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  1. Mozambique bans SA poultry after bird flu outbreak

    Jose Tembe

    BBC News, Maputo

    Chickens gather to eat as their owner outs grain into the feeder
    Image caption: Mozambique heavily relies on poultry imports from South Africa

    The Mozambican government has banned the import of poultry products from South Africa because of an outbreak of bird flu.

    As well as live birds, the ban also includes feathers, eggs and poultry products used in agricultural animal feed.

    It does not cover processed chicken, which is away of preserving meat through heat treatment.

    It is feared the ban will increase the price of poultry products in Mozambique, which heavily relies on South African imports.

    On Tuesday, South Africa's veterinary authorities said avian influenza had broken out in the province of Gauteng, causing the death of about 300 birds at a farm in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

    Samples from the farm tested positive for the H5 strain and all birds there have since been destroyed.

    The same farm was also affected by the 2017 outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain.

    This forced farmers to slaughter millions of birds and led neighbouring countries, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana, to ban the import of poultry from South Africa.

  2. New arrests in Myanmar as protests continue

    Video content

    Video caption: Anti-coup leaders have been arrested, including one after a collision with his moped

    Among those detained in Myanmar are a veteran actor and a singer.

  3. Kenyan teachers ordered to get Covid vaccine

    A woman reacts while taking the coronavirus vaccine
    Image caption: More than 500,000 people have had the AstraZeneca jab so far in Kenya

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered all teachers to have a Covid-19 vaccine irrespective of their age.

    The country has been vaccinating school managers and those aged above 50, elderly citizens and front-line workers.

    More than 500,000 people have had the AstraZeneca jab out of the more than one million doses delivered to the country.

    All teachers and non-teaching staff in schools should have the jab before schools reopen on 10 May, the president said.

    According to the head of Kenya's Teachers Service Commission, Nancy Macharia, 15 primary teachers, three deputy headteachers and eight headteachers have died of Covid-19 during the pandemic.

  4. Protecting South Africa's 'green gold'

    Video content

    Video caption: It's a major grower of avocados but it's facing a battle to stop them being stolen

    The thefts are estimated to be costing the farmers more than $1 million a year.

  5. Out-of-date orange drink turns deadly in Nigeria

    Ishaq Khalid

    BBC News, Abuja

    A woman sipping a drink of orange juice
    Image caption: The public have been warned to check check the expiry date on the sachets containing the powder

    At least 10 people have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after drinking out-of-date powdered orange-flavoured drinks in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, the authorities say.

    The locally made drinks are usually bought in sachets from local shops or hawkers and prepared by adding water.

    In a recorded video message to the public, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, Kano state’s commissioner of health, said more than 400 people had now fallen sick after consuming expired or substandard sachets in recent weeks.

    About 50 people are currently undergoing kidney dialysis, he said.

    Patients’ symptoms have included vomiting, diarrhoea and blood in the urine. Some have also reported experiencing dizziness.

    Investigations are under way - and the public have been urged to check the dates on sachets.

    No particular manufacturer has been mentioned, however several people have been arrested for selling out-of-date sachets.

    The authorities are also investigating whether contaminated water in the preparation of the drinks could be another possible factor.

  6. Video content

    Video caption: ‘A horrifying 72 hours’ in St Vincent

    Musician Dan Caplen is in his homeland of Saint Vincent and shows the impact of the recent volcanic eruption.

  7. Video content

    Video caption: Jimmy Lai: The Hong Kong billionaire's last interview as a free man

    Jimmy Lai is the billionaire owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper, Apple Daily, and an outspoken critic of Beijing. On Friday he was jailed for 12 months.

  8. How will Samia Suluhu Hassan change Tanzania?

    Alan Kasujja

    BBC Africa Daily podcast

    Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu
    Image caption: President Samia Suluhu set up a group of experts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic

    President Samia Suluhu Hassan became Tanzania’s first female president when she replaced John Pombe Magufuli, who died in March.

    She’s also Africa’s only woman leader, apart from Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde, whose position is mainly ceremonial.

    And despite President Magufuli’s popular legacy, she doesn’t seem afraid to take the country in a new direction.

