Mali: Interim government set date for 2022 election, Botswana bans poultry products from South Africa | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:

Mali: Interim government set date for 2022 election

Mali’s Presidential and Parliamentary Elections will hold in February next year, the country’s interim government announced on Thursday, 15th April – Africa News reports

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, disclosed to journalists in Bamako that the first round of voting will take place on February 27 with a second round of vote in March.

Botswana bans poultry products from South Africa

Southern African nation, Botswana has banned poultry products from South Africa after a bird flu outbreak was announced by the agriculture department in the country – eNCA reports

Approximately 300 birds have died after the outbreak of H5 Avian Influenza was found at a commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni.

Study: Drug-resistant malaria gaining foothold in Africa

Researchers have reported that the first clinical evidence of drug-resistant mutations of the deadly parasite responsible for malaria is gaining ground in Africa – Aljazeera Africa reports

Experts have always worried about the emergence of these drug resistance mutations across the continent and a new study published in The Lancet on Thursday, 15th April, appears to confirm those fears.

Ex-warlord gets life sentence for Ivorian massacres

A court in Abidjan, Ivory Coast has delivered a life sentence to a former warlord, Amadé Ouérémi, for his role in massacres that were carried out in the west of the country following the 2010 disputed election – BBC Africa reports

According to a report by The UN, 300 people were killed in Duékoué although the International Committee of the Red Cross reported that more than 800 died in a single day – 29 March 2011.

COVID-19 Update

As of April 15, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  4,383,084 while over 9,167,668 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports

Reported deaths in Africa reached   116,746   and 3,934,465 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –   1,561,559   – and   53,498 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 503,664 ), Tunisia ( 276,727 ), Ethiopia ( 234,405 ), Egypt ( 212,961 ), Libya ( 170,045 ) and Nigeria ( 164,000 ).


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