Nigeria coronavirus: 4,971 cases; 1,000+ recoveries; Yobe mystery deaths

4,971 cases, recoveries pass 1,000 Total confirmed cases = 4,971 (new cases = 184)Total recoveries = 1,070Total deaths = 164Active cases = 3,737 Over in north-eastern Yobe State, there are reports of mysterious deaths which authorities say have led to 471 being buried in the past five weeks. The situation is similar to that of Kano State where government has ordered the NCDC to probe a spike in deaths weeks ago. Yobe State Commissioner for Health Muhammad Lawan Gana told the BBC that an initial investigation found most deaths were…

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Ethiopia coronavirus: 272 cases, arrests over face masks condemned

May 14: 272 cases, record for one-day testing Total confirmed cases = 272 (new cases = 9)Total recoveries = 108Total deaths = 5Active cases = 157Tests over 24-hours = 3,580Total tests so far = 45,278 All nine cases are Ethiopians, five male and four female. Five of them are from Addis Ababa and the remaining four from Jigjiga in the Somali region. Two of the nine new patients have no travel history abroad or no known contact with confirmed case, four have travel history abroad; and the remaining 3 have…

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Green Legacy initiative: Ethiopia targets 5 billion trees this year

Ethiopia has announced efforts to consolidate government’s Green Legacy initiative which started in 2019. The Prime Minister’s office said today that the plan for this year was to plant 5 billion trees. The information follows a presentation today (May 13) by the sector minister which reviewed the status of the project and laid out plans for this year. The presentation was chaired by the Prime Minister with key stakeholders in attendance, amongst others: national steering committee members, technical committee members, regional presidents and influential personalities that will be engaged in…

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Chinese nationals in South Africa hand out food relief

The Chinese community in South Africa on Tuesday handed over 10,000 food parcels to relieving the burden South Africans affected by the lockdown measures enforced to curb Covid-19. The Treasurer General of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party thanked the Chinese community for the act of solidarity. “The pandemic knows no race, no boundaries. It is therefore important that cooperation continues.” Mashatile called for the solidarity that is being shown in many countries to continue because “this is the only way to overcome this pandemic.” Follow and like us:

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Rajoelina hits back at Covid-organics detractors

The President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, has countered criticisms on the effectiveness of Covid-organics, a remedy derived from artemisia. In a television interview with France 24, Rajoelina pointed out that Madagascar has not recorded any COVID-19 related deaths, thanks to the local drug. He called out his detractors for not believing that a remedy “capable of saving the world” is from Africa. Follow and like us:

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Kenya slum demolition sparks protests amid virus restrictions

Hundreds of protesters in Kenya blocked one of Nairobi’s major highways with burning tires to protest government demolitions of the homes of more than 7,000 people and the closure of an adjacent food market. Police used teargas and water cannons on the protesters, who then looted shops and parked cars. “Police responded to a rowdy group that was destroying property on the road,” said Nairobi police chief Philip Ndolo. “If they have grievances they should express them through the right channels. We will not tolerate destruction of property,” Ndolo said.…

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South Africa reports resurgence of African swine fever

South Africa has detected cases of African Swine Fever in the Eastern Cape Province. The presence of the disease in the country was confirmed by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Thoko Didiza. The outbreak was detected following livestock post-mortem investigations at a municipal farm in Amathole district in April. The country has since notified the World Organisation for Animal Health about the Africa Swine Fever. African Swine Fever is caused by a virus that affects domestic pigs and wild boar. Wild pigs in Africa such as warthogs and…

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Nigeria coronavirus: 4,641 cases, Bauchi lockdown, Madagascar syrup

May 12: Cases hit 4641, Bauchi lockdown, Madagascar donation Case statistics at close of day May 11 stood at 4,641 with 242 new cases. The number of discharged and deaths stood at 902 and 150 respectively. The new cases were spread across 13 states and FCT, the top three being 88 in Lagos, 64 in Kano and 49 in Katsina. Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed on Monday announced a 10-day lockdown on three areas that border Kano state in a bid to contain spike in COVID-19 cases. He said via…

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Kenya coronavirus: 700 cases, mass prisoner release disclosed

Kenya continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic with cases steadily rising each day. Government have locked down a handful of counties including the capital Nairobi and imposed a night-time curfew as part of containment efforts. This rolling page will continue to give updates on major occurrences as relates to the East African country. You can follow Kenya’s March – April 2020 COVID-19 updates on our earlier page. Kenya as of May 10 was the fourth most impacted country in the East / Horn of Africa region only behind Djibouti, Sudan…

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Tunisian NGO distributing COVID-19 food aid via SMS

A Tunisian non-governmental organization, NGO, Sustainable Food Bank; is distributing food supplies to families adversely impacted by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The NGO has set up a food bank which distributes aid by SMS to some 300 families. The long awaited initiative, was finally launched at the end of April to coincide with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The initiative is part of private-sector efforts to support government in easing the socio-economic impact of the virus on the vulnerable sections of society. Farah, an employee of the…

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