Ambrose Dlamini: Eswatini’s PM dies after testing positive for COVID-19

“The government of Eswatini says Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has died, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus. A government statement said Dlamini, 52, died on Sunday afternoon in hospital in South Africa.”

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Coronavirus corruption in Kenya: Officials and businesspeople targeted

“Kenyan investigators are to recommend the prosecution of at least 15 top government officials and businesspeople over the alleged misuse of millions of dollars meant for buying COVID-19 medical supplies.”

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Coronavirus in South Africa: Whistleblower questions winter tent deaths

“Suspected COVID-19 patients were routinely left for hours in an open tent, in sub-zero temperatures, outside a South African hospital during the mid-winter peak of the pandemic, leading to ‘many’ people dying of suspected hypothermia.”

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Madagascar president’s herbal tonic fails to halt COVID-19 spike

“Hospitals in Madagascar have been struggling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 cases, while the president has been promoting an unproven product he says can cure the disease despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies.”

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‘My Tanzanian family is split over coronavirus’

“In a situation where the government is not releasing figures and journalists cannot access health facilities to investigate independently, it’s the doctors’ word against their doubters.”

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The gravedigger’s truth: Hidden coronavirus deaths

“Fewer than 100 people have died of COVID-19 in Somalia, according to official figures. But BBC Africa Eye has found that cemeteries are filling up fast in the country, whose healthcare system has been devastated by three decades of conflict.”

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Coronavirus: Madagascar hospitals ‘overwhelmed’

“Hospitals in Madagascar have warned they are overwhelmed after a spike in coronavirus cases in a country where the president has been promoting a herbal drink to treat the virus.”

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Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

“In terms of overall numbers, Africa currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is of increasing concern to health authorities in the region.”

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Coronavirus in South Africa: Inside Port Elizabeth’s ‘hospitals of horrors’

“An exclusive, weeks-long BBC investigation inside filthy hospitals in South Africa has exposed an extraordinary array of systemic failures showing how exhausted doctors and nurses are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and a health service near collapse.”

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Coronavirus: Ghana ‘quack doctors’ selling ‘cure’

“An underworld of quack doctors and con-men have been exploiting the coronavirus pandemic and making money selling fake coronavirus cures. Investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas goes undercover in Ghana, exposing a COVID-19 scam said to be worth thousands of dollars.”

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