Africa Covid19 

COVID-19: Nigerian govt finally approves resumption of domestic flights

The Federal Government has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights across the country nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curb further spread of COVID-19. It also lifted the ban on interstate movement with effect from July 1. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday during the daily media chat of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja. Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the taskforce, said: “Maintaining the current phase of the national response,…

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Australasia Covid19 

Surge in Covid-19 cases fuels second wave of panic buying in Australia

Supermarkets in Australia have reintroduced rationing after a surge in Covid-19 cases led to shoppers bulk buying goods on Friday. Fears about a second wave of coronavirus created panic in the southern half of the country, where customers were seen stockpiling products including toilet roll, pasta, rice and flour. Outlets Woolworths and Coles, which together account for two-thirds of Australian grocery sales, said they were once again limiting key purchases to one or two packs per person after photos circulated on social media showing empty shelves in stores. The bulk…

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Covid19 North America 

Planning to travel around Canada this summer? A new interactive map tells you where you’re permitted to go

A new interactive map has been designed to help Canadians navigate travelling in a world still plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by the Canadian Travel and Tourism Round table with the goal of promoting safe travel and “to help save the summer travel season,” the map allows users to enter where they’re travelling from, as well as their province of residence – at which point it will indicate where they’re currently allowed to visit in Canada. Quebec residents travelling from Quebec, for example, are allowed to visit British Columbia,…

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Aerospace Africa 

Rwanda Moves to Increase Air Force Capacity by Acquiring Textron C-208 EX Aircraft

ATI Engineering Services LLC of Pennsylvania has been awarded USD10.1 Million contract to supply two Textron C-208 EX utility aircraft for the East African country’s airforce, according to a Foreign Military Sales notification issued by the US Air Force (USAF). The EX is the third variant of the all-metal, high-wing 208 Caravan – introduced in 1984 – and the second iteration of the Grand Caravan, a stretched version of the 208, which arrived four years later. It is powered by a 870hp PT6A-140 engine. This contract provides the procurement of…

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Australasia Covid19 

Why New Zealand decided to go for full elimination of the coronavirus

New Zealand has been widely praised for its aggressive response to covid-19. At the time of writing, the country had just 10 active cases. But Michael Baker, the doctor who formulated New Zealand’s elimination strategy, says that even some of his colleagues initially thought it was too radical a plan and resisted its implementation. “Some likened it to using a sledgehammer to kill a flea,” he says. The first case of covid-19 in New Zealand was recorded on 28 February. Like most countries, it initially planned to gradually tighten its…

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