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Africa 54 – January 23, 2020

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The deadly Coronavirus has killed at least 17 people, all in China’s Hubei province, according to Chinese authorities. Officials say most of the patients who died also had other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. But global fear that the disease is rapidly spreading is now affecting airport operations in Africa’s most populous country.

Residents of three Greek islands stage a protest against the overcrowding of refugee camps and to demand government action to ease migrant pressure. Most stores were closed, and public services were halted on the islands of Lesbos, Chios, and Samos, where some refugee camps have more than 10 times the number of people they were built for.

The United Nations International Court of Justice hands down a decision, ordering Myanmar to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and prevent any acts of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims, the ethnic group that was forced to flee their homes during a violent military crackdown in 2017.

Efforts by conservationists in Sudan are underway, as they try to save four lions, they say have been under-fed and neglected in a wildlife park in Khartoum, after one lion died earlier this week.

A54 Business: Central banks in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria leave interest rates stable in the coming days, as they keep an eye on inflation and wait to see how an initial U.S.-China trade deal pans out, according to a Reuters poll. Economists say interest rates in Africa, which ranks second in size and population among the world’s continents, remain too high for consumers and businesses to access.

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