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Little hope ahead of polls as Burundi economy hit by virus

Bujumbura, Burundi | AFP |  Five years of political crisis have battered Burundi’s economy, and there is little hope of a turnaround ahead of elections next week, as feeble signs of recovery have been dashed by the coronavirus crisis. The country’s last election in 2015, which saw President Pierre Nkurunziza seek …

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Q&A: Africa’s coronavirus enigma

Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Three months ago, Africa recorded its first case of coronavirus, sparking fears that the world’s poorest and least-equipped continent faced a catastrophe. But so far, the virus has not come anywhere close to wreaking the same damage in Africa as in Europe and the US …

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Trump says does not wish to talk to Xi ‘right now’

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump said Thursday he is no mood to speak with China’s Xi Jinping, warning darkly he might cut off ties with the rival superpower over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “I have a very good relationship, but I just — right now I don’t want …

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UN ‘deeply’ regrets Burundi expulsion of WHO team

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | UN investigators said Thursday they deeply regretted Burundi’s expulsion of World Health Organization experts who were supporting the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Burundi booted out the experts as the country prepares to go to the polls on Wednesday to choose a new president, parliamentarians …

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Why is Russia’s coronavirus death rate so low?

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russia has the world’s second-highest number of coronavirus cases but has registered 10 times fewer deaths than Britain, France, Italy and Spain. So many are wondering: why is the country’s mortality rate so low? Critics have accused Russian authorities of under-counting the number of deaths to …

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Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa’s oil producers

  Libreville, Gabon | AFP | For years, African oil-exporting countries have vowed to wean themselves off crude — but for many, this uphill task may become mountainous after the coronavirus pandemic caused the energy market to collapse. Here is a snapshot of how sub-Saharan oil exporters are faring: – Who …

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Expert cautions against use of masks among children

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Dr Rebecca Nantanda, a pediatrician based at the Makerere University Lung Institute has advised that the best protection against coronavirus disease for children younger than three years is staying at home. While the government has issued a directive to have everybody wear face masks …

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