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Grim and getting worse: US set for historic unemployment surge

Washington, United States | AFP | Like a global tsunami, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge loss of life and taken a massive economic toll. In the US economy, skyrocketing unemployment is the most-visible sign of the devastation: almost overnight, at least 30 million workers lost their jobs. The April …

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UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday he could begin to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing that would risk a new surge of cases. He was speaking the day after Britain overtook Italy to become the worst-hit …

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Merkel gives go-ahead for Bundesliga to resume in mid-May

Berlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders on Wednesday gave the Bundesliga the green light to restart behind closed doors from mid-May after weeks of shutdown imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus. The political blessing makes the German top-flight the first of Europe’s five …

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Letshego eases loan repayments for clients

  Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | As of April 01, Letshego Uganda rolled out a repayment holiday facility to its borrowers in response to the negative impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said on May 05 that the repayment holiday involves giving a customer a three month moratorium- meaning …

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Lonely streets, empty beaches denote new normal for Entebbe

Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Entebbe municipality is gradually growing into a lonely neighbourhood as a result of the closure of beaches, hotels and all tourist attractions in the area. Located at Lake Victoria peninsula in Wakiso district, Entebbe municipality is home to charming attractions that lure merrymakers to …

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Egypt reopens slowly to revive pandemic-hit economy

Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Egypt’s economy had just started to recover after years of political turmoil and militant attacks when the coronavirus crisis hit, impacting especially its vital tourism sector. Now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government has loosened a strict curfew for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in an …

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