France 24
France 24 20 Oct 2020

Coronavirus pandemic: Belgium may need to return to full lockdown


The health situation in #Belgium is worse than in March during the first wave of the #Covid-19 #pandemic, with cases of infection reaching new highs and the number of people in hospital doubling each week, officials said on Monday.

#Ireland will be the first EU country to return to #coronavirus #lockdown, prime minister Micheal Martin said Monday, issuing a nationwide "stay at home" order but insisting schools will stay open. Measures coming into effect for six weeks from midnight on Wednesday will also see all non-essential retail businesses close and bars and restaurants limited to takeaway service only. FRANCE 24's Hervé Amoric tells us more.
Zimbabwe's back-to-school program is failing to take off with most teachers refusing to return to class because of low pay and concerns about COVID-19.  Teachers want a 500% salary increase to get out of poverty and say authorities must provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic.  Zimbabwe authorities say PPE is adequate and are threatening to replace teachers who refuse to return to schools.  Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare. 

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