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Virus-free Sierra Leone shuts borders after Guinea, Liberia closures

March 27: Sierra Leone closes borders for 30 days Virus-free Sierra Leone on Friday announced closure of its borders for a 30-day period barely days after President Julius Maada Bio announced a state of public health emergency. According to reports, the measure was to keep out the coronavirus which has engulfed all of West Africa […]

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Ethiopian delivers coronavirus donation to 41 African countries [List]

Ethiopia PM – Ali Baba CEO Africa – wide coronavirus support Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on March 15 announced that he had secured a continent wide support coronavirus support from Chinese businessman Jack Ma. The Ali Baba founder confirmed the news 24-hours later following which the materials were flown to Ethiopia on March 22. […]

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Coronavirus: Nigeria’s testing up by 32% after Jack Ma’s donation

March 27: Tests rise after Jack Ma’s donation Nigeria reports that receipt of donation of medical supplies from Chinese businessman and CEO of Ali Baba; Jack Ma, had shot its testing capacity up by 32%. Africa’s most populous nation had carried out a paltry 262 tests for the virus as at March 25, local media […]

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Deepak Chopra advises on how to cope with stress in times of crisis

For decades, 73-year-old Deepak Chopra has extolled the health benefits of spiritual practices. The Indian-American’s pursuit of mental health, happiness and holistic wellness has culminated in the publication of more than 90 books, including the bestseller, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. He’s best-known for advising people how to live beyond their limitations through finding […]

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Coronavirus: SA records deaths, Kinshasa lockdown, cases up in East Africa

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Cases have since been confirmed in over scores of countries across the globe. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his […]

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Coronavirus in Africa: 46 countries infected, 8 virus-free; deaths, recoveries etc

There are now more than 3,200 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 Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries […]

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COVID-19: Sierra Leone free, brace up to prevent cases [Morning Call]

Sierra Leone is among a few countries in Africa free from coronavirus. The west african country suffered heavily from an Ebola outbreak in 2014. In an effort to prevent coronavirus, president, Dr. Julius Maada Bio declared a state of Public Health Emergency. The 12 months state of emergency started on Tuesday 24th of March. @jerrybambi1 […]

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Mali’s opposition leader kidnapped, bodyguard killed [Morning Call]

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has been abducted along with six members of his team while campaigning in the centre of the country. In a statement released on Wednesday, Cisse’s Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) party said the politician and his team had gone missing after campaigning near the town of Niafunke, in […]

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Infected South African duo who defied coronavirus isolation charged

South African police have charged two men with attempted murder for allegedly continuing to go out after they tested positive for the coronavirus, exposing others to the infection. Police minister Bheki Cele detailed the charges during a press conference on Wednesday. He said anyone that breaks these laws or regulations could be fined, detained for […]

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The sad tale of Egyptian trans activist

Malak el-Kashif is one of Egypt’s outspoken transgender. At birth she was assigned a male identity. But growing up, el-Kashif named Abdel-Rahman said she identified as female. At just 13-years old she fled home due to family rejection. When our families bail on us, life becomes more difficult and the confrontation becomes bigger. “My parents’ […]

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Thin resources for huge crisis: Malian researcher’s coronavirus fears

After keeping out the coronavirus weeks after it reached Africa, Mali this week registered two cases of the virus. With parts of the country inaccessible to state services because of insurgent violence and inter-community conflicts, the arrival of the coronavirus is raising fears in the already battered country. Amadou Koné, a researcher shared his perspectives […]

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Malawi’s former VP files complaint against president

Malawi’s former Vice President Saulos Chilima has filed a complaint against President Peter Mutharika, challenging his decisions in the crisis that followed the annulment of last year’s presidential election, his lawyer said Thursday. Mutharika was declared winner of the first round of a May 2019 election with 38.5% of the vote, against 35.4% for opposition […]

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South Africa lockdown starts as coronavirus tally nears 1,000

South Africa’s president appeared in full military uniform for the first time since the end of apartheid and told troops to be a “force of kindness” as a three-week lockdown begins at midnight and they ensure that 57 million people stay home. The mission is the “most important in the history of our country” as […]

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With 6 coronavirus cases, Eritrea shuts schools, all public transport suspended

March 26, 2020: Eritrea cases up to six Two other passengers who returned home with Air Arabia Airlines on Monday 23 March tested positive, bringing the total number of patients in the country diagnosed with COVID-19 to six. All the patients are receiving necessary treatment and their condition remains satisfactory. As underlined in previous weeks, […]

