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    Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has blasted members of parliament for allocating themselves a total of 10bn Ugandan shillings ($2.6m; £2m) to raise awareness on coronavirus.

    The president said it was "morally reprehensible" for the MPs to allocate themselves the money, instead of funding district committees created for that purpose.

    President Museveni said he would write to the Auditor General to investigate MPs who had already spent the money to buy relief items for their constituents.

    Uganda has so far confirmed 79 cases of coronavirus. The country is on a lockdown that ends on 5 May.


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    Egypt is the African country with the most coronavirus infections, according to a daily round up reported by the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.

    With 5,042 infections, according to the update posted earlier today, Egypt is slightly ahead of South Africa, which has 4,996 confirmed cases. The country which has recorded the most deaths so far is Algeria.

    The WHO has repeatedly warned that the outbreak in Africa is in its early stages and could prove devastating, although many African countries have acted fast to impose lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus.

    Some point to a low overall level of testing on the continent as a reason why there are comparatively few confirmed cases among its 1.3bn people.



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    South Africa has recorded its largest daily rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the health department has tweeted.

    Another 354 infections were confirmed on Wednesday, bringing the total to 5,350. It's a 73% increase on the previous day, officials said.

    And a further 10 people have died, bringing the total there to 103.

    One of the people who died was a nurse from the Western Cape, where 30 Cuban doctors are being sent to help medics.

    The arrival of the Cuban doctors has angered somewho argue that unemployed local medics should have been given priority for jobs.

    After Egypt, South Africa is the worst-affected country in Africa.



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    The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticised South Africa for accepting more than 200 Cuban medics to help battle the virus.

    Mr Pompeo accused Cuba of profiting from the pandemic, the AFP news agency reports.

    "We applaud leaders in Brazil and in Ecuador and Bolivia and other countries which have refused to turn a blind eye to these abuses by the Cuban regime," Mr Pompeo said.

    "And [we] ask all countries to do the same, including places like South Africa and Qatar."

    The team of Cuban medics arrived in the African nation on Sunday night. They include family physicians, epidemiologists, biotechnology experts and health-care technology engineers.

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel reacted to Mr Pompeo by tweeting: "The United States lie deliberately when they attack Cuba's international medical cooperation with lies and slanders."


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    South Africa has reversed an earlier decision to allow cigarette sales when coronavirus restrictions are eased at the start of May. The government said health considerations had influenced their decision to maintain the ban. Elsewhere in Africa:

    The charity Save the Children warned that the Horn of Africa was facing an unprecedented triple threat as the region was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, locust swarms and flooding

    Kenyans online were left outraged after it emerged the ministry of health had spent $37,000 (£30,000) on tea and snacks while half that sum was spent on mobile phone credit for staff in the battle against the virus. The money was part of the $9.3m donated by the World Bank for the emergency response to the pandemic

    The Nigerian government has announced the reopening of government offices and banks starting on Monday. Public transport will only be operational between 06:00 and 18:00 local time



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    The Red Cross in Somalia says it fears the true number of people with coronavirus is much higher than the official figure of 582. The country's International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) health co-ordinator said there would be a large number of new cases in the coming week.

    Somalia is woefully unprepared for a surge in cases. Its healthcare system has been shattered by three decades of conflict. Many hospitals lack regular electricity supplies, let alone equipment. Only about half the population of urban dwellers have access to medical care; the figure drops to 15% for rural areas.

    Doctors say people are dying across the country. Many Somalis will find it impossible to practice prevention measures as they live in overcrowded camps, with no access to clean water or soap. There are reports that, in some areas, gravediggers are



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    'People need to eat': South Africa eases coronavirus lockdown

    South Africa has started to gradually loosen its strict coronavirus lockdown, allowing some industries to reopen after five weeks of restrictions that plunged its struggling economy deeper into turmoil.

    The economy of Africa's most industrialised nation was already teetering when the lockdown kicked in on March 27 to contain the spread of infections.

    The government has adopted a gradual and phased approach to reopen the country from May 1.


    About 1.5 million workers in selected industries return to work in the next phase under strict health conditions, according to Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel.

    Winter clothing, textile and packaging manufacturing are among the industries permitted to reopen factories. Restaurants will also open, but only for takeaway deliveries.

    Bans on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol will remain in effect.

    Some outdoor activities such as cycling, walking and running will be allowed - but for just three hours in the morning.

    Social distancing and wearing masks in public and at workplaces will be mandatory.

    Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned, "Companies that breach regulations will be forced to close."

    'Our people need to eat'
    President Cyril Ramaphosa took the decision to stagger the easing of the lockdown restrictions in a bid to strike a balance between protecting public health and the economy.

    "Our people need to eat. They need to earn a living," Ramaphosa said. "Companies need to be able to produce and to trade, they need to generate revenue and keep their employees in employment."

    South Africa's economy was in recession and reeling from low growth and high debts before the coronavirus pandemic began.

    Last week, President Ramaphosa unveiled an unprecedented $26.9bn economic stimulus and social relief package, amounting to about 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

    Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the country will seek coronavirus relief aid from the IMF and the World Bank, where it is eligible for up to $4.2bn.

    Flattening the curve
    The lockdown has had a devastating effect on the economy, but a top government adviser on the pandemic said it has slowed transmissions.

    "The lockdown has had quite an effect," infectious disease epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim told the AFP news agency.

    "We have got quite clear evidence that we have flattened the curve and that the number of cases we are seeing - and the number of infections probably occurring - has declined quite substantially."

    The country's number of confirmed infections has risen to 5,647 since the first case was detected on March 5. It has also recorded Africa's highest COVID-19 death toll, with 103 fatalities.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...072927207.html


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    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended his decision to send hundreds of bouquets of flowers to National Health Service workers in the United Kingdom.

    President Kenyatta said there was life after coronavirus. The UK is a huge market for Kenyan flowers, he said, and his gesture would serve as good advertising.

    He said he had laughed when he saw what he described as petty criticism from some sections of the Kenyan population.

    There has been a storm of complaints on social media. One person said Kenyans were boiling stones for food, while their president sent bouquets to Britain.


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    Kenyans have rallied to the aid of a widow filmed cooking stones for her eight children to make them believe she was preparing food for them.

    Peninah Bahati Kitsao, who lives in Mombasa, hoped they would fall asleep while they waited for their meal.

    She used to wash laundry locally but such work is hard to come by now as people have restricted their interactions because of coronavirus.

    A shocked neighbour, Prisca Momanyi, alerted the media to her plight.

    After being interviewed by Kenya's NTV, the widow has received money via mobile phone and through a bank account that was opened for her by Ms Momanyi, as the mother of eight does not know how to read and write.

    Ms Kitsao, who lives in a two-bedroomed house without running water or electricity, has described the generosity as a "miracle".

    "I didn't believe that Kenyans can be so loving after I received phone calls from all over the country asking how they might be of help," she told Tuko news website.

    She had told NTV that her hungry children had not been deceived for long by her delaying stone-cooking tactics.

    "They started telling me that they knew I was lying to them, but I could do nothing because I had nothing."

    Her neighbour had come around to see if the family was OK after hearing the children crying, NTV reports.

    As part of measures to cushion the most vulnerable from the coronavirus crisis, the government has launched a feeding programme.

