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Zimbabwe reports the first case of Omicron

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Zimbabwe has reported its first case of the Omicron variant a few days after imposing a 10-day mandatory quarantine for all visitors, including returning residents.

“We are now in a particularly dangerous period once again where the fourth wave is slowly visiting us with the identification of the B.1.1.529 or the Omicron variant of Covid-19,” Retired General Chiwenga said.

Those visiting the country are expected to take PCR tests on arrival at points of entry before proceeding to the 10-day quarantine at designated centers at their own cost.

Western countries and some in Africa have reacted to the detection of the new variant by banning traveling from southern Africa and major airlines have also halted flights to the region.

Unrestricted travel during the 2020 festive season was linked to the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak early this year that claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including Cabinet ministers.

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He said the progress made by the country in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic was now at risk due to complacency.

Western countries and some in Africa have reacted to the detection of the new variant by banning travelling from southern Africa and major airlines have also halted flights to the region.

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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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