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43 World Health Organisation Experts To Land in South Africa as Coronavirus Infection Rates Peak

South Africa receives help from WHO experts who are flying into the country to help combat possible second spike of infections.

Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced that a rescue team of 43 WHO pandemic experts will arrive in South Africa. Coronavirus infection rates in the country have reached over half a million with deaths almost at 10 000. The announcement comes in the wake of ongoing investigations of a PPE corruption scandal that implicates government officials. Health workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus due to shortage of crucial PPE that is used to prevent the transmission from patients.


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The first batch of 17 experts will land in South Africa by Wednesday and will complete a 14-day period of quarantine and initiation before being deployed within the department across various provinces. Renowned specialists Dr David Heymann (a seasoned infectious disease epidemiologist and public health expert) and Dr Mike Ryan will lead infection mitigation efforts by the international body.

This is the latest government effort in curbing high infection rates and a possible second surge of coronavirus infections which has hit health workers most invariably with 24 000 infected and 181 dead according to South Africa's Department of Health. Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal were coronavirus hotspots but a decline has been recorded in the first two provinces whereas in KwaZulu-Natal infection rates continue to rise.

Mkhize has been calmly steering public health responses since initial cases of coronavirus were recorded. He has stated that South Africa has passed public health experts' predicted peak, but with the country experiencing the last month of winter, he has urged the public to continue practicing social distancing.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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