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COVID-19 safety measures should be maintained under Alert Level 1: Education expert – SABC News [Video]

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Education expert Mary Metcalfe says basic protocols of preventing the spread of the coronavirus should be maintained even when the country moves to Alert Level 1 lockdown.

Recently, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize gave an assuring account of the country’s fight against COVID-19 and said South Africa could soon move from Alert Level 2 lockdown.

This comes as the country’s coronavirus infection rate slows down. On Sunday, 1 579 new coronavirus infections were recorded since Saturday – bringing the cumulative number of cases to 649 793. The total number of deaths is 15 447.

Metcalfe says experts say the pandemic will persist for at least another year.

“That means that the basic tendency of keeping oneself and others safe which is physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of hands, is going to be the norm for schools I would say until this time next year. What that means is that there will be physical distancing and the majority of schools, only half of the learners will be …

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Mozambique struggles with armed groups as 300,000 displaced [Video]

Mozambique has turned to the European Union for help to stop attacks by ISIL-linked groups in its northern region.The president wants the EU to train its forces to battle armed groups which emerged three years ago in Cabo Delgado.Since then, the fighters have stepped up the violence, seizing important towns and targeting the military.The conflict has raised fears for stability and security in the surrounding region.The World Food Programme says more than 300,000 people have fled the violence.Zeinado Machado, a researcher in the Africa division at the Human Rights Watch, talks to Al Jazeera.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/#AlJazeeraEnglish #Mozambique

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On Tuesday afternoon the University of South Africa, UNISA, will be launching the newly established Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs.