Senegal: 10-minute coronavirus test may be on its way - for $1

2020-03-27 18:26

Until a vaccine is ready, widespread testing is one of the key strategies employed to 'flatten the curve' of pandemic.

Nigeria warns virus cases could explode 'in days ahead'

2020-03-26 19:35

Nigeria's government on Thursday warned that Africa's most populous nation could soon see an "exponential" increase in coronavirus infections unless contacts of confirmed cases are tracked down quicker.

Nigeria bans 'visitors' to displaced camps over virus fears

2020-03-23 22:00

Authorities in northeast Nigeria have banned visitors from camps housing tens of thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Nigeria reports first coronavirus death

2020-03-23 12:40

Nigeria has reported its first death from coronavirus as confirmed cases of infections in Africa's most populous nation climbed further.

Niger announces first coronavirus case

2020-03-21 11:40

Niger has recorded its first coronavirus case in a man returning to Niamey from Togo via Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, the health minister has said.

Sweden to send troops to Mali in special forces plan

2020-03-16 20:15

The Swedish government plans to send up to 150 soldiers to Mali to support a French military initiative combining special force troops from different countries.

Ivory Coast PM named ruling party's presidential candidate

2020-03-14 12:52

Ivory Coast's ruling party has named the prime minister as its candidate for the October presidential poll, after President Alassane Ouattara ended months of speculation and said he would not seek a controversial third term.

Senegal announces 5 new coronavirus cases

2020-03-12 21:54

Senegal has announced five new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the west African state's total number to ten, and making it the worst affected country in the region.

Influential Nigerian traditional ruler dethroned

2020-03-09 21:02

The influential traditional ruler of northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano has been removed from his position after a long-running row with the authorities.

Senegal orders cabinet to stay in country over virus risks

2020-03-05 21:47

Senegal's president Macky Sall has ordered his cabinet ministers not to leave the country in a measure to control risks from coronavirus, the presidency says.

 

Mali heads to polls despite coronavirus, insecurity

2020-03-27 13:33

Malians are set to vote in a long-delayed parliamentary election, despite a raging jihadist conflict, the recent kidnap of a leading opposition politician and the coronavirus pandemic.

Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-26 15:51

Nigerians are bracing for a potential lockdown as authorities try to contain the spread of coronavirus cases in the country of about 200 million people.

Mali disputes lack of ventilator reports

2020-03-23 21:00

The Malian government says it has many times more ventilators available for dealing with coronavirus than an official document indicates.

Mali soldiers killed in 'jihadist attack'

2020-03-21 12:42

About 30 Malian soldiers have been killed and five more injured in a suspected jihadist attack in the north of the country, the army has said.

Pangolin sales plunge in Gabon over coronavirus fears

2020-03-17 07:05

Pangolins were once a prized item in the markets of Gabon's capital Libreville, but bushmeat sellers have started hiding the small, scaly mammals behind boar legs and porcupine carcasses.

Benin announces first coronavirus case

2020-03-16 18:34

West Africa's Benin has announced its first confirmed coronavirus case as the continent scrambles to stop the spread of the global pandemic.

Nigerian court orders release of deposed traditional ruler

2020-03-13 22:45

A Nigerian court has ordered the release of a revered Islamic traditional ruler from detention after he was deposed and banished in a controversial practice dating back to colonial times.

Coronavirus case in Senegal holy city ahead of religious event

2020-03-12 09:51

A novel coronavirus case has been confirmed in the central Senegalese city of Touba, the country's health ministry has said, ahead of a large religious gathering planned there later this month.

At least 35 killed in Ghana bus collision: officials

2020-03-09 19:30

At least 35 people, including women and children, have been killed after two buses collided on a busy road in Ghana, officials say.

Ivory Coast President Ouattara will not run in election

2020-03-05 16:48

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he will not run in October's election, ending months of speculation over his intentions.

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