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.
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.
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’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 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.
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.
Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has gone into precautionary quarantine again after one of his close aids tested positive for the coronavirus.
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.
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 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.
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 has lost 800 million US dollars in tourism revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, the country's tourism.
Senegalese President Macky Sall on Monday said he had decided to lift a state of emergency over COVID-19 to support the struggling economy.
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.
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 COVID-19 cases increased from 32 to 90 in a week after a quiet period of about 45 days without a case.
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.
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.
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 have now developed laboratory capacity to test for the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
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’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.
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’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 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 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 has been released from custody after being granted 50-thousand Zimbabwean Dollars bail by a Harare Magistrate.
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.
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.
It has been confirmed that Zimbabwe's Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, has been arrested over COVID 19 corruption allegations.