Kenya central bank has ‘plenty of firepower’, governor says

“Kenya’s central bank governor said on Thursday that policymakers still had plenty of firepower left to limit the damage to the country’s economy from the coronavirus crisis.”

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Malta says 65 rescued migrants test positive for COVID-19

“Sixty-five migrants who were in a group of 94 people rescued at sea and brought to Malta on Monday have tested positive for COVID-19, Malta’s health ministry said on Tuesday.”

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South Africa’s economy to contract 7.2%, even after loan injection

“South Africa’s economy is likely to contract by 7.2% this year due to the impact of the new coronavirus, and growing debt repayments will hamper its recovery, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.”

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Kenya’s president Kenyatta extends nationwide curfew to curb COVID-19 spread

“Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday he had extended a nationwide curfew for another 30 days and banned alcohol sales in restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

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Kenya’s flower industry rebounds as lockdowns ease

“Demand for Kenya’s flowers has recovered to around 85% of pre-coronavirus levels as European markets open up after lockdowns, an industry body said, spurring hope that the industry could see a full rebound by next year.”

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Pact to aid poor cocoa farmers in peril as COVID-19 hits demand

“The steepest dive in cocoa demand in a decade has thrown into jeopardy a plan by top producers Ivory Coast and Ghana to guarantee some two million farmers a living wage, sources within the countries’ regulators said.”

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Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

“Only eight countries in Africa – Algeria, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa – record more than 75% of deaths, according to the United Nations. In other regions, where official data is readily available, researchers have used the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year to help gauge the number linked to the coronavirus pandemic.”

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Premier of South Africa’s Gauteng province tests positive for COVID-19

“The premier of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province, said on Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19, as new confirmed infections in the country hit a record high.”

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South Africa’s banks mull how to avoid loan defaults when virus relief ends

“South African banks are looking at options ranging from debt consolidation to new ways of leveraging equity to avoid defaults when coronavirus-related debt relief measures end, industry officials said.”

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Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon’s crowded prisons

“Hundreds of cases of COVID-19 were recorded among the inmates released from five prisons dotted across Cameroon’s central region in April, according to government data seen by Reuters which has not been made public.”

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