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S. Africa shelves ”Freedom Day” celebration to test for COVID-19

South Africans did not mark a national freedom day celebration on Monday. Rather, people were tested for signs of COVID-19 in the densely populated Alexandra township under lockdown. April 27, was a day to commemorate the first post-apartheid elections in 1994. ‘‘The community of Alexandra are very vulnerable because they stay on top to each […]

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Egypt extends state of emergency for three months

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday ordered the renewal for three months of a long-running state of emergency, citing health as well as security concerns. Egypt has been under a state of emergency since April 2017, when twin church bombings claimed by an Islamic State (ISIS) group affiliate killed dozens of people. The new […]

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Libya’s Tripoli government denounces latest ‘coup’ by Khalifa Haftar

The Tripoli-based Government of National Unity (GNA) on Tuesday denounced an umpteenth “coup” by its rival, East Libyan strongman, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who had assured the day before that he had obtained the “people’s mandate” to govern the country. In a brief speech Monday evening, Haftar announced that the general command of his self-proclaimed “army” […]

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US acknowledges killing civilians in 2019 airstrike in Somalia

The United States said on Monday it had killed two civilians and injured three in an air strike in Somalia early last year, in a rare acknowledgement of civilian casualties from U.S. Africa Command military operations in the Horn of Africa country. The deaths were mentioned in a debut quarterly assessment report by AFRICOM on […]

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Uganda’s Bobi Wine accuses police of torturing ally mp

Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine accused the police on Monday of torturing and blinding one of his allies, shortly before the lawmaker, detained over coronavirus social distancing rules, was brought to court on a stretcher. Wine, a pop star whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, is seeking to oust aging leader Yoweri Museveni, 75, […]

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Algeria extends lockdown measures until May 14

Algeria on Monday extended until 14 May the containment measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, after authorising the reopening of some businesses during the Ramadan period. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad has “renewed for an additional period of 15 days, namely from 30 April to 14 May, the current containment measures as well […]

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Algeria extends lockdown measures until May 14

Algeria on Monday extended until 14 May the containment measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, after authorising the reopening of some businesses during the Ramadan period. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad has “renewed for an additional period of 15 days, namely from 30 April to 14 May, the current containment measures as well […]

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Gabon relaxes confinement measures in Libreville

The total confinement of Gabon’s capital, Libreville, and three bordering communes, put in place two weeks ago to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, will be relaxed, the Prime Minister announced on Monday. This small central African country officially has only 176 cases of Covid-19 positive patients, including three deaths, for some 2 million […]

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Gabon relaxes confinement measures in Libreville

The total confinement of Gabon’s capital, Libreville, and three bordering communes, put in place two weeks ago to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, will be relaxed, the Prime Minister announced on Monday. This small central African country officially has only 176 cases of Covid-19 positive patients, including three deaths, for some 2 million […]

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Nigeria relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday evening a gradual deconfinement in Africa’s most populous country from 4 May, but will impose a night curfew and the wearing of masks. “I have decided to put in place gradual deconfinement measures,” he said in a much-anticipated television address. “We will implement a curfew between 8 p.m. and […]

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Construction workers riot in Lagos over Covid-19 lockdown

Dozens of workers at a construction site, including that of the refinery built by Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, revolted on Monday against the containment measures in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria. “The employees rose up to protest against the containment measures because they want to return to work,” Bala Elkana, a spokesman for […]

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Algeria’s ‘Hirak’ protest leader to face court on June 1

Algeria’s symbolic figure of the Hirak protest, Karim Tabbou is to face court on June 1, one of his lawyers, Me Mustapha Bouchachi told AFP. His trial was postponed on Monday April 27 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Bouchachi said ‘‘In this case, Karim Tabbou did not commit an offense punishable by Algerian law. […]

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DRC: Nearly 25,000 children to be vaccinated against measles

Local authorities in Beni in North Kivu, eastern DRC, launched a major measles vaccination campaign on Monday, according to Congolese media reports. More than 25,000 children in the health zones of Kasabinyole, Kanzulinzuli, Madrandele, Tuungane and Malepe will benefit from the this campaign, which will end this weekend, according to Dr. Frank Fikiri, chief doctor […]

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4 days of armed conflict in eastern DRC kills 43

*The death toll in the ongoing armed conflicts in two unstable provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since Friday is 43 dead, AFP said Monday from administrative and military sources. On Friday, “assailants with knives and guns killed 21 people, all civilians” in Mahagi territory, Gilbert Tsale, assistant administrator of this entity in the […]

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Campaigning starts in Burundi ahead of May 20 polls.

