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Gambia records highest daily jump in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases continues to surge in Gambia, as the country reported a 17% rise on Thursday, its biggest ever daily jump, according to the data from the health ministry.The ministry said 136 new infections were recorded, around 30% of...

Gambia government officials ravaged by Covid-19

Three ministers in Gambia's government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation's president went into self-isolation.President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray...

Bill Gates reject claims that he created virus outbreak

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday pushed back against some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accusing him of creating the coronavirus outbreak."It's a bad combination of pandemic and social media and people looking for a very simple explanation,"...

South Africa to halt lenders blacklisting borrowers during pandemic

South Africa’s government may temporarily ban lenders from blacklisting consumers whose credit records have been hit by the coronavirus crisis, a consultation document published by the main opposition party showed.The Department of Trade (DTI) document said it was considering...

South African woman contracts Covid-19 twice within 3 months

A doctor in Durban, South Africa, Dr Yuvan Maharaj, has reported having a Covid-19 patient who has been re-infected three months after her initial infection reports News24.Dr Maharaj, who runs a practice in Prospection, said the patient had initially...

Two Madagascar lawmakers dies from COVID-19

Two Madagascar lawmakers 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...

WHO now says it first heard of Covid-19 on the internet, not from China

The World Health Organisation (WHO) changed its coronavirus timeline to say it first heard about the coronavirus from a press release online, rather than a report from Chinese authorities according to Business Insider.In the revision, published June 30, the...

Echo of Bill Gates conspiracy theories reverberate across Africa

As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation.While Gates's vaccine programmes...

Government bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate in South Africa

South Africans of all classes, from downtown Soweto to posh suburbs in Capetown, are finding surreptitious ways to bypass government bans on the sales of alcohol and tobacco to satisfy their cravingsAccording the Associated Press, a bootlegging culture has...

Oxfam to close 4 offices in Africa as virus drains finances

Oxfam International, one of the world’s leading aid agencies, will severely curtail its work because of the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including the closure of operations in 18 countries, including 4 in Africa at the potential...
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Condemnation trail Somalia new bill seeking to allow child and forced marriage

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Malians back on the street renew call for president to resign

Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali’s rainy capital Bamako on Tuesday renewing calls for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to step down...

Three persons handed 30 years jail term for throwing stone at president’s convoy

Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence...

Scores killed as South Sudan’s disarmament program erupts in violence

At least 81 people have been killed in the South Sudan region of Warrap State following heavy fighting between armed civilians and government forces...

France to step up security for her citizens in the Sahel region

France will step up security measures to protect French nationals in Africa’s Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, two days after six...