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German lockdown ‘snitches’ spark hot debate

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  On a sunny Sunday in April, 20 people were enjoying a barbecue in the city of Schwerin in northern Germany. The police promptly intervened, slapping them with a fine for breaking new social distancing rules to limit the spread of COVID-19. They were alerted to the …

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First COVID-19 vaccine expected in June 2021

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The closest date that a COVID-19 vaccine can be ready is June 2021 according to scientists and researchers.   Over 100 vaccines are being developed globally in laboratories in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and even China. 76 of these are being followed by …

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Tunisia medics spending Ramadan in isolation

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP |  Amira Jamoussi, a doctor on the front line fighting the novel coronavirus in a hospital in Tunisia, is spending the Muslim holy month of Ramadan away from her family. “It’s been five weeks since I’ve held my children in my arms,” Jamoussi said, before putting on …

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Uganda’s COVID-19 cases rise to 81

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Two contacts of an earlier confirmed case of a Burundian refugee tested positive to coronavirus disease on Monday bringing Uganda’s total cases to 81.  According to the Ministry of Health, the 24-year-old male Ugandan and 21-year-old Burundian National are under isolation at Rakai Hospital. They …

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Truck drivers banned from stopovers in Kumi

Kumi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kumi district taskforce for COVID-19 has banned stopovers of all cargo truck drivers in the district. The municipality is a transit route for long-distance trucks including fuel tanks destined for South Sudan, Kenya and other areas. Kumi Municipality Mayor, Richard Ochom says that more …

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Court orders MPs to return COVID-19 money

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | High Court has ordered all Members of Parliament who benefited from the Shillings 10 billion allocated to them for COVID-19 activities to deposit it back with the Parliamentary Commission, district or Covid-19 National Task Force. Justice Michael Elubu issued the orders on Wednesday afternoon …

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