‘Some 100 girls raped in Ethiopia’ during pandemic

BBC Authorities in Ethiopia have said more than 100 girls were raped and treated in the capital, Addis Ababa, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the privately owned Walta TV has reported. The head of Addis Ababa women and children affairs office, Almaz Abraham, said sexual violence was on the rise as schools had

SA court rules lockdown restrictions ‘irrational’

BBC A South African court has found some coronavirus lockdown regulations imposed by the government “unconstitutional and invalid”. The judge picked out rules around funerals, informal workers and amount of exercise as “irrational”. The government was given 14 days to overhaul the regulations. South Africa initially had some of the world’s most restrictive lockdown measures.

4 die in new Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

AFP DR Congo on Monday reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country’s northwest, just weeks before it hoped to declare the end of another epidemic in the east. The appearance of the deadly disease on the other side of the vast central African country comes as an added blow as it attempts to also

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South Africa rights commission investigates white man who depicted Dlamini-Zuma as ape

News24 The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is investigating social media posts depicting Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as an ape. SAHRC head advocate Tseliso Thipanyane confirmed the investigation had been handed over to its Western Cape branch, adding because the images were widely spread on social media, it was not yet

SA: Booze is back after 66 day ban due to lockdown

Business Insider Alcoholic drinks will go on legal sale again in South Africa on Monday, after 66 days of prohibition. There will be strict rules about buying booze under Alert Level 3, government ministers announced on Thursday, in a preview of regulations not yet published – but much less strict than originally envisaged. Bars, taverns,

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Morocco calls for unity in Africa

By Staff Reporter EMBASSY of the Kingdom of Morocco in Pretoria has called for the African Union to work towards uniting member states despite previous or ongoing differences. The remarks came on the occasion to Africa Day which was celebrated by all African countries. The embassy also said there is need for unity especially during

2,500 schools closed in Burkina Faso due to unrest- HRW

AFP Increase in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso since 2017 has led to the closure of more than 2,000 schools, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday. Citing the Ministry of Education, the report says 2,500 schools have been closed, depriving nearly 350,000 students access to education. At least 222 education workers have

African Countries Struggle To Find Covid-19 Test Kits They Need

The New Humanitarian Nairobi — ‘Even where there is enough money, many African health authorities are unable to obtain the supplies needed.’ “Test, test, test” has been the mantra for defeating the novel coronavirus, but African countries are finding themselves at the end of a long global queue for the chemical reagents and other commodities necessary

Uganda to distribute free masks before easing lockdown

BBC Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said the government will distribute free masks to all citizens aged above six-years-old before lifting coronavirus containment measures. The wearing of masks in public was made mandatory early May. In a televised address on Monday, Museveni said the distribution of masks will be done in 14 days. Each person

Burundi to vote in tense poll amid virus outbreak

AP Burundians will vote on Wednesday in a tense general election, despite a largely-ignored outbreak of coronavirus which is set to be the first major challenge for the new president. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has been in power since 2005, shocked observers by deciding to step aside, five years after a controversial third-term run plunged

Kenya recalls substandard hand sanitisers

BBC Kenya’s bureau of standards has recalled eight brands of instant hand sanitisers from the market for failing to comply to approved standards It has suspended the permits of the manufacturers and ordered them to “recall the substandard sanitisers from the market and institute corrective actions”. The low-quality brands were discovered during market surveillance. The

The country's prisons are usually congested

Coronavirus: Kenya has freed 7,000 inmates

BBC Kenya has released 7,000 inmates in a bid to decongest prisons since coronavirus pandemic hit the country, Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i has told Senators. The minister told the Senate’s Corvid-19 committee that two cases were detected in a prison in the capital, Nairobi. The health ministry has started conducting mass testing in prisons across

Tunisia has no new cases of corona virus

Coronavirus: Tunisia records zero new cases

BBC Tunisia recorded no new cases of Covid-19 for the first time since early March, health authorities said on Monday, as the government announced it will further relax restrictions on movement and businesses, Reuters news agency reports. The north African country which confirmed its first case on 2 March has reported 1,032 cases in total