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Kenya’s president apologises for police ‘excesses’ amid coronavirus curfew

Issued on: 02/04/2020 – 11:46Modified: 02/04/2020 – 12:06

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta apologises for the heavy-handed police enforcement of a coronavirus curfew, as some of the first people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country speak out about their recovery. Also, South Africa ramps up testing measures as tributes are paid to a leading HIV scientist who has died of coronavirus. And Ivory Coast's prime minister announces a stimulus package to help mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic there.

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Kenya's first official case of coronavirus has recovered. In her first public appearance, the woman – known only as Brenda – said she wants people to know that despite the very real risks, Covid-19 is something that can be managed and treated.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised for the behaviour of police who've been accused of using disproportionate violence in enforcing a coronavirus curfew. On Monday, a 13-year-old boy was shot dead on his balcony on Nairobi.

Also, a top South African scientist who worked on HIV prevention for women and girls in her region has passed away from Covid-19. Tributes have been pouring in for Professor Gita Ramjee. The country has logged more than 1,300 cases – the most on the continent – and five deaths. The government has been ramping up testing measures and tens of thousands of people are due to be screened this week – we tell you more.

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