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S’ Africa, country with highest Covid-19 cases in Africa, lifts restrictions on travellers, others

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As new Covid-19 infection rates slowed and deaths are fewer, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on Tuesday announced that the country has relaxed mandatory negative results for inbound fully-vaccinated travellers, a move expected to boost tourists attraction.

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement to withdraw some restrictions that were imposed when the coronavirus arrived in the country in March 2020.

“Travellers entering South Africa will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours,” said Ramaphosa.

Previously all travellers entering the country were required to produce a costly negative PCR test.

“With these changes, almost all restrictions on social and economic activity will have been lifted,” said Ramaphosa.

Worldometers reports that South Africa ranks 20 in the global ratings of death cases amongst 226 countries it collected data. That puts the country at the top on the list of cases and casualties in African countries

As of Tuesday, South Africa had recorded a total of 3,705,696 laboratory-confirmed cases, including 99,893 fatalities out of a population of 59 million while there has been Three Million, Five Hundred and Fifty-One, and Thirty -Nine (3,551,039) recovered cases.

“Both indoor and outdoor venues can now take up to 50 percent of their capacity provided that the criteria for entrance are proof of vaccination or a Covid test not older than 72 hours,” he said in an address broadcast live on local television stations.

The mandatory wearing of face masks when outdoors has been scrapped, but will remain mandatory in public indoor spaces.

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Senior Somali police chief killed in explosion targeted at his convoy

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A senior Somali Police Chief, Farhan Mohamoud Adan, was on Friday night, killed in an explosion that targeted his convoy in the Middle Shabelle region to the south of the country, Interior Minister, Ahmed Moallem, announced on his Facebook page on Saturday.

“Police Commissioner, Farhan Mohamoud Adan, known as Farhan Qarole, was killed in an explosion targeting his convoy in the Middle Shabelld region on Friday night,” Moallem wrote.

He went on to explain that security officials told him that Mohamoud’s convoy was “bombed the moment it passed into the Labondo area, returning from the town of Basra, which was liberated from the grip of the Al-Shabaab movement.”

“The same security details said the explosion killed the security official and four of Mohamoud’s bodyguards.”

Before the attack on the police chief’s convoy, the Somalian federal army had announced that it had successfully liberated five towns from Al-Shabaab’s control, including the town of Basra, after confrontations with the Islamist militants fighters.

State media, Sawt El-Jaish, also reported on Friday that the confrontations resulted in the death of five insurgents.

“The town of Basra, a strategic location for the Al-Shabaab militants movement as it links the regions of Lower and Middle Shabelle, at it was very important it was liberated on Friday.

“Unfortunately, in the night of same day, Mohamoud was targeted and killed by the militants,” Moallem said.

Since 2004, the Al-Shabaab militant group has been waging a war against successive governments in Somalia backed by the Al-Qaeda group and has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist operations in the Horn of Africa nation which has claimed thousands of lives.

The war, according to several claims by the group, is aimed at overthrowing the government and setting up a regime based on strict Islamic Sharia Laws.

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Gabon launches airline to fly only oil and gas companies’ executives

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The Gabonese civil aviation authority has issued an operational permit to a private airline company, Gabon Aero Solutions, to launch an airline that will only fly top oil and gas executives to and from their offices and oil fields around the central African country.

According to the Project Director of the company, Christophe Lacombe, in a statement on Saturday, Gabon Aero Solutions, which is launched with private capital gathered from Gabonese investors, has a fleet made of medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter, AS365 N3, made by aircraft maker Airbus.

He said the company is also planning to incorporate in the future 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined helicopter AgustaWestland AW139.

“The strategy of Gabon Aero Solutions is to support the main industrial actors who need a logistic support by helicopter, to accompany Gabon in the development of its tourism and to come also to support the populations by the installation of an emergency medical service by helicopter,” Lacombe said.

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