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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 announced once the threat of the pandemic was over, the board said.Much of its planning had been hit by 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 Republic of Congo, Westerners have been verbally and physically abused over fears that they may...

Effort to combat coronavirus force Kenya to restore internet to opposition hotspot

Ethiopia is restoring the internet in western parts of the country in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.Services have been blocked for the past three months following an outbreak of violence in western Oromia. In some areas...

Uganda bans public transport to contain coronavirus

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has announced a 14-day ban on public transportation as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.In a televised address on Wednesday, Mr Museveni said the ban will take effect immediately. This includes the...

Eight months old Ugandan baby tests positive for coronavirus

An eight-month-old baby in Uganda, whose father recently travelled back from Kenya's western city of Kisumu, has tested positive for coronavirus.The baby girl is one of five new cases detected in Uganda.According to health officials, she is being treated...

Suicide bomber detonates in Somalia, killing 2

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has walked into a tea shop in Somalia’s capital and detonated, killing at least two people.Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the bomber, posing as a pedestrian, entered the shop and detonated his...

Rwanda says man who breached lockdown ‘killed and eaten by crocodile’

A man in Rwanda who breached the ongoing lockdown to reportedly go fishing has been killed and eaten by a crocodile, the mayor of the southern Kamonyi district has told the BBC.Alice Kayitesi said the Wednesday morning incident happened...

Germany loses 6 million coronavirus face masks in Kenya

German customs officials are attempting to track down about 6 million face masks ordered to protect health workers from the coronavirus which went missing at an airport in Kenya.“The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” said a...

Coronavirus cases in Rwanda nearly doubled in a day

The health ministry in Rwanda has announced 17 new coronavirus cases, the country's highest single-day increase in the number of confirmed infections.The country now has a total of 36 confirmed cases, which is the highest in the East Africa...

Rwanda imposes shutdown as coronavirus infections rise across Africa

Rwanda imposed a nationwide shutdown and border controls to combat the coronavirus at the weekend in some of the strictest measures taken in Africa, as infections spread across the continent and authorities warn healthcare systems are ill-equipped to cope.Governments...
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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...