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Ghana coronavirus: 4,700 cases; prez addresses nation, jabs Mahama

April 11: Cases hit 4,700; president addresses nation President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday delivered a national address giving updates on COVID-19 and announcing a raft of actions in the area of containment of spread and infection. The 21-minute address touched on amongst others: the jumbo infection recorded at a fish factory in the industrial city […]

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Brazil surpasses 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Brazil has officially surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths. Following the development, congress has decreed an official mourning period of three days. In the Caju cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, burials are held one after the other, with or without the relatives, to avoid contamination. The country of 210 million inhabitants, the most affected in Latin America, […]

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Tunisian NGO distributing COVID-19 food aid via SMS

A Tunisian non-governmental organization, NGO, Sustainable Food Bank; is distributing food supplies to families adversely impacted by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The NGO has set up a food bank which distributes aid by SMS to some 300 families. The long awaited initiative, was finally launched at the end of April to coincide with the beginning of […]

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‘Just give me cigarettes’: South African survivor of 1918 flu ‘soldiers on’

Most people his age have passed on but 116 year-old Fredie Blom of South African is still going strong. Fredie survived the Spanish flu of 1918 and is determined to outlive the coronavirus pandemic. He recounts how the Spanish flu impacted his family. “I lost one sister in 1918 , somewhere around there. One sister, […]

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Prominent coronavirus deaths: Somali ambassador to Egypt dies in Kuwait

The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa is heading is gone past the 1,000 mark as of April 18, 2020. The casualties cut across age groups. From the death of a 6 year-old in Kenya, older patients in most instances and persons in the youth bracket. Whiles each death is reported with a […]

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Rebels launch new rocket attack on Libya’s Mitiga airport

An attack on Mitiga International Airport, The Libyan capital’s only functioning airport left a fuel tank ablaze whiles passenger planes were also impacted. The Government of National Accord have accused forces loyal to rebel leader Khalifa Haftar of carrying out the attacks Since Friday, May 8, at least 21 people were killed and dozens of […]

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IED attack kills three Chadian peacekeepers in Mali

The United Nations said three peacekeepers from Chad were killed and four others seriously injured Sunday in attacks against a U.N. convoy in northern Mali using improvised explosive devices. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks near Aguelhok in the Kidal region, which may constitute war crimes under international law. The […]

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Coronavirus: Africa’s most impacted as South Africa hits 10,000 cases

Only Lesotho is yet to record a case of coronavirus as of May 11. 53 African countries have officially recorded cases. The death toll is past 2,000, recoveries are also past 23,000 with confirmed cases past the 60,000 mark. “Comoros recorded index case on April 30”: to become the 53rd infected nation after the 52nd, […]

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Nigeria coronavirus: 4,399 cases, Wike demolishes hotel, Kaduna busts escapees

May 11: 4,399 cases, Wike demolishes hotel, Kaduna busts escapees Nigeria case statistics stood at 4,399 with 248 new cases. The number of discharged and deaths stood at 778 and 143 respectively. The new cases were spread across 16 states and FCT, the top three being 81 in Lagos, 35 in Jigawa and 26 in […]

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Zambia shuts border with Tanzania over virus spread fears

Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations despite being way behind continent leader South Africa. A lockdown imposed by President Edgar Lungu has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country. May 10: Closure of border with Tanzania The Zambian government […]

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Chad takes delivery of Madagascar virus cure, COVID-Organics

May 10: Chad sends official jet to collect ‘virus cure’ “With respect to CovidOrganics, Madagascar is with his African brothers to heal and save lives. Our duty is to preserve the health of our people. “Chad sent a plane to collect CVO donations. Thanks to President Idriss Deby Itno for his confidence,” these sentences were […]

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Kenya coronavirus: 649 cases, Magufuli’s virus handling worries Raila

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts. This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can […]

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Mauritania reopens mosques after lull in virus infections

Mosques in Mauritania reopened after a week of no new coronavirus cases were recorded. Authorities allowed mosques to open for prayer, but called on worshippers to respect social distancing and wear masks – a call which seems to have been largely ignored. The government announced it would “progressively ease” a series of anti-virus measures, allowing […]

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Chadian capital N’djamena to be quarantined for two weeks

The Chadian capital, N’Djamena, is effectively under quarantine for two weeks. Movement in and out of the capital city has been banned except for vehicles transporting goods and foodstuffs. They will be allowed enter from 10 p.m. local time. The Central African nation as of May 10 had registered 322 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with […]

