Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public

4 July 2020, 9:06 AM
When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.
Rwanda’s COVID-19 pool testing: a savvy option where there’s low viral prevalence 4 July 2020, 7:48 AM

Many countries in East Africa have turned to contact tracing and carrying out COVID-19 tests on thousands of individuals as a way of monitoring and trying to limit transmissions of the new coronavirus. In Rwanda, they have been investigating how they can scale up testing significantly. But instead of testing every person – which would require millions of tests – they have turned to a different strategy: pooled testing. Leon Mutesa explains to Moina Spooner, from The Conversation Africa, how this works.

‘Black Lives Matter’ movement stirs Ghanaian artist in COVID-19 limbo 3 July 2020, 7:26 PM

A tear slipped down the cheek of Ghanaian-German artist Zohra Opoku as she recalled how the global Black Lives Matter had kindled her pain and anger while she was stranded away from home due to coronavirus lockdowns.

Angolan app gives performers a lifeline – streaming to paying public 3 July 2020, 7:01 PM

When the Angolan government imposed its coronavirus lockdown in late March, local entrepreneur and innovator Claudio Kiala saw a gap in the market when it came to virtual entertainment.

Ghana minister resigns after breaching coronavirus measures 3 July 2020, 4:48 PM

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah has resigned for violating coronavirus self-isolation measures after testing positive for the virus, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Friday.

Nigeria to restart domestic flights July 8 in easing of coronavirus curbs 2 July 2020, 7:19 PM

Nigeria will resume domestic flights from July 8, the government said on Wednesday, as Africa’s most populous country relaxes novel coronavirus restrictions despite mounting cases and deaths.

Africa does not have manifold undetected coronavirus infections: WHO 2 July 2020, 2:20 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not think there are manifold undetected coronavirus infections in Africa with people dying unreported, the regional director of the organisation said on Thursday.

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia.
President Masisi goes into precautionary quarantine 2 July 2020, 1:41 PM

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into precautionary quarantine again after one of his close aids tested positive for the coronavirus.

In break with predecessor, Burundi’s president vows to tackle coronavirus 1 July 2020, 9:19 PM

Burundi’s new president, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has promised steps to combat the spread of COVID-19, a shift from the stance of his late predecessor who dismissed the danger posed by the novel coronavirus.

Report outlines human rights violations in Kenya during COVID-19 containment 1 July 2020, 11:33 AM

Police in Kenya have reportedly killed ten people and used "excessive, arbitrary and unjustified force" while enforcing measures put in place by government in March to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Nigeria to ease COVID-19 curbs on inter-state travel and students 30 June 2020, 6:22 PM

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions.

Overview of COVID-19 in Africa with WHO’s Dr Mary Stephen 30 June 2020, 4:44 PM

The African continent has registered close to 10 000 deaths from COVID-19 complications. According to the World Health Organisation Africa Region, the confirmed cases on the continent is more than 290 000 with just over 149 000 recoveries.

Kenya’s tourism industry hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic 30 June 2020, 9:09 AM

Kenya has lost 800 million US dollars in tourism revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, the country's tourism.

Senegal lifts COVID-19 state of emergency to protect economy 30 June 2020, 6:39 AM

Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday said he had decided to lift a state of emergency over COVID-19 to support the struggling economy.

COVID-19, Africa’s conservation and trophy hunting dilemma 29 June 2020, 3:01 PM

Wildlife conservation hasn’t escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely due to the fact that tourism funding, which supports the conservation of wide swaths of Africa and some 23 million livelihoods, has all but dried up.

World agencies step in as pandemic poverty hits artisanal miners 26 June 2020, 4:52 PM

From a $15 million World Bank fund to an experimental gold-buying project in Burkina Faso, development agencies are delivering financial aid to subsistence miners the COVID-19 pandemic has impoverished.

Namibia’s COVID-19 cases increase 26 June 2020, 10:01 AM

Namibia COVID-19 cases increased from 32 to 90 in a week after a quiet period of about 45 days without a case.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 outbreak could impoverish 5 million people: World Bank 25 June 2020, 4:33 PM

Nigeria’s coronavirus outbreak may push 5 million people into poverty as it triggers the worst recession in the African powerhouse since the 1980s, the World Bank said on Thursday.

Senegal president self-quarantines after contact with COVID-19 case 25 June 2020, 12:21 PM

Senegalese President Macky Sall is quarantining for two weeks after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, state television said on Thursday.

Women, babies at risk as COVID-19 disrupts health services, World Bank warns 24 June 2020, 9:31 PM

Millions of women and children in poor countries are at risk because the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting health services they rely on, from neonatal and maternity care to immunisations and contraception, a World Bank global health expert has warned.

All African countries now have coronavirus lab testing capacity: WHO chief 24 June 2020, 3:31 PM

All African countries have now developed laboratory capacity to test for the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa laments rising cases of coronavirus in Africa 24 June 2020, 3:10 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union, says the continent is already seeing rising cases of the coronavirus despite it being in the early stages of the pandemic.

Namibia further relaxes coronavirus restrictions despite rising cases 24 June 2020, 12:14 PM

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Monday announced a further easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown to boost economic activity, despite a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The coping mechanisms the DRC is putting in place as it faces Ebola, measles and COVID-19 24 June 2020, 9:11 AM

Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th. Now the DRC is facing the COVID-19 pandemic, with 4,637 confirmed cases and 101 deaths as at 13 June 2020.

Zambia approves $438 million COVID-19 economic stimulus package 23 June 2020, 5:06 PM

Zambia’s cabinet approved a 8 billion kwacha ($439 million) economic stimulus package financed through a COVID-19 bond in an effort to alleviate the pandemic’s impact, the presidency said on Tuesday.

Egypt to ease coronavirus restrictions from end of week 23 June 2020, 1:55 PM

Egypt will reopen restaurants, cafes, and places of worship from the end of the week but will keep some restrictions in place to try to limit crowding, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

Morocco to resume domestic flights starting on Thursday 22 June 2020, 12:04 PM

Morocco will resume domestic flights starting June 25, the state news agency said on Sunday, citing the ministry of tourism, air transport, handicrafts and social economy.

Zimbabwe’s Health Minister released on bail 21 June 2020, 12:01 PM

Zimbabwe's Health Minister has been released from custody after being granted 50-thousand Zimbabwean Dollars bail by a Harare Magistrate.

Doctors in Ethiopia want special attention given to women amid COVID-19 pandemic 20 June 2020, 6:29 AM

Ethiopian doctors want their government to give special attention to the challenges of women during the COVID-19 pandemic. They say cases of abuse are on the rise in parts of the country.

Zambia mining revenues drop 30% due to COVID-19, Chamber of Mines says 19 June 2020, 8:09 PM

Mining companies in Zambia, Africa’s No.2 copper producer, have suffered a 30% drop in revenue over the three months to April due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout could last for at least 12 months, the Chamber of Mines said.

Zimbabwe Health Minister arrested over COVID-19 corruption allegations 19 June 2020, 7:50 PM

It has been confirmed that Zimbabwe's Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, has been arrested over COVID 19 corruption allegations.