Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister tests positive for COVID-19

Posted by - July 20, 2020

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. He is a member of a presidential task force on Covid-19 that is coordinating the country’s response to the pandemic. Mr Onyeama announced in a tweet on Sunday that he would be isolating at a health facility. He

Coronavirus: Kenyan senator labelled ‘drunk senator’, charged for flouting curfew

Posted by - July 20, 2020

A top Kenyan politician has apologised for flouting a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was over the weekend found drinking at a pub in the capital, Nairobi, hours past the 21:00 curfew. Following the discovery, local media and social media public labelled him the ‘drunk senator’.

Covid-19: Mozambique government refuses to ease restrictions

Posted by - July 17, 2020

President Filipe Nyusi dashed the hopes of Mozambicans hoping he would ease restrictions imposed at the beginning of April to stop the spread of coronavirus. In his speech to the nation on Thursday evening, he made it clear that from now it remained compulsory to wear face masks in public and the ban on all

55 cases of Covid-19 detected in Ghanaian secondary school

Posted by - July 15, 2020

The health authorities in Ghana have detected 55 cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Accra Girls Senior High School in the capital. Some 314 were tested in total. All the confirmed cases have been transferred to treatment and isolation centres, according to a joint statement by Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service.

Covid-19: Forty-one test positive at Kenya’s largest maternity hospital

Posted by - July 14, 2020

Forty-one staff members, including health workers, at Kenya’s largest maternity hospital in the capital Nairobi have tested positive for coronavirus. The cases at Pumwani hospital were found after 290 staff members were tested, said Dr Patrick Amoth, the acting health director-general. He added that all those who tested positive were receiving home-based care and none

Ghana sacks minister for flouting COVID-19 isolation rules

Posted by - July 3, 2020

Ghana’s deputy trade and industry minister has been forced to resign for breaking coronavirus self-isolation restrictions after testing positive for Covid-19. Carlos Ahenkorah, who is also an MP, had visited a voter registration centre in his constituency in the city of Tema before completing his period of isolation. He says he adhered to social-distancing rules,

COVID-19: Botswana president quarantine’s self after official tested positive

Posted by - July 2, 2020

Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has quarantined himself after an official working closely with him tested positive for Covid-19, a government statement says. Some other people in the president’s inner circle are also self-isolating, it adds. The government encourages people to continue taking precautions in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The country of

Number of Covid-19 infections tops 10m worldwide

Posted by - June 28, 2020

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed the milestone of 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US. The virus emerged in China late last year and spread across the globe. It has led to almost 500,000 deaths. Half the world’s cases have been in the US and Europe,

114-year-old Ethiopian recovers from coronavirus

Posted by - June 25, 2020

A 114-year-old Ethiopian man has recovered from coronavirus, according to a Facebook post by Dr Yared Agidew, who runs the hospital in the capital, Addis Ababa, where the man was being treated. Many call it a miraculous recovery as people over the age of 80 are considered to be most vulnerable if they catch the

Hundreds of South African pupils test positive at coronavirus hotspot

Posted by - June 23, 2020

The health authorities in South Africa are scrambling to contain a coronavirus outbreak at a school in Eastern Cape province after about 180 pupils tested positive. Makaula Senior Secondary School was closed on Tuesday for decontamination. Officials say contact tracing and testing is underway. The South African Democratic Teacher’s Union has called for the closure