Africa 

Coronavirus stats: virus-free quartet, most impacted nation per region

There are five African countries that have not recorded a case of coronavirus as at midday GMT of April 2. 49 countries have officially recorded cases. The death toll had passed 200 whiles recoveries were also rising. The region with the highest virus-free countries being southern Africa where Comoros and Lesotho have yet to confirm cases. South Sudan in East Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in Central Africa are also virus-free. Most impacted nations per region (as of April 2): The basic records are referenced from the African Union’s…

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Coronavirus in Africa: 50 infected countries, 4 virus-free, over 6,700 cases

There are now more than over 6,700 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,…

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Malawi confirms three coronavirus cases, 50th African country infected

Malawi president Peter Mutharika on Thursday confirmed that the country had recorded three cases of COVID-19. They are the first recorded cases in the southern African country. Local news outlets report that the President made the announcement in a Special Address to the Nation. The address carried by the state-owned MBCTV lasted one minute and 23 seconds. The president disclosed that all three cases were confirmed in Lilongwe. Mutharika said one of the patients is a 63-year-old who had recently travelled to India. The other two are her relation and…

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Coronavirus: Tigray first to get regional testing center across Ethiopia

April 1: Tigray is first regional state with COVID-19 lab Northern Tigray region has become the first regional state in Ethiopia to have a COVID-19 testing lab. This development comes at a time when the state has no confirmed case of the coronavirus pandemic. Reports indicate that the medical facility is as a result of cooperation between Mekelle University and the Tigray Health Bureau and Tigray Health Research Institute. The lab started work on April 1 in the presence of region’s Vice President Debretsion GhebreMichael. President of the university noted…

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Sierra Leone announces 3-day national lockdown, doctors push for 14 days

April 2: Sierra Leone announce 3-day lockdown with two cases Twenty-four hours after confirming an index case, Sierra Leone announced a second case which involved a medical doctor with no links to the first patient. Both cases were registered in the capital Freetown. On Wednesday April 1, authorities announced a three-day nationwide lockdown as a containment measure against the spread of the virus. Defence minister and national COVID19 Coordinator, Brig (Rtd) Kellie Conteh announced that coming Sunday, Monday & Tuesday (April 4 – 6) are stay-at-home days. Meanwhile, doctors in…

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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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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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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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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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