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.
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Zimbabwe confirms first coronavirus case 21 March 2020, 7:41 AM

Zimbabwe has reported its first confirmed case of the novel corona virus.

Africa Centres for Disease Control cautions against discrimination amid COVID-19 20 March 2020, 8:06 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has cautioned the continent against discrimination during this COVID-19 period.

Developed countries urged to assist vulnerable nations combat coronavirus 20 March 2020, 6:58 AM

The UN Secretary-General has urged developed countries, particularly the G20, to step in and assist more vulnerable nations to stop the likely spread of COVID-19, particularly in Africa.

Morocco makes dozen arrests over coronavirus fake news 19 March 2020, 4:05 PM

Moroccan police have arrested at least a dozen people for spreading rumors about the coronavirus, authorities said on Thursday, including a woman who used her YouTube channel to say the disease did not exist.

Kenya puts stringent measures in place to limit movement 19 March 2020, 3:42 PM

Kenya, like many other African countries, has put in place stringent measures to limit movement in and out the country.

Billionaire Jack Ma’s foundation donates masks, test kits to African countries 19 March 2020, 8:47 AM

Africa is receiving assistance in the form of medical gear to help it combat the spread of COVID-19.

Nigeria bans entry to arrivals from 13 countries to combat coronavirus 18 March 2020, 11:00 PM

Nigeria will from Saturday ban entry to arrivals from 13 of the countries worst affected by the coronavirus epidemic, the Minister of Interior said on Wednesday.

Djibouti confirms its first case of coronavirus: Health ministry 18 March 2020, 2:32 PM

The ministry said the case was from a Spanish national who was part of a 32-member Spanish special forces unit that arrived in the East African nation on March 14 and who tested positive on March 17.

Kenya records fourth positive coronavirus case 17 March 2020, 9:07 PM

Kenya has confirmed its fourth positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Egypt, Algeria to halt flights from Thursday to stem spread of coronavirus 17 March 2020, 10:51 AM

Egypt will halt all air traffic at its airports from Thursday until 31 March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said.

Mozambique queried $535 million loan guarantee, VTB says in court filing 16 March 2020, 9:26 PM

Mozambique has "implicitly suggested" that a government guarantee on a $535 million loan might not be valid, state-run Russian bank VTB , which lent most of the money, said in a London court filing.

Lagos gas blast kills 15, destroys several buildings 16 March 2020, 5:00 AM

An explosion at a gas processing plant on Sunday killed at least 15 people and destroyed about 50 buildings after a fire broke out in a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, emergency services said.

Schooling suspended In Kenya due to COVID-19 15 March 2020, 9:08 PM

Kenya has announced that schooling has been suspended with effect from Monday to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Equatorial Guinea reports first coronavirus case: Health Ministry 15 March 2020, 9:07 PM

Equatorial Guinea has reported its first case of COVID-19, the health ministry said in a statement, bringing the number of African countries directly affected by coronavirus to 26.

France scrambles to repatriate citizens as Morocco stops flights over coronavirus 15 March 2020, 7:28 AM

French authorities were on Saturday trying to arrange emergency flights from Morocco to bring back dozens of French nationals who were unable to leave after the North African nation suspended flights to European countries over coronavirus fears.

Four more African nations confirm coronavirus, new controls put in place 15 March 2020, 2:00 AM

Mauritania, Rwanda, Seychelles and Central African Republic confirmed their first coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing to 23 the number of African countries that have reported positive tests for the virus.

Namibia reports first two cases of coronavirus, imposes travel ban 14 March 2020, 5:47 PM

Namibia is the latest in a growing list of sub-Saharan African countries to report their first cases of coronavirus.

Congo health authorities stumble with first coronavirus case confusion 14 March 2020, 2:28 PM

 When Congo announced its first coronavirus case, all the details from the health ministry about the patient were wrong, drawing a rebuke from the president and highlighting the challenges the huge African country will face if the virus spreads.

Eswatini reports first coronavirus case 14 March 2020, 6:34 AM

Eswatini, a small, landlocked Southern African country, reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus, the Minister of Health said in a statement on Saturday.

Kenya, Ethiopia join expanding list of African states with coronavirus 14 March 2020, 3:05 AM

Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Guinea and Mauritania all confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, giving the disease a foothold in 19 countries on the African continent.

Travel bans due to coronavirus will not be effective in Africa: WHO 13 March 2020, 9:34 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa says travel ban due to the coronavirus pandemic will not be effective because of the porous borders between African countries.

Kenya, Ethiopia confirm their first coronavirus cases 13 March 2020, 5:03 PM

Kenya and Ethiopia confirmed their first cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, a woman who had returned to Nairobi from the United States and a Japanese national in Addis Ababa.

Ghana, Gabon confirm first cases of coronavirus 13 March 2020, 3:52 AM

Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first cases of coronavirus on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases.

Kenya bars athletes from global travel over coronavirus worries 12 March 2020, 9:46 PM

Kenya’s athletics authority said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from travelling to international events due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

Rwanda keeping coronavirus at bay with campaign of public handwashing 12 March 2020, 7:24 PM

Rwanda is guarding against the spread of coronavirus by flooding its capital with portable sinks for hand-washing at bus stops, restaurants, banks and shops across the capital Kigali.

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Algeria President orders shut down of schools and universities amid COVID 19 spread 12 March 2020, 5:25 PM

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has ordered schools and universities to close until April 5 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported on Thursday, after the country's first registered death from the disease.

Egypt’s confirmed coronavirus cases increase to 67 12 March 2020, 10:45 AM

Egypt has registered seven new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 67, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa commits to ensuring economic inclusion of SA women 12 March 2020, 4:22 AM

South Africa's women are less likely to own a business, be employed or promoted in the workplace

Somalis allege US air strike killed six civilians 11 March 2020, 8:32 PM

A US airstrike aimed at Somali Islamist militants killed six civilians instead, a lawmaker and relative of one victim said on Wednesday, raising further questions about the extent of civilian casualties from US military operations.

East African Community suspends all international conferences indefinitely 11 March 2020, 2:53 PM

The East African Community's (EAC) Secretariat has suspended indefinitely all international conferences and meetings in its headquarters in Tanzania, with delegates from countries at high risk of COVID-19.