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EM News: Your Thursday Headlines

Missed out on any news headlines this Thursday? Don’t worry, we’ve got you sorted with five of the most important stories that made headlines today.

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WHO: SA’s Covid-19 Variant found in 31 Countries

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The Covid-19 variant that first emerged in Britain (B.1.1.7) has now been detected in at least 70 countries, while South Africa’s B1.135. has been detected in 31 countries and Brazil’s P1 has made it into eight countries around the world.

“A variant first identified in South Africa has been detected in 31 countries. South East Asia is the only WHO region that has not reported a case of this variant so far. It’s widely known as B.1.135.”


Read more on CNN.

Russian Courts Reject Navalny’s Appeal While Allies Are Arrested

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Detained Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, has had his appeal against his arrest rejected by a Russian court, while several of his allies were arrested as well and social media companies were issued warnings

“In essence, he said he is not surprised by the lack of law. He also said that the whole idea behind this [process] is to scare him, his supporters and anyone that objects.”

Aleksandra Godfroid, Al Jazeera

Read more on Al Jazeera.

Covid-19 Vaccines Set To arrive In SA On Monday

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Health Minister Zweli Mhkize has announced that the first Covid-19 vaccines will be arriving in South Africa on Monday.

“One million vaccine doses are scheduled to leave India on Sunday, 31 January and is scheduled to arrive on Monday, 01 February 2020.”

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Read more on IOL.

Outrage Over Chinese ANC Official Being Named As Jackson Mthembu Replacement

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Many South Africans have voiced their concerns over the swearing-in of Chinese-born Dr. Xiaomei Harvard as the replacement for the late Jackson Mthembu as Minister in the Presidency.

“As the ANC in Parliament, we have full confidence that they will serve the people of South Africa with distinction.”

Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina

Read more on briefly.

WHO Team In Wuhan Released From Quarantine

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The World Health Organisation team sent to investigate the origins of Covid-19 have completed their quarantine in Wuhan, China.

“It’s not about politics or blame but getting to the bottom of a scientific question.”

Professor Dale Fisher, chair of the global outbreak and response unit at the WHO

Read more on BBC.

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