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Coronavirus could kill 300,000 in Africa, even with interventions – UNECA

Source: Bloomberg The coronavirus pandemic could kill 300,000 people in Africa this year, even with assertive government measures to limit social interactions, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Overcrowded slums with no access to water coupled with fragile health-care systems make the continent especially vulnerable to the …

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AU Chair appoints special envoys for Africa’s coronavirus fight

Source: ewn.co.za The Chair of the African Union (AU), President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr Donald Kaberuka, Mr Tidjane Thiam and Mr Trevor Manuel as Special Envoys of the African Union to mobilise international support for Africa’s efforts to address the economic challenges African countries …

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Lockdown continues as long as necessary – Buhari

  Source: allafrica.com In the clearest indication yet that the two-week lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on March 29 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic may be headed for extension, President Muhammadu Buhari, saturday, said the movement restrictions would last as long as …

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Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine – WHO

  The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa. “Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine,” said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The …

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Nigerian govt in talks with car manufacturers for locally made ventilators

  Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Niyi Adebayo yesterday said the federal government is currently engaging indigenous car manufacturers to tweak their operations and commence the manufacturing of made-in-Nigeria ventilators to boost the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said the government is working with the Standards …

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Militants kill 20 Malian soldiers in army base attack

  The military in Mali says more than 20 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in the northern region of Gao. People in the area said militants drove around their villages in cars and on motorbikes before attacking the army base at dawn on Monday. They said the insurgents …

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases rise to 238

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria have increased to 238. This was after the country recorded six new cases on Monday. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced this via its Twitter handle. Of the six new cases, the NCDC said two were recorded in Kwara State, two in Edo, …

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Coronavirus: Niger government relaxes curfew

  The Niger State Government has relaxed the curfew imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease in the state. The new curfew takes effect from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning from April 5 as against the earlier order of 10 a.m. to 12 midnight. …

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Coronavirus: Senegal extends state of emergency

  Senegalese President Macky Sall has extended for 30 days the state of emergency introduced throughout the country in response to the new coronavirus, the state media reported. The state of emergency first announced by the head of state on 23 March is accompanied by a curfew from 8 p.m. …

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Africa to lose up to $200 bn in 2020 due to coronavirus

  Global auditing firm McKinsey & Company’s is estimating that Africa would lose up to $200 billion in 2020 due to the current coronavirus pandemic. A paper put together by experts at the auditing firm said the pandemic will led to a cut of 3 to 8 percentage points to …

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Nigeria to set up $1.39 billion fund to fight coronavirus

Nigeria plans to create a 500 billion naira ($1.39 billion) coronavirus fund to strengthen its healthcare infrastructure to tackle the virus, the government said on Saturday. Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, House of Representatives speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and Senate President Ahmad Lawan agreed in a meeting that the crisis intervention fund …

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Lockdown Tragedy: Why Army killed Warri youth — Police

  The police in Delta State have accused the 28-year-old man reportedly killed by a soldier in the Warri area of the state of disobeying the directives of the Nigerian Army. Joseph Pessu was said to have been shot at Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of …

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Coronavirus cases in Nigeria may soon hit 5,000 — Expert

  As cases of the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in Nigeria and other parts of the world, a development economist and governance expert, Dr Chiwuike Uba, has warned that the situation will continue to deteriorate if government does not apply stringent measures to tackle the pandemic head on. In …

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Coronavirus: Congolese Ex-President dies of virus

  Former Republic of Congo president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango died in France on Monday of the new coronavirus (Covid-19), his family told AFP. He was 81. Yhombi Opango, who led Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 until he was toppled in 1979, died at a Paris hospital, his son Jean-Jacques said. Yhombi …

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US pastor arrested for holding services amid coronavirus lockdown

  Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in to authorities Monday afternoon …

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NAFDAC orders mass production of chloroquine for emergency against COVID-19

  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has ordered the mass production of emergency stockpiles Chloroquine for possible clinical trial treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. Chloroquine was reported to have demonstrated marked efficacy and acceptable safety in treating COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multi-centre clinical trials …

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Buhari imposes curfew on Lagos, Abuja, Ogun

President Muhammadu Buhari has imposed a curfew on Lagos and Ogun states as well as on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. He announced the curfew during a nationwide broadcast at 7pm today, Sunday, Mach 29, 2020. The curfew is for two weeks, effective from 11pm tomorrow, Monday, March 30, …

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DR Congo president’s aide dies of Covid-19

  The third person to die of Covid-19 complications in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a respected human rights lawyer and an aide of President Félix Tshisekedi. Jean-Joseph Mukendi Wa Mulumba was the acting head of President Tshisekedi’s legal advisory council. He is likely to have contracted the respiratory …

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SA church accused of scamming members

  Former members of the Prophetic, Healing and Deliverance (PHD) ministries in Cape Town have accused the church of scamming them out of money they invested in housing and other projects. Founded in 2012 by Walter Magaya, PHD is one of the controversial prosperity gospel churches in southern Africa that …

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Mali reports its first Coronavirus cases

  Mali has confirmed its first cases of Coronavirus – two of its nationals who returned from France on 12 and 16 March. The patients are a 49-year-old woman from the capital Bamako and a 62-year-old man living in the western city of Kayes, the government said in a statement. …

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