Africa 

Coronavirus: Govt knocks Soyinka, NCDC allocates Jack Ma’s donation

April 2: Govt knocks Soyinka, NCDC allocates Jack Ma’s donation When literary giant and Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka criticized the federal government for imposing a lockdown on two states and Abuja, there was a Twitter debate as to his locus in the issue whiles maintaining that he reserved the right to his opinions. The presidency responded to Soyinka’s critique in a press statement signed by Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu. Part of the statement read: “Prof Soyinka is not a medical professor. His qualifications are in English literature, and his…

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Africa 

Coronavirus: Rwanda extends lockdown, Cameroon’s billion CFA fund etc.

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Cases have since been confirmed in over scores of countries across the globe. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. With thirty-six African countries currently with recorded cases, governments continue to roll out increasingly robust measures to halt the spread and to contain the…

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Europe 

COVID-19: Czech Roma community steps up to face mask challenge

“They said the face masks were desperately needed, and I did not hesitate, says Klara Pulova, from Tanvald, a small town in the north of the country. I have been a sewing professional in the past, I know the job.” They said the face masks were desperately needed, and I did not hesitate. Klara Pulova, member of Czech Roma community, Tanvald Ms. Pulova is a member of the region’s Roma community, and was responding to a widespread shortage of face masks, sorely needed in the country: as part of its…

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Africa 

Nigeria: UN and partners acting to avert coronavirus spread in displacement camps

Teams are supporting authorities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in developing emergency response plans that take into account the living conditions in many communities and IDP camps, where overcrowding can increase the risk of disease outbreaks. “Humanitarian partners are installing hand-washing stations in IDP camps and ensuring supply of clean water. Partners are also distributing soap and teaching women how to produce their own,” said Edward Kallon, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria. “More than ever, it is crucial for vulnerable people to have access to not only…

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Africa 

Digital rights in Africa: advocates must team up to consolidate gains – Report

Digital rights advocates need to better team up to advance their objectives across Africa given the hard terrain in which they operate, according to a digital rights report released in March 2020. Paradigm Initiative’s 2019 Digital Rights in Africa Report said even though the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance gave rights groups a seat at the table, their impact remained suppressed by the two other partners – government and private sector organizations. “An important admission in Internet Governance is that although these three important stakeholders have similaropportunities for engagement in…

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Africa 

Coronavirus: Ethiopia religious bodies order closure of places of worship

April 1: Close places of worship: Orthodox church follows Islamic council Barely twenty-four hours after the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, EIASC, announced cessation to all prayers in mosques, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, EOTC, announced a similar measure. The church’s Holy Synod at a press briefing on Wednesday said as of tomorrow followers of the Church, the largest in Ethiopia, should pray from home and only a limited number of priests should conduct prayers inside churches. The Holy Synod also decided that all premises of spiritual colleges, Sunday schools and…

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Africa 

Factzone: is Uganda’s central bank governor Mutebile dead?

Misinformation has become one of the biggest threats to communication in the modern age. While the internet has arguably democratized the dissemination of information, this revolution has been hijacked by people who share unverified, false and malicious messages to millions of people on the internet. The World Health Organisation has actually said that the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 40,000 lives globally has been accompanied by an equally devastating infodemic of large amounts of unverified information. To combat the rise of fake news, more and more news organisations…

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Africa 

African govts adopt ‘copy-and-paste’ approach to combat COVID-19

Several measures have been taken by different governments to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has been confirmed in 49 African countries as of April 1. Some of these measures have included strict enforcement of hygienic practices like hand washing, travel restrictions and economic relief programmes. While each African nation arguably has different realities and contexts, in the face of a common enemy, leaders have taken to adopting measures announced by their counterparts. In this article, we look at some of the measures that have become generally accepted practices in…

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Africa 

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases reach 81, chloroquine treatment likely

April 1: Cases at 81, Kenya okays chloroquine for category of treatment Kenya has toppled Rwanda to become the most impacted mainland East African country with 81 cases as against Rwanda’s 75. Government is struggling to enforce an evening curfew that started late last week. The country confirmed its biggest tally hike for a day with 22 new cases out of a number of people on quarantine. Out of the figures, 18 were nationals with two Cameroonians and Pakistanis. So far three people have recovered whiles one death was recorded…

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Africa 

Coronavirus death: Senegal, French football mourn iconic Pape Diouf

Pape Diouf, a former president of French soccer club Marseille, died Tuesday in Senegal after contracting the coronavirus. It was the West African country’s first COVID-19-related death, according to the health ministry. He was 68. Diouf, who was president of Marseille from 2005-09, had been treated since Saturday in intensive care in Dakar, health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said. Senegal President Macky Sall wrote on his official Twitter account that he had followed Diouf’s health closely after he was admitted for treatment. “I pay tribute to this great figure in…

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