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Uganda: teen shot dead as armed robbers raid Rukungiri shop, one arrested

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Armed robbers on Tuesday evening raided an electronic shop in Rukungiri municipality, Rukungiri District and shot a teen dead before injuring an unarmed guard as they fled with Shs50 million and unspecified number of mobile phones, Ugandan DailyMonitor reports. The police spokesman for Kigezi region, Mr Elly Maate said the raid …

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Uganda: unvaccinated workers banned from accessing Ministry of Health

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Ugandan health ministry officials who have not been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have been prevented from accessing the ministry’s premises, authorities said. In a statement dated October 18, the Director General of Health Services, Dr Henry Mwebesa, said the decision was taken at a special meeting with the aim of …

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Fearing HIV infections, South Africa expressed doubts over Sputnik vaccine

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South Africa’s health products regulator, Sahpra, has withheld approval for Russia’s Sputnik V Covid vaccine over concerns that it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men. The decision was based on two earlier studies that tested the safety of a modified form of adenovirus contained in the Russian …

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Nigeria: unvaccinated civil servants to be barred from offices

Nigeria: unvaccinated civil servants to be barred from offices

All Nigerian civilian workers who have not been vaccinated against the Covid-19 pandemic will not be allowed into their offices from December, the country’s authorities have announced. This move effectively makes covid vaccines mandatory for federal civil servants across the country, a policy the government has been considering for several …

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South Africa: senior officials involved in corruption investigation

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Senior officials in the South African government have been implicated in a corruption allegation over the awarding of a multi-million-dollar coronavirus contract. Former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who resigned last month, denied knowing his close friends were involved in a company called Digital Vibes. The business was employed to educate …

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Nigeria: 2,000 passports suspended for violation of covid rules

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Authorities in Nigeria say they have suspended the passports of more than 2,000 Nigerians accused of violating Covid-prevention protocols after returning from abroad. According to Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, member of the Covid committee, the passports would remain suspended for a year. Nigeria has strengthened its surveillance system at the airports, …

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