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Zimbabwe: Vaya to Deliver Medicines for Free During COVID-19 Lockdown

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[New Zimbabwe] VAYA Express, working hand in hand with VAYA Express Medical Deliveries, says it will be offering free deliveries of medical supplies in a bid to assist Zimbabweans in need of critical medicines and drugs during the movement restrictions imposed due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus in Africa: 42,769 cases; 1,759 deaths; 14,129 recoveries

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There are now more than over 42,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. The whole of Africa has rising cases with Lesotho the country holding out as of May 1. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data. The classifications are based on where the countries are located especially in the case of countries that belong to two different blocs, like Tanzania in East Africa, despite belonging to EAC and SADC. SUGGESTED READING: Africa’s COVID-19 deaths pass 1,000 mark Major African stats: May 3 at 7:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 42,769 Number of deaths = 1,759 Recoveries = 14,129 Infected countries = 53 Virus-free countries = 1 (Lesotho) Countries in alphabetical order Algeria – 4,295 Angola – 35 Benin – 90 Botswana – 23 Burkina Faso – 652 Burundi – 15 Cameroon – 2,077 Cape Verde – 152 Central African Republic – 72 Chad – 117 Comoros – 1 Congo-Brazzaville – 229 DR Congo – 674 Djibouti – 1,112 Egypt – 6,193 Equatorial Guinea – 315 Eritrea – 39 Eswatini – 108 Ethiopia – 133 Gabon – 335 (The) Gambia – 17 Ghana – 2,169 Guinea – 1,586 Guinea-Bissau – 257 Ivory Coast – 1,362 Kenya – 435 Lesotho – 0 Liberia – 154 Libya – 63 Madagascar – 135 Malawi – 38 Mali – 544 Mauritania – 8 Mauritius – 332 Morocco – 4,729 Mozambique – 79 Namibia – 16 Niger – 736 Nigeria- 2,388 Rwanda – 255 Sao Tome and Principe – 16 Senegal – 1,115 Seychelles – 11 Sierra Leone – 155 Somalia – 671 South Africa – 6,336 South Sudan – 45 Sudan – 592 Tanzania – 480 Togo – 123 Tunisia – 1,009 Uganda – 88 Zambia – 119 Zimbabwe – 34 SUGGESTED READING: rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Africa II

Kenya: Kenyatta Picks Military Team to Oversee 2022 Power Change

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[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta has picked a new team of military commanders who will see his expected transition from power in 2022, with General Robert Kibochi creating history by becoming the first non-infantry officer from the Kenya Army to be appointed military boss.

Sierra Leone: Country to Go Into Second Lockdown as COVID-19 Spirals

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[Nation] Sierra Leone is to go into another three-day nationwide lockdown in an effort by the government to scale up its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zimbabwe: Lawyers Rip Up 'Irrational' Mnangagwa Rent Payment Reprieve Order

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[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwean lawyers have dismissed as unfair and irrational, a recent order by President Emmerson Mnangagwa barring landlords from compelling tenants to meet their monthly rental payments end of April due to loss of incomes caused by a prolonged national lockdown against the spread of coronavirus.

Zimbabwe: Chiredzi Villagers Face Home Displacements for Grass Farming By Chinese Investor

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[New Zimbabwe] Thousands of families in Chiredzi district in Masvingo province are outraged with government and a Chinese investor who has earmarked their ancestral land to farm Lurcene grass for export.

