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.

Kenya records 9 more coronavirus cases, Ethiopia closes borders 24 March 2020, 7:50 PM

Kenya has confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19, Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe announced on Tuesday.

Nigerian president’s top aide tests positive for coronavirus: source 24 March 2020, 5:04 PM

The Nigerian president’s chief of staff has tested positive for coronavirus, a source with direct knowledge said.

Ivory Coast, Senegal declare emergencies, impose curfews in coronavirus response 24 March 2020, 12:48 AM

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 shuts borders to slow spread of coronavirus 23 March 2020, 7:39 PM

Ethiopia has closed its land borders in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Zimbabwe confirms first coronavirus death 23 March 2020, 3:49 PM

Zimbabwe has recorded its first coronavirus death. One of the two confirmed cases in the country, Zororo Makamba, has died in hospital.

Botswana President in 14-days self-isolation after visiting Namibia 23 March 2020, 6:08 AM

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia this weekend.

Kenya confirms eight more coronavirus cases 22 March 2020, 10:28 PM

Kenya has confirmed eight more coronavirus cases in the country, bringing the total to 15.

Coronavirus medical supplies donated by Alibaba’s Jack Ma arrive in Ethiopia 22 March 2020, 5:31 PM

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.

Jack Ma Foundation delivers medical supplies to Africa to aid coronavirus pandemic 22 March 2020, 3:19 PM

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, Eswatini confirm more cases of COVID-19 22 March 2020, 10:54 AM

Nigeria has four more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the country's total to 26.

Four Burkina Faso ministers have coronavirus as cases rise to 64 22 March 2020, 3:00 AM

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.

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Libyan National Army follows Tripoli in backing call for pandemic truce 21 March 2020, 8:01 PM

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 shuts mosques and churches over coronavirus fears 21 March 2020, 4:01 PM

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 confirms second coronavirus case 21 March 2020, 3:15 PM

Zimbabwe has confirmed its second case of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The man from Harare had recently travelled to New York in the US.

Passengers take last flights out of Senegal before coronavirus lockdown 21 March 2020, 1:35 PM

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.