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Published 24.06.2020 17:08
In South Africa’s Eastern Cape a motorbike service has been launched to fight Covid-19.
The health department has acquired 100 motorbikes with sidecars to transport patients to health facilities. The motorbikes will also be used by health workers to provide mobile health services in the mostly rural province. Health officials believe the motorbikes will increase access to healthcare and help fight Covid-19 as many…
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Published 24.06.2020 15:06
In Somalia Al-Shabab has set up a Covid-19 Centre.
Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group Al-Shabab has set up a Covid-19 isolation and treatment center in Jilib in southern Somalia. The center which will include a 24-hour hotline has been set up in a building that once housed the United Nations children’s agency. The group says the center is equipped to isolate…
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Published 23.06.2020 13:35
In South Africa some schools have been shut down after pupils and teachers test positive for Covid-19.
31 schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa were shut down on the 11th of June after 20 people tested positive for Covid-19. The Department of Education explained that the schools will be closed while the department works on disinfecting and contact tracing. This closure comes three days after…
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Published 23.06.2020 11:37
In Peru, a Venezuelan immigrant is manufacturing a hand washing basin for construction workers.
Antonio Torres Núñez lives in Lima, the capital of Peru, and had the idea of making the pedal-operated basin to allow workers to wash their hands during the construction work.
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Published 23.06.2020 08:43
In Mexico, the Mexican Social Security Institute offers courses on Covid-19 prevention.
The courses are free and virtual. There are several classes, for example, basic care for prevention and recommendations for a healthy return to work.
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Published 22.06.2020 17:03
In Somalia women are distributing protective gear to street vendors.
The Somaliland Women’s Research and Action Group (Sowrag) is distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and posters to women street vendors in the city of Hargeisa. The posters contain key information on Covid-19 and protection measures.
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Published 22.06.2020 16:19
In Tanzania the tech community has been mobilised to produce PPE.
Lillian Madeje and Zuweina Farah, organizers of an annual tech conference in Tanzania have mobilized the national tech community to come together to start producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Thus far they have managed to supply 27 hospitals across 6 regions with 3D printed facemasks. They are now looking into…
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Published 22.06.2020 14:00
In Morocco trams have been “dressed” in face masks to remind Moroccans to wear their masks.
A tram company in Rabat has “dressed” all their trams in facemasks to encourage and remind their passengers to wear their masks.  The Moroccan government has made wearing facemasks in public places compulsory as a means of stopping the spread of Covid-19.
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Published 22.06.2020 13:13
In Brazil, journalism companies are partnering to ensure transparency in information about Covid-19.
Journalists from Estadão, G1, O Globo, Extra, Folha de S. Paulo and UOL are collecting daily data on deaths and contamination by Covid-19 in Brazil in epidemiological bulletins from the state health departments. The companies’ decision was taken after President Jair Bolsonaro’s government limited access to data made available by…
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Published 21.06.2020 18:04
In Africa, BBC News Africa has launched a Covid-19 fact checking library.
BBC News Africa has launched an online library of fact-checking stories to help fight the infodemic around Covid-19. The library has a wide range of searchable fact-checks that debunk popular myths and misinformation on the pandemic in Africa.

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