Africa

Mali teachers strike over virus concerns as schools reopen

BAMAKO, Mali (AFP) — Teachers in the West African state of Mali went on strike Tuesday, the first day schools reopened after being closed for two months, over fears of inadequate protection against coronavirus. Details of the number of students affected were unavailable, but seven teachers’ unions are striking, officials said, in a move that will hit public primary and secondary schools, as well as teacher-training colleges. The government shut schools to curb coronavirus in […]

DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

KINSHASA, DR CONGO (AFP) — DR Congo on Monday reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country’s northwest, just weeks before it hoped to declare the end of another epidemic in the east. The appearance of the deadly disease on the other side of the vast central African country comes as an added blow as it attempts to also battle the coronavirus pandemic. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said that “four people have already died” from […]

Guterres warns virus could send millions in Africa into ‘extreme poverty’

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that millions of people could be pushed into extreme poverty in Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and called for “global solidarity” with the continent. “The pandemic threatens African progress. It will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease,” Guterres said in a statement accompanying a UN study with recommendations for the African continent. While he congratulated Africa for responding […]

S.Africa reports 24-hour record of 1,160 new virus cases

by Susan NJANJI Agence France Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa on Sunday reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since the first case was recorded in March, data released by the health ministry showed “As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 15,515 with 1,160 new cases identified in the last 24-hour cycle of testing,” said the ministry statement. The Western Cape province, popular […]

S.Africa reports 24-hour record of 1,160 new virus cases

  by Susan NJANJI Agence France Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa on Sunday reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since the first case was recorded in March, data released by the health ministry showed “As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 15,515 with 1,160 new cases identified in the last 24 hour cycle of testing,” said the ministry statement. The Western Cape […]

S.Africa virus cases jump past 5,000 after highest daily rise

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) –The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa surged past the 5,000 mark on Thursday after it saw the largest single-day jump to date, health ministry figures showed. A total of 354 new cases were confirmed on Thursday, bringing the overall total to 5,350, and the number of fatalities spiked by 10 to 103. “This is the highest number of cases in a 24 hour cycle recorded to date and represents […]

S.Africa to gradually ‘ease’ virus lockdown from May 1

by Sofia CHRISTENSEN Agence France Presse PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa’s five-week coronavirus lockdown will be slowly eased from next month, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thursday as he sought a balance between protecting people and letting them “earn a living.” Ramaphosa rolled out strict confinement measures on March 27, under which people were only allowed to leave their homes for groceries, pharmaceuticals and medical appointments. Though infections rose to nearly 4,000 cases on […]

‘Fourteen dead’ in Yemen’s flood-hit Aden

ADEN, Yemen (AFP) — Fourteen people, including at least five children, have been killed and dozens injured in flash floods in Yemen’s second city Aden, authorities said Wednesday, amid submerged streets and destroyed homes. The deaths take the national toll to at least 21 after the United Nations said that seven other people were killed by flooding in the north, where the country’s long conflict between the government and the Iran-backed Huthi rebels continues. Deputy […]

S.African president unveils $26 billion virus relief plan

by Michelle GUMEDE Agence France-Presse Johannesburg, South Africa (AFP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced a $26 billion relief package to support the economy and the vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. In a special address to the nation, Ramaphosa announced “a massive social and economic support package of 500 billion rand ($26.3 billion), which amounts to about 10 percent of our GDP.” “The impact of the coronavirus requires an extraordinary coronavirus budget…the scale […]

Dozens killed in eastern DR Congo floods

BUKAVU, DR Congo (AFP) — Forty-six people have died in heavy flooding that struck the town of Uvira in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, destroying thousands of homes, local officials said on Tuesday, warning the tally could be much higher. “The updated toll is 30 dead, but it’s still very provisional as there are still people trapped in the rubble” of their homes, deputy mayor Kapenda Kyky Kifara told AFP. “It will take weeks […]

Medic death first virus case in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria

LAGO, Nigeria (AGP) — Nigeria on Monday confirmed its first coronavirus case in the insurgency-hit northeast of the country, a medic with Doctors Without Borders who died from COVID-19. The region has been ravaged by a decade-long insurgency by Boko Haram jihadists that has forced around 1.8 million people from their homes. Aid workers fear the virus could prove devastating if it spreads inside the crowded camps holding hundreds of thousands of displaced people. The […]

Nigeria security forces kill 18 over virus lockdown: rights body

ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigerian security forces have killed 18 people in their enforcement of measures to curb coronavirus, a figure higher than the documented toll inflicted by the disease, the country’s human rights body said. Africa’s most populous nation has imposed a total lockdown in megacity Lagos and the capital Abuja and set restrictions in other regions in a bid to contain the virus. According to official figures, coronavirus has so far infected 407 […]