Most poorer countries do not have enough COVAX shots to continue vaccinations: WHO

21 June 2021, 9:18 PM
More than half of poorer countries receiving doses via the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme do not have enough supplies to continue, an official from the World Health Organisation, which co-runs it said on Monday.
Kenya’s rainy season leaves scores of families homeless 5 May 2020, 2:56 PM

Since March, more than 160 people have died in Kenya, following flash floods in the East African nation.

Nigeria reopens main cities Lagos and Abuja as lockdowns phased out 4 May 2020, 9:46 PM

Nigeria began easing restrictions on Monday in its capital Abuja and in largest city Lagos, heralding the reopening of Africa’s biggest economy after more than four weeks of lockdowns imposed to contain the new coronavirus.

AU pledges $1.3 million towards COVID-19 health technologies 4 May 2020, 6:17 PM

The African Union has pledged $1.3 million to accelerate development, production and equitable global access to new COVID-19 essential health technologies.

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Few masks in packed Burkina Faso mosques as coronavirus ban lifted 4 May 2020, 2:27 AM

Muslims, many praying shoulder-to-shoulder and without face masks, crowded mosques in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou on Sunday, after the government lifted an order closing them.

President questions Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test 3 May 2020, 8:19 PM

Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.

Ivory Coast PM evacuated to France for medical checks 3 May 2020, 1:16 PM

Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who is the ruling party’s candidate in October’s presidential election, was evacuated on Saturday to France for medical checks, the presidency said.

‘Africa must approach its debt question as a bloc’ 2 May 2020, 9:01 PM

There was a time when African leaders projected themselves as committed and serious about the well-being of Africans, even adopting sensible resolutions in the process. But like many other African plans, nothing has come out of them. The Sirte Declaration was a resolution adopted by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 9 September 1999. […]

Rwanda to start easing coronavirus lockdown from Monday 2 May 2020, 11:25 AM

The Rwandan government will allow limited movement of people and restricted opening of businesses including restaurants and hotels from next Monday as it starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown.

Omar al-Bashir requests to be transferred from prison over COVID-19 fears 1 May 2020, 12:03 PM

Former Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir has requested to be transferred from prison while relatives of his co-accused want them released following the news that one of Bashir's former aides had contracted the deadly coronavirus.

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African regional economic blocs join forces in the fight against COVID-19 29 April 2020, 8:31 PM

Regional economic blocs in East and West Africa are looking for ways to work together to combat the spread of COVID-19 across each other's borders as countries begin plans to get out of lockdown.

Guinea-Bissau PM and three ministers test positive for COVID-19 29 April 2020, 6:25 PM

Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam has tested positive for the novel coronavirus alongside three members of his cabinet, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

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COVID-19 infections rise to 31 168 in Africa with over 1 300 deaths recorded 26 April 2020, 4:30 PM

Africa now has 31 168 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The latest statistics from the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also reveal that more than 1 300 people have succumbed to the illness.

COVID-19 cases in Africa tops 31 000 26 April 2020, 1:42 PM

The latest statistics from the Africa Centre for Disease Control also reveal that more than 1 300 people have succumbed to the illness.

INFOGRAPHIC: Restrictions in African countries most hit by COVID-19 25 April 2020, 10:30 PM

Many African countries have instituted lockdown as cases continue to increase on the continent. Africa 2 7385 confirmed cases, 1 297 deaths and 8 172 recoveries.

Spike in COVID-19 cases in Africa worrisome: WHO 18 April 2020, 12:20 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says while some countries in Europe and North America are now starting to plan how to ease social restrictions, worrying trends are emerging in Africa.

Lesotho mining and manufacturing hit hard by COVID-19 16 April 2020, 8:37 PM

The harsh economic times born of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have led to a significant economic meltdown.

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117 million children may miss measles shots due to COVID-19: U.N. agencies 14 April 2020, 4:25 AM

More than 117 million children could miss out on immunization against measles as the COVID-19 pandemic forces social distancing and piles pressure on health services, United Nations health agencies warned on Tuesday.

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases increase to 208 13 April 2020, 7:07 PM

Kenya's confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased to 208, after 11 more people tested positive for the virus in the east African nation.

Algeria registers most COVID-19 deaths in Africa 10 April 2020, 5:25 PM

Algeria has recorded the most deaths on the African continent from the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection with 235.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to curb spread of COVID-19 8 April 2020, 12:25 PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in the country to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, his office said on Twitter.

COVID-19 infections in Botswana climb 6 April 2020, 5:43 AM

Botswana has recorded two more cases of corona virus.

Ethiopia reports its first death of a COVID-19 patient 6 April 2020, 2:00 AM

Ethiopia has reported its first death of a COVID-19 patient, a 60-year old woman who was in treatment at a hospital in the capital since March 31, the Health Minister Lia Tadesse said on Sunday.

Kenya COVID-19 cases rise to 126 4 April 2020, 9:51 PM

The number of confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in Kenya now stands at 126, after more four people tested positive on Saturday, according to Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe.

AU calls for lifting of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan to combat COVID-19 4 April 2020, 2:40 PM

The African Union Bureau of Heads of States and Governments has again called for the immediate lifting of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe and Sudan to assist them during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Africa 4 April 2020, 7:07 AM

Nigeria now has 210 confirmed cases of coronavirus with four deaths registered.

Malawi's President Peter Mutharika addresses guests during his inauguration ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi.
Malawi latest African country to report COVID-19 cases 3 April 2020, 6:00 PM

Malawi has become the latest African country to record cases of the coronavirus. In an address to the nation, President Peter Mutharika announced three confirmed cases.

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Botswana President Masisi out of self-quarantine, tests negative for COVID-19 1 April 2020, 7:19 PM

News coming from Botswana is that president Mokgweetsi Masisi has been released from self-quarantine with immediate effect.

Kenya projects confirmed COVID-19 cases might soar 31 March 2020, 9:56 AM

Kenya is projecting that its confirmed cases of COVID-19 might hit the ten-thousand mark by the end of next month.

Moussa Faki Mahamat
AU Commission Chairperson remains in self-isolation, despite testing negative for COVID-19 29 March 2020, 2:20 AM

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat says although he has tested negative, he is self-isolating after a staff member at the AU Commission in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia tested positive for the coronavirus.

Nigeria, Eswatini confirm more cases of COVID-19 22 March 2020, 10:54 AM

Nigeria has four more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the country's total to 26.