Burundi Conducts Presidential Election Despite Pandemic

A crucial election gets underway on Wednesday in the East African nation of Burundi, despite coronavirus pandemic, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after a divisive 15-year rule but will remain “paramount leader” in the country that continues to reject outside scrutiny. During the election, which is the first competitive presidential election since a civil war erupted in 1993, it was observed that not many had face masks on, even on the ruling party's candidate, as voters crammed close to each other in line.

Infrastructure Investment Platform, Africa50 has said a $300,000 support grant has been awarded to Africa in a bid to help with the COVID-19 pandemic response in the Continent. Alain Ebobisse, the Chief Executive Officer of Africa50 disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement after the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 that the grant is aimed at procuring COVID-19 test kits and other medical equipment as well as mobilisation of frontline responders.

Following the growing spread of Coronavirus globally, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has on Tuesday warned that Global food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million people.

Following the re-emergence of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday in its eastern city of Beni, it has recorded a second death of the deadly virus days after the first case, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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