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Al Jazeera 6 Jan 2020

DRC government to force families to leave mines


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities want to pay around 10 thousand families to move away from lucrative cobalt mines to make way for foreign mining companies.
But as Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports, many people are refusing to leave because they do not trust the government to provide fair compensation.

As the pandemic of Coronavirus claims more lives around the world, the people of the United Kingdom are now being advised to make drastic changes to their day-to-day existence.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected criticism that his government had been slow to respond to the scale of the crisis.

Mr Johnson said now was the moment to stop all non-essential contact with other people and to avoid all non-essential travel.

The over 70s, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions need to be particularly vigilant.

Entire families must self-isolate for 14 days if just one member has a persistent new cough or a high temperature.

From this weekend those with the most serious health conditions should be isolated from social contact for 12 weeks

Today's announcement marks a significant shift from the UK government's position last week. Minutes before the news conference took place the World Health Organization called for stronger measures than the UK and some other countries were taking.

Officials are now convinced that the UK is on the verge of a major upswing in cases and there are genuine concerns about the impact on the National Health Service.

Huw Edwards presents tonight's BBC News at Ten and unravels the day's events with the BBC's health editor Hugh Pym and medical correspondent Fergus Walsh.
CBS News got an exclusive look at a new VA program that's helping heal American service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joined CBSN to explain how the pioneering program is also helping keep military families together.
The federal government is tasked with coordinating the response to coronavirus. But it's local governments that will have to make a ton of extremely important decisions in the weeks to come. Karen Bass, California Democratic Congresswoman, and Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles weigh in. Aired on 3/2/2020.

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