    But it had yet to reach Ms Kitsao, who was widowed last year when her husband was killed by a gang.

    Her neighbour has also thanked the county authorities and the Kenya Red Cross, who have also come to help Ms Kitsao.

    Many more households in that neighbourhood of the coastal city are now going to benefit from the relief food scheme too, the authorities say.

    Like many low-income Kenyans, Ms Kitsao has been struggling to earn money for the last month since the government put in place measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on travel in and out of major cities, reports the BBC's Basillioh Mutahi from the capital, Nairobi.

    Many companies have reduced their operations or have suspended them altogether, meaning that workers who depend on short contracts or menial jobs have no alternative means to earn their livelihoods.

    Those who run small businesses have also been affected by the nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew.

    Ms Kitsao's story of desperation has coincided with the revelation that the health ministry has spent huge sums of money, donated by the World Bank to respond to the pandemic, on tea, snacks and mobile phone airtime for its staff.

    Details about how many people were provided for are unclear, nonetheless there has been outrage on social media that the government is spending such amounts at a time many Kenyans continue to suffer, our reporter says.

    The East African nation has recorded 395 cases of Covid-19 and 17 deaths.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52494404


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    Medics, funeral workers and gravediggers in Somalia have reported an unprecedented surge of deaths in recent days amid growing fears that official counts of Covid-19 deaths reflect only a fraction of the virus’s toll in Africa .

    So far Somalia, one of the poorest and most vulnerable countries on the continent, has announced an official total of 601 confirmed cases and 28 deaths.

    But evidence from medics and burial workers in Mogadishu, the capital of the unstable east African country, suggest the number of deaths could be many times higher.


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    Nigeria is beginning to relax coronavirus lockdown measures in the capital Abuja and its biggest city, Lagos, in an attempt to limit the damage to Africa's largest economy.

    The government says Monday's reopening is the first phase of a six-week easing process. It says the situation will be assessed in the next two weeks - if things go well, the lockdown will be further relaxed.

    Shops and markets will now open until mid-afternoon and it's hoped some people will be able to return to work.

    But a ban on public gatherings remains in place and a nationwide curfew from 20:00 local time (19:00GMT) to 06:00 is in force. Schools and places of worship remain closed.

    Nigeria has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus infections over the past week, with 2,558 cases and 87 deaths now confirmed. Lagos state in the southwest remains the epicentre, accounting for nearly half of confirmed cases.


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    African nations see some easing of lockdowns

    A number of countries in Africa are beginning to ease lockdown restrictions.

    In Nigeria, businesses have reopened to try to restart the continent's largest economy.

    Rwanda has loosened restrictions after 45 days of lockdown, even though a nationwide night-time curfew will be enforced and movement in and out of the capital, Kigali, is prohibited.

    In South Africa people have been allowed to return to work but must continue to observe distancing, the wearing of masks and washing hands.

    In Kenya, the health ministry has recorded a low turnout in its mass testing campaign after encountering unwillingness among members of the public.

    In Tanzania, videos of night burials have been circulating on social media causing some to call into question the government's approach to the coronavirus pandemic. See here for more on the controversy surrounding the country's night burials during the coronavirus


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    Sudan reports 4 deaths, 100 virus cases in a day

    Sudan's Health Ministry confirmed four more deaths due to the novel coronavirus, taking the nationwide death toll to 45.

    A ministry statement said 100 new virus infections were detected in the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 778.

    So far 70 people have recovered from the virus.


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    Lockdown risks to African countries

    More than two thirds of people say they could run out of food and water if they had to stay at home for two weeks under coronavirus restrictions, a survey of people in 20 African countries has found.

    More than half said they would face financial difficulties.

    Many people on the continent work in the informal sector and have therefore been negatively impacted by lockdown measures.

    The research, which was conducted on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, aims to advise countries on how to deal with the pandemic in the future.

    The researchers urged policy makers to balance the pandemic and social and economic disruptions, or else risk unrest.

    On Tuesday, Nigeria followed Egypt, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia in beginning to relax its coronavirus restrictions.



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    Most Africans 'will go hungry in 14-day lockdown'

    More than two-thirds of people surveyed in 20 African countries said they would run out of food and water if they had to stay at home for 14 days.

    Just over half of the respondents said they would run out of money.

    The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention research was conducted to help governments map out future policies on how to tackle coronavirus.

    It warns that if measures are not adapted to local needs, there is a risk of unrest and violence.

    The report, Using Data to Find a Balance, shows the difficulties of maintaining strict lockdown policies on the continent.

    The research was conducted between late March and mid-April in 28 cities in 20 countries to assess the impact of the crisis and people's attitudes to restrictions that had already been imposed in some areas.

    Several African countries which had responded swiftly to the coronavirus threat are now easing restrictions.

    "The proliferation of peaceful protests demanding government relief is evidence of the strain some people are already under, and highlights gaps in current responses," the report says.

    But it found that there was currently general support for restrictions that had been put in place.

    Opposition was highest to measures such as closing workplaces and shutting down markets.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52557464


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    The World Health Organization and the head of the African Union (AU) body co-ordinating the continent's coronavirus response have rejected a suggestion from Tanzania's president that tests for the virus are faulty.

    Last weekend, President John Magufuli, who has been criticised for his approach to dealing with the virus, claimed that he had secretly had some animals and fruits tested at a laboratory and that a paw-paw, a quail and a goat had returned positive samples.

    But responding to a question about Mr Magufuli's comments, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told journalists that the test had "been validated and we know that they are performing very well".

    Speaking at the WHO Africa media briefing, Dr Matshidiso Moeti also said the WHO was "convinced" the tests were not already contaminated.

    In Tanzania, the government's main priority appears to be keeping the economy going as President Magufuli refuses to countenance the closure of markets or the lucrative port in the commercial hub of Dar es Salaam.

    Mr Magufuli has insisted that people should still go to places of worship to find "true healing" - despite these being areas where social distancing is difficult to follow.


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    WHO: Pandemic could kill up to 190,000 in Africa in first year if not contained

    The novel coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if containment measures fail, the WHO has warned.

    The projections are contained in a new WHO Africa study based on assumptions that containment measures are not put in place or fail, WHO Africa head Matshidiso Moeti told reporters in a teleconference.

    Most countries on the continent have imposed restrictions on public gatherings, international travel and curfews among other measures meant to curb the spread of the virus.The virus hit Africa later than other continents and transmission rates are lower than elsewhere.

    “The importance of promoting effective containment measures is ever more crucial, as sustained and widespread transmission of the virus could severely overwhelm our health systems,” Dr Moeti said in a statement. “Curbing a largescale outbreak is far costlier than the ongoing preventive measures governments are undertaking to contain the spread of the virus.”


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    South Sudan has announced the easing of restrictions to combat the coronavirus, including re-opening bars and restaurants and shortening a curfew even as cases continue to rise.

    South Sudan confirmed 16 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 90 in the country - up from a total of six cases at the beginning of last week.

    President Salva Kiir took the decision which will be effective “in 72 hours”, according to Richard Laku, a member of the country’s task force on the virus.