Cameroon coronavirus: Swiss govt donates $5m, health workers agitate

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May 2 – 3: Switzerland gives $5m support, health workers strike Switzerland has donated three billion CFA francs to help Cameroon combat coronavirus, its ambassador Pietro Lazzer told state broadcaster, CRTV. According to the diplomat, the amount is for humanitarian efforts. Aside the donation, his country was also coordinating support from Swiss companies in Cameroon to help in the response. He also touched on repatriation of nationals from Cameroon back home and vice versa. He reiterated that Switzerland also fully backed the ceasefire calls in restive regions as advocated by the United Nations Secretary-General last month. “Violence needs to stop in this area because the fighting of COVID-19 is a priority,” he said. Cameroon’s virus statistics as of May 4 stood at: 2,077 cases with 64 deaths and 953 recoveries. The country remains the most impacted in the Central Africa region. Staff from the main #COVID19 response center in Cameroon on strike as they claim that despite being highly exposed, they haven’t received any pay or insurance. 150 were apparently dismissed. https://t.co/2Q2kIa1krO— Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) May 3, 2020 Health workers recruited by the Ministry of Public Health at the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Cameroon protested the non-payment of their salaries yesterday in Yaoundé, Centre Region. According to reports, the workers have gone for weeks without payment. pic.twitter.com/TvLxzCADXK— Gina Sondo ?? (@GinaSondo) May 3, 2020 April 24: Cameroon records recovery boom amid tally controversy Cameroon Health Minister gave updates on coronavirus figures weeks after he opted against releasing figures via his Twitter account. The latest figures by Minister Manaouda Malachie indicate a boom in recoveries which now stand at 688. At last count April 23, recoveries were at 397 meaning an increase of 291 had been recorded. He released the figures after a government COVID-19 pandemic assessment meeting on Friday. “Today’s statistics show 1,430 people infected, including 692 active, 120 hospitalized and 20 on respiratory assistance. 668 recovered and 43 deaths. We continue to control this virus,” his post read in part. The figures have however become the subject of disputation after some Twitter users point out that they did not add up. “The numbers do not add up sir, 692 + 668 + 43 is equal to 1403 not 1430,” one tweep observed. “The numbers are totally confusing. And the differences between these and those in the Ministry of Health official report to partners from two days ago adds to the confusion,” another user chipped in. As per the John Hopkins University data which Africanews relies on, active confirmed cases stood at 719, as against the 692 cases reported by the Minister. The Africa CDC and WHO Africa region had yet to release daily tallies at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry posted a statement on its official Facebook page with a case count of 1332 across eight regions of the country. It is silent on active cases but quotes 688 and 43 in respect of recoveries and deaths. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } April 18: Cameroon crosses 1,000 cases mark Cameroon consolidated its spot as Central Africa’s most impacted nation doubling its coronavirus tally in fifteen days and going past the 1,000 mark. In early April, the country’s infection stood at 509. It has reached 1,017 as of April 18 according to records by the john Hopkins University tracking site. There are 117 recoveries with 22 deaths. A social media push for president Paul Biya to address the nation did not pay off exactly but the president popped up on Thursday after a long public absence. His meeting with the French ambassador was the first time he had directly commented on the COVID-19 crisis. A post on his official social media handles said he had discussed cooperation with the ambassador in the fight against the rampaging pandemic. Cameroon like most African countries closed its borders – land, sea and air, suspended all academic activities but has not imposed a lockdown or curfew. Coordination of COVID-19 efforts has largely rested on Prime Minister Dion Nguthe. In early April, a month after the first case of COVID-19 was recorded, Cameroonians mounted a social media campaign demanding that 87-year-old Paul Biya addresses the nation like most of his peers across the continent were doing. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } April 3: Cameroon records 203 new cases as COVID-19 tally hits 509 Cameroon’s coronavirus tally as of April 3 stood at 509, Health Minister Manaouda Malachie confirmed in his daily briefing posted on Twitter. Of the current figure, 203 were new cases that came from tests run 800 travellers arrived in the country recently. Cameroon also has 17 recovered patients with eight deaths. “Our active case finding strategy is starting to pay off. We did 800 tests (majority of travelers) 203 of them are positive but asymptomatic, that we must leave the community and treat,” the Minister wrote in his post. Cameroon is the most impacted country across Central Africa. Only DR Congo have passed the 100 mark in the region with 134. Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Republic, Central African Republic and Chad have 21, 16, 22, 8 and 8 cases respectively. The Minister in outlining government strategy to deal with the pandemic said six main measures were being implemented: massive and generalized testing, placement in immediate treatment of cases, active surveillance of suspect cases. The remaining are awareness of the populations (hygiene, distance, etc.), border control and development of reliable local expertise for the response. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

West Africa: West Africa's Press Freedoms at Risk During Coronavirus

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[VOA] West Africa has seen improvements in press freedom since the 1990s as democracy has taken root in the region. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, though, press freedom groups say security forces have assaulted journalists covering the outbreaks in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, among other countries.

