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FACTSHEET: What you should know about the diphtheria outbreak in Nigeria

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‘Almost double the world average’? Debunking government claims about water use in South Africa

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Influencer makes misleading claims about presidential candidates’ promises to vote-rich northern Nigeria

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Fact-checking Kenyan president Ruto’s first roundtable with journalists

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What was the voter turnout during South Africa’s last national election?
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During the 2019 national election, South Africa recorded a voter turnout of 66%, a decrease from 73.5% in 2014. More: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers ...

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Does heat kill the new coronavirus?
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The World Health Organization has warned that neither taking a hot bath nor exposing yourself to sunshine or temperatures higher than 25°C will prevent Covid-19. Using a hand dryer also doesn’t kill the virus. More: Hot baths, hot hand dryers and other heat will NOT kill coronavirus ...

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The new coronavirus spreads through droplets, which are produced when someone sneezes, coughs or talks. If you are close to someone when this happens, you could breathe in the virus. According to the World Health Organization, “studies to date suggest that the virus that causes Covid-19 is main...

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