    The measures include re-opening internal travel by air, land and river and allowing regional flights back to South Sudan, Laku said. Markets, shops, bars and restaurants will also be allowed to re-open.

    Schools, mosques, churches and night clubs will remain shut, while sports activities and other public gatherings remain banned.

    The curfew which had been from 7pm to 6am has been shortened to start only at 10pm.

    The task force decided to maintain other measures such as requiring all travellers coming to and exiting South Sudan to present a certificate proving they are free of the virus.


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    Up to 190,000 people could die of Covid-19 during the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, according to a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    The study is based on prediction modelling and analysed 47 countries in the WHO Africa region – more than a billion people.

    Countries such as Algeria, South Africa and Cameroon were at a high risk if containment measures are not prioritised, the study found.

    Health services would be overwhelmed with the sheer number of people requiring hospitalisation, the WHO warned. An estimated 3.6-5.5 million people could need hospital treatment for the virus. Of those, around 52,000-107,000 would need breathing support.

    The study recommends that hospitals increase their capacity. A survey of health services in the African region undertaken in March 2020 revealed that there were on average nine intensive care unit beds per million people.

    Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said: “Covid-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region. We need to test, trace, isolate and treat.”



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    As many as 190,000 people across Africa could die in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic if crucial containment measures fail, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns.

    The new research also predicts a prolonged outbreak over a few years.

    "It likely will smoulder in transmission hot spots," says WHO Africa head Matshidiso Moeti.

    This patchier and slower pattern of transmission sets Africa apart from other regions, WHO experts say.

    Other factors taken into account are the region's younger populations who have "benefitted from the control of communicable diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis", as well as lower mortality rates.

    The WHO's warning comes as Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria, plus others including South Africa and Ivory Coast, have begun relaxing some of their lockdown measures.

    What does the study say?
    The study finds that between 29 million and 44 million people in the WHO African region could get infected in the first year of the pandemic. Between 83,000 and 190,000 could die in the same period, it warns.

    The estimates are based on prediction modelling, and focus on 47 countries in the WHO African region with a combined population of one billion - Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti are not included.

    Across the whole of the African continent more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths have been recorded by Africa's Centre for Disease Control. By comparison, 140,000 have died in Western Europe, where the virus took hold several weeks earlier.

    Cases have been recorded in every African nation except Lesotho.

    South Africa has the highest number of confirmed cases - more than 8,200 and 160 deaths - while Algeria has the most deaths - 483.

    "Covd-19 could become a fixture in our lives for the next several years unless a proactive approach is taken by many governments in the region," Dr Moeti says in a WHO statement.

    "We need to test, trace, isolate and treat."

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52587408


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    Tanzania gets Madagascar's anti-coronavirus drink disputed by WHO

    Tanzania says it has received its first shipment of Madagascar's self-proclaimed, plant-based "cure" for coronavirus, despite warnings from the World Health Organization that its efficacy is unproven.

    The announcement on Friday came days after Madagascar said it would begin selling the herbal concoction - known as Covid-Organics - and that several African countries had already put in orders.


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    Sudan extends Khartoum curfew to slow virus

    The state of Khartoum in Sudan extended for 10 more days a curfew that has been in place since April 18.

    The state, the smallest but also the most populous, is the hardest hit in the country. To date, it has recorded 1,111 confirmed infections and 59 related deaths.

    Travel between the capital, Khartoum, and other Sudanese states will be banned, the official SUNA news agency reported.


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    Health officials in Ghana have said more than 500 workers at an industrial facility have tested positive for coronavirus, as the total number of cases jumped by nearly 30% in a single day.

    The facility has not been named but it has more than 1,300 workers.

    More than 4,000 people in Ghana are known to have the virus - the highest number in West Africa - and 18 people have died. However, Ghana has conducted by far the most tests of any nation in the region.

    The jump in new coronavirus cases in Ghana comes just days after the head of public health said infections had reached a peak.



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    More than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak appears to have reached almost every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.

    As of May 9, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 2,172, with fatalities including the former President of the Republic of the Congo Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango and Somalia's former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.

    There are 58,918 confirmed infections and 20,337 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many African countries could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe outbreak of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...081427251.html


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    Djibouti, the tiny Horn of Africa nation with the highest number of coronavirus cases on the continent per capita, reversed plans to begin lifting lockdown measures this week, saying it was premature.

    “The government, through the voice of the prime minister, has decided to extend the confinement for another week until 17 May,” Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said in a Twitter post.

    “Noting that the prerequisite conditions are not yet in place, the government made this decision just now,” he said.

    The tiny but strategically important country that hosts major US and French military bases has recorded 1,189 positive cases - few on a global scale, but the highest number in East Africa. Three people have died.

    The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says Djibouti has the highest number of cases in Africa relative to its population, though its testing has also outpaced many of its neighbours.

    On March 23 the government announced a nationwide lockdown, closing borders and places of worship, banning public transport and allowing only workers in essential industries to go outside.

    Yet the measures have been largely ignored, with large crowds still common in the capital city.

    President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999, warned last month of “even tougher measures” if the population did not respect confinement rules.


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    Ethiopia on Saturday admitted it was behind the shooting down of a privately owned Kenyan plane in Somalia earlier this week, resulting in the deaths of all six people on board.

    The plane was shot down on Monday by Ethiopian troops protecting a camp in the town of Bardale in southwestern Somalia, the Ethiopian army said in a statement to the African Union (AU).

    The aircraft had been carrying humanitarian and medical supplies to help the country fight the spread of coronavirus when it went down in Bardale, about 300km (180 miles) northwest of Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

    The Ethiopian soldiers mistakenly believed the plane was on a "potential suicide mission" because they had not been informed about the "unusual flight" and the aircraft was flying low, the statement said.

    "Because of lack of communication and awareness, the aircraft was shot down," the military said. "The incident … will require mutual collaborative investigation team from Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to further understand the truth."

    Kenya expressed shock over the incident earlier this week, saying the plane's mission had been to aid Somalia in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

    Soldiers from Ethiopia and Kenya are among those deployed to Somalia as part of an AU peacekeeping mission to fight the armed group al-Shabab.

    The shooting down of the plane comes amid strained ties between Kenya and Somalia.

    Last month, Kenya accused Somali troops of an "unwarranted attack" across its border near Mandera, a northern outpost town, describing the incident as a provocation.

    Somalia, meanwhile, has long accused its larger neighbour of meddling in its internal affairs, something Kenya has denied.


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    Meanwhile in Algeria, analysts are saying the regime is exploiting the coronavirus to defeat a protest movement that has shaken it to its core over the past year.

    Despite protesters deciding to suspend their weekly gatherings since the start of the public health crisis, repression of regime opponents has persisted, according to AFP. Security forces have targeted young bloggers, independent journalists, online media and activists from the “Hirak” protest movement.

    Rapidly adopted laws ostensibly aimed at preventing the dissemination of false news and hate speech have further stoked fears of an orchestrated campaign to muzzle free expression. The new laws “aim to repress citizens’ freedom of expression”, said lawyer and activist Abdelouhab Chiter, a lecturer at the University of Bejaia.

    A law on “spreading false information”, he said, “was debated and passed by parliament in a single sitting, in the absence of almost half of its members”.

    Akram Belkaid, a journalist for the Oran daily, warned of “a return to the iron fist as in the 1970s”.

