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Up to three million people could die of covid-19 in Africa- UN report warns

The UN has rang the alarm bill as to the havoc that coronavirus might bring to the beleaguered health system in Africa where the virus may kill between 300,000 and 3 million people. Until now, Sub-Saharan Africa managed to dodge the brunt of the coronavirus with most cases remaining concentrated in north Africa. However, if […]

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Locusts leave a million hungry in Ethiopia — UN

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says about a million people in Ethiopia are in need of food aid after swarms of locusts destroyed vast areas of farmland. The outbreak is the worst seen in Ethiopia and Somalia for 25 years and the worst infestation in Kenya for over 70 years. Djibouti, Eritrea South […]

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COVID-19: 111 Africans tested positive in China’s Guangzhou city

A total of 111 Africans in China’s southern city of Guangzhou had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Monday, Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. According to Chen Zhiying, executive vice mayor of Guangzhou, 19 cases were imported. Some 4,553 African people in the city had undergone nucleic acid testing since April 4, […]

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Morocco’s King calls for joint action framework to counter Covid-19 in Africa

King Mohammed VI of Morocco suggested the setting up of an initiative by African heads of state to elaborate an operational framework to help African countries manage the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal was made during phone talks between the King and President Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and President Macky Sall of Senegal, the […]

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COVID-19: Guangzhou shutdowns Africa trading hub in China

Hundreds of African residents and businessmen in China’s southern city of Guangzhou have been evicted from hotels and apartments as local health officials rollout a testing campaign for Covid-19. Guangzhou is home to one of China’s largest African communities and has become a hub for African traders buying and selling goods to the continent. The […]

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COVID-19: Africa records 59,393 cases, curfews extended, funds set up to fight the outbreak

Africa has now more than over 59,390 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, according to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control. The continent has rising cases with only three countries holding out as of April 6. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest nation, has 209 confirmed cases of coronavirus […]

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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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UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa with a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).   This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which is threatening to […]

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African countries ban arrivals from virus-hit regions, close borders

Several African governments last weekend closed borders, canceled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread the coronavirus.   In Southern Africa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and warned the outbreak could have a “potentially lasting” impact on the southern African nation.   The high-risk […]

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Egypt records first coronavirus death in Africa

Africa has recorded its first fatality of the coronavirus outbreak. The victim is a German tourist who was under treatment in Egypt.   The 60-year-old had arrived in Egypt a week ago and complained of a fever. He was taken to a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for treatment where he was […]

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