Uganda partially eases tight COVID-19 lockdown measures

31 July 2021, 11:45 AM
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday partially eased a tight lockdown imposed 42 days ago to help stem a raging second wave of COVID-19, including re-opening some markets and shopping centres in towns.
WHO sets 30 percent vaccination target for Africa by end 2021 30 July 2021, 7:59 PM

The World Health Organisation says more focus should be directed to the African continent to ensure that more than 30 per cent of the population is vaccinated by the end of this year.

Kenya suspends public gatherings to curb COVID-19 spread 30 July 2021, 3:11 PM

Kenya's health minister Mutahi Kagwe says government has suspended all in-person meetings and public gatherings country wide to try to contain COVID-19.

Stretched Senegalese hospitals overwhelmed by third COVID wave 30 July 2021, 10:00 AM

Idrissa Lo rushed back to Senegal from the United States when family members started falling sick with COVID-19 and dying.

World Health Organisation warns against complacency in countries recording low COVID-19 infections 29 July 2021, 3:44 PM

The World Health Organisation has warned that countries should not be complacent with the record of low COVID-19 infection numbers.

Tanzanian president launches COVID-19 vaccination drive, urges citizens to get their shots 28 July 2021, 7:15 PM

Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan and other government officials received their COVID-19 vaccine at the launch of the country's inoculation campaign.

Nigeria expects 29 million doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccine in August 28 July 2021, 6:08 AM

 Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

Tanzania bans concerts, festivals in bid to contain spread of COVID-19 27 July 2021, 12:00 AM

The Tanzanian government has officially banned concerts, festivals, and unnecessary gatherings in a bid to contain the transmission of COVID-19. It has also directed everyone to use public transportation and social distance as the country tries to rein in a third wave of the virus.

Tanzania sets up COVID-19 testing centres in Arusha 26 July 2021, 12:50 PM

Tanzania has set up COVID-19 testing centres in the tourist city of Arusha in the north of the country. The new testing centres are expected to cater to tourists and residents in a region of the country that attracts visitors from across the globe.

Algeria reimposes restrictions on gatherings to stem coronavirus cases 26 July 2021, 2:11 AM

Algeria will reimpose restrictions on gatherings from Monday to cope with a rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus that has led to an increase in the number of patients, the prime minister’s office said.

Protests across Tunisia as COVID-19 surges and economy suffers 25 July 2021, 3:04 PM

 Hundreds of protesters rallied in the Tunisian capital and other cities on Sunday demanding the government step down after a spike in COVID-19 cases that has aggravated economic troubles.

Tunisia reports a daily record of 317 COVID-19 related deaths 24 July 2021, 2:02 PM

Tunisia recorded 317 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, a daily record since the start of the pandemic, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Uganda struggling to buy COVID-19 vaccines, splashes on new vehicles for lawmakers 23 July 2021, 4:25 PM

 Uganda has spent over $30.2 million on buying new vehicles for lawmakers, a move that has been slammed by critics who depict it as profligacy in a country struggling to buy vaccines to stem a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Africa demands local production of COVID vaccines 23 July 2021, 9:51 AM

Global pharmaceutical firms should license production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa rather than just do piecemeal contract deals, an African Union special envoy said on Thursday.

Algeria, Tunisia experiencing 4th COVID-19 wave: Nkengasong 22 July 2021, 12:15 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says Algeria and Tunisia are experiencing a 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ramaphosa welcomes Biovac-Pfizer collaboration as breakthrough in protection of African nations against COVID-19 21 July 2021, 6:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has  on Wednesday welcomed an announcement of a collaboration between South Africa’s Biovac Institute and the global pharmaceutical producer Pfizer as a breakthrough in the protection of African nations against COVID-19

Zimbabwe orders COVID-19 vaccination for all civil servants 21 July 2021, 12:41 PM

 Zimbabwe's government on Tuesday ordered that all its workers should receive a COVID-19 vaccine and only 10% of civil servants report for duty, with the rest working from home in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Senegal’s COVID-19 surge forces difficult Eid al-Adha decisions 20 July 2021, 5:22 PM

With COVID-19 cases surging across Senegal, Pape Gueye made the difficult decision to spend the first Eid al-Adha of his life apart from his 88-year-old mother.

Emergence of Delta COVID-19 variant has prompted Nigeria to put capital Abuja on high alert 19 July 2021, 9:34 PM

Nigeria has placed its capital Abuja and six other states on high alert following the emergence of the Delta variant of coronavirus infections in the country.

Nigeria puts six states on COVID-19 red alert 18 July 2021, 11:12 AM

Nigeria has put six states on red alert after seeing a "worrisome" rise in COVID-19 infections, a government official said, urging people to curb gatherings and hold prayers outside mosques during this week's Muslim festival Eid-el-Kabir.

Botswana to use other vaccines for second shots due to delay in delivery of AstraZeneca 17 July 2021, 6:41 PM

The ministry of health in Botswana says there has been a delay in the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country.

Africa needs fairness and vaccines to revive its tourism sector 17 July 2021, 11:14 AM

African countries need to get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines so they can start rebuilding their devastated tourism industries, Kenya's tourism minister said on Friday.

COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge 43% in a week 16 July 2021, 7:30 AM

The World Health Organization says Africa recorded a 43% jump in COVID-19 deaths last week. Infections and hospital admissions have risen and countries face shortages of oxygen and intensive-care beds.

Aid offers hope as Tunisia struggles to cope with COVID-19 surge 14 July 2021, 3:04 PM

In Charles Nicolle Hospital in the Tunisian capital, the emergency department is filled with patients who are sharing oxygen in rooms and even hallways.

Zimbabwe targets 1 million people in COVID-19 vaccine blitz 14 July 2021, 6:11 AM

Zimbabwe is aiming to vaccinate 1 million people against COVID-19 in the next two weeks, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Tuesday as he extended tough lockdown measures by another 14 days.

COVID-19 cripples crucial Kenya’s informal sector, drives more than 5 million people out of work 12 July 2021, 11:55 AM

More than five million people in Kenya's informal sector, the country's largest employer, have lost their jobs since March 2020 when Kenya first declared its first positive case of COVID-19 and instituted stringent measures to control its spread, according to the Federation of Kenya Employers.

Algerian PM infected with COVID-19: State TV 10 July 2021, 7:01 PM

Newly appointed Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane is infected with COVID-19, Algerian state TV said on Saturday.

Senegal to build COVID-19 vaccine plant in bid to expand African access 9 July 2021, 7:25 PM

Construction of a new plant in Senegal to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines is expected to begin later this year, and the facility should produce 25 million doses per month by the end of 2022, the financers of the project said on Friday.

Zimbabwe gets 2 million Sinovac doses to boost COVID-19 vaccination 9 July 2021, 7:39 AM

Zimbabwe received two million COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac on Thursday. It is the single largest shipment which is expected to boost a vaccination campaign that had been slowed by shortages while infections and deaths rise.

COVAX aims to deliver 520 mln vaccine doses to Africa this year 8 July 2021, 5:35 PM

The global vaccine distribution scheme COVAX aims to deliver 520 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa this year, its managing director said, with supplies ramping up from September after delays caused by Indian export restrictions.

Hotel occupancy in Egypt’s Red Sea resorts improve as COVID-19 restrictions eased 6 July 2021, 10:30 AM

Hotel occupancy rose to 35-40% in Egypt's Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada in the first six months of the year, from 20-23% a year earlier, a tourism official said on Tuesday.