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Kenya’s COVID-19 tally rises to 1,286

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Ministry of Health on Monday, May 25, 2020 confirmed 72 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 1,286. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta Mercy Mwangangi, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that the latest cases were detected from 2,711 samples, which were tested in the last 24 hours. Mwangangi said that 70 of ...

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UK to reopen shops, PM’s aide defends actions amid row over lockdown rules

Boris Johnson

Britain will reopen thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, May 25, 2020. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Johnson also set out a timetable for businesses as part of moves to ease the coronavirus lockdown. He told a news conference that, from June ...

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Africa’s most vulnerable called to bear brunt of Covid-19

One of world’s harshest terrains for farming threatens to crumble under COVID-19.  West Africa’s farmer collectives, small businesses and other stakeholders in agriculture reveal their plight as rains approach and call out for support through logistics facilitation, digital extension, awareness creation and financial backstopping to prevent food, nutrition security and livelihoods going downhill. Securing farming communities through and after Covid-19 ...

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Lagos promises to make 4th Mainland Bridge a reality

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, says the administration will make the Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge a reality. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State The governor’s aide said this during an online CovInspiration Show organised to mark the first year in office of Gov. Sanwo-Olu. The social media show, moderated by UN Youth ...

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SA records 1,245 new Covid-19 cases, Parliament commemorates Africa Day

Zweli Mkhize

A total of 19,485 tests conducted in the last 24 hours in South Africa has revealed 1245 new cases of COVID-19 in the country. South African Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize However, 22 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported. “We send our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased. We wish to thank the healthcare workers for their hard ...

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Group decries ‘illegal’, environmentally unfriendly coal mining by Dangote, others

Mining coal

A study commissioned by the international movement, 350.org, has shown that coal mining in Kogi and Gombe states of Nigeria has led to extensive environmental degradation including the contamination of air, water and soil which continue to negatively affect the health of local communities. Coal mining The coal miners fingered in the study are Dangote Cement, ETA Zuma’s Zuma 828 ...

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Americans party as coronavirus death toll nears 100,000

Crowds of densely packed, barefaced, droplet-swapping Americans are forming on beaches, bar patios and pool decks over the Memorial Day weekend, fulfilling the fears of health experts who warned the nationwide relaxation of restrictions would help the coronavirus spread. Vacationers at the Lake of Ozarks With 1,681,677 cases, the U.S. has so far recorded 99,200 deaths, according to www.worldometers.info. The most dramatic ...

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Biological Diversity Day: IPBES decorated with global sustainability award

Ana María Hernández Salgar

Underscoring celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has been announced as the winner of the 2020 WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award, including a prize of one million Swedish Kronor – about $100,000. Ana María Hernández Salgar, Chair of IPBES Among the most prestigious global sustainability recognitions, the Award specifically highlights ...

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Biological Diversity Day: UN report demands urgent action to safeguard forests’ biodiversity

Atewa Range Forest Reserve

Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released on Friday, May 22, 2020. A forest reserve in Ghana Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity that was observed on Friday, the report shows that the conservation of the world’s ...

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China tells U.S. to stop wasting time in coronavirus battle

Xi Jinping

The U.S. should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attacking the country, the Chinese Government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Chinese President, Xi Jinping The Sino-U.S. ties have nosedived since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, with the administrations of ...

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