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Nigeria eyes $1.3bn health fund to tackle virus

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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.

'True friend' China helps Algeria battle coronavirus

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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.

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

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.

 
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Tunisian parliament grants PM special powers amid pandemic

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Water crisis could sabotage Zimbabwe's coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-31 18:59

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 to move ahead on Nigeria stock sale amid market turmoil

2020-03-31 16:57

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police patrol streets as Zimbabwe begins coronavirus lockdown

2020-03-30 21:04

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 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.

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.

Africa a few weeks from height of coronavirus storm, says UN

2020-03-29 16:15

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zimbabweans enter Covid-19 lockdown amid severe economic crisis

2020-03-30 18:27

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.

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.

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.

Trump ditches hopes of quick coronavirus bounce-back for US, while Nigeria orders lockdown

2020-03-30 09:20

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 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.

Coronavirus: Africa 'unfortunately' last in queue for life-saving ventilators amid global shortage

2020-03-29 08:37

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 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.

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