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Drogba and Eto’o slam French doctors ‘Covid-19 vaccine test trials on Africans’

Two African football legends have condemned comments by two French doctors who recently suggested, in a TV discussion about medical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, that they be used on Africans first.Didier Drodga said that the suggestion was taking...

Clinic closed in South Africa after nurse catches coronavirus

A clinic in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, has been closed after a nurse tested positive for coronavirus.It is thought the health worker contracted the virus after attending a church service in another province last month.All staff members who...

Countries around Africa reach for chloroquine to combat coronavirus

Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus.From hospitals in Senegal to pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and street sellers in Cameroon, chloroquine has fired...

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...
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Drogba and Eto’o slam French doctors ‘Covid-19 vaccine test trials on Africans’

Two African football legends have condemned comments by two French doctors who recently suggested, in a TV discussion about...
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Tanzania grants visa extensions for stranded tourists

Tanzania’s immigration department has extended visas for foreign nationals who can't leave the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.Foreign visitors, who applied online, were...

Columbian and Bissau-Guinean drug lords handed record jail terms

A court in Guinea-Bissau has handed record jail terms to two suspects accused of trafficking almost two tonnes of cocaine into the country, the...

Sierra Leone to enter a 3-day lockdown after first 2 coronavirus cases

Sierra Leone is the latest African country to launch a nationwide attack against the deadly coronavirus after two unrelated people tested positive for the...

With 16 deaths, Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Thursday pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the...