Racism row as French doctors suggest virus vaccine test in Africa

Two doctors spark criticism for discussing in a TV show the idea of testing a vaccine for the coronavirus in Africa. Two French doctors have been accused of racism for suggesting that a potential vaccine for coronavirus should first be tested on people in Africa. The comments were made on the French television channel, LCI, during a discussion on Wednesday […]

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Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases

More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 including former heads of state since first case was confirmed in February. Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to have reached almost every nation on the continent. Of Africa’s 54 countries, only five have yet to report a […]

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Coronavirus: Africa's largest city Lagos deserted as Nigeria locks down

LAGOS (AFP) – Roads in Africa’s largest city Lagos were deserted on Tuesday (March 31) after Nigeria locked down its economic hub and shuttered its capital, in the continent’s latest effort to brake the juggernaut of coronavirus. Businesses were closed, markets abandoned and streets empty as the usually chaotic megacity of 20 million, along with the capital Abuja, shuddered to […]

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South Africa plans mass screening to tackle coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG (BLOOMBERG) – South Africa will roll out a mass screening programme for the coronavirus and dispatch about 10,000 field workers to check up on people in their homes, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to do so. “We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday (March 30), […]

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Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

The 14-day lockdown will be enforced in the commercial hub, Lagos, neighbouring Ogun and the nation’s capital, Abuja. Nigeria has announced a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people, in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa’s most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun will kick […]

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The saxophone legend who inspired a disco groove

Nicknamed “Pappy Grove”, Manu Dibango was a musical innovator whose work over six decades inspired some of the greatest artists of our time. The Cameroonian saxophonist, who died at 86 this week after contracting coronavirus, also influenced many musical genres. Whether it was Congolese rumba in the 1950s, disco in the 1970s or hip-hop in the 1990s, his contribution to […]

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South Africa records first two coronavirus deaths, cases exceed 1,000

JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) – Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed 1,000 on Friday (March 27), the health ministry said, while also reporting its first two deaths on the first day of a three-week nationwide lockdown. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, which saw Africa’s most industrialised economy largely shudder to a halt overnight, earlier this week. “This morning, […]

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Kenya police under fire over 'excessive force' as curfew begins

Police fire tear gas and beat commuters with batons as country imposes dusk-to-dawn measure amid coronavirus fight. Human rights groups have condemned the “unnecessary and excessive use of force” by Kenyan police as the country imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew amid efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. On Friday, police fired tear gas at a crowd of ferry commuters […]

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Going into mourning for mass funeral ban

In our series of letters from African writers, journalist and former Ghana government minister Elizabeth Ohene writes about the dramatic impact coronavirus is having on life in her country and beyond. If anyone had any doubt about just how serious the Covid-19 outbreak is, we now have proof positive, we are in the midst of a huge crisis. This is […]

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Sudan defence minister dies of 'sudden heart attack' at Juba peace talks

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Sudanese Defence Minister Lieutenant General Jamal al-Din Omar died of an unspecified illness on Wednesday (March 25) while in neighbouring South Sudan for peace talks with his country’s main rebel groups, the military announced. Omar had “suffered from a number of chronic illnesses,” armed forces spokesman Amer Mohamed al-Hassan said without elaborating. The government delegation in the […]

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