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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...

Chinese man blames government cover ups for father’s coronavirus death

A Chinese man whose father died of coronavirus on February 1, cites Wuhan governments lies and cover ups as the main reason for his father's death, Zhang Hai made the claim in an interview Al Jazeera this week.Zhang Hai’s...

Over 300 prison inmates in Morocco test positive for covid-19

Some 313 coronavirus cases have been reported in Moroccan jails following mass testing for Covid-19 in several of the north African country's detention centres.The authorities say Ouarzazate prison in central Morocco recorded 303 cases, while 10 other cases were...

Over 200 Cuban medical workers arrive South Africa to battle coronavirus

More than 200 Cuban health professionals touched down in South Africa in the early hours of Monday morning, greeted by South African and Cuban politicians alike as the "army of the white gowns".The specialised Cuban medical brigade is made...

Group accuse Rwandan officers of rapes and killings during lockdown

An international pressure group has accused the Rwandan security forces of killing, raping and arresting people since a coronavirus lockdown came into force, according to the BBC.Human Rights Watch says at least two people have been shot dead in...

US Homeland Security study finds that coronavirus dies in sunlight within minutes

The coronavirus can be killed by sunlight in a matter of minutes, according to research by the Department of Homeland Security, reports UK Daily Mail.Radiation given off by ultraviolet light damages the virus' genetic material and hampers its ability...

A month into COVID-19 lockdown crowds loot trucks in South Africa

Crowds have launched a string of attacks on delivery trucks in Cape Town, stoning, hijacking and ransacking vehicles to try to take food and other provisions during the coronavirus lockdown, city authorities said on Thursday.South Africa is nearly a...

Coronavirus forces Tunisia to upgrade neglected public hospitals

After a month of lockdown, Tunisian hospitals have not so far suffered the overcrowding some feared from coronavirus – but the pandemic has forced a much-needed upgrade of public facilities, medics say.The intensive care ward at Abderrahmane Memmi hospital...

Morocco jail records over 60 coronavirus cases

More than 60 cases of coronavirus infections have been recorded in a jail in southern Morocco, mostly among staff, the country's prisons service said.The DGAPR agency, in a statement late on Monday, said 60 workers and six inmates had...
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Islamic militants in DRC may have committed war crimes, UN Says

A series of brutal attacks against Congolese civilians by Islamic militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are possible...
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Malawi new president vows to clampdown on graft in subdued inauguration

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera pledged to clamp down on corruption on Monday, as he delivered his inauguration speech in a scaled-down ceremony dampened...

Wave of political arrests trail protests over death of Ethiopia’s Oromo singer

Five senior members of an opposition party representing Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, the Oromo, have been detained in a wave of political arrests following...

USA set to offer Zimbabwe $60m in food aid

The United States says it will provide US$60.55 million to assist Zimbabwe with its food insecurity during the lean season.Early in June, Zimbabwean authorities...

Confusion over the alleged arrest of Nigeria anti-graft chief

Nigerians were inundated with the reported areest of the acting chairman of Nigeria's anti-graft body the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu by...