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S.Africa reports first two virus deaths as lockdown starts

Johanesburg - South Africa recorded its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus on Friday as the number of confirmed cases breached the 1,000 mark just hours after a three-week nationwide lockdown swung into action.

South Africa begins 'unprecedented' military-patrolled lockdown

Johanesburg - South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.

Public distrust hampers Africa fight against virus misinformation

Johanesburg - African nations fighting the novel coronavirus face a foe as stealthy and dangerous as the microbe itself: misinformation and apathy, fuelled by deep distrust of government.

Church coronavirus restrictions hit African faithful

Lagos - Nigerian police with megaphones struggled to keep the faithful in bustling Lagos away from church on Sunday, as worshippers in Africa faced tough restrictions aimed at halting the spread of coronavirus.

Rwanda imposes shutdown as infections jump across Africa

Kigali - Rwanda imposed a nationwide shutdown and border controls to combat the coronavirus at the weekend in some of the strictest measures taken in Africa, as infections spread across the continent and authorities warn healthcare systems are ill-equipped to c...

Warning of long battle as Africa's virus numbers rise

Johanesburg - Sub-Saharan Africa recorded its second coronavirus death on Friday as infections rose in South Africa, where the government warned bluntly of a long haul in the fight against the disease.

Nigeria, South Africa step up fight against virus in Africa

Lagos - African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa have ramped up action against the coronavirus after the continent recorded its first fatality.

Lagos closes schools as virus shadow lengthens over Africa

Lagos - African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa on Thursday ramped up action against coronavirus, a day after the continent recorded its first fatality from the disease and the UN's health chief warned it was time to "wake up" to the threat.

First virus death in Sub-Saharan Africa as WHO warns 'prepare for worst'

Ouagadougou - Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to "prepare for the worst".

First virus death in Sub-Saharan Africa as WHO warns 'prepare for worst'

Ouagadougou - Sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to "prepare for the worst".

After head start on virus, Africa begins clampdown

Nairobi - African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global coronavirus epidemic, but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.

Scientists worry about spread of COVID-19 in Africa

Johannesburg - The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa’s 54 countries, officials said Monday, and regional power South Africa warned of a new crisis once the virus begins to spread at home and into crowded low-income communities.

Vulnerable continent: Africa and the coronavirus

Paris - The first detected case of coronavirus in Africa highlights the vulnerability of the world's poorest continent to outbreaks of contagious diseases.

Virus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases

Johanesburg - The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China birthplace but sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world's most vulnerable regions, has so far been almost spared -- and experts want to know why.

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Addis Ababa - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday closed a three-nation Africa tour with a thinly-veiled swipe at China as he talked up Washington's ability to stimulate growth and entrepreneurship on the continent.

Pompeo makes first trip to Africa with conflicting US signals

Washington - The United States is discussing military cuts in Africa, has tightened visa rules for Africans and President Donald Trump notoriously was quoted as disparaging the continent with a vulgar epithet.

Coronavirus threat looms over fragile health systems in Africa

The rapidly spreading coronavirus has wreaked havoc across much of the developed world, yet not a single case has been confirmed so far in Africa -- the continent that’s least equipped to deal with the epidemic.

Africa mobilises against coronavirus as fears mount

Dakar - African countries are scrambling to avert an outbreak of the rapidly spreading coronavirus strain, as health officials warn that the poorest countries are ill-equipped to combat the deadly disease.

US general asks Europeans to do more for French in Africa

Washington - The US commander for Africa said Thursday that European allies should do more to help France with airlifts and refueling in its campaign against extremists as the Trump administration looks to do less.

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson told African leaders Monday that Britain would be more open to migrants from their continent after Brexit as he hosted a summit intended to boost trading ties.

Sailor kidnappings surge off West Africa: watchdog

Kuala Lumpur - The number of sailors kidnapped off West Africa surged by more than 50 percent last year, a maritime watchdog said Tuesday, urging greater international cooperation to reduce piracy.

Sixty years on, Africa still seeks right model for growth

Paris - As 1960 dawned, sub-Saharan Africa braced for historic change: that year, 17 of its countries were destined to gain independence from European colonial powers.But six decades on, the continent is mired in many problems.

New EU chief pledges to back Africa on Ethiopia trip

Addis Ababa - European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen assured Africa of the EU's strong support during a visit to Ethiopia on Saturday, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post.

'Ghost' fishing gear: the trash haunting ocean wildlife

Far out in the South Atlantic Ocean, invisible to the South African coastline, diver Pascal Van Erp surfaced with an abandoned lobster cage covered in algae and other marine organisms.

Africa targeted by Russian-led disinformation campaign: Facebook

Washington - Facebook said Wednesday it had taken down accounts linked to a Russian ally of President Vladimir Putin seeking to spread disinformation on the social network in eight African countries.

As Kremlin eyes Africa, Putin praises ties at major summit

Sochi - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday opened a major summit aimed at reviving Russia's influence in Africa, telling leaders from the continent he would seek to double trade in the coming years.

Putin hosts major summit as Kremlin scrambles for Africa

Sochi - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold.

Young climate activists in Africa struggle to be heard

Accra - As Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion inspire climate protesters across the globe, young African activists say they still struggle to make themselves heard.

Oil, diamonds and nuclear power: Russia eyes Africa business

Moscow - While Russia has traditionally focused on arms and grain exports to Africa, it is now looking to broaden its activities and influence.

For Russian business, big dreams in Africa

Moscow - From diamonds and arms to nuclear power and oil, Russia has major business ambitions in Africa, even if it is coming late to the party.
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