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Coronavirus restrictions hamper aid access for Sudanese in need

The United Nations and its partners are putting in place alternative plans to ensure the continuity of humanitarian assistance in Sudan, as measures taken by the Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are having an impact on aid access, deliveries and services. According to Jens Laerke, Deputy Spokesperson at the Office for the Coordination […]

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Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season, according to data released by WFP and other humanitarian partners. Humanitarians have repeatedly warned that chronic insecurity linked to successive drought and violent extremists who exploit […]

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Africa: Pharmacy Students produce hand sanitizers to fight Covid 19

Since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, sales of hydro-alcoholic disinfectant products have tripled and many pharmacies and shops are out of stock in many African countries. Togo has also suffered this shortage and rise in prices. To address the shortage on the market, the University of Lomé, through a team of students in Pharmacy […]

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Marseille’s ex-president Pape Diouf dies of Covid-19

Marseille’s ex-president Pape Diouf dies of Covid-19

Former president of French football club Olympique de Marseille, Pape Diouf, has died after contracting coronavirus – the first death in Senegal from the pandemic. The 68-year-old Diouf is Senegal’s first COVID-19 fatality. He was being treated at Fann Hospital in the capital, Dakar. Mr Diouf, a Senegalese national who moved to Marseille as a […]

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Congo-Brazzaville mourns its former President

Congo-Brazzaville mourns its former President

Former President Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango, who ran Congo-Brazzaville between 1977 and 1979, died in France on March 30 at the age of 81 from Covid-19. The announcement was made by his son in a statement to AFP.   Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango went into exile in France when civil war broke out in 1997 […]

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COVID-19: Malian researchers fear a catastrophic spread as the country lacks resources

After keeping out the coronavirus weeks after it reached Africa, Mali this week registered two cases of the virus. With parts of the country inaccessible to state services because of insurgent violence and inter-community conflicts, the arrival of the coronavirus is raising fears in the already battered country. Amadou Koné, a researcher shared his perspectives […]

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Tokyo Olympics postponed over coronavirus pandemic but not cancelled

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic spreads worldwide, an unprecedented shifting of the world’s largest sporting event that casts a universe of athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and sports organizations into a period of protracted uncertainty. The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after phone discussions between […]

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Coronavirus: Morocco’s Police Arrest 122 People for Violating Lockdown

Coronavirus: Morocco’s Police Arrest 122 People for Violating Lockdown

Moroccan police of the city of Salé (Rabat’s twin city) arrested on Monday 122 people including (nine minors) for breaking the rules of the public health emergency enforced in the country from March 20 until April 20 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.   The offenders were captured while they were on a public road […]

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COVID-19: Morocco declares health emergency, unveils rescue package to impacted workers & businesses

COVID-19: Morocco declares health emergency, unveils rescue package to impacted workers & businesses

Morocco has declared a health emergency and asked citizens not to leave home unless they receive an authorization from local authorities to buy essentials or go to work, an interior ministry statement said Thursday.   Movement will be restricted starting from Friday March 20 at 18:00 as a necessary measure after coronavirus cases started transmitting […]

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Coronavirus: World Bank pledges $60 mln to Kenya

The World Bank on Monday announced a $60 million grant to help Kenya battle the coronavirus outbreak. According to the World Bank, the funding will improve surveillance, laboratory services, isolation units, equipment, supplies and communication to help mitigate the virus in the East African nation. Kenya has confirmed four cases of the COVID-19 disease thus […]

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