Eswatini reinstates lockdown rules as infections rise Apr 23, 2020 0 208 12345 AFPMbabane, eSwatiniThe kingdom of Eswatini on Wednesday reversed a decision to relax coronavirus restrictions after infections almost doubled to 31 in one week.Authorities in Africa’s last absolute monarchy last week eased some of the restrictions imposed on March 27.Public buses were allowed to resume circulating, and some companies could reopen.But Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, complaining that “complacency among the populace is creeping in”, said the rules would go back into force on Friday.“An increasing number of people around the country are now casual and lack vigilance in preventing the transmission of the virus,” Dlamini said in a statement.“The level of compliance to the measures which are aimed at curtailing the rapid spread of COVID-19 has dramatically dropped,” the premier said.The number of positive cases in the country previously known as Swaziland jumped from 16 to 31 in the week since regulations were relaxed.One fatality has so been far recorded. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran says it launched military satellite as Trump threatens ships Apr 23, 2020 0 567 ‘Fourteen dead’ in Yemen’s flood-hit Aden Apr 23, 2020 0 694 HRW slams Kenyan police ‘brutality’ during virus curfew Apr 23, 2020 0 533 Dozens killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan DPA Kabul At least 23 security forces’ personnel and four civilians were killed in overnight attacks on several checkpoints across Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday. The biggest incident happened in the .. Iran reports 94 virus deaths but says cases going down Tehran Iran announced on Wednesday 94 new deaths from the novel coronavirus but said the cases of people infected in the country was on the way down. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the fatalities .. Two top Botswana health officials sacked Gaborone Botswana’s president has sacked the health ministry’s top civil servant and his deputy as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said Wednesday. President Mokgweetsi Masisi .. 89 S.African police arrested for flouting lockdown orders AFP Johannesburg Scores of government officials, including 89 police officers, have been arrested for flouting South Africa’s coronavirus regulations, many of them for selling confiscated liquor, the police .. UN rights chief slams Iran over execution of young offenders AFP Geneva UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday slammed Iran for reportedly executing two juvenile offenders in four days and urged Tehran to call an immediate halt to such killings. Shayan .. First virus case in Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp: UN AFP Beirut A Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon has been put on lockdown after the UN announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in one of the country’s numerous and crowded camps. The patient, a Palestinian .. S.Africa to deploy tens of thousands more troops for lockdown Johannesburg South African President Cyril Ramaphosa plans to deploy more than 73,000 extra troops to help implement a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the defence minister said. The country is four weeks into a .. EU foreign ministers hold talks as conflict in neighbour Libya flairs Brussels The foreign ministers of the European Union are to hold a videoconference on Wednesday, with the intensifying conflict in the bloc’s North African neighbour Libya on the agenda. The EU recently established a ..