    “Hirak won the first leg of the game,” he said. “The regime is on course to win the second leg, and its true goal is to prevent any further rematches being held at all - or in other words, to prevent protests reoccurring once the pandemic has been overcome.”

    Karima Direche, a historian specialising in contemporary Maghreb region affairs, said the pandemic was “bread from heaven for the regime”.

    “The confinement period lends itself to police and judicial harassment. This explains the dozens of arrests of known and unknown people in all Algeria’s cities,” she said.


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    Two hotels in Nigeria have been demolished after allegedly violating lockdown rules. The managers of the hotels in the southern Rivers State were arrested. The brother of one of the managers told the BBC they had followed the rules. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said the decision had been made due to concerns about infections inside the buildings.

    In other news from Africa:

    Zambia has closed its border with Tanzania at Nakonde following the discovery of 85 new coronavirus cases in the area. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said the temporary closure of the border was to allow time to retrain health personnel and conduct more tests

    Tunisia has recorded no new cases for the first time since early March, health authorities said. The government announced it would relax restrictions on movement and businesses. The country has reported 1,032 cases and 45 deaths

    Burundi has told the regional bloc East African Community (EAC) that any observers sent to monitor its general elections will have to be quarantined for 14 days on arrival. The elections are only nine days away

    People in South Africa have been told to prepare to live with the threat of coronavirus for a year or even more. President Cyril Ramaphosa said people would still be expected to follow social-distancing rules, wear masks and wash their hands for a while


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    Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape province have become South Africa’s coronavirus hotspot, accounting for more than half of the nation’s confirmed cases, which have climbed above 10,600, Associated Press reports.

    Western Cape province has had 5,621 cases, according to figures released Monday, and of the country’s 206 deaths registered from Covid-19, 116 have occurred in the province.

    Cape Town, with its poor, densely populated townships, is the centre of the cases in the province.

    South Africa has the continent’s highest number of confirmed cases and has eased its restrictions to allow an estimated 1.6 million people to return to work in selected mines, factories and businesses.

    However, the concentration of cases in Cape Town may lead to the city returning to a stricter lockdown, according to the health minister, Zweli Mkizhe.


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    Ghana president says one person infected 533 at fish factory

    A worker at a fish-processing factory in Ghana's Atlantic seafront city of Tema infected 533 other workers at the facility with the coronavirus, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a broadcast late on Sunday.

    Health authorities reported the outbreak late on Friday, but did not provide details.

    "All 533 persons were infected by one person," Akufo-Addo said. He did not say how the disease spread in the facility or if safety measures had been in place.

    He said that the 533 positive cases, which represent around 11.3 percent of Ghana's total infections, were part of a backlog of about 921 cases going back as far as April 26 that are only recently being reported.


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    Senegal is easing coronavirus restrictions starting on Tuesday, including the reopening of markets and businesses.

    Mosques are now allowed to reopen for prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and churches can also welcome worshippers.
    The night-time curfew has been reduced by two hours, and will now run from 21:00 to 05:00 local time.

    In a televised address late on Monday, President Macky Sall said that Senegalese people would need to "adapt individual and collective behaviour" and "learn to live with the virus".

    The announcement came as the country recorded 177 new cases on Monday, the highest jump in a single day since the first case was recorded on 2 March.

    Senegal has so far recorded 1,886 coronavirus cases in total, including 19 deaths.


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    More than 66,000 people have been found to have been infected with Sars-CoV-2 across Africa as of Tuesday morning, the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent reports.

    So far there have been 2,300 “associated deaths” and more than 22,000 people have recovered, it adds.


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    South Sudan's displaced people camps report cases

    Health officials in South Sudan have for the first time confirmed cases of coronavirus in camps for people displaced by conflict.

    Two people have become infected in a camp in the capital, Juba, and one in Bentiu in the north of the country.

    Health experts have been warning of the potential danger if the virus were to spread in the overcrowded camps, which are home to nearly 200,000 people across the country.

    Years of conflict have left South Sudan with one of the least equipped health care systems on the African continent.

    There are 194 confirmed cases of the virus in the country.


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    South Africa has the highest number of confirmed cases in Africa (11,350), and one of the world's strictest lockdowns. It is starting to ease restrictions, but some of the new rules are being queried - particularly those around what clothes shops can and cannot sell.

    The new regulations are impressively detailed: shoes may now be sold - but not if they are opened toed. T-shirts are okay - but only if advertised and sold as undergarments. The same goes for sleeveless knitted tops… and so on.

    There is a logic to all this. Winter is coming here - hence the green light for the sale of winter clothes.

    But Dean MacPherson from the opposition Democratic Alliance is unimpressed. He called the regulations "quite frankly ridiculous and mad. More likely the sort of rules found in the Soviet Union and East Germany".

    The crisis has exposed deep rifts in government - between ministers more inclined to authoritarian solutions, including an ongoing ban on all alcohol and cigarette sales, and those who now believe South Africans should be trusted with more individual freedoms - including the right to buy sandals and exposed knitwear.



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    South Africa has reported 665 more coronavirus infections, and 15 more deaths from Covid-19.

    According to a tweet by the health minister, Zweli Mkhize, the number of confirmed cases of the virus in South Africa is now 12,739. Of those, 238 patients have died and 5,676 have recovered.


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    Here's a quick round-up of major developments from across Africa:

    Mauritius has declared victory in the battle against coronavirus - but says it has not yet won the war

    Burundi has expelled the World Health Organization representative in the country and three other health experts - reportedly because the government is unhappy about supposed "interference" in its virus response

    Tanzania has rejected US criticism that it is not doing enough to halt the outbreak

    Football club TP Mazembe are declared champions as the season is brought to an end in the Democratic Republic of Congo



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    Scientists at the World Health Organization say nearly a quarter of a billion people in Africa could catch coronavirus in a year.

    Their study, published in BMJ Global Health, says between 150,000 and 190,000 Africans could die from Covid-19.

    It says 5.5 million people would need hospital treatment, overwhelming services already struggling to treat malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.

    Coronavirus has been relatively slow to spread in Africa, but has already taken hold in camps for displaced people in South Sudan.


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    Kenya’s president orders the closure of the country’s borders with Somalia and Tanzania for the next 30 days.



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    Zimbabwe will keep its coronavirus lockdown for the time being, though businesses will be allowed to open for longer and the restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks, the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has confirmed.

    The southern African nation, which has reported 42 cases and four deaths from coronavirus, went into lockdown on 30 March and has been gradually easing the measures to help revive its troubled economy.

    “Zimbabwe will ... continue on the level two lockdown for an indefinite period. The country needs to ease out of the lockdown in a strategic and gradual manner,” Mnangagwa said in a live broadcast.

    Reuters reports that Mnangagwa said informal street markets, where millions of Zimbabweans eke a leaving selling everything from used clothes to vegetables, will remain shut while the government consults health specialists on how to reopen them safely.

    Businesses such as manufacturers, supermarkets and banks, which have been allowed to continue operating, will now be able to work between 8am and 4.30pm, compared with the six-hour day imposed previously. Shared taxi minibuses will remain banned, forcing commuters to use buses operated by the state, which have struggled to cope with demand


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    Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death, of a 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, the national Covid-19 taskforce said.

    Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man had died on Saturday night.

    “A man died from Covid-19 in Madagascar ... he is 57 years old and a member of the medical staff,” she said.


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    Human rights groups and experts have welcomed a series of orders issued by a South African court that compel authorities to prevent police and army brutality during the enforcement of a lockdown meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.

    In its judgement on Friday, the Pretoria-based High Court declared that everyone in the country is entitled to a number of human rights - including the right to life, the right not to be tortured in any way and the right not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way - even during an emergency.

    It came after an urgent application brought by the family of Collins Khosa, a father of three who died of his injuries after he was allegedly beaten by security forces on April 10, two weeks into the country's lockdown.

    The court heard from Khosa's family that members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) entered his home in Johannesburg's Alexandra township after a cup of alcohol was found in his yard. Sales of alcohol are not allowed under the coronavirus containment measures but it is not clear why the SANDF officers entered Khosa's house.

    In her affidavit, his partner Nomsa Montsha claimed that the security forces poured beer on Khosa after dragging him outside, slammed him against a cement wall and hit him with the butt of a machinegun. Afterwards, Khosa began vomiting, was unable to walk and lost consciousness. He was declared dead a few hours later. Montsha and Khosa's brother-in-law said they were also assaulted.

    Court orders

    The family had approached the court seeking a number of orders to ensure the end of what they described as police and army brutality as South Africa tries to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

    In the ruling, Judge Hans Fabricius said all members of the SANDF and the metro police who were at Khosa's home or nearby should be placed on suspension.

    Fabricius also gave the ministers of police and defence five days to develop and publish a code of conduct during the lockdown and to command the members of the security forces to adhere to the "absolute prohibition on torture".

    The judge further ordered that "freely accessible measures" have to be set up to enable civilians to report brutality by the security forces.

    In his judgement, Fabricius cited a 2019 United Nations report on torture in South Africa which found that state institutions had not been investigating allegations of state torture promptly and impartially. According to Fabricius, the present case "seems to bear this out".

    The court also reminded the state of the moral foundations of South African democracy and the importance of the rule of law.

    "The very institutions that have been created to safeguard and protect the population ... are the very persons who now fail to impose the appropriate internal remedies against the transgressors," Fabricius said.

    In mid-March, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a "national state of disaster" as he announced a series of drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

    On March 26, the government imposed a nationwide lockdown and began deploying tens of thousands of soldiers to support the police.

    Since then, there have been several complaints alleging excessive use of force and abuse of power by security forces during the enforcement of the lockdown. At least nine deaths allegedly at the hands of police are currently under investigation.

    'Watershed moment'
    Commenting on Friday's judgement, Edwin Makwati, a legal researcher at the Legal Resources Centre, called it "a watershed moment in the adjudication of torture cases in South Africa".

    Makwati said the judgement is a "cue" for the South African government "to rectify defects in the legislative framework", including the lack of investigative mechanisms.

    According to Thomas Coggin, a senior lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, Khosa's case is "emblematic of larger issues" such as a lack of proper training of the police in crisis situations.

    South African media commentator Eusebius McKaiser said in a radio interview that it was "astounding" and "a shame" that the court should remind the police of rights "that we should take for granted", including the right not to be tortured.

    "Accountability and a culture of justification do not go out of the window just because we are operating under the Disaster Management Act at the moment," McKaiser added.

    SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS


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    Tanzania leader says coronavirus cases down despite US warnings

    Tanzanian President John Magufuli has said prayers have succeeded in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, despite the American embassy recently warning that “all evidence points to exponential growth of the epidemic" in the country's largest city.

    Magufuli said during a church service that if the trend of declining cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus continues this week he will open schools, universities and sports events.

    The Tanzanian government has not released any data on COVID-19 cases for more than two weeks, so there are no current figures on the number of people diagnosed with the disease, the US embassy said in a health advisory released last week.

    Many hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, said the strongly worded health advisory issued by the US embassy on Friday.


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    Egypt tightens coronavirus restrictions for Eid holiday

    Egypt will bring forward the start of its curfew by four hours to 5 p.m. and halt public transport from May 24 for six days during the Eid holiday, as it seeks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Sunday.

    Shops, restaurants, parks and beaches will be closed for the extended holiday at the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, and restrictions on citizens’ movements will remain in place for at least two weeks afterwards, Madbouly said.

    Egypt has so far reported 12,229 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 630 deaths. The daily tally of cases has been rising after the government slightly eased a night curfew and other measures. The number of cases rose by 510 on Sunday, the health ministry said.

    Madbouly suggested there could be a gradual reopening of some venues including sports clubs and restaurants from mid-June. A reopening of places of worship would also be considered.

    After Eid, the curfew will last from 8pm-6am, as it did before Ramadan.

    Anyone entering enclosed spaces with other citizens or taking public transport will be required to wear a mask, Madbouly said, adding that the government was working on producing washable masks for general use.

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    South Africa leader pictured breaking social distance rules



    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been criticised for posing for photos with strangers despite telling people to keep their distance to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    A video shows Mr Ramaphosa joking about breaking social distancing rules after two women asked him for the photo.

    He is heard saying "come, before we get arrested", prompting laughter.

    On Sunday the country reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections - the highest daily numbers yet.

    South Africa has had some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world, including a ban on cigarettes and alcohol, but is now easing some restrictions.


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    Morocco is to extend its national lockdown to contain the spread of the new coronavirus until June 10, Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani said.

    Morocco had confirmed 6,930 coronavirus cases, including 192 deaths, by Monday morning, as the rise of hotspots within families and factories complicates efforts to curb infections


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    South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny, the country's defence minister, have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Machar, who is in his late 60s, was tested on 13 May after one of the members of the government 's Covid-19 task force tested positive.

    He says he has no symptoms and will self-isolate for the next 14 days.

    A number of Machar’s bodyguards and staff have also been found positive.

    South Sudan has recorded 236 cases of the virus, while four people have died.



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    Fourteen more people - 11 men and three women - have tested positive for coronavirus in Ethiopia, the ministry of health reported on Tuesday.

    According to a report circulated by Lia Tadesse, the health minister, on Twitter, 3,271 have been tested for the virus in the past 24 hours.

    The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 365. So far five patients have died from Covid-19 and 120 have recovered, according to the report.


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    Guterres: African countries may be spared worst of the pandemic

    The relatively low number of confirmed cases in Africa has "raised hopes that African countries may be spared the worst of the pandemic", United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, while praising the continent for responding swiftly to the pandemic.

    Guterres, however, warned that millions of people in Africa could be pushed into extreme poverty due to the pandemic.

    "The pandemic threatens African progress. It will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease," Guterres said.

    Since the pandemic is still in its "early days" in Africa, he stressed that "disruption could escalate quickly".


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    At least 40,000 people could die with coronavirus in South Africa by the end of the year, scientists have warned.

    The projections were made by a modelling consortium set up to help government planning over the outbreak and assume that tough restrictions will be eased from 1 June, as President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.

    The curbs - which include a ban on alcohol and tobacco sales - have been credited with slowing the spread of the virus, with 17,200 cases and 312 deaths reported so far, way less than the figures in Spain, which has a smaller population.