Nigeria: COVID-19: Four Reportedly Killed, 16 Injured As Soldiers Enforce Lockdown in Taraba Community

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[Premium Times] A cultural festival turned deadly on Saturday in Taraba State after soldiers sent to enforce a lockdown allegedly shot dead four residents and injured 16 others.

Cameroon: Hundreds Rush for Popular Cleric's Herbal COVID 'Cure'

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[VOA] Cameroonians have been flooding into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Douala, where Archbishop Samuel Kleda claims he has found an herbal cure for COVID-19.

Zimbabwe: Media Rights Lobby Blasts Govt 'Criminalisation' of Journalism

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[New Zimbabwe] Media rights lobby, MISA-Zimbabwe has bemoaned government's continued trust in regulating the affairs of journalists, 40 years after the country attained self-rule.

Zimbabwe: Govt Extends COVID Lockdown, Despite Pleas From Workers

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[VOA] Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the country's lockdown by two weeks to contain the coronavirus, while working people complain that they can't make a living. Mnangagwa's response to them - it's better for the economy to suffer than for the pandemic to kill people.

Malawi: Atupele Storms Lilongwe Again for COVID-19 Response

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[Nyasa Times] United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi who kick-started his initiative of going around the country distributing food items to people and sensitising them about the novel coronavirus pandemic in Lilongwe last month, over the weekend returned to the capital on the same exercise.

Zimbabwe: Cricket Team Sinks to Lowest Ever ICC ODI Ranking

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[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe has plunged behind world cricket minnows Oman and Netherlands to position 14 in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) men's One Day International (ODI) rankings that were reshuffled by the world cricket governing body on Friday.

Zimbabwe: Mealie Meal Distribution Continues Despite Grain Price Hike By Govt

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[New Zimbabwe] The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) has elected to proceed with the distribution of subsidised mealie meal in spite of a recent government decision to increase maize prices by 100 percent.

Malawi: COVID-19 Hits Private Schools As Teachers Risk Not Being Paid

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[Nyasa Times] The global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to strike hard and the education sector the impact has also hit hard most especially on the private schools payrolls.

Africa: U.S. Asks China to Consider Debt Relief to the Continent During Pandemic

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[East African] The US says African countries burdened with Chinese loans should seek a change of terms with their lender, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zimbabwe: Journalists Cry Out for More Freedom

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[VOA] Press freedom watchdogs say Zimbabwe's government continues to stifle the media, despite promises by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to relax restrictions.

Zimbabwe: Reduced Parliament Set for Tuesday Sitting After COVID-19 Break

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[New Zimbabwe] Zimbabwe two houses of assembly will meet in their usual separate chambers this Tuesday to make a formal adjournment of sitting again amid continued uncertainty on the business of the house due to a raging Covid-19 menace which caused its premature break in March.

Egypt: Amnesty Publishes Report on Egyptian Media Clampdown

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[VOA] Sunday is World Press Freedom Day and a global human rights group has marked the observance by publishing an overview of Egypt's assault on journalists and other media workers.

Cameroon: Journalists Protest Harassment, Abusive Arrests

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[VOA] Cameroonian journalists are marking World Press Freedom Day with protests against abuse from the government as well as from rebels fighting for an independent English-speaking state. Reporters Without Borders, in its 2020 World Press Freedom Index, ranks Cameroon 134th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index. Some Cameroonian journalists have been detained for their reporting or are on the run from the military or separatists.

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