Coronavirus Africa

Coronavirus Africa

More than 400 Malawians flee isolation sites after repatriation from South Africa

AFP More than 400 repatriated Malawians, including a handful of Covid-19 patients, on Wednesday fled quarantine and isolation sites in the city of Blantyre, a local health official said. The 441 Malawians were bused back from South Africa on Monday, where they were left stranded after the country closed its borders in March to limit

Madagascar Andry Rajoelina

Madagascar sends doctors, soldiers to virus-hit city

AFP The government of Madagascar has announced the deployment of soldiers and doctors to the city of Toamasina (east), after a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country’s second largest city. The government on Sunday in the capital Antananarivo held a special council of ministers meeting devoted to the situation in

53 SA Anglo Gold Ashanti Mineworkers Test Positive For Covid-19

TimesLIVE Fifty-three employees at Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine in Carletonville on the West Rand have tested positive for Covid-19, the Gauteng department of health confirmed on Sunday. “All employees have been admitted at [an] isolation facility. [An] outbreak response team was dispatched to trace all known contacts and the process is ongoing,” said provincial

Africa Coronavirus Cases Surpass 100,000

AFP AFRICA has now recorded more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus, according to an AFP tally drawn from official figures on Friday. Across the continent, a total of 100,002 cases had been registered as of 1100 GMT Friday, of which 3,095 were fatal. Countries in northern Africa have the highest death tolls, led by Egypt

Rwanda President Paul Kagame

Rwanda deploys robots in Covid-19 fight

NewTimes KIGALI – Rwanda has launched the use of robots in the fight against COVID-19, in a move aimed at reducing contact between medics and patients. The move is expected to limit the risk of healthcare workers from contracting the virus. The robots were launched at the Kanyinya COVID-19 Treatment Centre by the Ministry of

Spare A Thought For Stranded African Migrants

BBC Thousands of African migrants are stuck in transit – unable to reach their destination or to get back home because the coronavirus pandemic has caused the world to come to a standstill. Take two key exit points: the Horn of Africa route via the Gulf of Aden into the Middle East and the central

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina

Madagascar reports first coronavirus death

AFP Several African countries have ordered or expressed interest in the purported remedy, which is known as Covid-Organics. The tonic drink is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – and other indigenous herbs. But the World Health Organization has warned against “adopting a product that has not been taken

May 15: Eritrea officially virus-free with 100% recoveries, no death

Africa News Eritrea has officially declared itself virus-free after all 39 patients successfully recovered from COVID-19. A Ministry of Health statement said the 39th patient had been discharged from hospital as of today. As of May 8, there were only two active cases, one of which was discharged on the 11th before today’s final recovery and

Zambia president Edgar Lungu

Zambia records 654 coronavirus cases

Africa News Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations despite being way behind continent leader South Africa. A lockdown imposed by President Edgar Lungu has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country. Zambia has more than doubled its COVID-19 figures

President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina

Madagascar president dismisses ‘all critics’: would they doubt European cure?

Africa News President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has delivered a scathing verdict of persons increasingly speaking against the country’s purported traditional cure for COVID-19. In an exclusive interview with French broadcasters, France24 and RFI, Rajoelina said his country will continue to administer and develop the cure which according to him accounts for majority of its

Covid-19: Zambia sex workers help authorities trace clients

BBC Sex workers in Zambia are helping to trace people who have contracted coronavirus after a surge in new infections at the border town of Nakonde, the health minister has said. Chitalu Chilufya said 76 of 85 reported new cases in the northern town were either sex workers or lorry drivers. “Sex workers have been

COVID-19: WHO Warns 190,000 Could Die In Africa In One Year

BBC As many as 190,000 people across Africa could die in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic if crucial containment measures fail, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns. The new research also predicts a prolonged outbreak over a few years. “It likely will smoulder in transmission hot spots,” says WHO Africa head Matshidiso Moeti.

Mustapha, left, helps a teacher to post anti-epidemic poster in Changchun University of Chinese Medicine in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province

Nigerian Medical Student’s Fight Against COVID-19 In China

By Xinhua  Mustapha Abdul Raheem has experienced two epidemics in the past six years: one was the Ebola in West Africa in 2014, during which he witnessed sufferings and aspired to study medicine; the other was the Covid-19. This time as a medical student in China, he was better prepared, both professionally and mentally. The

US President Donald Trump

US Pledges US$3M More To Fight COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

By Mary Taruvinga THE United States (US) has pledged an additional US$3 million to support Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 National Preparedness and Response plan bringing the amount donated by the same government to US$6 million. The funding was availed through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “CDC will award the new funding in early May

SA: More than 440 new Covid-19 infections and eight new deaths in one day

TimesLive The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa reached 6783 on Sunday and the death toll has risen to 131. This means another eight deaths were confirmed on Sunday – two in the Western Cape, two in Gauteng and four in the Eastern Cape. The number of confirmed cases increased from 6336 on

Overcrowded DR Congo prisons at high risk from coronavirus

AFP The coronavirus has breached the walls of DR Congo prisons with potentially catastrophic consequences for the overcrowded facilities, charity groups say. On Thursday and Friday, 43 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 at the Ndolo military prison in central Kinshasa, Africa’s third largest city with at least 10 million inhabitants. “Tests of all detainees are