    While President Ramaphosa has said lockdown regulations would be eased from "level 4" to "level 3" from early June, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has said that according to the World Health Organization, South Africa is not yet ready for level 3 because infections continue to rise every day.

    The opposition party is taking the government to court, arguing that the stringent regulations are unwarranted and the ban on alcohol and tobacco sales should be lifted.



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    More than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak has reached every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people.

    As of May 21, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 2,997, with fatalities including the former President of the Republic of the Congo Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango and Somalia's former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.

    There are 95,201 confirmed infections and 38,075 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many African countries could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe outbreak of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.


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    Two-day-old baby dies of coronavirus in South Africa

    A two-day-old baby has died with coronavirus in South Africa - one of the world's youngest victims of the virus.

    The mother had tested positive for Covid-19 and the child subsequently tested positive, the health minister said.

    The baby was born prematurely and needed help with breathing, he added.

    The country's death toll now stands at 339, and the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 18,003.

    The latest modelling predicts that up to 40,000 people might die in South Africa over the next few months.

    "Sadly we have recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19. The baby was two days old and was born prematurely," South Africa's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.

    "The baby had lung difficulties which required ventilation support immediately after birth.

    "We extend a special word of comfort to the mother of this child and salute the neonatologists, nurses and all allied and technical personnel who had the difficult task of caring for the neonate to the end," he added.

    Asked by the BBC whether this was the youngest victim of coronavirus in Africa, the director of the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Dr John Nkengasong said: "To the best of our knowledge that is the first case that the Africa CDC is aware of."

    Other young victims of coronavirus, include a three-day-old who died on 5 May in the UK. In that case the mother and baby tested positive for coronavirus after she gave birth.

    The baby was born with a low heart rate and the coroner listed the primary cause of death as severe hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, meaning the brain was starved of blood and oxygen, while maternal Covid-19 was listed as a secondary cause.

    Mr Mkhize also said that the two-year-old baby was one of 27 new deaths recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours.

    The country has the highest number of cases of Covid-19 in Africa. However, Egypt and Algeria have had more fatalities, with 680 and 568 respectively.

    South Africa has had some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world, including a ban on cigarettes and alcohol, but is now easing some restrictions.

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    Cape Town is virus hot spot for South Africa and continent

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa and one of Africa’s hot spots.

    The popular tourist destination at the southern tip of Africa had more than 12,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday, representing 63% of South Africa’s 19,000 cases and about 10% of Africa’s 95,000 cases.

    Gauteng province containing Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, and the capital, Pretoria, had been expected to be the country’s epicenter with its population density and poverty levels, but Cape Town defied predictions with high levels of community transmission.

    “No model upfront predicted what we see in Western Cape (province),” Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize told journalists Thursday. “The explosion of cases in Western Cape is out of the expected range and it may be that we need to have additional interventions to try and contain those numbers.”

    Cape Town’s mountains and beaches may have contributed to its high number of COVID-19 cases. With direct flights to several European capitals, it is believed that tourists not showing symptoms brought the virus and it began to spread undetected.

    Cape Town is expected to reach its peak of cases around the end of June, while the rest of South Africa is expected to peak in August or September.

    South Africa may see between 40,000 to 45,000 deaths by November, according to the Modelling and Simulation Hub, Africa, a group of scientists and academics advising the government.

    By year’s end some 13 million of South Africa’s 57 million people could be infected, their study said.

    While South Africa reportedly has adequate hospital beds it remains short of intensive care facilities. It has about 3,300 intensive care beds but predictions suggest more than 20,000 could be needed.

    “It is not just a question of beds, it is trained staff and ventilators that will be needed and those are difficult to provide quickly,” said Juliet Pulliam, director of the South African Center for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis, who contributed to the study. Cape Town could experience a shortage of ICU beds by the end of June, she warned.

    Cape Town and Western Cape province are six to eight weeks ahead of the rest of South Africa in the outbreak, health experts said.

    “The lessons we are learning now, we are sharing with the rest of the country,” said Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape’s top health officer.

    Khayelitsha, a shantytown of nearly 500,000, is one of Cape Town’s hot spots. A field hospital is being constructed to increase the capacity of Khayelitsha District Hospital and should open by June 1, according to Doctors Without Borders.

    One local problem is a delay in test results, in some cases up to eight to 10 days, said Dr. Claire Keene, medical coordinator for the Doctors Without Borders project. Another is that some healthcare workers have tested positive.

    A second hot spot in the outbreak is the Tygerburg area near Cape Town International Airport.

    Cape Town has suffered a massive economic slump from the tourism slump and lockdown restrictions, said Western Cape premier Alan Winde, estimating that 200,000 jobs have been lost and 1.2 million to 1.8 million people in the province are hungry.

    Winde, in self-isolation after coming in contact with a TV cameraman who later died of COVID-19, wants restrictions relaxed to boost economic activity.

    “We need to see the economy open up with the new normal operations, but without putting our health system under severe strain,” he told reporters. “We need to keep the curve as flat as possible.”

    Meanwhile the rest of South Africa eagerly anticipates the relaxation of lockdown restrictions on June 1. Some government officials have said Johannesburg and other parts of the country will allow more people to return to work and resume the sale of alcohol and cigarettes.

    Schools will resume classes, starting with students in grades 7 and 12, but many teachers and parents have expressed concern they will be exposed to the virus.

    https://apnews.com/7221a5ae8cc15e9ac4ec505266af3225


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    Egypt to deduct 1% from workers' salaries

    The Egyptian government has announced a raft of financial measures to help pay for the economic damage caused by the pandemic.

    Under a new draft law, every working Egyptian will have 1% deduced from their pay while the elderly will have a half percent cut from their pensions.

    The measures will be introduced for a year from July. People with a monthly income of less than $125 (£102) will be exempt.

    People who work in tourism, which has been particularly badly affected, may also be excluded.


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    Ten cabinet ministers in South Sudan are now confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus.

    Information Minister Michael Makuei has told the BBC that all members of the high-level task force on coronavirus - apart from the health minister - have tested positive for Covid-19.

    But he has denied reports that President Salva Kiir - who was also a member of the team - had tested positive.

    It comes just days after Vice-President Riek Machar announced he had tested positive alongside his wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny.

    All of the infected ministers are now in self-isolation and the government says they are in good health.

    South Sudan has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in recent days with more than 300 confirmed cases and six deaths.

    There are fears the virus could cause havoc given the healthcare system is barely functioning following decades of conflict.


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    Africa is approaching 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.

    In its daily update on Twitter, the WHO African region office reported that there were over 99,400 cases across the continent, about 4,500 more than on Thursday.

    The discrepancy over the number of recoveries - where the WHO reported 1,000 fewer recoveries on Thursday than on Wednesday - seems to have been cleared up. It is now saying that about 39,000 people infected with the virus have now been given the all clear.

    Just over 3,000 people in Africa have died.


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    Covid-19 'taking different path in Africa', says WHO

    The 54 countries of the African Union were reporting a total of 103,933 cases of coronavirus on Saturday morning, according the Africa Centres for Disease Control.

    So far African nations have reported 3,183 deaths from Covid-19, while 41,473 people have recovered since the virus was first detected on the continent 14 weeks ago.


