Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19

“Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.”

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Zambia to default on foreign debt, finance minister says

“Zambia will not pay an overdue Eurobond coupon before a 30-day grace period expires at the end of the day, the finance minister told Reuters news agency on Friday, setting the country on course to become Africa’s first pandemic-era sovereign default.”

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Domestic violence ‘pandemic’ is costing countries billions

“‘Countries could save billions of dollars a year by tackling the disgusting pandemic of domestic violence,’ said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. She made the remarks following the release of a study that found the scourge costs Lesotho 5.5 percent of its annual economic output.”

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Tracking Africa’s coronavirus cases

“Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak.”

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Zimbabwe imposes curfew after spike in coronavirus infections

“The government of Zimbabwe has announced a dusk-to-dawn COVID-19 curfew as it reinstates strict measures to curb the spread of the disease following a recent spike in confirmed coronavirus infections.”

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WHO says coronavirus outbreak in Africa ‘accelerating’

“Ninety-eight days. That is how long it took for confirmed coronavirus infections to reach the 100,000 mark in Africa. But when it came to those cases doubling up to 200,000, it took just 18 days.”

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Egypt under fire over coronavirus deaths among healthcare workers

“Egypt’s medical union blamed the government for the rise in coronavirus infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, warning of a ‘complete collapse’ of the country’s health system.”

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Lesotho becomes last African country to record coronavirus case

“The southern African country of Lesotho has recorded its first coronavirus case, its health ministry has said, becoming the last nation on the continent to confirm an infection.”

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Senegalese engineering students fight coronavirus with inventions

“Engineering students in Senegal have joined their country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic with inventions such as automatic sanitiser dispensers and medical robots. The students attending a top engineering school in the capital, Dakar, have turned their technical skills towards easing pressure on the wards – and they are already in talks with hospitals over some of their innovations.”

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Is Tanzania covering up the real number of coronavirus deaths?

“Videos of night burials in cemeteries across Tanzania and corpses wrapped in plastic body bags carried out of homes by men in full personal protective equipment (PPE) suits are shared widely on WhatsApp groups and social media, raising fears about the true extent of the crisis.”

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