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Coronavirus – Gambia: Daily Case Update as of 21st October 2020

Active cases: 881 New cases: 2 New tests: 85 Total confirmed: 3,657 Recovered: 2,658 (+0) Deaths: 118 (+0)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (22 October 2020)

Total confirmed: 47,212 Total recovered: 33,050 Deaths: 870Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 update for South Africa (21st October 2020)

COVID-19 Update: A total of 26537 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, with 2055 new cases. Regrettably, we report 8 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 18741. Click the link to view the full report: by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (21 October 2020)

COVID-19 update: As at 21 October 2020, Zimbabwe had 8215 confirmed cases, including 7725 recoveries and 236 deaths.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.Media filesDownload logo

Stopping Production Decline is “top priority” for Minister Diamantino Azevedo, According to New Report

Africa Oil & Power (, the leading investment promotion platform for the African energy sector, launched a report on Thursday called ‘Angola COVID-19 Response,’ analyzing the country’s strategy to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic on its energy sector, with a particular focus on its oil and gas upstream sector, which constitutes a fundamental part of Angola’s economic lifeblood. “Mitigating the natural decline of producti

Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 update (21 October 2020)

Download logoCurrently, there are 27 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen. A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Coronavirus – Kenya: Distribution of Cases by Counties (21st October 2020)

Download logoDistribution of cases by Counties: Nairobi (227), Machakos (64), Mombasa (51), Uasin Gishu (37), Laikipia (28), Busia (19), Kajiado (11), Embu (10), Nakuru (9), Wajir (7), Kiambu (6), Kilifi (6), Kisumu (4), Nyeri (4), Makueni (3), Elgeyo Marakwet (2), Meru (2), Kisii (2), Turkana (2), Narok (1), Homabay (1) & Kakamega (1).Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO COVID-19 Africa Update (21 October 2020)

Over 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent - with more than 1.3 million recoveries & 40,000 deaths cumulatively. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Guinea: COVID-19 Awareness Campaign in Nzerekore, Guinea

A World Health Organization (WHO) team goes door-to-door in Nzerekore, Guinea, to raise awareness about COVID-19 & the important prevention measures. Communities can control the spread of the virus by wearing masks, keeping a distance & frequently practicing hand hygiene.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: New COVID-19 rapid tests a game changer for Africa

Download logoThe roll-out of new, World Health Organization (WHO) approved antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus in Africa will significantly boost testing capacity and marks a game changer in the continent’s fight against COVID-19. Many African countries have struggled to test in sufficient numbers to control the pandemic, with only 12 in the region reaching a key threshold of 10 tests per 10 000 people per week during the past month. They have also often falle

Siemens Energy MEA Energy Week Virtual Conference Reveals 10 Priorities for Successful Energy Transformation Pathway

Ten key priorities for successful long-term energy transformation; Decarbonized energy systems build more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies; More than 2,500 people joined the virtual conference. Siemens Energy ( today published the main priorities to enable facilitate a successful long-term energy transition and enable countries to thrive in the lower-carbon world. These findings were based on the discussions held during the MEA Energy Week. The vi

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 reported cases in Ethiopia (21 October 2020)

Daily Laboratory test: 6,333 Severe cases: 303 New recovered: 868 New deaths: 13 New cases: 628 Total Laboratory test: 1,416,829 Active cases: 45,226 Total recovered: 44,506 Total deaths: 1,384 Total cases: 91,118Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (21st October 2020)

New cases: 3 Total confirmed cases: 5864 Total active cases: 919 Total recovered: 4762 (5 New) Total number of tests conducted: 58498 (273 New) Total deaths: 183 (1 New)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi.Media filesDownload logo

WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

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Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the situation in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Download logoThe Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the violence that erupted on 20 October 2020 during protests in Lagos, Nigeria that has resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. The Chairperson offers his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. The Chairperson appeals to all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rul

Development finance institutions pledge to sustain COVID-19 mitigation, livelihood recovery

Multilateral development finance institutions on Wednesday pledged to continue to collaborate in their efforts to mitigate the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate the recovery of economies and livelihoods. At an extraordinary virtual meeting to discuss the impact of their responses to the pandemic and the worsening debt situation, the organizations said that sustaining their joint efforts would protect livelihoods, especially among vulnerable populations, preserve macroec

VC4A and ABAN announce 7th and virtual edition of its Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020)

3 & 4 November 2020 ONLINE; Two VC4A Venture Showcases - Seed and Series A - in partnership with AWS Activate; The summit is FREE to attend this year - but for investors only please. VC4A ( and ABAN are eager to announce the 7th and virtual edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2020). The Summit will take place on 3 & 4 November online. With a number of record-level deals making the headlines over the last year, Africa’s s

The OPEC Fund and West African Development Bank (BOAD) boost cooperation in Western Africa

The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) ( and the West African Development Bank (BOAD) have signed a Framework Agreement to further strengthen their development cooperation in the member countries of the Western African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU): Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte-d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The agreement focuses on increased engagement and knowledge-sharing between the two institutions and ensure

Weekly Press Briefing on Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

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African Development Bank AgriPitch Competition: $120,000 in prizes on offer during African Youth Agripreneur Forum 3-17 November

There are just hours to go until the 23 October deadline to enter the African Development Bank’s ( AgriPitch Competition. Selected entries by African youth agripreneurs will be invited to showcase their agribusiness startup plans and compete for a share of $120,000 in funding seed prizes, a slot of the competition’s business development boot camp, an audience of online panel of experts and investors to pitch their agribusiness plans, as well as receive post-event mentori

