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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”.

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.

Former Congo president Yhombi Opango, 81, dies of coronavirus in France

2020-03-31 09:50

Former Republic of Congo president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango has died in France of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), according to his family. He was 81.

Sierra Leone scraps controversial pregnant girl school ban

2020-03-30 19:54

Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, the government has said, adding that it seeks to build a state that embraces every citizen.

Nigerians brace for lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus

2020-03-30 18:41

Over 20 million Nigerians are scrambling to prepare for lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Zimbabweans fear 'starving in their own homes' as 21-day coronavirus lockdown looms

2020-03-29 20:19

Zimbabweans braced on Sunday for a three-week lock-down to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has killed one person so far and infected six others, and for many the lockdown means tough times ahead.

Ghana announces lockdown in two key regions

2020-03-28 13:14

Ghana has announced a two-week lockdown in the country's two main regions starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Nigeria struggles towards shutdown as virus fears grow

2020-03-27 21:08

The normally bustling markets have thinned out and the notoriously clogged roads are eerily free: Lagos is lurching towards shutdown as Nigeria tries to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

WHO warns of 'dramatic evolution' of virus in Africa

2020-03-27 19:12

The World Health Organisation's regional director for Africa has warned the continent faces a "dramatic evolution" of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Millions of Nigerians enter lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus

2020-03-31 14:12

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.

Opposition leader in Niger freed under coronavirus prison release

2020-03-30 22:00

The main opposition figure in Niger, Hama Amadou, who has been in prison since last November for alleged baby smuggling, is among more than 1 500 inmates who are being released early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Libya frees over 450 inmates due to pandemic fears

2020-03-30 21:04

Libya's justice ministry has announced that over 450 prisoners were being freed in a bid to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the wake of the war-torn country's first declared infections.

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe begins 21-day 'total' lockdown

2020-03-30 12:42

Zimbabwean authorities have begun enforcing a three-week lockdown in its fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) after the disease left one person dead and infected six others.

Morocco allocates cash for 100 000 coronavirus test kits

2020-03-27 21:48

Morocco's economy ministry says it has allocated $201 million to bolster medical equipment needed to fight the novel coronavirus, including the purchase of 100 000 testing kits.

Central African Republic steps up measures after virus case

2020-03-27 20:11

The Central African Republic, a poverty-stricken state that the UN has singled out as highly vulnerable to coronavirus, has stepped up measures over fears that the disease is spreading locally.

Uganda police shoot 2 for violating movement ban

2020-03-27 18:28

Ugandan police have said that two men were in hospital after being shot for violating restrictions on transport in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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