Africa in 5 minutes: New date for Commonwealth summit in Rwanda. Mali sanctions could be dropped. Tanker explosion in Nigeria killed 25. 8,000 new cases of coronavirus in Africa

24th September 2020

New date for Commonwealth summit in Rwanda

A Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) postponed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic will now be held in June next year in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.

The biennial meeting is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering. It will be held in the week of 21 June 2021.

The Commonwealth secretariat said member countries had agreed on the new date.

"Our meetings in Rwanda will give us a real opportunity to focus on our post Covid recovery, but we also know that the pandemic has not reduced the urgency with which global challenges such as climate change, the global economy, trade and sustainable development need to be dealt with decisively through multilateral cooperation and mutual support," Commonwealth secretary-general Patricia Scotland said in a statement.

West African country might drop Mali sanctions

West African leaders have indicated they might lift the sanctions they have imposed on Mali following last month's coup.

Their envoy, the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, said on his arrival in Mali that the military officers who overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta were acceding to international calls for a transition to civilian rule.

His comments suggest the West African regional body, Ecowas, could accept the appointment of a former defence minister, Bah Ndaw, as interim president, with the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, as vice-president.

Imports to land-locked Mali have slumped since the imposition of a trade embargo.

25 die from fuel tanker explosion in Nigeria

At least 25 people have been killed in central Nigeria after a fuel tanker exploded following a collision with other vehicles.

A primary school pupil and students are reported to be among the dead.

The crash happened on Wednesday morning on a major highway in Lokoja when the driver lost control of the tanker after the brakes failed, local police said.

Lokoja police spokesman Willy Aya said that several victims were burnt beyond recognition.

Many of them were pedestrians, including the students who were crossing the road to go to college.

Over 8,000 new cases of coronavirus in Africa

New report show that Africa recorded 8,813 new coronavirus infections and 209 deaths in the past 24-hours.

Moroco who is currently second with most infections recorded another 2,397 new cases,being the highest yesterday.

Stats of Africa:

Total Cases: 1,436,433

Deaths: 34,587

Recoveries: 1,180,677

Active Cases: 221,169

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