Africa

Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defence said. Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour. “20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged” across the […]

Over a million COVID-19 cases in Africa: AFP count

  JOHNANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa, according to an AFP count late Thursday. The continent’s worst-hit nation has registered 538,184 infections, including over 8,000 new cases on Thursday, and 9,604 deaths. Egypt has recorded around 95,000 COVID-19 cases while the figure in Nigeria is 45,000. South Africa’s infection figures are the fifth-highest after the […]

Floods affect more than 50,000 in Sudan: UN

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — More than 50,000 people have been affected by flooding across Sudan over the past week, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Torrential rains continued in several parts of Sudan… leading to flooding, landslides, damages to houses and infrastructure in at least 14 of the (country’s) 18 states,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. “More than 50,000 people have been affected,” it said in a statement. “The numbers […]

Coronavirus infects 24,000 S. African health workers

  JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday. South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Africa with at least 521,318 infections diagnosed so far, accounting for more than half the continent’s cases. Health Minister Zweli Mkwize told a news conference that the numbers of health workers who […]

South Africa coronavirus cases top 500,000: government

  by Susan NJANJI Agence France Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday, making it by far the hardest-hit country in Africa. The country has become the epicentre of the deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed infections. “Today South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 […]

DR Congo launches mass vaccination against cholera

BUKAVU, DR Congo (AFP) — Health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a bid to vaccinate more than a million people against cholera in five days after their region was hit by heavy floods. Immunization teams have started fanning out in the territories of Fizi, Idjwi, Minova, Nundu and Uvira, near Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika, where cholera is endemic, Eugene Kabambi, of the DRC branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), […]

Gunmen kill at least 20 farmers in Sudan’s Darfur: tribal chief

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Gunmen killed at least 20 people, including children, who were visiting their farms in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region for the first time in years, a tribal chief said Saturday. “Two months ago the government organised a meeting between the original landowners and those who took their fields” during the long-running war in Darfur, Ibrahim Ahmad told AFP by telephone. “An agreement was reached whereby the landowners would return to their fields […]

South Africa virus death toll tops 5,000: official

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa’s death toll from coronavirus has passed the 5,000 mark, according to official figures released on Sunday by the continent’s hardest hit country. South Africa registered 85 new deaths from the virus in the previous 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,033. A total of 13,449 new infections were also officially diagnosed, taking the number to 364,328, figures released by the health ministry showed. Minister of Health Zweli […]

Ebola cases rise in new DR Congo outbreak

by Junior KANNAH / Samir TOUNSI à KINSHASA MBANDAKA, DR Congo (AFP) — The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo’s northwest is growing, according to health officials, sounding the alarm weeks after the country officially declared an end to a separate Ebola epidemic which claimed over 2,000 lives. There have been 54 confirmed cases since June 1 in Mbandaka, a transport hub in Equateur province, including 22 deaths, according to figures released by the country’s […]

Kenya declares school year ‘lost’, classes back in 2021

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Kenya on Tuesday declared that its school year was considered lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, and primary and secondary pupils would return to class next January. The school year in the East African country runs from January to November, when it climaxes with end-of-term exams. But Education Minister George Magoha said in a statement that the curve of COVID-19 infections was expected to flatten only by December. As a result, […]

Malawi’s new president inaugurated, calls for national sacrifice

LILONGWE, Malawi (AFP) — Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera called for national sacrifice to transform his country as he was inaugurated on Monday, completing a remarkable turnaround after losing last year’s election. That vote was annulled by Malawi’s top court over “widespread and systematic” irregularities and a re-run election was held on June 23. Chakwera, 65, comfortably beat Peter Mutharika with 58.5 per cent of the vote, marking the first time in African history that […]

Fire in Egypt hospital kills 7 coronavirus patients

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — A fire at a hospital in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Monday killed seven coronavirus patients, security and medical sources said. Seven other people were injured in the blaze, believed to be caused by a malfunctioning air conditioner in an area designated for isolating COVID-19 patients, the sources said. Firefighters stopped it spreading to other hospital buildings, and ambulances were dispatched to transfer patients to other medical facilities, the state-run […]