    He was one of Africa's most prominent coronavirus sceptics, but she’s set up a group of experts to tackle the pandemic.

    He shut down media outlets that criticised his government, but she’s allowed some of them to re-open.

    He cut off contact with other countries, but she’s been busy meeting her neighbours - and signing deals with them.

    In her first state visit to Uganda, she launched a billion-dollar project with President Museveni, setting up the longest electrically heated pipeline in the world.

    “That’s a big step,” said the BBC’s Tanzania correspondent Aboubakar Famau. “Especially considering that during President Magufuli’s time, some countries, it was believed, had a strained relationship with Tanzania.”

    Her appointment as president has been positive for other female politicians, even those from the opposition, such as Upendo Furaha Peneza.

    “If she does her job well... this will help to actually change part of the patriarchy mindset within the public,” she said.

    In this edition of Africa Daily, I ask: How will Samia Suluhu Hassan change Tanzania?

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  9. Video content

    Video caption: Indianapolis shooting: Police plead for support amid 'high emotions'

    Police spokeswoman Genae Cook said some family members were still learning about the incident.

  10. Nigeria’s president returns from UK medical trip

    BBC Monitoring

    The world through its media

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from London, where he had travelled for medical check-ups.

    His return on Thursday was announced by the government on Twitter:

    The president, who took a “routine” medical trip to the UK on 30 March, has been heavily criticised for opting for treatment abroad while the country’s healthcare system remained “mismanaged and underfunded”, local media reported.

    Nigeria also faces growing insecurity, with several attacks reported while President Buhari was away.

  11. Denmark to open restaurants as German states tighten up: Latest in Europe

    People queue outside the vaccination center in Oksnehallen in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 12, 2021
    Image caption: One of the preconditions of the Danish corona pass is a negative test in the past 72 hours

    Denmark’s political parties have finalised plans to open up further next Wednesday – with indoor dining in cafes, restaurants and bars, as long as people book and provide a corona pass. Museums and art galleries will also be open for people with the “coronapas”. The downloadable pass shows if you have had a negative test in the past three days, have recently had Covid or have been vaccinated.

    Two German states have decided to impose more stringent measures from Monday - Baden-W├╝rttemberg in the south-west and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in the far northIn the north most shops and schools will shut – although hairdressers will stay open. The German government is changing the law so it can pull the so-called "emergency brake" across the country from Berlin, but that won’t happen until later next week.

    Portugal will start lifting lockdown on Monday, but 11 local authorities out of more than 300 will have to wait because of a high incidence rate. Restaurants, shopping centres, high schools and universities will all reopen but Prime Minister Ant├│nio Costa has warned the transmission rate is higher now than it was at the start of March. France has confirmed it will reopen primary schools on 26 April and secondary schools a week later.

    Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge has rejected criticism of the spiralling cost of holding 445 test events over the next few weeks which have attracted 232,000 people. He insists the events are a “fantastic investment”, but critics point to the cost and the lack of public tender for the groups involved. One event in eight days’ time will attract 10,000 people.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to have the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccination today. Aged 66, she is eligible for the AZ jab in Germany. Meanwhile, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, had her vaccination in Brussels yesterday.

  12. Lesotho cannabis grower 'wins EU approval'

    Cannabis
    Image caption: Lesotho was the first African nation to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal use in 2017

    A Lesotho-based manufacturer has been allowed to export cannabis products for medicinal use to the European Union (EU).

    The firm, MG Health, said on Thursday that it had received official confirmation that its manufacturing processes were aligned with the EU’s good manufacturing practice standards.

    It becomes the first manufacturer in Africa to export medicinal cannabis flower to the EU.

    "What this means is that we have authorisation to export our products as an API [active pharmaceutical ingredient] into Germany and the wider European market. We expect to start in June," the Reuters news agency quoted the firm's chief executive Andre Bothma as saying.

    Lesotho was the first African nation to legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal use in 2017.

  13. US millionaires ask to pay more tax

    Video content

    Video caption: Morris Pearl, one of the super rich, explains why their dollars should be used in this way

    The Patriotic Millionaires are asking the government to take more of their money.

 

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