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MPs want Ugandans held in DRC prisons extradited

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Members of Parliament have asked the government to negotiate the extradition of Ugandans stuck in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prisons following the outbreak of coronavirus. According to reports from DRC, 41 cases of COVID-19 have been detected while five people have died in …

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Trump says he finally wore a mask and ‘it looked very nice’

Ypsilanti, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump said Thursday he’d finally overcome his aversion to wearing masks against the coronavirus — but didn’t want be photographed. Touring a Ford auto factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where workers have converted to building respirators and other medical equipment for fighting COVID-19, Trump held up a mask …

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As pandemic rages, Trump eager to vaccinate America first

Washington, United States | AFP | Leaders of China, France, Germany, and the World Health Organization want any coronavirus vaccine to be deemed a “global public good,” but President Donald Trump has another idea: vaccinate America first. Behind the principle of “global public good” lie two distinct issues: intellectual property rights …

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Coronavirus infections top 5 million worldwide

Paris, France | AFP | Global infections from the novel coronavirus passed five million on Thursday as the pandemic played out unevenly across the planet, with China eager to declare a victory, Europe tentatively emerging from its shell and deaths still rising in hotspots in Latin America. The grim milestone comes …

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WHO deploys 2 physicians at Gulu hospital

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organisation – WHO will dispatch two physicians to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to boost the fight against COVID-19. The COVID-19 case management team headed by Dr Paska Apiyo is overstretched and the WHO reinforcement is expected to boost their effort in …

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WHO reports record virus cases as Trump mulls in-person G7

Washington, United States | AFP |  The World Health Organization has reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases, as US President Donald Trump proposed hosting world leaders for the annual G7 summit as a sign of “normalization.” The WHO said Wednesday that more than 106,000 virus cases had been reported …

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