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The UN’s high commissioner for human rights has warned Zimbabwe against using the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext for restricting freedoms, after an investigative journalist and an opposition leader were arrested this week.
Award-winning journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, head of a small opposition party, were arrested on Monday ahead of anti-government and anti-graft demonstrations planned for 31 July.
Merely calling for a peaceful protest or participating in a peaceful protest are an exercise of recognised human rights.
We are concerned at reports of police using force to disperse and arrest nurses and health workers for infringing lockdown restrictions as they were trying to protest for better salaries and conditions of work.
Austria’s push to test large numbers of hotel staff for Covid-19 in a bid to reassure tourists is falling far short of its target as too few people have signed up, tourism minister Elisabeth Koestinger said.
The scheme, which began on 1 July, is supposed to test 65,000 staff in hotels and other forms of accommodation each week – roughly matching the number of tests otherwise carried out nationally.
We have achieved the capacity to be able to carry out 65,000 tests (a week)… Now we need the businesses, the employees to register, to take part and above all to let themselves be tested regularly.
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