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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Zimbabwe needs $800 million to address humanitarian crisis 9 May 2020, 6:00 PM

The United Nations office in Zimbabwe says the country needs $800 million dollars to address the current humanitarian crisis.

Reported coronavirus cases in Egypt jump by nearly 500 8 May 2020, 11:37 PM

Egypt reported 495 cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, its highest daily increase to date, as the number of deaths from COVID-19 confirmed by the health ministry rose above 500.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa raises concerns over spike of coronavirus cases across Africa 8 May 2020, 8:01 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concerns over a rise in coronavirus cases across Africa.

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Displaced Somalis share Ramadan meal under shadow of COVID-19 8 May 2020, 4:30 PM

In an internally displaced camp in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, women in bright, patterned scarves crouch as they cook - their clothes contrasting with both the shine of the makeshift metal walls and the dull of the makeshift sand floors.

Virus exposes gaping holes in Africa’s health systems 7 May 2020, 8:44 PM

African nations are facing a surge of COVID-19 cases with less than one intensive care bed and one ventilator per 100,000 people, a Reuters survey has found.

WHO expects COVID-19 infection peak between 4 to 6 weeks from start of community transmissions 7 May 2020, 6:03 PM

The World Health Organisation Africa Region says they believe that countries will experience the peak of the coronavirus infections four to six weeks from the start of community transmissions.

IMF approves $491.5 mln loan for Uganda to limit coronavirus impact 7 May 2020, 5:22 PM

Uganda will receive an emergency loan worth $491.5 million from the International Monetary Fund to help cushion its economy from the impact of the new coronavirus, the fund said on Wednesday.

VIDEO: COVID-19 Africa CDC media briefing: 07 May 2020 7 May 2020, 11:36 AM

COVID-19 Africa CDC media briefing: 07 May 2020.

Zimbabwe gets $7 million World Bank grant to fight coronavirus 6 May 2020, 9:46 PM

The World Bank will grant $7 million to Zimbabwe to help it fight the new coronavirus outbreak that is expected to worsen an already struggling economy and food crisis, a bank spokesman said on Wednesday.

Cameroon doctor faces influx of COVID-19 patients 6 May 2020, 3:03 PM

With the help of a nurse, Dominique Djomo puts on his personal protective equipment - a cap, coveralls, protective glasses, visor and gloves - and starts another day dealing with an influx of COVID-19 cases.

Tanzania suspends laboratory head after president questions coronavirus tests 5 May 2020, 7:18 PM

Tanzania has suspended the head of its national health laboratory in charge of testing for the coronavirus and ordered an investigation, a day after President John Magufuli questioned the tests’ accuracy.

WHO cautions against untested COVID-19 traditional remedies 5 May 2020, 5:00 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that medicinal plants such as Artemisia annua, touted as possible treatments for COVID-19, should be tested for efficacy and side effects.

Yoweri Museveni
Uganda starts easing one of Africa’s strictest lockdowns 5 May 2020, 4:30 PM

Uganda began to loosen one of Africa’s strictest anti-coronavirus lockdowns on Tuesday after President Yoweri Museveni declared the infection “tamed.”

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.

People sleeping outside Mosque
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.

Yoweri Museveni
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.

Child getting injection
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.