Zimbabwean businesswoman’s COVID-19 relief kitchen reopens

23 May 2020, 11:20 AM
After shutting down a COVID-19 relief kitchen in Harare for several days - the Zimbabwean government has had a change of heart.
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Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday 17 May 2020, 5:02 PM

Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5pm and halt public transport from 24 May for six days during the Eid holiday, as it seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the prime minister said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe to ease coronavirus curbs, but lockdown to remain for now 16 May 2020, 11:37 PM

Zimbabwe will keep its coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown for the time being, though businesses will be allowed to open for longer and the restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday.

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Kenya bans cross-border movement between Tanzania and Somalia amid COVID-19 16 May 2020, 7:36 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned movement across the country's borders with Tanzania and Somalia in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Traditional healers call for an African health organisation 16 May 2020, 11:09 AM

The Traditional Healers' Organisation (THO) has called on government and African leaders across the African Union to unite and forge an African health organisation akin to the World Health Organisation (WHO), but one that embraces traditional African medicine.

Private creditors push back against blanket debt relief for Africa 16 May 2020, 12:03 AM

Prominent emerging market creditors have created a working group to help heavily-indebted African countries with the economic impact of COVID-19, but have criticised G20 calls for blanket debt relief.

Namibia’s President cuts ministers’ perks in coronavirus fight 15 May 2020, 10:21 PM

Namibia's President Hage Geingob announced cost-cutting measures on Friday to save up to 200 million Namibian dollars ($10.80 million) as the country battles with the impact of the novel coronavirus.

Zambia reopens border with Tanzania to cargo after COVID-19 closure 15 May 2020, 4:00 PM

Zambia reopened its Nakonde border with Tanzania on Friday for cargo after a five-day closure of the key transit point for copper and cobalt exports and fuel imports, but people were still not allowed to cross, a provincial minister told Reuters.

Ethiopia migrants recall nightmare when 64 died in a metal container 15 May 2020, 12:36 PM

Silence gradually replaced the screams around Dejene Degefa as his fellow travelers suffocated one by one inside a locked metal container. He struggled to stay conscious but finally passed out, only waking to the sounds of rescue.

Burundi expels WHO team as it prepares for presidential election 15 May 2020, 6:53 AM

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and three members of his team as it prepares for a presidential election that is being held next week despite concern about health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children released in South Sudan
First war, now COVID-19 threatens South Sudanese in crowded camp 14 May 2020, 8:20 PM

Thousands of war-hit people sheltering in an overcrowded camp in South Sudan now risk contracting COVID-19, charities said on Thursday after the first two cases surfaced.

OPINION: Supporting Africa’s Agribusiness will avert a food crisis 14 May 2020, 2:50 PM

 In Kenya’s coastal Mombasa County, Mercy Mghanga reminisces about her past, not so long ago she sold tons of fish to five-star hotels in the tourist town and exported the rest to China.

Tunisia relaxes curfew with virus outbreak slowing 14 May 2020, 10:12 AM

Tunisia shortened its nightly curfew on Wednesday after three consecutive days without recording any new coronavirus cases and as the government relaxes a general lockdown.

US warns its citizens in Tanzania of the risk of contracting COVID-19 13 May 2020, 9:02 PM

The United States government has issued a health alert to its citizens in Tanzania following the lack of current data on confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the country

‘Sub-Saharan Africa could see spike in AIDS related deaths due to stretched health services’ 13 May 2020, 7:17 PM

The World Health Organisation and UNAIDS have warned that if interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic are not overcome, it could lead to more than half a million extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Lesotho confirms first coronavirus case 13 May 2020, 5:04 PM

Lesotho has confirmed its first positive case of the coronavirus.

Alphabet’s Loon and Vodacom to expand rural internet in Mozambique 13 May 2020, 4:44 PM

Loon, a unit of Google’s owner Alphabet Inc , which uses high-altitude balloons to provide mobile internet to remote areas, has signed a deal with Vodacom to expand the South African mobile operator’s network in Mozambique.

Algeria extends coronavirus restrictions by 15 days 13 May 2020, 3:42 PM

Algeria will extend measures aimed at restricting movement by 15 days until May 29 to cope with rising cases of infections with the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerrad said on Tuesday.

Ghana inflation jumps in April due to coronavirus lockdowns 13 May 2020, 3:21 PM

Ghana’s annual consumer price inflation jumped to 10.6% in April from 7.8% the previous month, driven by higher food prices in areas affected by government-ordered coronavirus lockdowns, the statistics office said on Wednesday.

Tanzania central bank lowers reserve requirements due to coronavirus 12 May 2020, 9:07 PM

Tanzania’s central bank lowered the statutory minimum reserves requirements for commercial banks to 6% from 7% and cut its discount rate for banks, to cushion the economy from the effects of the coronavirus crisis, it said on Tuesday.

‘Madness’ to hold Uganda vote if virus persists: Museveni 12 May 2020, 7:56 PM

Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni has said it would be wrong to hold a presidential election expected for early next year if the coronavirus persists, signalling for the first time a possible delay.

IMF raises Kenya’s risk of debt distress to high from moderate 12 May 2020, 6:09 PM

The International Monetary Fund has raised Kenya’s risk of debt distress to high from moderate due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, it said in an assessment published on Tuesday.

Zambia shuts Tanzania border to fight COVID-19, delaying copper exports 12 May 2020, 5:12 PM

Zambia temporarily shut its border with Tanzania to enhance measures against the spread of the new coronavirus, delaying its main copper exports via Dar es Salaam, a minister said on Tuesday.

Senegal to re-open mosques, ease restrictions as coronavirus cases jump 12 May 2020, 4:55 PM

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.

A politician in Kenya hangs her political boots to help in fight against COVID-19 as a nurse 12 May 2020, 3:42 PM

The International Council of Nurses estimates that sub-Saharan Africa has a shortage of 600 000 nurses. 

Morocco clears disposable face masks for export 12 May 2020, 1:11 AM

Morocco has cleared disposable face masks for export after reaching a daily production capacity of 10 million daily by 24 factories during the new coronavirus outbreak, Industry Minister Hafid Elalamy said on Monday.

Senegal to re-open mosques, ease restrictions as coronavirus cases jump 12 May 2020, 12:43 AM

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.

One person infected 533 with coronavirus at Ghana fish factory: Ghana President 11 May 2020, 5:03 PM

A worker at a fish-processing factory in Ghana’s Atlantic seafront city of Tema infected 533 other workers at the facility with the coronavirus, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a broadcast late on Sunday.

Second wave of COVID-19 cases sweeps Senegal’s holy city 11 May 2020, 4:03 PM

Senegal’s holy city of Touba is fighting a second wave of COVID-19 infections, dashing hopes that swift action by authorities had stopped the new coronavirus from spreading in the one-time epicentre.

Burundi announce resumption of domestic league and cup 11 May 2020, 2:58 PM

Burundi’s domestic season is to resume on Thursday, May 21, more than a month after Africa’s last remaining football competition was suspended to allow political rallies to be held in stadia ahead of general elections, authorities have confirmed.

Zambia reports 15 new COVID-19 cases as infections steadily rise in Africa 10 May 2020, 6:57 PM

Zambia has confirmed that the total number of the coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country have risen by 15 to 267.