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Zimbabwe ‘decrees’ mask wearing amid lockdown extension

The government of Zimbabwe has officially made the wearing of masks compulsory in public places to combat the spread of coronavirus: The announcement was made after the government extended a nationwide lockdown for 2 more weeks. The country which is experiencing an economic and food crisis has as of May 10 recorded 34 cases of […]

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Botswana coronavirus: road transport resumes, regulations gazetted

May 10: Regulations on resumption of road transport Road transport is returning across the country in the wake of eased lockdown measures. President Masisi in exercising his emergency powers authorized the lifting of transport restrictions from May 8 to 21st. A gazette of the new regulations issued by government indicated that road transport was the […]

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Eritrea coronavirus: landlords waive rents – Minister discloses

May 10: Landlords waive rents Landlords in Eritrea have agreed to waive rents, Information Minister Yemane Meskel discloseed on Twitter Sunday morning. The minister said it was the latest trend underlying the country’s rich culture of societal compassion/solidarity. He did not give any further specifics as to what duration the waiver is to apply. Months […]

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Nigeria coronavirus: 4,121 cases, repatriation flight departs US

May 10: 4,121 cases, US repatriation underway Nigeria case statistics stood at 4,151 with 239 new cases. The number of discharged and deaths stood at 745 and 128 respectively. The new cases were spread across 15 states, the top three being 97 in Lagos, 44 in Bauchi and 29 in Kano. On Sunday morning, the […]

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Ghana coronavirus: 4,263 cases, Accra cells infected, Mahama jabs govt

May 10: 4,263 cases, Accra prison ‘infected’ Ghana’s case statistics as of close of day May 9 stood at 3,263 according tallies released by the health service. It represents 251 cases after the spike of late last week. The recovery tally stood at 378 with four additional deaths bringing the tally to 22. The spike […]

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Coronavirus in Africa: 60,566 cases; 2,221 deaths; 20,803 recoveries

There are now more than over 44,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the […]

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DRC: Deadly landslide infuriates residents near Goma

At least one child died and two others missing in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo following a landslide. The deceased child was said to have died of suffocation while two disappeared in a volcanic accident. Last Tuesday, the World Food Programme destroyed rotten flour and rice in Nyiragongo, north-east of […]

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Central African Republic receives EU aid to battle COVID-19

The Central African Republic has begun receiving aid from the European Commission Thursday. The Commission is using its humanitarian air service in an effort to help the country prepare to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department plane is flying from Lyon to Bangui, […]

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Malawi apex court upholds cancellation of Mutharika’s re-election

Malawi’s Supreme Court confirmed Friday that last year’s presidential elections remain nullified and a fresh vote held in July. The Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling by the southern African nation’s Constitutional Court that President Peter Mutharika’s 2019 election was invalid because of widespread irregularities. Mutharika, who leads the Democratic Progressive Party, and the national […]

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COVID-19 could linger for years, African govts must sit up – WHO warns

The coronavirus pandemic has been confirmed in over 180 countries globally since it was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic due to its spread. All African countries except Lesotho have since recorded cases as governments roll out measures […]

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Tanzania receives COVID-Organics, the Madagascar virus ‘cure’

May 9: Tanzania receives Madagascar ‘virus cure’ Barely a week since President Magufuli of Tanzania said the country was interested in COVID-Organics, the Malagasy preventive / curative, potion for coronavirus, a consignment was delivered on Friday according to reports. The donation comes days after the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo received […]

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Nigeria coronavirus: 3,912 cases; UK returnees in, 2m test kits plan

May 9: 3,912 cases, UK returnees, stretched bed spaces The case statistics as of close of day May 8 stood at 3,912 cases with 117 deaths and 679 recoveries, according to the NCDC. The figure represents 386 new cases. Nigeria has also been toppled by Ghana as West Africa’s most impacted. Their cases shot to […]

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Ghana coronavirus: tally at 4,012 after record 921 new cases

May 9: 900+ new cases, tally hits 4,012 Ghana returned to most impacted West African country after authorities disclosed a record one-day increase of over 900 cases late Friday. The current tallies stand at 4,012 with 18 deaths and 323 recoveries. The figures have triggered talk of whether the government was right to lift a […]

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Coronavirus in Africa: 57,844 cases; 2,154 deaths; 19,133 recoveries

There are now more than over 42,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the […]

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