The Somali National Army (SNA) claimed that it killed more than 50 al-Shabaab members, including two senior commanders, in an operation in the lower Shabelle region.
The military operation against the Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated terror group took place in Mushaani, Daniga, and Majabta, according to Somali military radio.
Military officials in the region who spoke to Anadolu Agency confirmed the operation.
Army Chief of Staff Odawa Yusuf Rageh told military radio Friday that the terrorist killed included Moalim Bukhari, the group's intelligence chief in lower Shabelle and Sheikh Hasan Ganeey, the commander in the region.
He said al-Shabaab training camps in villages were also destroyed.
At least 20 al-Shabaab terrorists were killed Thursday in a military operation in the region. Anadolu Agency
Party members have their temperature checked and sanitize their hands as a precaution against the coronavirus at the national congress of the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania, July 11, 2020. Photo AP
DODOMA, TANZANIA - Tanzania’s government insists there are no cases of COVID-19 in the country, but residents and doctors point to a growing number of illnesses and deaths. Opposition politicians say the government’s stance is endangering lives.
Nasa Kiwanga visits the grave of his daughter, Tully, who died earlier this month.
Tully passed away in a hospital in Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital, one week after falling sick.
Doctors told her family she died of pneumonia, but Tully’s father Nasa Kiwanga believes his daughter died of COVID-19.
What sent his daughter to the hospital, he said, was that she started having breathing difficulties when at home. After that, she was sent to the hospital on Saturday morning. Kiwanga said she lived for only two days with oxygen support, adding that, when the oxygen finished at the hospital, the life of my daughter ended there.
According to a doctor who asked not to be identified, Kiwanga is correct – his daughter died of COVID-19.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, Tanzania’s government has refused to admit the presence of the coronavirus in the country.
Instead, the country’s president John Magufuli has portrayed the pandemic as an economic opportunity.
This is our time as Tanzanians, as there is no COVID-19, Magufuli said. He added that Tanzanians should use the opportunity to grow many crops so that for countries that will experience famine, we will set the prices of the products and sell to them.
The government has not released any figures on coronavirus cases or deaths, making it impossible to gauge the true extent of the virus in Tanzania.
But a few weeks ago, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania warned that COVID-19 cases have risen considerably in the country since January.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian opposition politicians, such as James Mbatia, the chairman of the National Convention for Construction and Reform are criticizing the government’s position on COVID-19.
Mbatia said he is one of the victims in his clan and their family. He said they had many deaths because of the problem; all of the symptoms are of the coronavirus. He added that they requested testing and the results come out positive that it’s the coronavirus. So, who are we deceiving? Mbatia asks, and why are we deceiving ourselves?
Tanzania’s health ministry has touted the use of traditional medicine in the fight against COVID-19 and other diseases. The ministry also backs the president’s recent dismissal of COVID-19 vaccines.
“For now, the government has no plans to receive the COVID vaccine being distributed in other countries,” she said.
Gwajima emphasizes that it should be known that the government, through the Ministry of Health, has its procedures to follow when you receive any health product. And this is done when the government is satisfied with the product, she added.
Meanwhile, Nasa Kiwanga and his family are collecting his daughter’s belongings, as they prepare to leave Dodoma for his home in the southern highlands of Tanzania.
Kiwanga said he worries about those who might suffer the same fate as his daughter, victims of COVID-19 that no one is allowed to admit. - Charles Kombe, Voice of America
Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, the prime minister said that the restrictions brought in to tackle the Omicron wave – including vaccine passes, face masks and working from home – will be allowed to expire on 26 January.
Johnson added that face masks for school pupils will be scrapped from tomorrow.
Johnson told MPs more than 90% of over-60s across the UK had now had booster vaccines to protect them, and scientists believed the Omicron wave had peaked.
He said the government had taken a “different path” to much of Europe and the “data are showing that, time and again, this government got the toughest decisions right”.
The news comes as Covid infection levels are falling in most parts of the UK for the first time since early December.
The prime minister and his Cabinet met on Wednesday morning to examine the latest COVID data before making a statement in the Commons in the afternoon.
England’s Plan B measures – which include guidance to work from home, the use of the COVID pass and mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport – are set to expire on 26 January.
The move avoids yet another confrontation with Tory MPs who want the restrictions brought to an end – something Johnson would wish to avoid as his position has already been weakened due to the row over Downing Street parties.
A series of gatherings in No 10 and Whitehall are being investigated by senior civil servant Sue Gray, and Tory MPs were urged by ministers to wait for her report before deciding whether to move against the PM.
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Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds says that Boris Johnson cannot focus on the “real issues facing this country right now” because the prime minister is “in a scandal of his own making”.
But reports have suggested the threshold of 54 letters from MPs that would launch a no-confidence vote in the PM could be reached this week.
Johnson made a public return on Tuesday after limiting his public activities when a close contact tested positive for COVID.
When asked whether restrictions would be lifted during a visit to a hospital, Johnson said: “We’ve got to be careful about COVID. We’ve got to continue to remember that it’s a threat.”
The Plan B measures were introduced to combat the wave of cases driven by the Omicron variant, with the aim of buying time to offer more booster jabs.
Johnson’s announcement follows Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to ease them in Scotland from Monday.
It means nightclub closures and the requirement for table service in hospitality will come to an end, while attendance limits on indoor events and the guidance asking people to stick to a three-household limit on indoor gatherings will be lifted.
However, some baseline coronavirus measures which were in place before the Omicron wave will remain, including wearing face coverings in public indoor settings and on public transport, as well as working from home whenever it is possible.
A total of 19,450 people were in hospital in the UK with COVID as of 17 January, government figures show – down 2% week-on-week, though the total has risen slightly in the most recent two days.
A further 94,432 lab-confirmed COVID cases have been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Tuesday, while a further 438 people were reported to have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID – though the figure is inflated by a lag in weekend reporting. By Andy Wells, Yahoo News
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