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EU scraps plan to observe Ethiopia election

The European Union has dissolved plans to send observers to a parliamentary election in Ethiopia in June – Reuters Africa reports

According to the EU, conditions had not been met on communication systems and the mission’s independence.

EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, announcing the decision late on Monday, disclosed in a statement that the 27-nation bloc would also not monitor preparations for the June 5 election including voter registration.

Eritrean President visits Sudan amid border tensions

President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, 4th May, for talks with Sudanese officials over tensions of a longtime border dispute between Sudan and Ethiopia – Africa News reports

The president was received at Khartoum’s international airport by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council.

The two leaders then began closed talks on cooperation and ways to develop ties between the two countries, according to a statement from the Sudanese sovereign council.

Two die in Limpopo’s FH Odendaal Hospital fire

Two lives were reportedly claimed in a fire that started in a COVID-19 ward in Limpopo – News Central Africa reports

According to reports, the fire broke out at the F.H Odendaal Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, 4th May.

One of the two victims had been on admission for treatment. The MEC for health, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, arrived at the site for an on-the-spot assessment.

COVID-19: Tanzania announces measures to combat new variants

East African country, Tanzania, has announced new measures to control the spread of coronavirus in a departure from the approach taken by its late leader John Magufuli, a COVID sceptic who had downplayed the pandemic – Aljazeera Africa reports

Travellers entering Tanzania must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken in the 72 hours prior to arrival, the health ministry said late on Monday, citing concern about new variants of the disease.

South Sudan: Students, teachers back in school after 14-Month Lockdown

Primary and secondary schools across South Sudan reopened schools a little more than one year after they were closed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus – All Africa reports

Head of the South Sudan task force on COVID-19, Hussain Abdelbagi, urged teachers and students to continue social distancing and adhere to all other preventative guidelines as they return to classrooms.

“We are going to increase the centres to ten centres across Juba and the states, so we want all our teachers to go to the vaccination centres to get COVID-19 green cards against coronavirus,” said Abdelbagi.



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