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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Africa Education 

World Bank approves $50 million grant to improve quality of  education in Sierra Leone 

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a $50 million grant to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s flagship program for Free Quality School Education launched in 2018. According to the World Bank, the Free Education Project will support some initial COVID-19 response activities, including provision of distance learning and communication campaigns on prevention. Sierra Leone has made significant gains in school enrolment, but education outcomes and skills acquisition are among the lowest in Africa. The education sector also faces issues of deep inequities in access, weak governance,…

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Australasia Covid19 

Australia is defeating coronavirus but remains at risk of losing through an ‘economic own goal’

If handling pandemics was a sport, Australia has made it into the knockout stages of the coronavirus world cup. Despite the current localised outbreaks in Melbourne, half of Australia’s states and both territories are effectively coronavirus free, while there’s only a smattering of cases elsewhere. Economically too, Australia is among the world leaders, thanks to continued demand for our major commodity exports plus large and rapid economic stimulus that has buttressed consumer spending and kept at least 3 million workers attached to their employers, even if those businesses were shut…

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Australasia Covid19 

Victoria considers hotspot lockdowns as Queensland’s border announcement looms

Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will not reopen it’s border with Victoria on the planned date of July 20. “We are very hopeful that Victoria will be able to bring their outbreaks under control but at this stage we cannot possibly lift that border on 20 July as we were hoping to do,” the Premier said. The Premier said he knew it would be a difficult decision for people who were planning travel around the 20th and that was why he was giving people as early notice as possible. “We…

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Asia Covid19 North America 

Trump to Retaliate Against Russia by Sending Jared Kushner to Advise Kremlin on Coronavirus Response

In an act of retaliation against the Russians for sponsoring Taliban attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Donald J. Trump is sending Jared Kushner to the Kremlin to offer advice on its coronavirus response, the White House confirmed on Monday. “To all those who thought that this President was not taking the Russians’ actions seriously, this response should speak for itself,” the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said. “The President had an array of responses to choose from, and the one he selected is by far the most punishing.”…

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