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South Africa suffers major testing backlog (source — 30/05/2020 11:35:04

South Africa has reported a backlog of almost 100,000 unprocessed tests for COVID-19 as cases steadily rise. The country's health ministry said the country is facing a "painful shortage" of the kits ...

Tanzanian president accused of covering up Covid-19 outbreak (source — 27/05/2020 19:43:56

John Magufuli has repeatedly played down the threat from the pandemicOpposition politicians in Tanzania have accused president John Magufuli of covering up a major outbreak of Covid-19 in the southern...

How South Africa’s action on Covid-19 contrasts sharply with its response to Aids (source — 27/05/2020 13:00:25

Country’s swift response is distinct from the handling of the HIV crisis 20 years ago. Have lessons been learnt?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Twenty years ago Nelson Man...

Coronavirus live news: WHO drops hydroxychloroquine trial and warns of 'second peak' in pandemic (source — 26/05/2020 06:21:37

Mexico City records thousands more deaths than usual, amid doubt over official Covid-19 toll; UK PM’s senior adviser won’t apologise for lockdown breach; Iceland eases national alert; Follow the lates...

Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban (source — 26/05/2020 02:28:03

The government is to ease lockdown restrictions and allow the sale of alcohol - but not cigarettes.

Coronavirus in South Africa: President Ramaphosa says outbreak will get worse (source — 25/05/2020 00:16:42

Cyril Ramaphosa said the worst is still ahead while announcing an ease in lockdown measures.

Live: Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world on 25 May (source — 24/05/2020 22:13:45

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the US rose to 97,049, South Africa's lockdown to ease on 1 June and Brazil's president joins protesters amid political scandal.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes Mponeng gold mine (source — 24/05/2020 18:07:29

South Africa's Mponeng gold mine only resumed operations in April following a national lockdown.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Outbreak closes AngloGold Ashanti mine (source — 24/05/2020 18:07:29

The Mponeng mine, the world's deepest, only resumed operations in April following a national lockdown.

South America Emerges As A New COVID Epicenter, While Cases In Africa Grow Rapidly (source — 24/05/2020 06:53:04

A WHO doctor said Brazil is the most affected country in South America,.

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How to prevent coronavirus disease and stop the spread of germs
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