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NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 7 February 9 am

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In this bulletin:

# A health expert is hopeful schools won’t be the main driver of new Covid-19 variants
# A North West police officer is set to appear in court for corruption
# And, Not In My Name provides assistance to flood victims in Mamelodi

# A health expert says she is hopeful schools would not be a significant driver of new Covid-19 infections. Schools are returning to full-time learning from today after Cabinet eased some Covid-19 regulations. More than 1.2-million children aged 12 and older have been vaccinated. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Heather Zar, told News24 that even children who have co-morbidities are better protected from the Omicron variant. She says the target priority group for vaccination and boosters should still be those who have the highest risk for severe disease or adults with co-morbidities.

# A 34-year-old police officer is expected to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court in Tlhabane, North West, today facing a charge of corruption. The suspect was arrested by the Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit on Friday. Police spokesperson Amanda Funani says a vehicle allegedly used in a stock theft-related case was impounded and booked as evidence last month. She says the police official later allegedly called the suspect in the case offering to release the vehicle in exchange for money:

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# Non-governmental organisation, Not In My Name, purchased some basic necessities for the people affected by the recent floods in Nellmapius, Mamelodi in Tshwane. Floods wreaked havoc and ravaged several parts of Tshwane since Friday causing extensive damage to roads, settlements, and cars. The organisation’s Themba Masango says this assistance is part of their ongoing social relief and disaster response initiative:

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# The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has committed to working with the global community to match Africa’s climate ambitions with the resources it needs. He says the collaboration between the UN and African Union is stronger than ever, with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063, Africa’s blueprint for a peaceful, integrated, and more prosperous continent, as the central pillars. Guterres says wealthier countries must make good on the 100-billion-dollars climate finance commitment to developing countries:

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# Tennis: Chinese player Peng Shuai has told a French newspaper she never accused anyone of sexual assault. This is in direct contrast to a post she made in November last year where she accused a political official of sexual abuse. The 36-year-old disappeared from the public after making the allegations. In an interview with L’Equipe, Peng said her post was a huge misunderstanding. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed in a statement he met with Peng on Saturday, however, the statement did not address her sexual assault allegations.

# And the financial indicators: The dollar is trading at 15-rand-44-cents and the euro at 17-rand-67-cents. One British pound costs 20-rand-89-cents and Bitcoin trades at 42-thousand-780-dollar-5-cents. Gold is selling at one thousand-810-dollars-33-cents a fine ounce and Brent crude oil is quoted at 93-dollars-58-cents a barrel.

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