Latest Developments

President Buhari’s Top Aide Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria

“Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, has tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to Germany and Egypt, according to Nigerian media. So, too, have at least three of his staffers. Nigerian media describes Kyari as “very sick,” and that he has been removed from Abuja to an infectious disease treatment center in Lagos.”

via CFR

Investors opt for bonds to escape wrath of COVID-19

“East African stock markets have started feeling the impact of Coronavirus that has hit global economies after three countries in the region confirmed outbreak of the virus. According to economists the coronavirus fears have sparked investor rush for government bonds away from the volatile stock markets.”

via The East African

Nigeria’s north: Coronavirus in the world’s poverty capital

“A suspected case of coronavirus had been reported in Katsina, one of the states bordering Kaduna city of about one million that was once the capital of the British Northern Nigerian protectorate. It’s currently a major trade center and transportation hub that connects the northern part of Nigeria to the south,”

via The Africa Report

COVID-19 in the DR Congo

“Although Congo is only in the very first stages of the pandemic (the first case was reported on March 10), the contrast between the degree of state capacity and social discipline that it takes to stifle the disease and Congo’s record on these two counts is particularly worrisome.”

via Atlantic Council

Kenya’s coronavirus-related aviation slump eclipses Ethiopia’s

“IATA says what started as a health emergency has morphed into an economic crisis across the world and that it should be given equal attention to prevent a catastrophe. By March 11, airlines in Africa had chalked up a combined $4.4 billion in losses.”

via The East African

Video: Coronavirus in Africa: How prepared is the continent?

“After originating in Asia, reaching Europe and Northern America, COVID-19 is now quickly spreading across the African continent. The number of confirmed cases in Africa shot past the 2,000 mark, but the true number of cases is mostly unknown as mass testing has not been rolled out. The majority of the continent’s 54 countries have registered infections.”

via DW News

South Africa launches bond purchases after coronavirus roils markets

“South Africa’s central bank began to buy government bonds on Wednesday in a bid to unblock strained local money markets as Africa’s most industrial economy braces for a three-week national lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.”

via Financial Times

The death of a young journalist from coronavirus is blamed on Zimbabwe’s weak health system

“Zimbabwe is mourning the death of a young star TV journalist Zororo Makamba soon after he tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Harare.”

via Quartz Africa

Lassa Fever in a Time of Coronavirus in Nigeria

“Many observers are concerned that the appearance of the high profile disease caused by coronavirus, COVID-19, will divert precious resources away from the more commonplace killers. This season’s outbreak of Lassa fever—the worst such outbreak in years—is a case in point.”

via CFR

A country with no coronavirus cases has declared a national disaster and shut schools, large gatherings

“As coronavirus infections in most countries worldwide continues to soar by the thousands daily, there has not been any confirmed COVID-19 case in Malawi so far. Despite this the country’s president Peter Mutharika declared coronavirus a national disaster as a measure to prevent cases of the virus in the country.”

via Quartz Africa