

    Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 people with knowledge of the April 9 killings, including 12 witnesses to the arrests and later burial of the victims. Witnesses provided a list of victims, all men from the Peuhl ethnic group, as well as maps indicating where the men were executed and later buried.

    Beginning in 2016, armed Islamist groups, which have largely recruited from the nomadic Peuhl or Fulani community, have attacked security force posts and civilians throughout Burkina Faso, but mostly in the Sahel region bordering Mali and Niger. Human Rights Watch has since 2017 documented the killing of over 300 civilians by armed Islamist groups and the killing of several hundred men by government security forces for their alleged support of these groups.

    The residents speculated that they had been targeted because of the recent presence of some armed Islamists around Djibo. “The jihadists have been roaming around lately,” one said. “It’s like we’re punished for their mere presence.” 

    Local residents said scores of security force personnel were involved in the April 9 operation, which lasted from around 10 a.m., when the arrests began, until around 1:30 p.m., when they heard several bursts of gunfire. The victims were arrested from several neighborhoods, or “sectors,” while they were watering their animals, walking, or sitting in front of their homes. They were taken away in a convoy of about 10 military vehicles including pickup trucks, an armored car, and motorcycles.

    Residents said that around 4 p.m., they ventured to where they had heard the gunfire and found the bodies of 31 men who were last seen in the security forces’ custody. Several had bound eyes or hands. Residents said none of the men were armed.

    The Security Forces Involved in the Operation

    Witnesses said that most of the security force personnel wore military uniforms with protective vests. Several were dressed in black or wore mixed military and civilian clothes. Many wore helmets while some covered their faces with turbans, and most had military assault rifles. Large machine guns were mounted on at least two vehicles. The soldiers spoke French and Mooré, one of Burkina Faso’s principle languages. Three people said they saw soldiers with walkie-talkies.

    The Burkina Faso government has three key security force camps in Djibo – a police station, a gendarme base, and a base housing the Groupement des Forces Anti-Terroristes (GFAT), a mixed counterterrorism force. Residents said they believed those implicated in the April 9 killings were based in the GFAT camp, in part because of the size of the operation, and because it is the only camp in which they’ve seen armored cars. Several told Human Rights Watch they had received calls from family members living close to the GFAT base before the arrests to report that a large convoy was leaving the base, and again around 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., when the convoy returned.

    The Arrests

    The first arrests, of at least 6 men, occurred around 10 a.m. in sectors 8 and 9. A woman from sector 8 said she saw the convoy stop at a clinic and observed soldiers asking people for their ID cards.She said the security forces were already holding two men she knew, their eyes bound with their turbans. “After some minutes, the convoy left, but on the way, they arrested another Peuhl man who had taken out his ID card,” she said. “The soldiers ordered him into the pickup with the others and drove off. They were all found dead.”

    Three animal herders, including 1 with a mental health condition, were arrested at a watering hole in sector 8. “The army suddenly showed up in 3 vehicles and 7 motorcycles,” said a herder who managed to hide. “There were 3 adult men there with their animals. They tried to show their IDs but one of the soldiers said, ‘We don’t want your IDs, it’s you we want.’ They tied their hands with their turbans, ordered them onto a pickup, and drove off.”

    Between 11 a.m. and noon, the convoy moved to sector 7, a few kilometers away, arresting at least 25 more men, including several who had been displaced by violence elsewhere. “About 10 pickups and many motorcycles rode through the streets rounding up any Peuhl who couldn’t hide … from their homes, at the well, on the road, in front of their stores,” a trader said.

    Another sector 7 resident said:

    Two brothers on bicycles were on their way back from a baptism but they coincided with the convoy arrival.… I saw the soldiers order them off their bikes and to board a pickup with the other arrested men.… Later, I received a call saying the shepherd who tends our cattle was also taken.

    While hiding, a woman in sector 7 saw soldiers arrest a sick man resting near his house:

    Soldiers dragged him 30 meters and onto their pick-up … the man cried out in pain, saying he’d just had an operation. The soldiers accused him of lying but released him after seeing the bandages on his abdomen. They rode off with about 6 other detainees.

    The Executions, Search for, and Burial of Bodies

    Witnesses said they heard several bursts of gunfire between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. “I’d just finished afternoon prayer when I heard gunfire from the direction the convoy had taken,” said a man who lost two close relatives. “We knew then, our loved ones were no more.” Another resident said “After the arrests, we waited with heavy hearts. When the shots rang out, we knew our loved ones weren’t coming home.”

    Eight people described helping retrieve and bury the dead, who were found about 4 kilometers from central Djibo, 50 meters from the cemetery in sector 7 [also known as Firguindi]. Witnesses counted between 29 and 31 bodies, all Peuhl men between the ages of 20 and about 60. They included fathers and sons, and at least 2 brothers. Human Rights Watch received a list of 31 people allegedly killed during the incident. The names match those retrieved from witnesses.

    The witnesses said the bodies were divided into 4 groups, most separated by a distance of about 50 to 100 meters. An elder said:

    At around 4 p.m., after the gunfire and after seeing the army convoy return to Djibo – we went in search of our people. It was a terrifying scene.… Many of the bodies were in pieces like they’d peppered them with a powerful gun. I was only able to recognize my brother from a piece of his clothing.

    Another man said he found five of his family members: “As night fell, we took flashlights and went with a camel-drawn cart. The bodies were divided into four groups. I had to look at all of them to identity my people. They’d been shot with bursts of gunfire, tearing several bodies beyond recognition.”

