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New rules for prisoners as Covid-19 cases climb behind bars

All inmates who enter a correctional facility must be screened and quarantined for 14 days before being housed with other prisoners.

This is according to directives published by justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola on Monday.

According to the latest figures, provided to media on Sunday, there were 737 correctional service officials and 1,156 inmates who had contracted Covid-19.

Portugal PM reimposes some Covid-19 curbs in capital Lisbon

Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Monday some coronavirus restrictions would be reimposed in the capital Lisbon to help control outbreaks from the pandemic.

Costa said measures to be introduced from Tuesday included a restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people and orders for cafes and shops to close at 8pm in the capital.

According to official data compiled by local media, between May 21 and June 21, Portugal recorded 9,221 new cases of Covid-19 with most cases detected in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions. About half of the new cases have been reported in the municipalities of Lisbon, Sintra, Odivelas, Loures and Amadora.

“These are fires and as with all fires, they must be responded to with the necessary means to prevent their spread,” State Secretary of Health Antonio Lacerda Sales said.

Portugal took restrictive measures fairly early in the pandemic and has a total of 1,534 deaths and 39,392 cases.

– AFP

June 22 2020 – 17:47

Zimbabwe’s hospitals ‘overwhelmed’ as health workers’ strike enters second week

The strike by doctors and nurses in Zimbabwe – now entering its second week – is crippling the country’s fight against Covid-19.

There are 489 positive cases, as health minister Obadiah Moyo faces allegations of abusing his office.

An outfit calling itself the Zimbabwe Young Nurses Association (ZYNA) on Monday pleaded with health workers to return to work because “lives matter more than money”.