Coronavirus: African countries reach for malaria medicine

AFP Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus. From hospitals in Senegal to pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and street sellers in Cameroon, chloroquine has fired hopes of a medicinal fix against a virus that is set to scythe through

64 Ethiopians Found Dead In Container In Mozambique: Hospital Official

AFP MORE than 60 suspected undocumented migrants from Ethiopia were found dead on Tuesday in a cargo container in Mozambique’s northwest Tete province, a hospital official said. “A truck transporting illegal immigrants from Malawi, suspected to be Ethiopians, was stopped at the Mussacana weight bridge in Tete, and 64 people were found dead. Only 14

Worship in churches and mosques suspended in Kenya

BBC Religious leaders in Kenya have suspended worship in some churches and mosques after the country confirmed seven coronavirus cases. The Presbyterian Church of East Africa, All Saints’ Cathedral of Anglican Church, Christ is the Answer Ministries, Kenya Assemblies of God and the Nairobi Chapel have suspended congregational worship. All the five churches said they

Facebook to fight coronavirus fake news in Nigeria

BBC Facebook has said it is running a fact-checking pilot in Nigeria to help stop the spread of fake news about coronavirus. The social media giant says it will use its messaging app WhatsApp to help researchers gather misinformation and respond with accurate information. It will also provide banner adverts to the World Health Organization

Burkina Faso reports first virus death in sub-Saharan Africa

AFP The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa. “We recorded the death overnight of a female patient aged 62, who suffered from diabetes and was in intensive care,” Burkina’s national coordinator for responding to the virus, Professor Martial

Zambia Arrests 15-Year-Old For ‘Defaming’ President On Facebook

Times Live A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Zambia for allegedly defaming President Edgar Lungu in Facebook posts, police said Wednesday as critics accuse the regime of turning increasingly authoritarian. The unnamed teenager based in the central small town of Kapiri Mposhi was arrested on Monday and charged with three counts of libel. He will

African airlines lose $400m since virus outbreak

BBC African Airlines have lost $400m (£312m) since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China in February, according to the global airline industry body. The epidemic is not as widespread in Africa as in other continents, but it has led airlines like South African Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Air Tanzania, Air Mauritius, EgyptAir, RwandAir and

Togo’s Faure Gnassingbé ‘wins re-election’ amid fraud protest

BBC Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé has won re-election, according to preliminary results from the electoral commission. However, opposition leader Agbéyomé Kodjo has accused the authorities of widespread fraud. The president’s office is quoted by AFP news agency as denying the accusation. The electoral commission said that Mr Gnassingbé had received 72% of the vote, compared

Cameroon's President Biya has been accused of human rights abuses during the conflict

Children among 22 killed in attack on Cameroon village

BBC At least 22 people have been killed in an attack on a village in north-west Cameroon, the UN says. Over half those killed in Ntumbo were children, and local media report that several victims were burned alive. No-one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident, but an opposition party blamed the army. Cameroon’s government, which

Egypt says its population reaches 100 million

AFP Egypt’s population has reached 100 million, its statistics agency said on Tuesday, highlighting the threat of overpopulation in a poverty-stricken country where many live in crowded megacities. The North African country retains its position as the most populous Arab nation and Africa’s third most populous country behind Nigeria and Ethiopia. A counter installed atop

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma

Court issues warrant of arrest for Zuma

BBC The Pietermaritzburg High Court has issued a warrant of arrest for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma after be missed a scheduled court appearance. Zuma, who has been charged with a string of crimes including corruption, racketeering and money-laundering was expected at the pre-trial hearing on Tuesday but was not present due to bad-health,

Soldiers from the French Army hold detectors while searching for the presence of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) during the Burkhane Operation in northern Burkina Faso.

‘Jihadists’ kill 18 civilians in Burkina Faso

AFP Suspected jihadists have killed 18 civilians in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, the governor of the Sahel region said. “The defence and security forces brought back the body of the nurse to give it to her family in Yalgo and secure the area to allow the burial of other victims,” Colonel Salfo Kabore

UN says Nigeria could lose more than a million children to pneumonia

BBC About 1.4 million children could die from pneumonia over the next decade in Nigeria, according to the UN. The UN’s children agency Unicef has in its latest forecast said Nigeria could have the world’s highest amount of deaths caused by pneumonia. Overall, Unicef said its forecast estimates 6.3 million children could die worldwide from

New drug to fight sleeping sickness in DR Congo

BBC The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have started distributing a new oral drug to fight against sleeping sickness. The disease, caused by a parasite that attacks the nervous system, is fatal if it is not treated. It affects at least 8 million people in about 30 different African countries. Health officials in