Coronavirus Africa

Coronavirus Africa

Covid-19 Death Toll Exceeds 104,000 Across Continent

AllAfrica Cape Town — As of March 3, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,913,848. Reported deaths in Africa reached 104,384 and 3,489,682 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases – 1,514,815 – and 50,271 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (484,159), Tunisia (234,231), Egypt (183,591), Ethiopia (160,813),

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa Moves SA To Covid-19 Alert Level 1

TimesLIVE SOUTH AFRICA has officially been moved to Covid-19 alert level 1. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on Sunday night during his address to the nation on the latest developments around the coronavirus pandemic. The changes were due to kick in as of Monday, with a gazette expected to be published on Sunday night.

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa May Swap, Sell AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

BBC SOUTH AFRICA is considering swapping or selling the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus, the health minister says. South Africa has one and half million doses of the AstraZeneca jab. Plans to use it to vaccinate health workers have been put on hold after a small study suggested a “minimal” effect against the country’s new variant

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube

Covid-19: US$500b Needed To Jump Start African Economies

By Business Reporter AFRICAN ministers for finance have unanimously agreed that at least US$500 billion will be required to jump start their economies battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. This came out during a recent virtual meeting for the ministers, which was convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the International Monetary

Tanzania President John Magufuli

Tanzania Says Will Not Vaccinate Citizens Against Covid-19

BBC Tanzania’s government, which has been criticised for its handling of the pandemic, has no plans to rollout Covid vaccines, the health minister says. The comments come days after President John Magufuli warned officials against acquiring vaccines saying they could harm people, without giving evidence. Critics have accused him of playing down the threat posed

South Africa took part in human trials for vaccines but has not yet started vaccinating people

Africa’s long wait for the Covid-19 vaccine

BBC Africa will have to wait “weeks if not months” before receiving Covid-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, according to various officials working towards getting doses for the continent. Close to 900 million doses have been secured so far through various initiatives, enough to inoculate about 30% of the continent’s 1.3 billion people


SA Covid-19 variant found in four African countries

BBC Botswana, Zambia, The Gambia and Kenya have detected a variant of the Covid-19 virus that was first identified in South Africa last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The WHO’s Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, attributed the spread to the movement of people across the continent. “It may also be that

Late minister Jackson Mthembu

South African Minister Dies Of Covid-19

SABC Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed on earlier on Thursday . The Presidency has sent condolences to his family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss,” says the Presidency in a statement. Minister Mthembu has been described as an exemplary leader, an activist, and a life-long champion

South African Scientists Seek To Understand New Variant

BBC Scientists in South Africa say there is a “reasonable concern” that the new variant of Covid-19 sweeping across the country might prove to be more resistant to current vaccines being rolled out in the UK and elsewhere, and warn that it makes the need for a global roll-out of vaccines “even more critical”. “It’s

SA’s Covid-19 variant: How much more transmissible it may be

Business Insider SA In the next few weeks, as laboratory work progresses, South Africans should get a clearer picture of its new Covid-19 variant, says Professor Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP). KRISP coordinates the genetic research into the virus in South Africa. He warns that the new variant – called

England Bans Flights From South Africa, SA Visitors Due To New Covid Variant

Business Insider The UK government has announced urgent new measures to stop travellers from South Africa, after South Africa’s new coronavirus variant was found in that country. All flights from South Africa have been banned, and South Africans won’t be allowed to enter England. “From 9am Thursday 24 December 2020, visitors arriving into England who

Germany Restricts SA Flights As El Salvador Bans Travellers From SA

By Reuters GERMANY plans to impose restrictions on flights from and to SA and Britain after the two countries reported identifying a new coronavirus strain, a government spokesman said on Sunday. He said that the government was working on new travel rules and was in contact with European Union partners. El Salvador has also banned