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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The problem with predicting coronavirus apocalypse in Africa

“Despite the massive crisis the West is experiencing, some Western thought leaders continue to insist that a whole continent of 54 countries will collectively and inevitably experience apocalypse as a result of a virus outbreak. Indeed, the white gaze knows no rest, even amid a pandemic that has struck the West.”

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‘People need to eat’: South Africa eases coronavirus lockdown

“The government has adopted a gradual and phased approach to reopen the country from May 1. About 1.5 million workers in selected industries return to work in the next phase under strict health conditions, according to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel. Winter clothing, textile and packaging manufacturing are among the industries permitted to reopen factories.”

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$1 testing kits: Senegal’s approach to coronavirus (podcast)

“Without much of a health budget, Senegal is being championed for controlling the novel coronavirus. From early-detection mobile kits to 3D-printed ventilators, the West African nation is demonstrating a possible model in curbing COVID-19, relying on their experience of managing the Ebola outbreak.”

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