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    The latest tally by the African Union's Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention shows that 104,279 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the AU's 55 member states, with 3,185 deaths and 41,717 recoveries.

    Other developments from the continent include:

    South Africa is set to further ease restrictions with an expected move to level three of its lockdown on 1 June. If the move goes ahead, schools will reopen for grades 7 and 12 and some sectors of the economy will be allowed to trade. There could also be limited national air travel. Curbs were eased to level 4 on 1 May, allowing some exercise

    In Nigeria, the Muslim Public Affairs Centre has called on all Muslims celebrating Eid to do so at home or with family members only, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Other African countries have issued similar advice

    Sudan's government spokesman Faysal Mohamed Saleh has blamed people ignoring lockdown rules for a surge of coronavirus cases in the country. He said the government would take action against those who broke the rules. No movement is allowed between states except with a certified permit.

    Zambia's information minister says she has gone into self-isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus. "Even after taking all precautions... yesterday I did test positive for Covid-19," Dora Siliya said on social media, adding that she was not showing any symptoms of the disease.


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    More details on South Africa’s plans for easing the lockdown easing have just come through.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the controversial ban on the sale of alcohol would be lifted for home consumption when the country moves into level three of a five-tier coronavirus lockdown next month.

    South Africans were prohibited from buying alcohol and cigarettes when the country locked down at the end of March, in an attempt to prevent a surge in violence and ease pressure on hospitals’ emergency wards.

    A closed liquor store in South Africa

    The ban on alcohol sales for home consumption will be lifted in June.

    Alcohol will be sold for home consumption under strict conditions, on certain days and within limited hours.

    The ban on tobacco products, however, will remain in place “due to the health risks associated with smoking”, the president said.

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    More than 110,900 people have so far tested positive for the coronavirus across Africa, according to the World Health Organization’s office for the continent.

    More than 14 weeks after the virus was first detected on the continent, the 54 countries of Africa, which between them account for a population of about 1.4 billion people, have so far counted 44,500 recoveries and 3,300 deaths.


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  60. #140
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    Uganda will today begin easing coronavirus restrictions - with private cars allowed back on the roads, shops and restaurants reopening, and guidelines that everyone wears a mask.

    President Yoweri Museveni last week delayed the easing until today, giving time for the public to acquire face masks.

    The easing of restrictions will only apply in 95 out of 135 districts, with 40 border districts still restricted.

    Public transport restrictions will be eased on 4 June, the same day guidelines on the reopening of schools will be announced.

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    A diplomatic rift has broken out between Tanzania and the US. The East African nation said it had summoned the top official at the US embassy to object to an advisory that warned of “exponential growth” of Covid-19 cases in the country.

    Tanzania’s divisive leader John Magufuli has repeatedly played down the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic, appearing to model his response on the early approach taken by Donald Trump in the US.

    The US embassy’s advisory, published earlier this month, reported that “many hospitals” in Dar es Salaam, the economic capital, “have been overwhelmed in recent weeks” – a claim the Tanzanian government has hotly denied.

    On Tuesday it emerged that the US embassy’s charge d’affaires, Inmi Patterson, had been summoned by Wilbert Ibuge, permanent secretary at the foreign ministry, who – according to the AFP news agency – reminded Patterson about the two countries’ “historical cooperation”. A diplomatic ticking off, in other words.


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    South Africa is getting ready to lift some of its lockdown restrictions on 1 June.

    President Cyril Ramaphosa says churches and other recognised places of worship will be allowed to reopen, and that the overnight curfew currently in place will be lifted. Schools and some businesses are also going to open.

    "The current restrictions on congressional worship will be eased in a carefully measured way," he says.

    "Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship may resume services, but these will be limited in size to 50 people or less, depending on the space available."

    Ramaphosa previously warned that the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa would get worse, but said severe lockdown conditions were economically unsustainable.



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    There have now been 118,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the 54 nations of Africa, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.

    So far, about 48,000 people in Africa who have tested positive for the virus have recovered, while 3,500 have died, according to the latest updated from WHO African region on Wednesday morning.


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    Algeria extends partial lockdown until June 13

    Abdelaziz Djerad, the prime minister of Algeria, has extended a partial lockdown in the majority of the country's provinces for another 15 days.

    Djerad lifted quarantine measures only in four provinces - Saida, Tindouf, Illizi and Tamanrasset - "following the favourable results" recorded there, according to Algeria Presse Service.


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    South Africa is wrestling with a huge backlog of coronavirus tests and doctors say this is undermining the country's entire testing scheme.

    Tens of thousands of individual samples are being left for a week or more in laboratories before being tested. A shortage of equipment appears to be the main problem.

    Doctors here say that such long delays render the results worthless. By the time a positive case is confirmed, that person could have passed the virus on to dozens of others and would probably no longer be infectious themselves.

    It's clear that South Africa has developed a serious problem.

    The country had some early successes in containing the pandemic, but the infection rate is rising. Cape Town’s hospitals are now close to being overwhelmed and experts say other major cities are likely to follow suit in the coming weeks.


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    About 5,500 more more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Africa since Thursday, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent.

    The latest update from the UN health agency’s Africa office showed that there were now 128,500 confirmed infections across the continent’s 54 countries, which between them account for about 1.3billion people. Of those who have tested positive so far, more than 53,000 have recovered and about 3,700 have died.


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    Nigeria hospitals 'refusing to treat patients'

    The head of Nigeria's coronavirus task force says more people are dying because they are not receiving hospital treatment for other diseases than are being killed by the virus.

    Boss Mustapha told reporters that it was sad and unacceptable that both private and government hospitals were rejecting patients due to fears of contracting Covid-19.

    He said the health ministry was ordering hospital chiefs "to continue providing regular medical services so that we do not end up with avoidable deaths", Punch newspaper reported.

    "Truth be told, we are having more deaths from non-attendance to other diseases than Covid-19," he added.

    Nigeria has nearly 9,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 259 reported deaths, although experts say a lack of testing means the true figures are likely to be much higher.


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  68. #148
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    South Africa has a backlog of more than 96,000 unprocessed specimens awaiting coronavirus tests, the health ministry has said, reflecting what it called a global shortage of test kits.

    The country has taken some of the most decisive measures on the African continent to tackle the spread of the virus, conducting the most tests and imposing one of its strictest lockdowns.

    But it is finding it hard to ramp up testing as much as it would like because some global suppliers are unable to meet its demand for laboratory kits, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in parliament this week.

    South Africa had recorded 27,403 confirmed coronavirus cases and 577 deaths as of Thursday, out of some 655,000 people tested



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    Rwanda reports first death

    A 65-year-old driver in Rwanda has died of coronavirus - the country’s first official death with the virus.

    The country’s health ministry said in a statement that the driver had returned to Rwanda from a neighbouring country, where he lived, after becoming severely ill.

    He then died of severe respiratory complications while receiving treatment at a specialised Covid-19 facility.

    The East African nation has had 359 confirmed cases of the virus.


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    Total cases in Africa: 144,240
    Total deaths in Africa: 4,099

    Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/.


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    Coronavirus: South Africans cheer as alcohol goes back on sale

    Long queues have formed outside shops selling alcohol in South Africa after restrictions on its sale, imposed two months ago as part of measures to fight Covid-19, were lifted.

    Social media posts showed people, who had braved the morning chill, cheering as buyers emerged with their bottles.

    The alcohol ban was to allow police and hospitals to better focus on tackling the coronavirus, the authorities said.

    Alcohol-fuelled violence is a huge problem in South Africa.

    Doctors and police say the ban has had a dramatic impact, contributing to a sharp drop in casualty admissions.

    But the country's brewers and wine makers had complained that they were being driven out of business.

    The government has also lost a fortune in tax revenue, reports the BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg.

    However, the planned reopening of schools has been delayed for a week.

    The authorities are now in the process of easing one of the toughest lockdowns in the world.

    As part of this latest step - known as level three - President Cyril Ramaphosa said that from 1 June the sale of alcohol would resume, but only between 09:00 and 17:00 and not on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

    Also, the alcohol can only be drunk at home rather than where it was bought.

    The authorities had warned customers not to rush to the shops but rather stagger their purchases throughout the week to avoid crowds and to reduce the risk of infection, the BBC's Vumani Mkhize in Johannesburg reports.

    On Twitter, "Tops", the name of a liquor store, and "level three" are the top trending topics in South Africa, with people sharing pictures of celebrating - some singing - the return of alcohol sales:

    At least eight million people are estimated to have gone back to work on Monday as most sectors of the economy have resumed operations.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52874767


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  72. #152
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    Rwanda has cancelled a planned easing of coronavirus restrictions minutes before they were due to be implemented. It follows the country's first confirmed Covid-19 death and a spike in new infections.

    The easing of restrictions was to include the resumption of travel between provinces after a two-month lockdown. The 50,000 motorcycle taxi drivers who provide much of Rwanda's transport are angry about the government U-turn, saying their livelihoods are in ruins.

    Business people who rely on inter-provincial trade have also criticised the decision. There have been at least 370 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in Rwanda and one fatality, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.



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    Over 5,000 more people across Africa have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest update from the World Health Organisation’s regional office for the continent.

    According to the UN health agency, there had been more than 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported between the 54 countries in Africa on Tuesday morning, of which 63,000 patients had recovered and 4,200 had died.

    South Africa was the worst affected country by number of cases, while Egypt, on the other end of the continent, had recorded the most deaths.


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    Health officials in Mozambique say there is growing discrimination against people suspected of being infected with coronavirus.

    In some cases the stigma has become so extreme that people are being threatened with violence.

    In the central city of Beira, those infected with the virus have been threatened with lynching.

    Health officials say this has led to a fall in the number of people going to clinics to report flu-like symptoms and other illnesses.

    Health workers have been sent into communities to try to convince people to seek medical help when needed.

    The hostility towards those suspected of having the virus has led the health ministry to restrict the amount of information it releases about the disease, including not disclosing locations where cases have been confirmed.

    Mozambique has reported more than 250 infections



  75. #155
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    SA court rules lockdown restrictions 'irrational'

    A South African court has found some coronavirus lockdown regulations imposed by the government "unconstitutional and invalid".

    The judge picked out rules around funerals, informal workers and amount of exercise as "irrational".

    The government was given14 days to overhaul the regulations.

    South Africa initially had some of the world's most restrictive lockdown measures. The country has 35,812 confirmed cases and 755 deaths.

    The case was filed by the Liberty Fighters Network and the Hola Bona Renaissance Foundation.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52904043


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  76. #156
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    More than 800 health workers in Nigeria contract virus

    More than 800 health workers in Nigeria have contracted coronavirus, according to the country's Centre for Disease Control.

    That's a significant proportion of the total of 10,800 confirmed cases in the country.

    Medical staff have been complaining about a lack of protective equipment. Some unions have threatened to go on strike over the issue.

    Nigeria's authorities say adequate supplies have been distributed.

    Private hospitals were previously forbidden from treating Covid-19 patients as the government said they did not have properly trained staff. The decision has now been reversed.

    More than 300 people have died from the virus in Nigeria.


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    South Africa's COVID-19 cases rise and president worries about Cape Town region

    CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Even as South Africa eases its coronavirus lockdown, infection numbers have started to rise quickly and President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday he was particularly concerned about the province around Cape Town.

    Western Cape, whose Table Mountain and wine tours make it a leading tourist destination, has become the country’s main coronavirus hotspot, with around two-thirds of the country’s total 40,792 cases. It has also recorded 651 out of the the country’s total of 848 deaths.

    South Africa recorded its largest daily jump of cases on Thursday, with 3,267 new cases.

    Ramaphosa visited Cape Town on Friday to be briefed on efforts to tackle the virus, including the opening of a new temporary field hospital for mild to moderately sick patients.

    “The Western Cape is the epicentre for COVID-19 infections and this concerns us deeply,” he said.

    The government is expecting an escalation of cases ahead of a predicted August/September peak and rising community infection rates in densely-packed poor townships. But it is struggling with shortages of test kits, healthcare staff and hospital beds.

    “We must increase the number of beds ... It’s better to over provide than to under provide because the worst is still to come,” Ramaphosa said.

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    Police in Kenya have been involved in the killing of 15 people since the country put a nighttime curfew in place in March to combat coronavirus, the policing oversight body said in a statement seen by AFP.

    The Independent Policing Oversight Body (IPOA) said it had received 87 complaints against police since the dusk to dawn curfew and heightened security measures were put in place on March 27.

    “After preliminary investigations, 15 deaths and 31 incidents where victims sustained injuries have directly been linked to actions of police officers during the curfew enforcement.”

    According to the statement, the complaints include deaths, shootings, harassment, assaults, robbery, inhumane treatment and sexual assault.

    Kenya’s police force is often accused by rights groups of using excessive force and carrying out unlawful killings, especially in poor neighbourhoods.

    In April Human Right Watch accused the police of imposing the curfew in a “chaotic and violent manner from the start”, sometimes whipping, kicking and teargassing people to force them off the streets.

    “Police brutality isn’t just unlawful; it is also counterproductive in fighting the spread of the virus,” the rights watchdog said.


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    Alcohol sales in South Africa add to hospital strain

    South Africa's decision last week to lift an alcohol ban - imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus - has led to a sharp rise in trauma admissions at hospitals, reports say.

    A specialist at a hospital in Durban told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper that there had been many more stabbings, accidents and assaults, which he said were linked to the resumption of alcohol sales.

    Another member of staff, Prof Elmin Steyn, told the newspaper that patients awaiting surgery were having to go to intensive care units (ICU).

    "The problem is the ICU beds are filled with gravely ill Covid-19 patients," Prof Elmin Steyn said.

    Hospitals have also reportedly seen an increase in car accident victims.

    During the first two months of the lockdown, when alcohol was banned, some hospitals reported a 70% reduction in trauma admissions.


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    Algeria has allowed a number of businesses to reopen today as part of its plan to end the coronavirus lockdown.

    Vegetable and fruit markets, pastry shops and barbershops have been able to resume trading.

    The second stage of the lockdown relaxation will start on 14 June, when more businesses will be allowed to resume.

    Algeria has had 698 deaths and 10,050 cases of coronavirus, according Johns Hopkins University.


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