‘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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Coronavirus: How Africa’s supply chains are evolving

“The coronavirus lockdown measures imposed by governments around the world have caused severe disruption to supply chains.”

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Coronavirus in Africa: Contained or unrecorded?

“Africa has had less than 100,000 cases so far, but WHO experts believe the continent will have a prolonged outbreak over a few years – and, aid workers say, the huge focus on containing the virus has led to other health issues being neglected.”

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Coronavirus: Why lockdowns may not be the answer in Africa

“Governments do not have the data and models for precise expert prediction, and will not get them quickly enough… China, Europe and North America all adopted much the same epidemic control policy: lockdown. African governments followed suit, but in general lockdowns may be simply unworkable in the continent. Only a few African countries, such as Rwanda and South Africa, have the capacity to administer a centralised strategy.”

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Coronavirus: G20 delays poor nations’ debt payments

“Nations belonging to the G20 group of leading economies have agreed to suspend debt payments owed to them by some of the world’s poorest countries. The agreement covers money that is due to be paid to G20 governments up to the end of 2020. The aim is to help countries deal with the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.”

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