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Omicron: Rwanda bans Southern Africa flights, imposes 7-day quarantine over new Covid variant

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Rwanda has temporarily suspended all direct flights between Rwanda and southern African countries.

A seven-day quarantine for passengers arriving in Kigali  has been imposed by the country.

This quarantine is for people who recently been to countries affected by the cornavirus variant.

Office of the Prime Minister noted that Rwanda is doing this to contain the new variant detected.

The variant has been detected South Africa and neighbouring countries last week .

The Omicron variant has already been confirmed in 13 countries.

The new variant, B.1.1.529, is said to spread three times faster than the Delta variant.

WHO, however, warns that it might be too late to impose flight bans.

This is because the new variant has already spread to a dozen countries.

The new variant has not been detected in Rwanda, according to the Ministry of Health.

But there is increased number of Covid-19 tests taken in a day since November 26  in Rwanda.

Rwanda joins the others countries that have suspended flights to southern Africa.

They include European Union, the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates, the UK, among others.

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Earthquake in Afghanistan kills at least 22 people.

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Two earthquakes rattled western Afghanistan on Monday killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, a local official said.

The US Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 pm and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 pm local time.

Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 22 people, including women and children, have been killed and four others injured,” said Baz Mohammad Sarwari

The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous province, the number of casualties might go up,” he added

According to the head of the Emergency Operations Center of the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs, more than 700 houses had been damaged.

the earthquakes struck 41 kilometers (25 miles) east and 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital

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Kenya orders 31 items that Google should remove from the internet

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Summary;Kenya orders google to remove 31 items from the internet

From 2020 Kenya made 14 requests to Google. This included one content they found to be a copyright infringement, one takedown for fraud, two items bordering around hate speech, and seven requests for violations the government found were not listed by Google.

The reasons for the takedowns ranged from national security, fraud, and copyright 

According to a report released by Surfshark, Kenya submitted 31 requests to Google for the content.

YouTube received 101,015 tаkedown requests in the lаst decаde, compаred to 60,898 for Google Seаrch. Google Docs, Gmаil, аnd Google Photos also received tаkedown requests.

“We receive content removal requests through a variety of avenues and from all levels of government — court orders, written requests from national and local government agencies, and requests from law enforcement professionals. 

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“Sometimes users will forward us government removal requests, such as when someone attaches a court order showing certain content to be illegal.

But the tech giant stated that it always evaluates the legitimacy and completeness of a government request which must be in writing.

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Ex-Prisons boss Mwenda dies after bathroom accident

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Mwenda, who was in charge of Naivasha prison before retiring, was instrumental in introducing reforms in the facility, including an education program that now benefits more than 2,000 inmates.

Mwenda suffered head surgery after falling in his bathroom. He died at a private hospital in Mombasa two days after being admitted.

Meanwhile, one person died on the spot and two others were seriously injured on Monday night after a road accident along Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

The car they were travelling in rammed into an oncoming trailer near Chechnia centre.

The injured were admitted to Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru said the car was heading to Mai Mahiu when it rammed into the trailer.

Occupants of the trailer escaped with minor injuries.

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