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Virus surge sparks SAfrica curfew and Spain local lockdown

Johanesburg - South Africa re-imposed a nationwide curfew on Sunday while Spain's Catalonia region forced hundreds of thousands of residents back into lockdown as coronavirus cases accelerated in many parts of the world.Since the start of July nearly 2.

Without freedom to touch, blind migrants disoriented in virus-hit S.Africa

Johanesburg - Sheets of braille were scattered around Jetro Gonese as he sat hunched over his mattress in a dilapidated building in downtown Johannesburg, punching away at the keys of his special typewriter.

South Africa virus cases surge past 100,000

Johanesburg - South Africa on Monday said it had over 100,000 coronavirus cases, the highest in the continent, while the number of deaths inched towards 2,000.

Virus booze ban causes headache for S.African winemakers

Wellington - Wineries around Cape Town fear a nine-week alcohol sales ban will leave a bad hangover that outlasts the coronavirus pandemic, as South African bottles lose their spots on international shelves and thousands of jobs are lost.

S.Africans reluctant to return to places of worship despite lockdown easing

Johanesburg - White plastic chairs are sprayed down with sanitiser and a smartly dressed cleaner says a prayer while dusting before a first service in her church in more than nine weeks.

S.Africa readies military medics as virus cases surge

Cape Town - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday that military medical personnel were ready to be deployed to the Western Cape province, the country's coronavirus epicentre, as the number of nationwide infections surged past 40,000.

Virus could hamper Africa's climate change response : IMF

Johanesburg - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday warned that coronavirus could further weaken sub-Saharan Africa's ability to adapt to climate change, as measures to contain the pandemic stretch limited resources.

S.Africans rush to liquor stores as booze ban lifts

Soweto - Scores of people lined up outside liquor stores in South Africa's township of Soweto on Monday, waiting to buy drinks for the first time in nine weeks after a ban on alcohol sales was lifted.

South Africa leader faces thorny test over virus lockdown

Johanesburg - Admired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

Johanesburg - As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation.

S.African migrants face hunger, xenophobia during virus lockdown

Johanesburg - The car approaches the gates of the small parish church, where an army of hands await.The precious food is swiftly taken from the car boot and back seat and lined up in bags in the courtyard, rather like a military parade. It is time for the handout.

South Africa starts easing coronavirus lockdown

Johanesburg - South Africa began to gradually ease its strict coronavirus lockdown on Friday, allowing some industries to reopen after five weeks of restrictions that plunged its struggling economy deeper into turmoil.

S.African anti-apartheid veteran Denis Goldberg dies aged 87

Johanesburg - South African activist Denis Goldberg, one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in the struggle against apartheid, has died aged 87, his foundation announced on Thursday.

Violence and looting point to food crisis in S.Africa lockdown

Cape Town - "Mr President we are in the middle of a food crisis. It's war out here," warned Joanie Fredericks, a community leader in Mitchells Plain township in Cape Town.

Hungry S.Africans clash with police over food aid in Cape Town

Cape Town - South African police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown.

South Africa crime rate drops, minister says thanks to virus lockdown booze ban

Johanesburg - South African Police Minister Bheki Cele sports a dark hat and pinstriped suit, a style that escapes no one in its echo of Eliot Ness, the famed enforcer of Prohibition in 1920s America.

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

Johanesburg - South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg's Yeoville neighbourhood as Africa's worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for COVID-19.

Batons, bullying and handcuffs mar Africa's virus shutdowns

Johanesburg - Soldiers tower over youngsters in South Africa's Soweto township, forcing them to do push-ups and roll on the floor as punishment for not adhering to a lockdown meant to halt the spread of coronavirus.

S.Africa to rollout mass screening for coronavirus: president

Johanesburg - South Africa, which has the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus infections on the continent, will start mass door-to-door screening and testing for coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday.

S.African police fire rubber bullets at shoppers during lockdown

Johanesburg - South African police fired rubber bullets towards hundreds of shoppers queueing outside a supermarket in Johannesburg as authorities battled to keep people at home in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
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