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Scientists say up to 50,000 COVID-19 deaths possible in South Africa

Zweli Mkhize

South Africa could see up to 50,000 coronavirus deaths and as many as 3 million infections by the end of the year as the southern hemisphere winter leads to a higher rate of infection, scientific models showed on Thursday, May 21, 2020. South African Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize The country already has the highest number of infections and deaths ...

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Lagos conducts 16,000 COVID-19 tests

Prof. Akin Abayomi

The Lagos State Government says it has conducted about 16, 000 COVID-19 tests at a cost of N40,000 to N50,000 per test. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health, made this known at the Lagos COVID-19 update on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Abayomi said that there were plans to ramp up testing ...

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Lagos discharges 17 more COVID-19 patients

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government says 17 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged, after testing negative twice to the virus. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said in a statement on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 that a total of 649 patients had been discharged from the isolation centres. “Good people of Lagos, today, 17 ...

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Gambari: As I know him – Lekan Fadina

The aim of this piece is to congratulate, share my views on the man we both have mutual respect for each other for our interest in development matters and offer my humble advice to him on his new assignment as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari I have known ...

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Nile River: Tackling an emerging African conflict

river-nilesudan

A scenario is unfolding in Africa between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project on the Nile River. The project is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River that has been launched by Ethiopia and under construction since 2011. The Nile River meandering through Juba, South Sudan. Believed to be the longest in the world, at ...

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COVID-19: UN chief says women are central to response, difficult decisions needed in Africa

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 said that women would be central to every aspect of the pandemic response. UN chief, António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten According to him, stimulus packages must prioritise putting cash in the hands of women and increasing social protection. Guterres made this known in a statement during the launch of ...

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IUCN report identifies potential new World Heritage sites in Africa

Succulent Karoo desert

A new IUCN report aiming to assist African countries in World Heritage conservation identifies 20 remarkable nature areas across Africa that could potentially qualify for World Heritage status. It also provides for the first time a summary of the conservation status of all 48 natural World Heritage sites in Africa. The Succulent Karoo desert in Namibia and South Africa Prepared ...

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EU commits to protect 30% of continent’s land, oceans by 2030

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has released what looks like an ambitious commitment to safeguard the world’s natural places and habitats in an effort to protect people against disease outbreaks, economies from breakdowns, and the world from hunger and runaway climate change. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Central to the “EU biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives” is ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases hit 90,000 – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that COVID-19 cases in Africa as at May 20, 2020 had risen to over 90,000. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO. “There are over 90,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with ...

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Global green energy growth to fall for first time in 20 years – IEA

Fatih Birol

Global growth in new renewable energy capacity will experience its first annual decline in 20 years, this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) But, it is expected to pick up next year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The world is set to build fewer wind ...

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