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Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya announced Friday the first confirmed case of coronavirus in East Africa, as the region so far unscathed by the global pandemic scaled up emergency measures to contain its spread. A 27-year-old Kenyan woman tested positive for the virus on March 12 in Nairobi, a week after returning from the …

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Speaker asks MPs to reconsider travel abroad to tame COVID-19

Kampala, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has advised Members of Parliament to reconsider travels abroad as the world battles the worst Coronavirus -COVID-19.  Kadaga made the caution upon the cancellation of the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting that had been scheduled to take place between …

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Kasese border communities call for coronavirus awareness campaigns

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents at the Mpondwe-Lhubiriha border point in Kasese district are concerned that the Ministry of Health has not yet started awareness on the coronavirus. The border point connects Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC. The residents note that they have abandoned some of …

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CORONAVIRUS: Court asked to suspend 2021 Uganda elections

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A concerned citizen wants court to suspend the 2021 Elections general elections over fears of the Coronavirus pandemic. Abbey Mgugu in documents filed before the Civil Division of High Court on Thursday afternoon by his lawyers of Sanywa, Wabwire and Company Advocates, says that …

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Will Euro 2020 be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Paris, France | AFP | As the coronavirus outbreak causes chaos across Europe, UEFA has a major decision to make over whether it can go ahead with the upcoming European Championship as planned. European football’s governing body will hold a crisis meeting next Tuesday to discuss the way forward for all …

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Parliament tasks Health Ministry on Uganda-France week

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A section of Members of Parliament want the planned Uganda-France friendship week 2020 cancelled amid the spread of coronavirus. The annual event entering its fifth year is scheduled to run from 22nd to 28th March attracting football stars from abroad and other dignitaries. Among …

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Every government for itself? Virus poses difficult dilemmas

Paris, France | AFP | With disparate and at times conflicting responses to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, governments across the globe are abandoning any pretence of joint action and instead putting their own health, economic and diplomatic interests first, analysts say. From the United States to Europe, governments have in recent …

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Trump defends ban on travel from Europe as virus worsens

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump defended Thursday his shock decision to impose a 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over the coronavirus pandemic that sent markets into a tailspin and sparked panic among stranded travellers. As the number of cases and fatalities surged in Europe, …

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