Botswana suspends sale of alcohol amid COVID-19 pandemic

6 August 2020, 10:47 AM
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday ordered the immediate suspension of alcohol sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sub-Saharan Africa GDP to contract 3.1% this year: Reuters poll 24 July 2020, 2:37 PM

 Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy will contract this year after shutdowns disrupted activity and as daily cases of coronavirus are still rising in the region but a recovery is expected next year, a Reuters poll found on Friday.

Kenya COVID-19 hospital gears up for surge in new infections 24 July 2020, 12:43 PM

At the Machakos COVID-19 field hospital about an hour’s drive from the Kenyan capital, workers struggle to put a giant metal tent frame in place to serve as a new ward.

More than 100 000 African health workers infected with COVID-19: WHO 23 July 2020, 10:02 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa.

“Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases exceed 750,000” 23 July 2020, 12:06 PM

Total confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa have passed 750,000, a Reuters tally of government and World Health Organization data showed on Wednesday.

SA continues to dominate COVID-19 figures in Africa: WHO African Region 22 July 2020, 5:49 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region says over 748 000 cases have been confirmed on the African continent - with more than 409-thousand recoveries and over 15 000 deaths.

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Zimbabwe denies new COVID-19 restrictions aimed at thwarting protests 22 July 2020, 1:55 PM

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared renewed COVID-19 lockdown rules, imposing a 12-hour curfew to be effective starting Wednesday from 6pm to 6am local time.

Africa’s research capacity is growing. That’s good news for pandemic response efforts 22 July 2020, 11:28 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has put global emergency preparedness under sharp scrutiny. It’s also placed national health systems’ capacity to predict and respond to major emergencies under the microscope.

African Continental Free Trade Area implementation delayed by COVID-19 22 July 2020, 11:12 AM

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) presents huge potential for the advancement of economic development on the continent. The free trade area agreement was supposed to come into effect this month but had to be postponed to 2021 due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Rwanda uses drones for COVID-19 community awareness: WHO Africa 21 July 2020, 9:19 AM

The World Health Organisation African Region (WHO Africa) says Rwanda is using drones in community awareness regarding COVID-19.

Caught flouting curfew in bar, Kenyan official quits COVID committee 20 July 2020, 5:05 PM

The chairman of Kenya’s senate committee overseeing the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis has quit the post after police said he flouted an overnight curfew to enjoy drinks with others in a Nairobi bar.

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Nigerian Foreign Minister tests positive for coronavirus 19 July 2020, 9:04 PM

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19, and became the first member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to contract the new coronavirus.

East African integration is alive – even though leaders haven’t been united over COVID-19 19 July 2020, 6:39 AM

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed further fault lines in the workings of the East African Community (EAC), often perceived as a beacon of regional integration on the continent.

15 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Gambia 18 July 2020, 12:36 PM

Fifteen new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been registered in Gambia, the highest reported in a single day, bringing to 93 the total number of cases confirmed in the country.

Egypt reports lowest daily coronavirus figure since late May 18 July 2020, 12:37 AM

Egypt reported 703 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the Health Ministry said, the lowest figure since late May.

Kenya police arrest prison warden over rape of patient in COVID-19 quarantine 17 July 2020, 8:04 PM

 Kenyan police arrested a prison warden accused of raping a female patient in a COVID-19 isolation facility he was meant to be guarding, a police report said on Friday.

SA now ranks 6th in overall infections globally, records most COVID-19 related deaths in Africa: WHO data 17 July 2020, 5:08 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that South Africa now registers the most COVID19-related deaths on the continent, in addition to topping the list of confirmed infections.

SA’s lockdown online trends – tweets, posts and searches 17 July 2020, 3:37 PM

South Africa's online trends on Google, Twitter and Facebook since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown reveal SA's concerns,habits and interests.

There are over 80 potential clinical sites to test COVID-19 treatments: Africa CDC 17 July 2020, 8:04 AM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) says African institutions have identified over 80 potential clinical sites to test coronavirus treatments.

Zimbabwe economy to shrink by 4.5% this year on COVID-19, drought 16 July 2020, 9:52 PM

Zimbabwe’s economy is expected to shrink by 4.5% this year owing to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and a brutal climate change-related drought, the finance minister said on Thursday.

COVID-19 kills four Kenyan health workers, infections at maternity hospital rise 16 July 2020, 2:18 AM

COVID-19 has killed four Kenyan health workers and infected 450, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, as word emerged of a slew of cases in Kenya’s biggest maternity hospital.

Congo gives mines month to end COVID restrictions 15 July 2020, 11:59 AM

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has given copper and cobalt mining companies a month to stop confining workers on site away from their families as part of COVID-19 restrictions and return to normal operations, the labour minister said in an open letter.

Nigerian virus hunters in race against COVID-19 14 July 2020, 2:58 PM

Early one evening, Folasade Fadare and her team of four disease hunters piled into a van and headed for Okegun, a rural community down a narrow potholed road in eastern Lagos state.

Madagascar’s president says two lawmakers have died from COVID-19 14 July 2020, 11:05 AM

Two lawmakers in Madagascar have died of COVID-19 and at least 25 members of parliament and of the senate have been infected with the virus since the first case was confirmed on the island in March, President Andry Rajoelina said late on Sunday.

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African countries need cheaper COVID-19 tests: here’s how to get them 13 July 2020, 4:17 PM

COVID-19 continues to infect millions of people as the death toll mounts. There is currently no cure which means that controlling this disease requires a multi-pronged approach. This includes personal protection such as masks, social distancing and the isolation of infected individuals and their contacts.

Africa CDC launches a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial 10 July 2020, 7:45 AM

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial (CONCVACT).

African countries urged to undertake vaccine trials 9 July 2020, 8:00 PM

The importance of undertaking clinical trials for a vaccine in Africa has dominated discussions at a webinar about COVID-19 and vaccine development on the continent.

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases pass 30 000 – NCDC 9 July 2020, 3:34 AM

Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus cases passed 30 000 on Wednesday, the country's disease control centre said, as the virus spreads in Africa's most populous country amid an easing of restrictions put in place to curb the disease.

Congo virus funds embezzled by ‘mafia network’, says deputy minister 8 July 2020, 8:33 PM

Congo’s deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

Kenya decision to postpone reopening of schools met with mixed reactions 8 July 2020, 5:21 PM

Kenya's Education Ministry's decision to postpone the reopening of basic education to January 2021, or when the COVID-19 infection curve in the country has flattened, has been met with mixed reactions.

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic” 8 July 2020, 3:19 PM

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.