Coronavirus

South African Settlements Named ‘Covid-19’ and ‘Sanitiser’

A community in a newly formed informal settlement near the South African city of Cape Town has given the pandemic a new twist and named their area Covid-19.

Covid-19: Senegal Reopens Schools With Strict Guidelines

Senegal has allowed students sitting for national exams back to school but under strict guidelines that include hand-washing, keeping social distance, temperature checks and wearing face masks. It’s taken weeks of preparation for schools to reopen, including cleaning and disinfecting...

27 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa Have So Far Received $10B in Assistance from the IMF to Respond To COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has disbursed US$10 billion to 27 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spokesman Gerry Rice said at a press briefing in Washington DC on Thursday. That unprecedented amount is 10 times...

Ghana Eases Restrictions as Cases Surge, Lifts Ban on Religious Gatherings

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced measures to ease restrictions on public gatherings in the country. Under the new directives, church services and Muslim prayers can take place with 100 congregants at a time and for only one hour. Social distancing...

Africa Union Plans to Raise 1 Million USD for COVID-19 Response Fund on Africa Day

The African Union (AU) said it is to raise one million U.S. dollars on Monday for its COVID-19 response fund, as the 55-member pan-African bloc marks the Africa Day. The African Union has created an African Union COVID-19 Response...

Coronavirus: South Sudan’s Vice-president, Wife Tests Positive

South Sudan's Vice-President Riek Machar has tested positive for coronavirus. His wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, some bodyguards and other staff have also tested positive for the virus. Mr Machar was tested on 13 May after one of the members of...

Nigerian Pastor’s TV Station Sanctioned in UK for Linking Coronavirus to 5G

A Christian television channel founded by a Lagos-based veteran pastor has been sanctioned by Ofcom, the broadcasting authority in London for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the Covid-19 pandemic, including a baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to...

Madagascar Records First Coronavirus Death

Madagascar has recorded its first coronavirus death, according to an official announcement made on television. The 57-year-old hospital worker, who died on Saturday, was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, Reuters news agency reports quoting the statement. The Indian ocean...

Covid-19: UNICEF Predicts Over 900 Children May Die Daily in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that 950 children in Nigeria could die daily from preventable causes over the next six months as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to weaken the health system. UNICEF added that Nigeria could record...

African Billionaires and Their Contributions to the Fight Against Coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread across cities all over Africa, the severity of the pandemic and its devastating effect on the limited resources available in most African countries have prompted some of the continent's billionaires to step up...

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Misery Index: South Africa Has The Third Most ‘Miserable Economy’ In The World

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Fighting Slavery With Suicide: The Fascinating Story of Africa’s Kru People

The Kru or Kroo are a West African ethnic group who are indigenous to eastern Liberia. During the Slave trade era, they were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture

The Mbuti People Of Congo And Their Sister Exchange Form Of Marriage

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Slavery Abolition Act 1833: Slavery Was Abolished Throughout The British Empire On This Day

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that abolished slavery in most British colonies, freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa and making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal