Latest Developments

Coronavirus comes to Sudan

“Sudan’s future was already hanging in the balance. The addition of a national and global public health crisis now has the potential for a ‘make or break’ impact on the country. If the government doesn’t respond effectively, the pandemic could call into question the case for long-term civilian rule and the prospects for economic stabilization.”

via Atlantic Council

Lagos, Abuja, Ogun on 14-day lockdown

“President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days.”

via Business Day - Nigeria

Congo Republic heads into coronavirus lockdown

“A 30 day lockdown and curfew decreed in the Republic of Congo. An announcement made by the president Denis Sassou Nguesso, 24 hours after the confirmation of 15 new coronavirus cases… Measures will come into force from 31 March in this oil-producing country of about five million inhabitants.”

via Africa News

COVID-19: Kenyans brace for tough times as economic shock looms

“Day labourers, informal traders feel the heat as steps against coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa’s largest economy… Amid fears of a major outbreak, the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a series of sweeping measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the virus. It shut borders and suspended most air travel.”

via Al Jazeera

Coronavirus: Kagame plans support for the vulnerable

“Rwandan President Paul Kagame has announced a social protection plan that will support the vulnerable across the country during the lockdown period. ‘Relevant institutions are working on a social protection plan, to support the most vulnerable in our community. We need to speed this up.'”

via The East African

EAC health ministers unveil action plan to contain coronavirus spread

“Ministers in charge of Health and East African Community Affairs in the region have issued several directives to all six partner states, regarding the coronavirus outbreak, top of which is a call for additional contingency and emergency funds to mitigate the impact of the disease in the region.”

via The East African

Rwanda begins 14-day complete lockdown

“Rwanda has deployed policemen and soldiers across the country to enforce a lockdown that went into effect last weekend and has warned that anyone found violating the lockdown will be arrested or fined. The country’s airspace has also been closed to all commercial flights since March 19 for 30 days”

via The East African

Tanzania tourism’s 45 days of no-activity

“The tourism sector in Tanzania is bracing for a 45-day shutdown of hotels and resorts with beginning April 1, The EastAfrican has learnt. It was understood that Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (Tato) members arrived at the decision during their first virtual meeting recently to contain spread of coronavirus.”

via The East African

Kenya’s coronavirus curfew begins with wave of police crackdowns

“In cities across Kenya, policemen and other uniformed officers used their boots and batons in a brutal crackdown — with some incidents caught on video — seemingly carried out to drive home the seriousness of the curfew measure that took effect Friday.”

via Washington Post

Small businesses suffer as Nigeria fears spike in coronavirus

“Amid fears of a spike in coronavirus cases in Africa’s most populous country, small traders and businessmen are struggling to survive due to measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus.”

via African Business Magazine