DR Congo 'prepared' to take part in vaccine testing: official

2020-04-04 12:15

The Democratic Republic of Congo is prepared to take part in testing of any future vaccine against the coronavirus, the head of the country's taskforce against the pandemic said on Frida

Kidnapped Mali opposition leader 'doing well' as release talks under way

2020-04-04 11:05

Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is "doing well" a week after his kidnapping, his political movement said on Friday, as negotiations were under way with his captors for his release.

Lesotho PM Thabane says rivals plotting to oust him, orders probe

2020-04-03 16:13

Embattled Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has ordered the security forces and intelligence service to probe his party rivals, whom he accused of plotting to topple his government.

Panic, confusion in DRC amid fears of virus explosion in Kinshasa

2020-04-03 13:45

Lack of resources, a muddle over confinement and incipient panic are hobbling the response to coronavirus in DR Congo, fuelling fears especially for Kinshasa, one of Africa's largest and most chaotic cities.

Media watchdog says Algeria using virus to 'settle scores'

2020-04-03 11:09

Reporters Without Borders has accused Algeria's government of taking advantage of the coronavirus epidemic to 'settle scores' with independent journalists, including those covering long-running anti-government protests.

Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: UN launches famine and virus aid plan

2020-04-02 20:56

Authorities in Zimbabwe and the UN have launched an emergency humanitarian plan worth $715 million to help a third of the country's population, threatened by famine and at high risk of the coronavirus epidemic.

Fury in Kenya over police brutality amid coronavirus curfew

2020-04-02 22:10

There are growing calls for police in Kenya to be held accountable for excessive violence used to enforce Covid-19-related restrictions.

Libya marks year of fighting, fears worse to come

2020-04-02 20:56

While the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, war-shattered Libya marks one year on Saturday of its latest bloody conflict that is plunging it ever deeper into chaos.

Covid-19: Botswana announces ‘extreme’ lockdown days after banning sale of alcohol

2020-03-31 19:16

While South Africans have an idea of when their Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown was likely to end, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced what he described as an “extreme lockdown” that will begin in two days and continue “until further notice”.


Virus crisis shines light on troubled North Africa health care

2020-04-04 09:51

The coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on shortcomings in health care in several North African countries, even as governments moved quickly to announce restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.

Ethiopia races to bolster ventilator stockpile for coronavirus fight

2020-04-03 15:04

In four years as a doctor in Ethiopia, Rediet Libanos has used a mechanical ventilator just once: on a patient who suffered a haemorrhagic stroke a few months ago.

Burkina Faso frees prisoners to stem virus spread

2020-04-03 09:26

Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kabore has pardoned more than 1 200 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the poor West African country.

Over 250 rescued in Niger desert, put in quarantine

2020-04-02 22:10

More than 250 Europe-bound migrants have been rescued in Niger's arid north and placed in coronavirus quarantine after being abandoned by traffickers, the International Organisation for Migration says.

As shutdown extended, Rwanda's poor confront further hardship

2020-04-02 19:35

Out of work, with prices soaring and police on the streets, life for many Rwandans has become immeasurably harder under coronavirus lockdown, and the pain looks only set to deepen.

Nigeria announces 'massive' joint offensive on jihadists in region

2020-04-02 14:42

Nigeria has said it had launched a 'massive' joint offensive with troops from Chad and Niger against jihadists waging a decade-long insurgency in the region.

Botswana’s first Covid-19 victim already buried, infection toll now at four

2020-04-01 08:18

Delayed results led Botswana to believe the three Covid-19 coronavirus cases announced this week were the country’s first, but a life had already been lost to the virus.

Kenyan teen shot during coronavirus curfew

2020-03-31 17:59

Kenyan police ordered a probe into the shooting of a 13-year-old boy on his balcony in Nairobi as officers allegedly opened fire to enforce a nighttime curfew.

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