Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

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Senegal’s economy struggles amid COVID-19 pandemic

“Senegal’s recent protests have shone a light on simmering frustrations over sluggish economic activity and unemployment in the West African state, which have been compounded by a year of coronavirus restrictions.”

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Mauritania receives first COVID-19 vaccines from China

“Mauritania received its first delivery of coronavirus vaccines from China. 50,000 doses of Sinopharm arrived on Wednesday. Mauritania is the latest African country to receive a vaccine donation after Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, and Niger.”

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Seychelles hopeful it can achieve herd immunity to coronavirus soon

“Seychelles has said it hopes to reach ‘herd immunity’ against the coronavirus by mid-March, which would make it among the first in the world to achieve such extensive protection.”

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Senegal begins covid-19 vaccination with doses from China’s Sinopharm

“Senegal is hoping to inoculate about 90% of a targeted 3.5 million people. Health workers, high-risk persons between 19 and 60 are expected to be vaccinated by the end of the year.”

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Egypt Begins its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign with China’s Sinopharm

“Egypt began the vaccination of medical staff on Sunday with the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in the northeastern province of Ismailia, according to a vaccination program by the Egyptian Health Ministry.”

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Sierra Leone re-imposes lockdown on Freetown as COVID-19 cases spike

“The authorities of Sierra Leone have announced a new lockdown of the capital Freetown and a night curfew throughout the country to counter the ‘exponential’ increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

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Guinea Begins Administering Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 Vaccine

“Vaccinations against COVID-19 with a Russian produced vaccine on an experimental basis began on Wednesday at a centre in Conakry, Guinea. Government officials were the first to receive the Sputnik V vaccine at a vaccination centre in Conakry.”

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South Africa announces new measures targeting virus hotspots

“South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced new localized restrictions to stem a resurgence of COVID-19 in the south of the country, amid growing fears new infections could spiral into a second wave.”

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Madagascar takes last stand on COVID-19 vaccine, refuses immunization

“Madagascar has affirmed its decision not to participate in the Covax global initiative for the access to COVID-19 vaccine once they have been approved and licensed. The government spokesperson confirmed the island will resort to its traditions.”

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