    Witnesses said 6 men were buried in the sector 8 cemetery, 5 in the sector 7 cemetery, and the rest in several common graves adjacent to where the executions had taken place. 

    Need for Investigation and Accountability 

    None of the witnesses saw any of the arrested men with a firearm. “This was not a battle,” a trader said. “There was no gunfire before the arrests. If there had been tension, or an attack … we’d not have gone to the well, clinic, or to our fields,” said an elder. “How can unarmed people be thrown into a vehicle and murdered by our own army without even being interrogated or tried?” said another man, who had lost his brother.

    Several people said that the Peuhl population was being targeted by both sides. “Both jihadists [armed Islamists] and the army threaten and kill us,” an elder said. “Both have prevented us from going to the market to buy and sell.”

    A religious leader said “Many of us adhere to the Tijāniyyah sect of Islam, based on tolerance. The jihadists see us as traitors and threaten us for not joining them.”

    “The Burkina Faso authorities should urgently and impartially investigate this alleged war crime and suspend any implicated security force commander pending the investigation’s outcome,” Dufka said

    The European Union, France, and the United States should press the government to conduct a credible investigation and hold those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said. They should ensure that any military assistance provided to the Burkinabè security forces is not being used by units responsible for this or other atrocities for which no one has been held to account.

  •  Voters in Mali headed to the polls for the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday in spite the coronavirus outbreak and security concerns in the country More than 7 6 million registered voters can choose who will win the remaining 125 seats up for grabs Results are expected next week As voting got under way free masks were distributed at voting stations in line with the One Malian one mask against Covid 19 campaign The campaign was announced by the presidency in March as plans for the election went ahead The mask is reassuring and makes it possible to avoid the spread of the disease Covid 19 said Abdoulaye Traore who voted in the Bozola district of the capital Bamako Fatoumata Diallo said she was happy to be able to vote with a mask adding that she could complete her civic duty without endangering herself and others Hygiene measures in place include hand washing kits at every polling station with alcohol hand sanitizer available Social distancing regulations are in force but these aren t always adhered to a dpa reporter said This second round of elections is going ahead despite Mali reporting 171 cases of Covid 19 and 13 deaths from the respiratory disease caused by the highly contagious coronavirus The first round took place on March 29 just four days after the kidnapping of Soumaila Cisse a former presidential candidate and leader of the Union for the Republic and Democracy URD opposition party Cisse was kidnapped on the campaign trail and to date no one has claimed responsibility and he has not yet been released He was nevertheless elected as a representative for the constituency of Niafunke in the region of Timbuktu the area where he was kidnapped IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Malians vote in legislative elections amidst safety, virus concerns
     Voters in Mali headed to the polls for the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday in spite the coronavirus outbreak and security concerns in the country More than 7 6 million registered voters can choose who will win the remaining 125 seats up for grabs Results are expected next week As voting got under way free masks were distributed at voting stations in line with the One Malian one mask against Covid 19 campaign The campaign was announced by the presidency in March as plans for the election went ahead The mask is reassuring and makes it possible to avoid the spread of the disease Covid 19 said Abdoulaye Traore who voted in the Bozola district of the capital Bamako Fatoumata Diallo said she was happy to be able to vote with a mask adding that she could complete her civic duty without endangering herself and others Hygiene measures in place include hand washing kits at every polling station with alcohol hand sanitizer available Social distancing regulations are in force but these aren t always adhered to a dpa reporter said This second round of elections is going ahead despite Mali reporting 171 cases of Covid 19 and 13 deaths from the respiratory disease caused by the highly contagious coronavirus The first round took place on March 29 just four days after the kidnapping of Soumaila Cisse a former presidential candidate and leader of the Union for the Republic and Democracy URD opposition party Cisse was kidnapped on the campaign trail and to date no one has claimed responsibility and he has not yet been released He was nevertheless elected as a representative for the constituency of Niafunke in the region of Timbuktu the area where he was kidnapped IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Malians vote in legislative elections amidst safety, virus concerns
    Foreign3 years ago

    Malians vote in legislative elections amidst safety, virus concerns

    Voters in Mali headed to the polls for the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, in spite the coronavirus outbreak and security concerns in the country.

    More than 7.6 million registered voters can choose who will win the remaining 125 seats up for grabs. Results are expected next week.

    As voting got under way, free masks were distributed at voting stations in line with the “One Malian, one mask against Covid-19,” campaign.

    The campaign was announced by the presidency in March as plans for the election went ahead.

    “The mask is reassuring and makes it possible to avoid the spread of the disease Covid-19,” said Abdoulaye Traore, who voted in the Bozola district of the capital Bamako.

    Fatoumata Diallo said she was “happy to be able to vote with a mask,” adding that she could complete her civic duty without endangering herself and others.

    Hygiene measures in place include hand-washing kits at every polling station, with alcohol hand sanitizer available.

    Social distancing regulations are in force, but these aren’t always adhered to, a dpa reporter said.

    This second round of elections is going ahead despite Mali reporting 171 cases of Covid-19 and 13 deaths from the respiratory disease caused by the highly contagious coronavirus.

    The first round took place on March 29, just four days after the kidnapping of Soumaila Cisse, a former presidential candidate and leader of the Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) opposition party.

    Cisse was kidnapped on the campaign trail and to date no one has claimed responsibility and he has not yet been released.

    He was nevertheless elected as a representative for the constituency of Niafunke in the region of Timbuktu, the area where he was kidnapped.

    IAA


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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