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COVID-19: Germany to use cell phone tracking to find ‘contacts’ of victims



The novel Coronavirus disease is sweeping through Europe like a flood with cases of new infections and deaths escalating on a daily basis.

Germany who are one of the hardest hit countries of this global pandemic has decided to use mobile phone tracking as a means to find all people who have come in contact with victims of the virus.

The country intends to first change the infection law and then use the technology of movile phone tracking to find all prospective victims, especially those who came into contact with confirmed victims.

Germany so far has had a total number of 23,129 with 93 deaths and 209 recoveries.

Gerardo Fortuna
Germany intends to change the infection protection law to put more hands in the power of the federal gov, which will be able to use cell phone tracking to find people who came into contact with those infected with #coronavirus ,
@sarahannlawton reports. https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronavirus/linksdossier/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-europe/ …

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Guinea President Publicize New Drafted Constitution  For Guinea



Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, has enacted a new constitution following a referendum last month on changes that critics fear are aimed at extending his time in office.

Changing the constitution was hugely controversial in the West African nation, spurring mass demonstrations that left dozens dead.

After months of tensions, Conde enacted the new charter by decree read on national television on Monday, the same day he approved a 292 million euro ($315 million) “economic response plan” to the coronavirus pandemic.

A former opposition figure jailed under previous hardline regimes, Conde made history in 2010 as the first democratically elected president in a country with a chronic history of military coups and turmoil.

Voters returned him to office in 2015 for his second and final five-year term under the current constitution, but critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.

Conde argued that the constitution needed to be updated to usher in badly needed social changes, especially for women, with reforms including a ban on female genital mutilation and underage marriage.

His proposal was put to a referendum on March 22, with voters overwhelmingly backing a new constitution, according to the country’s electoral body.

The new constitution still limits the president to two terms, but the opposition accused Conde of wanting to use the pretext of the new document to reset the counter to zero and seek another term in elections at the end of 2020.

The opposition boycotted the referendum as well as the legislative vote organised simultaneously.

The United States, European Union and France questioned the credibility of the vote.
It was held despite international protests and the appearance of coronavirus in the country.
Guinea has 128 confirmed cases.

Conde said on social networks that he had approved a plan to minimise the effects of the pandemic on the national economy and the most disadvantaged households.

A poor country despite its natural resources, Guinea has been severely tested in the past by the Ebola virus.

Among the measures announced to tackle the coronavirus, the state will pay the electricity bills of the poorest for three months, freeze the price of medicines and basic necessities during the pandemic and introduce free public transport for three months.

Source: France24

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Coronavirus Kills Lybia’s Former Prime Minister



Libya’s former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril has died from the coronavirus, according to his political party.
The 67-year-old contracted the virus in Egypt in late March and died at a hospital in Cairo, according to his aide.

He was in power as head of the National Transitional Council during months of civil war in 2011 which led to the ouster of former ling-time ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya’s internationally recognised government in Tripoli offered its condolences in a statement that described Mr Jibril as a “national figure”.

Reputed to be an astute technocrat by those who knew him and worked with him, he was Libya’s transitional Prime Minister for just seven months, and later formed his own political bloc known as the National Forces’ Alliance.

The late Mr Jibril was seen by his supporters as a potential force for modernising the still war-torn north African country.

But he was sidelined from political office by election laws that banned officials who had served in the transitional period from taking part in the country’s first parliamentary elections in 2012.

His party won majority of seats in parliament.
In Colonel Gaddafi’s time, Mr. Jibril was head of the National Economic Development Board, which he claimed he was forced into.

As Libya’s civil conflict spiralled over the years, and political and militia rivalry dominated the scene, Mr. Jibril spent much of his time between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

He maintained close ties with UN mission heads and other diplomatic figures and took part in some of the peace talks facilitated by the international community.

Source: BBC.com

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Weddings and Divorces Banned In Russia



No weddings or divorces can be registered in Russia until at least June 1st, according to a new policy implemented by the Russian government.

The new measure is one of several put in place to help fight the spread of coronavirus.

The Russian Justice Ministry issued a directive to all regional authorities that no weddings or divorces can be registered until the 1st of June.

Like most countries around the world, Russia is having to battle the pandemic and have been forced to implement drastic measures to meet it.

The country has been placed in a lockdown after Moscow and St Petersburg, it’s two biggest cities, recorded a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections.

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