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Amnesty International has appealed to the government of Ivory Coast to grant urgent independent medical care to jailed opposition leader Alain Lobognon.
Nigeria is looking to set up a $1.3 billion (1.2 billion euro) fund to boost its fragile healthcare system for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday.
As adversity strikes in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, Algeria has found a helping hand in China, an old friend and the top exporter to Africa's largest country.
"Shouldn't we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care?"
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
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.
"Africa should wake up," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference this week, pointing out that "in other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point".(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
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Tunisia's parliament on Saturday gave the prime minister special powers for two months to allow for the accelerated adoption of measures to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika said Saturday he was taking a wage cut to help fund the fight against the coronavirus, and ordered his government to the same.
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.
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.
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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.
A Nigerian man has been shot dead for allegedly flouting a stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, police and a lawmaker says.
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.
There are growing calls for police in Kenya to be held accountable for excessive violence used to enforce Covid-19-related restrictions.
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.
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 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.
The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has risen to 43 082, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
The world's pangolin species are listed as either vulnerable or critically endangered.
Buckets and jerrycans in hand or in wheelbarrows, dozens of Zimbabweans stand close to each other in a long queue, patiently waiting at a borehole in Harare's middle-class Mabelreign suburb to collect water.
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 may require the sale to be done in smaller chunks than anticipated.
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.
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.
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.
Zimbabwe has begun enforcing a three-week lockdown in its fight against coronavirus after the disease left one person dead and infected six others.
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.
Nearly half of all jobs in Africa could be lost, the United Nations warns, and income losses are expected to exceed $220 billion in developing countries.
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.
Africa is two to three weeks away from the worst of the coronavirus storm and needs $100 billion to bolster preventative measures, says the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
Police fire tear gas and beat commuters with batons as country imposes dusk-to-dawn measure amid coronavirus fight, according to Amnesty International.
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.
A Nigerian man has been shot dead for allegedly flouting a stay-at-home order aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, police and a lawmaker in Nigeria have said.
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.
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.
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.
The worldwide number of officially confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has risen to 47 993, according to a tally compiled by AFP from official sources.
Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus.
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.
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 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.
The water-short southern African country is starting to enforce a 21-day lockdown to try contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The power utility has confirmed that Zimbabwe has settled its historical obligations.
Botswana has confirmed its first cases of Covid-19 coronavirus infections, which will see the country up its precautionary measures.
Zimbabwe began a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Monday, following neighbour South Africa in implementing some of the world’s toughest anti-Covid-19 coronavirus measures likely to hurt an economy already suffering hyperinflation and food shortages.
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.
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.
US President Donald Trump has extended emergency novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions for the United States where his top scientist warned up to 200 000 people could die.
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.
A global shortage of ventilators will soon put doctors, already at the forefront of the fight to keep those with Covid-19 alive, in a position where they must choose who gets a chance to live and who is left to die.
Ghana has announced a two-week lockdown in the country's two main regions starting Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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