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Brazil threatens to quit WHO, Trump says US beating pandemic

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to pull out of the WHO over “ideological bias,” as his counterpart Donald Trump said the US economy was recovering from the coronavirus pandemic while Europe slowly reopens its borders. From Africa to Europe to Asia, governments are …

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USAID maternal health project exposes flaws in free health care

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recommended that  the government drops the public free healthcare system in favour of mechanisms that allow the low-income earners and the informal sector pool resources to service their health bills. The development comes as the …

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International students seek help to return to their countries

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | International students want the government and Foreign Affairs Ministries in their home countries to make arrangements to evacuate them from Uganda given the economic hardships they are facing because of the lockdown. The students, some of whom have been in the country for three …

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US faces unemployment crisis amid record trade drop

Washington, United States | AFP | In further signs of the crisis facing the world’s largest economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, new data Thursday showed US a record plunge in US exports as layoffs exceeded 42 million. The two key reports on economic health indicate that even as Wall Street regains …

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Mbale taxi drivers set new fares for eastern routes

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Taxi drivers plying the Eastern routes of Uganda have revisited the taxi fares as they prepare to resume operations. Public transport resumes tomorrow, June 4, after a move by the government to ease lockdown restrictions after more than two months of inactivity. Each vehicle will …

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Telemedicine providers struggle to get clients

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Last week, the Health Ministry launched two mobile apps meant to ease access to medical care. While the ‘Call the Clinic’ app is solely meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 by offering a platform to contact surveillance teams or trace contacts of positive …

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Britain takes its biggest step yet out of lockdown

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Younger children went back to schools in England on Monday and parliament geared up to resume normal service, as the world’s second-worst-hit country in the coronavirus outbreak took its biggest step yet out of a lockdown that police warned was becoming difficult to enforce. Outdoor …

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S.Africans rush to liquor stores as booze ban lifts

Soweto, South Africa | AFP | Scores of people lined up outside liquor stores in South Africa’s township of Soweto on Monday, waiting to stock up on drinks after a nine-week ban on alcohol sales as part of a strict coronavirus lockdown. Buying booze was prohibited when Africa’s most industrialised economy …

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