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Al Jazeera 14 Jan 2021

Peru COVID-19: Healthcare workers announce nationwide strike

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Healthcare workers in Peru have gone on a strike demanding better working conditions.
The country is experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases, and those on the front lines are often without the equipment needed to keep them safe and save lives.

Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Lima, Peru.


In Kenya 32 healthcare workers died of Covid-19, over 3000 got infected. Now healthcare workers are on strike. They demand better pay, medical cover and adequate protective gear.

Africa has so far secured only one fifth of the Covid-19 vaccination doses the continent needs. The African Union says it has secured 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses which will be made available this year.
This will supplement the 600 million doses obtained by the World Health Organization's COVAX alliance for Africa. But some African nations aren't willing to wait. Guinea is now testing the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V and has ordered 2 million doses. South Africa has ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine - and Kenya has ordered 24 million, which should start arriving by the end of next month.
Amid criticism for scaling down COVID-19 vaccinations over the holidays, retired general Rick Hillier, chair of the Ontario's COVID-19 task force, announced Tuesday that all the province's 19 vaccine clinics are now open.


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The coronavirus pandemic has claimed a beloved TV personality. Dawn Wells, who played sweet Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," died Wednesday due to complications from COVID-19, her publicist announced. She was 82. Co-star Tina Louise, who played Ginger on the iconic sitcom, told Inside Edition, "I hope that people will remember her the way that I do - always with a smile on her face." Wells last appeared on Inside Edition in 2018 after her fans raised $200,000 to pay back taxes and medical bills.
More than 2,500 people have attended an illegal rave in France, clashing with police who attempted to stop the event.

The rave, held in a disused warehouse at Lieuron near Rennes in Brittany, started on New Year's Eve and came to an end on Saturday morning.

Mass gatherings are not allowed under French COVID-19 restrictions - and a nationwide 8pm to 6am curfew is in force.

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