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Why are African Americans dying at higher rates from coronavirus?

The new coronavirus isn't picky about who it infects -- so why does data emerging from some states in USA suggest that African Americans are bearing the brunt?Experts say the community is disproportionately impacted by underlying conditions linked to...

Coronavirus patient gives birth in isolation ward in Cameroon

A woman undergoing treatment for coronavirus in an isolation ward in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, gave birth to a baby girl over the weekend, a doctor at the hospital told the BBC.The mother, 19-year-old Marie, gave birth normally but has...

S/Africa’s Ramaphosa says Africa working together to battle Covid-19

Africa needs to act swiftly and to undertake extraordinary measures if it is to prevail in the battle against the Covid-19 coronavirus.This is the message from President Cyril Ramaphosa, who on Friday convened a teleconference of the African Union...

8 strains of coronavirus in circulation around the world

Scientists are looking into the coronavius strains going around and how the virus has mutated. Here is what the latest research has uncovered.While racing to fully understand the structure of the new coronavirus, scientists around the world have discovered...

Bill Gates confident coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Africans on Twitter not having it

Talks to have a potential vaccine for Covid-19 tested in Africa, because the number of infected people is not as high as other countries like Italy, have been met with much resistance from people across the continent.On Saturday South...

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)...
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Burundi 1st lady Denise Nkurunziza airlifted to Kenya after contracting Covid-19

The outgoing Burundi President's wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, has been airlifted to Kenya, where she is being treated at...
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Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who is accused of murdering his...

Why every African woman 18+ should take folic acid daily

By Lydia OkolieIf you're capable of reproducing, I am talking to you—even if you're not planning to get pregnant. If you ever wish to...

Report says Nigerians paid $18.434m as ransom to kidnappers in 9 years

A new report by Nigeria leading geopolitical platform, SBM Intelligence, has shown that between year 2011 and April 2020, Nigerians have lost at least...

Covid-19: Parents in rejects plan to re-open schools in Nigeria

Some parents in Lagos State, Nigeria have kicked against reopening of schools in view of the continued rise in the number of the novel...