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Locked-down Spain celebrates Holy Week with music and humour

Madrid, Spain | AFP |  In the week leading to Easter Sunday, hundreds of colourful processions featuring penitents in cone-shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats traditionally flood the streets of villages and cities across Spain. But with a nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Spaniards are finding …

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WHO urges virus unity after Trump attack

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  The World Health Organization on Wednesday pleaded for global unity in fighting the coronavirus, following US President Donald Trump’s stinging attack on its handling of the pandemic. As the WHO prepares to mark 100 days on Thursday since it was first notified of the outbreak in …

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Pandemic gives shot in the arm to Cuba’s medical missions

Havana, Cuba | AFP |  Cuban doctors are back in global demand as overwhelmed national health care services tap their crisis experience as they battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Communist-run Havana has long used its “white coat diplomacy” as an arm of its foreign policy but has fallen foul of a …

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Shortage of essential medicines looms in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda is facing a looming shortage of essential medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pharmacists across Kampala say that the country is already facing a shortage of drugs for the treatment of chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes, among others. The development …

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Activist profiling violations against women amid lockdown

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government needs to put up temporary shelters for women whose rights are being violated during the current lockdown aimed at preventing further transmission of COVID-19. The call was made by Primah Kwagala, the Executive Director of Women’s Pro Bono Initiative, an  organization of …

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Man Utd must be ready for return to ‘normality’, says Solskjaer

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at transfer targets during the lockdown and believes Manchester United are well-placed to exploit any knock-on effects of the coronavirus suspension. With training and matches halted in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Norwegian has used some of this unexpected free …

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Lockdown to increase case backlog- Judiciary

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The current lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic is like to worsen the case backlog, according to the Judiciary spokesperson, Solomon Muyita. On March 19th, 2020, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe suspended court proceedings for 32 days in line with the nationwide lockdown announced …

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Private laboratories unprepared for COVID-19 tests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Private providers says they wouldn’t be able to jump in immediately and start offering COVID-19 tests should the number of people requiring the tests spiral out of control today. Michael Kamya, who heads the Microbiology Lab at Lancet Laboratories Uganda says while they have …

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