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What we’re reading, 14 April 2020

Each week the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to governance in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to fight coronavirus 

Al Jazeera (international) reported that Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has declared a state of emergency in response to the growing COVID-19 threat. This is the country’s third state of emergency in four years. 

‘Government won’t eavesdrop on you. Only COVID-19 people will be monitored’

City Press (South Africa) reported that the South African government confirmed it would not spy on citizens, after plans were revealed that mobile interception would be used as part of the COVID-19 containment policy.

Govt bolsters steps as cases rise 

Tanzanian Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa announced a new strategy adopted by the government to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, including increasing testing capacities across the country by setting up new laboratories.

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