Mixed mitigation measures must be in place to avoid second wave of COVID-19

18 October 2020, 10:05 AM
Mixed mitigation measures must be put in place to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the continent, says Doctor Mary Stephen, Technical officer World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo.
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Schools to reopen in Nigeria’s Lagos as COVID-19 cases decline 30 August 2020, 4:12 PM

Schools will reopen in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.

Nigeria capital imports sink 79% in second quarter as economy shrinks 30 August 2020, 10:18 AM

Nigeria’s capital imports plunged 78.6% in the second quarter year-on-year to $1.295 billion, the statistics office said, as lower oil prices push Africa’s largest economy towards recession.

Uganda holds national day of prayer as COVID-19 cases rise 30 August 2020, 6:24 AM

Uganda has conducted national prayers over the rising cases of the coronavirus. In just one week, the country has recorded 12 deaths and more than 900 cases.

African countries must strengthen their health systems: Health ministers 28 August 2020, 9:01 AM

Health ministers and representatives from African countries have voiced concern over the impact of COVID-19 and stressed that the pandemic was a poignant reminder for countries to bolster health systems.

Doctors in Kenyan capital end strike over pay delays, lack of PPE 28 August 2020, 1:37 AM

Doctors employed by Kenya’s Nairobi County government resumed work on Thursday following a six-day strike over delayed salaries and a lack of protective equipment when handling patients who may have COVID-19, a union official said.

UN hands over COVID-19 protective equipment to Lesotho 27 August 2020, 1:28 PM

The United Nations Family, inclusive of the WHO, UNICEF, UN Technology Bank and the World Bank have joined hands to assist Lesotho's frontline workers, with the crucial Personal Protective Equipment to the tune of R8 million.

Kenya extends coronavirus curfew as cases rise outside capital 26 August 2020, 6:32 PM

Kenya’s president extended a nationwide curfew for another 30 days on Wednesday, saying coronavirus cases were rising in areas outside the capital.

Nigerian university students find online learning painful, here’s why 26 August 2020, 2:00 PM

In response to the compulsory closure of institutions of learning as part of measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, efforts were made to keep students busy with academic activities during the lockdown.

Angolan President João Lourenço
Why COVID-19 can’t be blamed for Angola’s failure to have local governance 25 August 2020, 8:46 AM

Even without the pandemic, local government elections would not have happened this year because Angola’s National Assembly has not approved the necessary legal framework.

Women traditional leaders could help make sure the pandemic message is heard 24 August 2020, 8:47 PM

As infections and the death toll for the new coronavirus pandemic mount, African countries have introduced measures to reduce the spread, raise awareness among communities and gain citizens’ compliance.

Decisions to open schools or not amid pandemic is a difficult one: Dr Moeti 22 August 2020, 12:37 PM

World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, says the decisions to open schools in the continent or not amid the COVID-19 pandemic is a difficult one.

Doctors across Kenya strike over delayed salaries, lack of PPEs 21 August 2020, 8:00 PM

Doctors in public hospitals in at least four counties in Kenya went on strike on Friday over delayed salaries and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Kenyan doctors on strike over delayed salaries 21 August 2020, 8:43 AM

Dozens of doctors in at least two of Kenya's 47 counties have gone on strike over delayed salaries, inadequate personal protective equipment for handling COVID-19 patients, and lack of medical insurance.

Nigeria to bar flights from countries that block Nigerians – Minister 21 August 2020, 1:25 AM

Nigeria will blocks flights from countries that do not allow Nigerian flights to land due to coronavirus restrictions, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said on Thursday.

Africa beginning to ‘bend the curve’ of coronavirus: Africa CDC 20 August 2020, 9:54 PM

Africa is beginning to slowly “bend the curve” of COVID-19 infections as measures like mask-wearing and social distancing slow down the spread of the pandemic on the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

Nigeria’s wet markets thrive despite coronavirus pandemic 20 August 2020, 3:00 PM

Just a few months after Epe Fish Market was under lockdown to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, vendors at the site in the southern Nigerian state of Lagos are back buying, selling and trading animals.

Zimbabwe shortens coronavirus curfew, extends business hours 19 August 2020, 3:49 PM

Zimbabwe has shortened an overnight curfew imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic and extended business hours despite rising cases, the government said after a weekly cabinet meeting.

Nigeria to reopen airports for international flights from August 29 18 August 2020, 11:27 AM

Nigeria will reopen its airports for international flights from August 29, its Aviation Minister said on Monday.

COVID-19’s evolution in Africa unique: WHO African Region 16 August 2020, 12:09 PM

Friday marked six months since Africa detected its first COVID-19 case on the continent. Marking the milestone in a statement, World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region says  while the virus has raced through many other regions of the world, the pandemic’s evolution on the African continent has been different.

Lesotho on verge of hunger crisis 15 August 2020, 11:11 AM

Lesotho Disaster Management Authority has released a 2020 Vulnerability Assessment report stating that almost 800 000 are facing acute food shortage.

Regional leaders must fix the deteriorating human rights situation across the region: SADC 14 August 2020, 6:01 PM

Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders must urgently take concrete measures to fix the human rights crisis in the region when they meet at their annual summit next week, Amnesty International said on Friday. 

Doctors
Health workers in Kenya to down tools 14 August 2020, 3:04 PM

More than 300 doctors working in Kenya's Public health facilities in the capital, Nairobi, will down their tools beginning Friday next week, the Doctors' Union has announced.  

COVID-19 poses challenges to cargo shipping trade routes between Africa and Asia 12 August 2020, 11:53 AM

The impact of the coronavirus is posing major challenges to cargo shipping trade routes between Africa and Asia.

New modelling tools to help Africa navigate its COVID-19 response: Africa CDC 11 August 2020, 12:48 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Risk Capacity have launched two COVID-19 modelling tools for Africa.

Kenya resumes international flights 10 August 2020, 1:33 PM

Kenya resumed international flights on Saturday last week with the hopes of reviving its tourism industry amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Kenya’s Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus, out of Monaco meet 10 August 2020, 9:01 AM

Kenya’s Olympic and world 3 000 metres steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday, the 25-year-old has confirmed.

Diamonds
Botswana diamond exports fall by two thirds amid COVID-19 9 August 2020, 4:16 AM

Botswana’s rough diamond exports plunged 68% percent in the second quarter of the year, data published by the central bank showed on Friday, as the Coronavirus pandemic hit demand while global travel restrictions hurt trading.

Algeria to lift some travel curbs, shorten curfew 8 August 2020, 8:52 PM

Algeria will further ease its coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, shortening an overnight curfew and lifting some travel curbs, the government said.

World Bank approves $114 mln for Nigeria’s COVID-19 response 7 August 2020, 4:31 PM

The World Bank has approved $114 million to help Nigeria tackle its coronavirus pandemic, the global lender said on Friday.

Uganda’s prisoner population surges, raising fears of COVID-19 outbreak 7 August 2020, 1:37 PM

Uganda has recorded a 10% increase in the number of people in jail since March, a prison official told Reuters on Friday, with thousands jailed for alleged violations of coronavirus lockdown rules.