Algeria urges discipline, says government able to counter coronavirus

1 April 2020, 9:27 PM
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday urged citizens to be “disciplined” to help overcome the coronavirus outbreak even as the number of cases and deaths rose.
World Bank approves delayed $500 million education loan to Tanzania 1 April 2020, 7:22 PM

The World Bank has approved a $500 million education loan to Tanzania after years of delays because of concerns about the country’s policy of banning pregnant students from public schools.

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Botswana President Masisi out of self-quarantine, tests negative for COVID-19 1 April 2020, 7:19 PM

News coming from Botswana is that president Mokgweetsi Masisi has been released from self-quarantine with immediate effect.

Ethiopia postpones August election due to coronavirus 1 April 2020, 11:27 AM

Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Botswana confirms its first coronavirus related death 1 April 2020, 6:41 AM

Botswana's first coronavirus-related death was a 79-year-old woman who reportedly travelled through South Africa and was placed in quarantine.

Africa’s biggest city Lagos locks down to defend against coronavirus 31 March 2020, 8:54 PM

Lagos, Africa’s largest city of at least 20 million people, ground to a halt on Tuesday as it and the Nigerian capital Abuja entered a two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia.
Botswana on 29 days lockdown 31 March 2020, 12:22 PM

Botswana's President, Mokgweetsi Masisi has declared a state of emergency and ordered the country to go into lockdown from Thursday.

Kenya projects confirmed COVID-19 cases might soar 31 March 2020, 9:56 AM

Kenya is projecting that its confirmed cases of COVID-19 might hit the ten-thousand mark by the end of next month.

Kenya to start producing protective gear as health workers battle with shortage 30 March 2020, 3:45 PM

As a global shortage of protective gear for health workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic continues, African countries are now looking for home-made solutions to continue saving lives.

Mali holds election despite coronavirus and insurgency 30 March 2020, 9:25 AM

Mali held its long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday despite an insurgency in its central and northern regions, concerns about coronavirus and the recent kidnapping of the main opposition leader.

Senegal’s graffiti artists join fight against coronavirus 30 March 2020, 8:14 AM

 The mural stretched over 10 metres of wall in Senegal’s seaside capital Dakar shows a giant pair of hands reaching out for sanitiser, and a woman in hoop earrings and a facemask colored blue, red, gold and green.

More coronavirus cases in Libya as fighting rages 30 March 2020, 12:20 AM

Artillery blasts shook Libya’s capital Tripoli on Sunday as fighting raged even as the nation confirmed five more cases of the coronavirus for a total of eight.

Nigeria tightens offshore oil rules after vessel workers get coronavirus 29 March 2020, 8:57 PM

Nigeria's petroleum regulator has ordered oil and gas companies to reduce their offshore workforce and move to 28-day staff rotations as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a circular seen by Reuters.

Nigeria imposes offshore oil worker restrictions in coronavirus battle 29 March 2020, 3:56 PM

Nigeria's petroleum regulator has ordered oil and gas companies to reduce their offshore workforce and move to 28-day staff rotations as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Moussa Faki Mahamat
AU Commission Chairperson remains in self-isolation, despite testing negative for COVID-19 29 March 2020, 2:20 AM

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat says although he has tested negative, he is self-isolating after a staff member at the AU Commission in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kinshasa backs down on lockdown after price hike 28 March 2020, 5:50 PM

The governor of Kinshasa backed down from a total lockdown of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) capital on Friday.

Zimbabwe orders total lockdown from Monday to combat coronavirus 28 March 2020, 7:25 AM

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.

Famously boisterous Nigerian mega-city Lagos adjusts to coronavirus lockdown 28 March 2020, 3:01 AM

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.

South African placed on mandatory quarantine in Kenya commits suicide 27 March 2020, 3:05 PM

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 reports 39 new coronavirus cases, three deaths 27 March 2020, 12:20 PM

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.

Africa’s window to contain coronavirus narrowing: WHO 26 March 2020, 8:36 PM

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.

Video: President Ramaphosa updates AU Bureau on coronavirus 26 March 2020, 4:35 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is updating the African Union as his capacity as chair on the continent's plans around the coronavirus outbreak. 

Nigerian army prepares for coronavirus lockdown, mass burials 26 March 2020, 1:35 AM

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.

IMF says coronavirus to hit sub-Saharan Africa’s growth hard 25 March 2020, 7:08 PM

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 kill 92 Chadian soldiers: President 25 March 2020, 5:11 PM

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.

Zimbabwe doctors strike 25 March 2020, 11:30 AM

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.

Botswana quarantines citizens travelling from SA 25 March 2020, 11:03 AM

The Botswana government has put under mandatory quarantine citizens who have recently returned to the country after travelling to South Africa.

Top 5 Credo Mutwa quotes 25 March 2020, 10:32 AM

The world is paying tribute to renowned traditional healer, Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa who died Wednesday, aged 98.

Zimbabwe confirms third case of coronavirus 25 March 2020, 12:00 AM

Zimbabwe has recorded another positive case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to three.

64 migrants die in the back of truck in Mozambique 24 March 2020, 9:07 PM

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.

AU scales down operations as coronavirus cases increase in Africa 24 March 2020, 8:46 PM

The African Union Commission has put measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.