Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus and security forces may be deployed to enforce it, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.
Fear of the coronavirus has induced an extraordinary calm in Lagos, Nigeria’s famously boisterous mega-city where streets known for miles of gridlock have emptied of traffic and eateries serving takeaways are almost the only shops open.
A 27-year-old South African woman, who had been placed on a 14-day mandatory coronavirus quarantine in Kenya, appears to have committed suicide in her room.
Egypt reported 39 new coronavirus cases and three deaths, the health ministry said in a statement, bringing the total number of infections to 495 including 24 fatalities.
About half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa still have a “narrowing” opportunity to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local population, the regional head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is updating the African Union as his capacity as chair on the continent's plans around the coronavirus outbreak.
The Nigerian Army is preparing to forcibly transfer the sick to hospital and enforce curbs on movement to try to shield the country from the coronavirus, and is leasing equipment for "possible mass burial", according to an army memo seen by Reuters.
The spread of the coronavirus into sub-Saharan Africa will hit the region’s economic growth hard, with direct disruptions to people’s livelihoods, tighter financial conditions, reduced trade and investment and a steep drop in commodity prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.
Boko Haram militants killed 92 Chadian soldiers and wounded 47 more in the deadliest attack ever on the country’s military, President Idriss Deby said late on Tuesday.
The Zimbabwean government has been dealt a blow after doctors at the Harare Central Hospital withdraw their labour in the amidst of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Botswana government has put under mandatory quarantine citizens who have recently returned to the country after travelling to South Africa.
The world is paying tribute to renowned traditional healer, Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa who died Wednesday, aged 98.
Zimbabwe has recorded another positive case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to three.
Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia have been found dead in a container attached to a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and the police said on Tuesday.
The African Union Commission has put measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Kenya has confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19, Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe announced on Tuesday.
The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge said.
The presidents of Ivory Coast and Senegal, two of West Africa's largest economies, declared states of emergency on Monday, imposing curfews and travel restrictions on their populations in response to accelerating coronavirus outbreaks.
Ethiopia has closed its land borders in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Zimbabwe has recorded its first coronavirus death. One of the two confirmed cases in the country, Zororo Makamba, has died in hospital.
The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia this weekend.
Kenya has confirmed eight more coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total to 15.
The first batch of protective and medical equipment donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma was flown into the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in Africa rose above 1,100.
The Jack Ma Foundation has delivered part of its promised assistance of medical supplies to Africa to assist the continent to combat COVID-19.
Nigeria has four more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the country's total to 26.
Four government ministers in Burkina Faso have tested positive for the coronavirus, a government spokesperson said on Saturday, as the number of reported cases rose to 64 from 40, the highest in West Africa.
Libya's eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) on Saturday followed the Tripoli-based government in welcoming a call for a pause infighting to allow the country to focus on the danger from the coronavirus.
Egypt on Saturday ordered its mosques and churches to shut their doors to worshippers in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, after calls for the government to follow other neighbouring Muslim countries.
Zimbabwe has confirmed its second case of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The man from Harare had recently travelled to New York in the US.
Foreign nationals packed Senegal's Blaise Diagne airport on Friday evening to board the last international flights out before their total suspension to slow down the spread of coronavirus.