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Millions enter lockdown in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, as Africa steps up virus fight

More than 20 million Nigerians on Monday went into lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week “cessation of all movements”...

Civil society groups press US drug firm Gilead over potential coronavirus drug

More than 150 organisations and individuals on Monday urged US biotechnology firm Gilead not to enforce exclusivity over a drug that might be used to treat COVID-19 patients.In an open letter, 145 non-governmental organisations, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF)...

UN says Africa 2 to 3 weeks from major coronavirus storm

Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs an emergency economic stimulus of $100 billion to bolster preventative measures and support its fragile healthcare systems, according to the United Nations Economic...

Coronavirus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons.Virus prevention measures have taken...

10-minute coronavirus test in production in Senegal may be on its way – for $1

Researchers this week began validation trials on a Covid-19 diagnostic test that can be done at home and produce results in as little as 10 minutes - all for $1.The plan is to dually manufacture the tests in Senegal...

WHO says Africa’s window to curb coronavirus ‘narrowing every day’

About half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa still have a “narrowing” opportunity to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local population, a World Health Organisation regional official said on Thursday.The virus has multiplied across Africa more slowly...

France organises financial aid for Africa as coronavirus threat looms

France on Tuesday said it planned to organise financial aid for poor countries, especially in Africa, to help them from becoming future sources of coronavirus contamination."We will have the opportunity to mobilise a real financial package, of help, to...

Cases of coronavirus in Africa leaps to over 2,000 as S/Africa lockdown looms

As an unprecedented lockdown looms in South Africa to contain the spread of the coronavirus, with a country of 57 million people told to stay home starting Friday.Virus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any...

Coronavirus medical supplies donated by China’s Jack Ma arrive Ethiopia

The first batch of protective and medical equipment donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma was flown into the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in Africa rose above 1,100.The virus has spread more...

Coronavirus cases in Africa now over 1,000

Africa’s coronavirus cases rose above 1,000 on Saturday, while Nigeria announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.Meanwhile, two heads of state appeared to defy their own travel...
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Coronavirus force Ethiopia to shift election

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be...
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Boy 13, shot dead in Kenya by police enforcing curfew

The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the...

Foreigners in East Africa face hostility over coronavirus

Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in East Africa.From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic...

Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons,...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...