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Ethiopia’s Tigray region declares coronavirus state of emergency

March 26: Tigray region imposes state of emergency Ethiopia’s northern Tigray regional state on Thursday, March 26, announced a region-wide state of emergency as a means of combating the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigray Mass Media Agency said the decision was reached a day after the regional state council met and agreed on the decision which […]

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Coronavirus: Six patients recover in Lagos, govt to ban all internal travel

March 26: Six patients recover, cases up to 51 Nigeria is set to release six coronavirus patients after they fully recovered from the infection. All six persons are in Lagos State, the hardest hit by the disease. It will bring to eight the total number of recoveries. The disease control outfit said as at Wednesday […]

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Mali opposition leader ‘kidnapped’ on campaign trail – Party

Mali’s main opposition party, Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) have confirmed that its leader and 11 other members have been missing since Wednesday, March 25. Soumaila Cisse and his entourage are believed to have been kidnapped during an election campaign in a region where terrorists frequently carry out attacks. Cisse lost presidential polls […]

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Coronavirus: South Africa president tests negative, Somalia confirms new case

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Cases have since been confirmed in over scores of countries across the globe. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his […]

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Algerian justice in spotlight after controversial rulings [Morning Call]

Algerian freelance journalist Khaled Drareni has been jailed after an Algiers court quashed his judicial appeal on wednesday. Drareni had been arrested on March 7 while covering the start of an anti-regime demonstration in Algiers, where he was correspondent for the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF). He is charged of “inciting an unarmed gathering and […]

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Thousands stranded abroad as COVID-19 shuts borders [Travel]

Sleeping on airport floors, holed up in one of the last hotels open in a foreign city or put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days with little cash and little hope for returning home. This is the plight of the hundreds of thousands of stranded travelers of all nationalities around the world. Some 40 countries […]

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Chad deploys troops after deadly Boko Harm attack [Morning Call]

Chad is recounting its losses after recording what it has described as the deadliest-ever attack by the Boko Haram armed group on the country’s military forces. At least 92 soldiers were killed in an attack on them that lasted at least seven hours on the Boma peninsula, Lake Chad region. Military reinforcements sent to help […]

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Chad deploys soldiers after deadliest Boko Haram raid on military

Chad has deployed troops to boost security after Boko Haram militants killed 92 soldiers and wounded 47 more in the deadliest attack ever on the country’s military. The soldiers were attacked on Monday on the island village of Boma in the swampy Lake Chad zone in the west of the country, where the armies of […]

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Coronavirus rundown: New cases, flurry of restrictions, fear of escalation

Zimbabwe’s public hospital doctors and nurses went on strike Wednesday over a lack of protective gear as the coronavirus begins to spread in a country whose health system has almost collapsed. It’s the latest blow to a nation where some patients’ families are asked to provide such basics as gloves and clean water. “Right now […]

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Kenya police enforcing coronavirus restrictions on transport, markets

Kenya police fired tear gas to bring an end to the activities of local ‘Matatu’ commercial transport drivers. It is feared that the use of these minibuses will help spread the COVID-19 infection. Police are also stopping markets from taking place and telling traders to stay at home. The measures are part of government restriction […]

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Coronavirus combat: Ethiopia to free over 4,000 prisoners

Ethiopia has announced it would free thousands of inmates from the country’s overcrowded prisons as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Attorney General Adanech Abebe told state media the measure would apply to more than 4,000 prisoners, many of whom are locked up for petty crimes and drug offences or have […]

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Al-Shabaab attack in Mogadishu claims two lives

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has walked into a tea shop in Somalia’s capital and detonated, killing at least two people. Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the bomber, posing as a pedestrian, entered the shop and detonated his vest among the crowd. Wednesday’s blast in Mogadishu was the first since the country confirmed […]

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How terrorists killed 70 Nigerian soldiers in restive northeast

At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by terrorists in the restive northeast, military and security sources said on Tuesday. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry carrying troops as it travelled near Gorgi village in Borno state on Monday, two military officers told AFP without giving their names. […]

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Eritrea’s coronavirus cases hits four, all commercial flights banned

March 25, 2020: Eritrea cases up to four, commercial flights banned 1. Three passengers who arrived in Asmara from Dubai with flight Air Arebi on Saturday 23 March at 5:00 a.m. LT, were diagnosed positive for COVID-19, today. All three passengers are Eritrean nationals resident in the country. This puts the total number of infected […]

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