Africa Covid19 

Kenya Airways Suspends Operations in 8 African Countries, Blames COVID-19

Kenya Airways (KQ) has suspended operations in eight African routes, after experiencing a deep downturn, which it attributes to the COVID19 Pandemic. In a statement to newsrooms, KQ said that the drastic decline in revenues has had a debilitating effect on the airline’s ability to continue operations. “The immediate outlook of the industry is not promising. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects that air travel will most likely take 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels,” said KQ. Among the routes that have been suspended include Nairobi – Luanda,…

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Covid19 South America 

Colombia plans to step up public spending to overcome COVID-19 crisis

Colombia’s congress is studying the government’s 2021 budget proposal, which seeks to step up public spending to push the economic recovery of the COVID-19 crisis. According to Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla, he wants to increase the government budget by 13.4% to 314 trillion pesos ($84.3 billion) by dramatically increasing the country’s debt. Carrasquilla wants to finance the increased budget with a 41% increase in public debt that would go from COP53.6 trillion ($14.4 billion) this year to COP75.8 trillion ($20.4 billion) in 2021. With oil revenue in a state of…

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Covid19 Europe 

Declassified intel says Russia is spreading coronavirus disinformation: reports

Newly declassified intelligence reportedly shows that Russian operatives are using a variety of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus. Senior officials with the Russian military intelligence unit known as the GRU are responsible for the disinformation campaign, according to reports made on Tuesday. The campaign reportedly includes the dissemination of news articles with unfounded claims about the virus’s origins and how Moscow and the U.S. have responded to it, among other things. Reports on the disinformation were recently declassified so that officials could speak freely about it,…

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Utilities 

Nigeria exports power to Niger, Togo and Benin so they won’t dam the waters that feed our major power plants – Presidency

The Presidency has explained why the federal government exports power to Niger, Togo and Benin. Reacting to report of the country’s borders being on persistent blackout despite the continous export of electricity to other countries on credit, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu described the claim as “hyperbolic and terribly misleading.” He noted that 90 percent of the electricity generated in the country was distributed and consumed by Nigerians. According to Garba Shehu, the last review in 2019 revealed that the amount of credit extended to Niger, Benin, and Togo stood at $69 million. The…

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Asia Covid19 

North Korea declares emergency over first suspected Covid-19 case

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and a lockdown in a border town after a person suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus returned from South Korea after illegally crossing the border, state media said on Sunday. If confirmed, it would be the first case officially acknowledged by North Korean authorities. Kim convened an emergency politburo meeting in response to what he called a “critical situation in which the vicious virus could be said to have entered the country”, the North’s KCNA state news reported. A…

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