Controlling COVID-19 will carry devastating economic cost for developing countries

7 June 2020, 6:42 AM
Many African countries quickly closed their borders and imposed lockdown. This meant that, until the beginning of May, no African country had more than 10 000 people affected, with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco or Algeria being the hardest hit.
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Central African Republic court rejects bid to extend President’s mandate 5 June 2020, 5:31 PM

Central African Republic’s constitutional court on Friday rejected changes to the constitution that would have allowed President Faustin-Archange Touadera to stay in power if an election in December is delayed due to the new coronavirus.

VIDEO | COVID-19 In Numbers: 5 June 2020 5 June 2020, 9:09 AM

This week, we look at the number of vaccines in development around the world; the number of sites and beds reserved for COVID-19 patients; the number of people affected by the use of tobacco globally; the amount of time given to the South African government to address lockdown regulations which have been found to be unconstitutional and invalid; and the number of people infected globally and in Africa.

Algeria to ease coronavirus restrictions on Sunday 4 June 2020, 11:32 PM

Algeria will resume some economic activities and allow a number of businesses to reopen from Sunday as part of a plan to end the coronavirus lockdown, the Prime Minister's office said on Thursday.

Kenya private sector up slightly in May, outlook poor: PMI 4 June 2020, 6:21 PM

Kenya’s private sector activity inched up in May after falling sharply a month earlier because of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, but conditions are expected to worsen in coming months, a survey showed on Thursday.

Tunisians emerge from lockdown into mosques and cafes 4 June 2020, 4:09 PM

Tunisians returned to mosques and cafes on Thursday as the country ended most lockdown restrictions after largely containing the spread of the novel coronavirus for now.

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Ugandan health workers say they lack vital equipment to fight COVID-19 4 June 2020, 7:59 AM

Ugandan medical workers say they lack adequate supplies of personal protective equipment for tackling COVID-19 and the risk of infection is making some reluctant to treat patients.

Coronavirus protests rock Senegal capital and holy city Touba 4 June 2020, 2:58 AM

Protestors in Dakar set tyres on fire and threw stones at security forces on Wednesday night during protests over a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed almost three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two more people infected with Ebola in new Congo outbreak, WHO says 4 June 2020, 12:47 AM

The Ebola virus has infected two more people in Equateur province in western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and spread to a new area 150 km (93 miles) away from the original six cases, the World Heath Organization said on Wednesday.

What Kenya must look out for before easing COVID-19 restrictions 3 June 2020, 2:57 PM

Kenya’s initial response to COVID-19 was highly praised as effective in suppressing the spread of infections. There is cautious optimism as the country prepares for reopening of schools and economy due to a daily spike in cases and fatalities, writes Dr. Mark Nanyingi of the University of Liverpool.

Africa CDC gives update on coronavirus 3 June 2020, 2:41 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention virtual meeting on the latest regarding the continent's tackling of the coronavirus.

WHO calls on African countries to be cautious when easing lockdown restrictions 3 June 2020, 11:29 AM

The World Health Organisation has called on African countries to be cautious when they ease lockdown measures.

BIO Africa Convention to focus on COVID-19 3 June 2020, 10:06 AM

The BIO Africa Convention will be held from Wednesday with the World Health Organisation to discuss how the continent is responding to COVID-19.

Zimbabwe tightens coronavirus lockdown in capital Harare 2 June 2020, 5:00 PM

Zimbabwean troops and police on Tuesday tightened the coronavirus lockdown in the capital Harare, blocking many cars and buses from entering the central business district as cases of infections increased.

Uganda to lose $1.6 bln in tourism earnings as a result of COVID-19 2 June 2020, 4:00 PM

Uganda will lose $1.6 billion a year in earnings from tourism as visitors stay away due to the impact of the coronavirus, President Yoweri Museveni said.

Senegal postpones school restart after teachers test positive for coronavirus 2 June 2020, 2:44 PM

Senegal has postponed the restart of schools until further notice after several teachers tested positive for the new coronavirus, the education ministry said late on Monday.

Dubious remedies will not decolonise Africa 2 June 2020, 12:48 PM

So-called African solutions that are often uncritically accepted as ‘good’ do nothing for the continent, writes William Gumede.

DRC hit by second Ebola outbreak amid COVID-19 battle 2 June 2020, 12:48 PM

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say there's been a new Ebola outbreak in the western city of Mbandaka.

Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on June 27 2 June 2020, 10:20 AM

Tunisia will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27, authorities said on Monday, in hopes of rescuing its tourism industry as the coronavirus pandemic comes under control.

Egypt tweaks curfew hours as coronavirus cases surge 1 June 2020, 7:31 PM

Egypt shortened a night curfew by one hour on Sunday as it recorded new highs in the daily increases in novel coronavirus cases and deaths.

Namibia shuts harbour town airport after two coronavirus infections 1 June 2020, 5:02 PM

The airport in the Namibian harbour town of Walvis Bay has closed after two residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the economic hub went into lockdown.

Malawians being repatriated from SA left stranded 1 June 2020, 2:21 PM

Reports from the Malawian border with Mozambique, say over nine buses ferrying Malawian repatriates from South Africa, has crossed the Mozambique side of the border into Malawi, but are now stranded in no-man's land.

Rwanda reports its first death from the new coronavirus 31 May 2020, 9:00 PM

Rwanda's ministry of health on Sunday reported the East African nation's first death caused by the new coronavirus.

SA to launch procurement platform to service Africa as it battles COVID-19 31 May 2020, 6:39 PM

The South African government is set to launch a procurement platform to service the entire Africa as the continent battles the coronavirus pandemic.

FEATURE: Other ways to keep yourself entertained during lockdown 31 May 2020, 11:42 AM

In this weekly feature, COVID Tech, Digital News producer Tshepiso Moche, covers tech innovations related to COVID-19 and lockdown. In this edition, as the continent celebrates Africa Month, we look at four apps that best reflect her uniqueness, among them African delicacies as well as African music.

Ethiopia passes supplementary budget to help absorb virus impact 31 May 2020, 4:37 AM

Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday approved a supplementary budget worth 48.56 billion  for the financial year ending July to help the economy weather the impact from the novel coronavirus.

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Rwandan medical workers deploy robots to minimise coronavirus risk 31 May 2020, 3:41 AM

At the Kanyinya COVID-19 treatment facility a short distance from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, Akazuba, Ikizere and Ngabo report for duty, but these are no ordinary health care workers.

Botswana to help repatriate citizens stranded abroad 31 May 2020, 1:36 AM

Botswana will help repatriate citizens stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, with more than 100 due to arrive on Wednesday from Ethiopia, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Saturday. Botswana ended a 48-day lockdown a week ago, allowing businesses and schools to reopen under strict conditions but its borders are still closed with only returning citizens […]

VIDEO: Discussion on South Africa’s Foreign Policy 30 May 2020, 3:55 PM

The Institute of Foreign Affairs and the UJ Centre for Africa China Studies, in collaboration with the UJ Library, are hosting a virtual summit to discuss South African Foreign Policy amid COVID-19 National and Continental Priorities.

Coronavirus screening at borders slow down food deliveries in East Africa 30 May 2020, 10:58 AM

Bottlenecks at borders as government screen lorry drivers to contain the new coronavirus are putting the delivery of vital food supplies in East Africa at risk, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Friday.

Egypt confirms new daily record of 1 289 new coronavirus cases 30 May 2020, 12:33 AM

Egypt registered 1 289 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths, the Health Ministry said on Friday, marking another record of daily increases on both counts despite stricter curfew rules.