The campaign for the 20 May presidential, legislative and municipal elections in Burundi began on Monday, in a climate of mistrust towards the government for its management of the new coronavirus epidemic and repression of the opposition. The campaign will last until 17 May, according to a presidential decree. It begins at 06H00 (04H00 GMT) […]

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Guinea’s COVID-19 cases pass 1000, with 7 deaths

Guinea crossed the symbolic mark of 1,000 cases of the new coronavirus on Sunday, where the Covid-19 disease is progressing rapidly despite the introduction of a curfew and the compulsory wearing of masks, the health authorities said. “We have registered 98 new cases for today alone (Sunday), which makes a total of 1,094 positive cases […]

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Escapee delays countdown to Ebola epidemic in the DRC

The latest Ebola patient was discharged from hospital on Sunday in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where authorities are searching for another patient who has escaped, delaying the end of the epidemic. A seven-year-old girl was discharged on Sunday from the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Beni, where she was admitted on 13 April, […]

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COVID-19: Lagos governor makes mask wearing compulsory

*The governor of Lagos State, the economic capital of Nigeria, has made the wearing of masks compulsory to fight against the coronavirus, his spokesman told AFP on Sunday. “Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu proclaimed the wearing of masks compulsory in the state” of the 20 million inhabitants megalopolis, spokesman Gboyega Akosile told AFP. Lagos, the neighbouring state […]

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Nigeria Red Cross donates relief items to the vulnerable

In Nigeria, the Red Cross in Lagos has distributed relief items to vulnerable people reeling under pressure over lockdown. The Makoko community is one of the hardest hit as the city observes the lockdown to help curtail spread of the coronavirus. Adebola Kolawole is the Branch Chairperson of Nigeria Red Cross. She told the Associated […]

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Somalians protest over fatal police shooting to enforce lockdown

Tensions flared in Somalia over the weekend, causing angry protesters to burn tires and demand justice. Confinements and travel restrictions against the coronavirus are proving extremely difficult to enforce. Residents are giving security officers a hard time. And the reactions from security forces have infuriated the population who are opposed to preventive measures against the […]

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S. Africa receives Cuban medics to help treat COVID-19 patients

South Africa on Sunday received a medical team from Cuba to help health officials treat COVID-19 patients. The 217 health care professionals include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and technical experts. “It’s really something great, the feeling for what is being done to help other countries with fewer resources deal with this pandemic is hard to describe, […]

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Kenya hopes to test 250,000 people for COVID-19 by June

Kenyan laboratories on the front line in the fight against coronavirus are stepping up their preparedness. At the Kemri Medical Research Institute in the capital Nairobi, researchers are tracking the virus with a range of newer equipment. They are preparing samples in machines capable of testing several thousand people in a day. We try our […]

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At least 18 killed, several injured in DRC’s Virunga Park

At least 18 people are dead and several injured in an attack in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The ambush took place on Friday at the UNESCO World Heritage site in the east of the country. According to the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, at least 13 park guards were killed […]

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S. African treatment centre intensify battle against COVID-19

In South Africa, provision has been made at a treatment centre for those infected by the coronavirus. At a visit to a COVID-19 treatment centre in Johannesburg Friday, president Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his satisfaction with the level of preparedness. “The country now needs to get very well prepared, because we are going to be reaching […]

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South Africa coronavirus: Record one-day test, prez mocks ‘mask mishap’

South Africa has become a COVID-19 model for the continent in many ways since it confirmed its index case on 5th March, 2020. From the area of testing through to record number of recoveries, South Africa has been praised for pro-activeness in combating the virus. The economic intervention measures rolled out by President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

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ECOWAS affirms election of Guinea-Bissau president

Months after Guinea-Bissau’s disputed presidential election, leaders in the West Africa bloc, ECOWAS, have acknowledged the victory of Umaro Sissoco Embalo. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Economic Community of West African States said the decision followed “a thorough analysis of the political situation in the country.” The development signifies a diplomatic victory for […]

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COVID-19: Worst humanitarian crisis since WWII looms – WFP

World Food Program, WFP, the U.N. food agency has warned that the world is “on the brink of a hunger pandemic,” as it struggles to contain COVID-19. WFP Executive Director David Beasley told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that “2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.” “ 821 million […]

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In Guinea-Bissau, mixed reaction to coronavirus measures

Despite the risk posed by COVID-19, inhabitants of Guinea Bissau capital Bissau show mixed levels of concern with regard to social distancing measures. At the capital’s main markets, some efforts have been made to raise awareness about the potential for contamination in the country of about 1,800,000 inhabitants. The challenges are however plain as Ligan […]

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