Africa 

African countries applying lockdowns over COVID-19 spread

The lockdown list is growing across the continent. Ghana and Zimbabwe are among those that started the measure today. Among those that have been under lockdown are Morocco, Rwanda and South Africa. Countries across the continent and other parts of the world are increasingly shutting down to slow the spread of COVID-19. Streets emptied in Kigali as Rwanda became the first sub-Saharan African country to order a nationwide lockdown last week. Last Friday, South Africa, Africa’s most impacted country followed suit. President Cyril Ramaphosa, told forces deployed to enforce the…

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Coronavirus: Elumelu’s UBA redeems $2.6m donation to Lagos

Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos is at the center of the country’s coronavirus combat. Lagos has the highest number of confirmed cases (as at March 29) and the state government has continued to roll out multiple measures to deal with the disease. Lagos has in the past weeks suspended schools across the state – be they public or private, 70% of state government workers were asked to stay at home last week with the most recent move being a week’s closure of shops and markets. The state, with a population…

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Coronavirus in Africa: 4,760 cases; 146 deaths, 335 recoveries

There are now more than 4,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. The whole of Africa has rising cases with a handful of countries holding out. We shall keep updating this list which will be put in sub-continental blocs: East, West, Central,…

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Botswana executes duo convicted of murder in 2014

Botswana, one of the few democracies to still enforce the death penalty, executed two men convicted of murder on Saturday, March 28. The latest executions bring to four the number of hangings since President Mokgweetsi Masisi was elected last October. 33-year-old Moabi Seabelo Mabiletsa, and his co-accused 39-year-old Matshidiso Tshid Boikanyo, were hanged to death in the capital Gaborone, according to a statement by the prison services. The two were handed the death sentence for the murder of a taxi driver six years ago. Botswana, which previously executed a man…

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Coronavirus: South Africa cases hit 1,280; cases rise in East Africa

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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Coronavirus: Nigeria’s Lagos state locked down by federal govt

Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos is at the center of the country’s coronavirus combat. Lagos has the highest number of confirmed cases (as at March 29) and the state government has continued to roll out multiple measures to deal with the disease. Lagos has in the past weeks suspended schools across the state – be they public or private, 70% of state government workers were asked to stay at home last week with the most recent move being a week’s closure of shops and markets. The state, with a population…

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Coronavirus: Buhari imposes lockdown on Abuja; Lagos, Ogun states

March 29: Buhari’s first COVID-19 address Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has given his first coronavirus address to the nation touching on a myriad of issues from containment efforts, social and economic intervention and the way forward. A major takeaway was the imposition of a lockdown on two impacted states, Lagos and Osun and also in the Federal Capital territory, FCT. The relevant part of his address on the measure is as below: “Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation…

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Coronavirus: Ethiopian ‘abandons’ over 80 destinations, local market halves

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is all but gathering steam in affected even virus-free African countries. The rate of infection is lower on the continent as compared to Europe, Asia and parts of the Americas, where lockdowns are in place. The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. A number of business conferences were cancelled on account of the pandemic. A number of governments have also declared State of Emergencies. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa extensively…

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Coronavirus: Manu Dibango buried, Davido’s fiancé infected

The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is gathering steam in African countries that have recorded cases as compared to for example Italy where the entire country is almost in a lockdown. The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. Kenya has barred public gatherings after recording its index case. Uganda and other countries are calling for less gatherings. Our main coronavirus hub is seized with major developments around the epidemic. This piece will focus on the impact…

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Could decades-old chloroquine be a solution to coronavirus?

Could a pair of decades-old, relatively inexpensive anti-malarial drugs be the solution to the novel coronavirus pandemic? Around the world, countries are expanding access to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, related compounds that are synthetic forms of quinine, which comes from cinchona trees and has been used for centuries to treat malaria. “Hydrochloroquine is well tolerated because we are in a global health emergency. We need to treat patients and cure them faster in order to take care of other patients and free up space. The benefit to risk ratio was in…

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