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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

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

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

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

Despite coronavirus fears, Nigeria has taken no action to stop its pangolin trade

China shut down the wildlife trade after the Wuhan outbreak, but Nigeria, one of the largest pangolin trading hubs in the region, is not taking similar steps.

via Quartz Africa

South Africa’s poor face a health and safety quandary as the country goes into coronavirus lockdown

“The country is now preparing to go on lockdown from March 26; however, South Africa’s notorious disparity in living standards could impede the government’s attempts to flatten the curve and avoid a health crisis.”

via Quartz Africa

The troubling data point behind Nigeria’s low number of coronavirus cases

“Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has a case count of fewer than 50 coronavirus cases. But what’s become increasingly clear is that low number is not because the country has been lucky or particularly effective with preventing the spread of the disease—it’s more likely because local authorities are simply not testing enough people.”

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