Vertiv Announces Distribution Partnership with Cyber Security South Africa (CSSA)

Download logoVertiv (NYSE: VRT) (, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, today announced a distribution partnership with Cyber Security South Africa (CSSA), an industry-leading cyber security technology distributor. While Africa expands its focus on fast tracking digital transformation and upscale cloud migration, Vertiv continues to expand its footprint in the region. The partnership will address the current data center challe

Supporting Elections Across Africa (By Akua Gyekye)

By Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager, Africa Elections Our work in supporting elections across Africa continues to be a priority and we’ve dedicated unprecedented resources to these efforts both locally and globally, with protecting election integrity at the center of this work. This update provides an overview of our ongoing work in reducing misinformation ( and removing voter suppression, preventing election interference, supporting civic engagement and incre

Coronavirus – Africa: The African Union and Estonia launch hackathon to develop digital solutions to accelerate Africa post-COVID recovery

Download logoAfrican Union and Estonia, in cooperation with Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Poland, with the implementing partners Garage48 and Smart Africa are organizing an online cross-continental hackathon “EU-Africa: The Post Crisis Journey” on 10-13 December 2020. The online hackathon is seeking innovative solutions to socio-economic problems in Africa, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The event builds on AU-Estonia cooperation agreement in December 2017 and the recommen

H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid celebrating 75th anniversary of the Fifth Pan-African Congress

Invited by the universities of Manchester and Salford, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy delivered the keynote address to the symposium celebrating 75th anniversary of the fifth Pan-African Congress that took place in Manchester in October 1945 — a milestone event which brought together then intellectuals and activists such as W.E.B Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Jomo Kenyatta. The Congress was a springbo

Coronavirus – Africa: Outbreak Brief #40 – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (13 October 2020), 2,524,173 new confirmed [1] coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 36,810 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 39,952,759 COVID-19 cases and 1,112,108 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.8%) have been reported from 219 countries and territories. This week, one new territory, Wallis & Futuna, reported its first case. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases) from the Wo

NTT Pro Cycling's O'Connor storms to sensational Giro d'Italia victory

NTT Pro Cycling’s ( Ben O’Connor stormed to a sensational debut Grand Tour stage win claiming victory on stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia. In the process, O’Connor scored NTT Pro Cycling’s first stage win at a grand tour since 2018, in emotional scenes at Madonna di Campiglio. The 24-year-old Australian, along with teammates Louis Meintjes and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, crucially formed part of the day’s 18-man breakaway from w

Future Hospitality Summit Unveils Line-up of Global Hospitality Leaders & Change-Makers as Special Guest Speakers

Future Hospitality Summit will welcome a comprehensive line-up of hospitality and government leaders, industry captains, founders, change-makers, insight experts, and media, on 26-27 October; The jam-packed line-up includes Arne Sorenson (Marriott International), Arnold W. Donald (Carnival Corporation), Gloria Guevara (WTTC), Alexandre de Juniac (IATA), Geoffrey JW Kent (Abercrombie & Kent), and more; Media registration for the hybrid summit is now open; Register HERE (

A Free and Fair Election is the Solution to South Sudan’s Woes (By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth)

Download logoBy Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan The Republic of South Sudan was born – literally out of the ashes – on 9 July 2011 after decades of a debilitating and costly war. The people of South Sudan must be appreciated for their sustained commitment to sovereign independence, and to finally win their freedom, despite the grave costs that we paid in both life and treasure. Since 2011, our nascent nation of 10 million people has continued to

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 case update (20 October 2020)

Total cases: 4,996 (+4) Recovered: 4,797 (+0) | 96% Active cases: 165 Tests: 536,779 (+997) Deaths: 34 (+0) | 0.7% Test positivity rate: 0.4%Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Kenya: Distribution of Cases by Counties (20th October 2020)

Download logoDistribution of the cases by Counties is as follows: Uasin Gishu (116), Nairobi (116), Mombasa (74), Kiambu (50), Laikipia (43), Kericho (41), Kisumu (23), Nakuru (21), Busia (16), Trans Nzoia (10), Kajiado (9), Nandi (8), Murang’a (5), Kilifi (5), Kirinyaga (5), West Pokot (4), Kakamega (4), Isiolo (3), Siaya (3), Elgeyo Marakwet (2), Kisii (2), Embu (2), Vihiga (2), Bungoma (2), Kwale (1), Nyeri (1), Samburu (1), Machakos (1) and Turkana (1).Distributed by APO Group on behal

Epazz DeskFlex Room Booking System Sees Demand Coming from Asia Pacific Region; Advances COVID-Compliant Software Suite for Specific Functionality

Download logoEpazz Inc. DeskFlex (OTC: EPAZ) (, a mission critical provider of cloud-based workspace management software solutions and blockchain business solutions, announced today that the DeskFlex desk booking software ( is receiving demands coming from the Asia Pacific Region.  DeskFlex room booking system ( adds more software customers from local U.S. firms and companies in Europe and Latin America wee

Merck Foundation partners with Burundi First Lady to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the infertility stigma

Merck Foundation (, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany partnered with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. Madam ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, during a high-level meeting held between Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and Burundi First Lady. During the meeting, Merck Foundation underscored their long-term commitment to continue their efforts to build healthcare capacity, empower girls in education and break the infertility stigma in Burundi. The First Lady of Burundi

Now is the Time for Africa to fully develop and harness its Natural Gas Potential

The African Energy Chamber ( is set to release its Africa Energy Outlook for 2021. This edition follows a successful initial launch of the series with the 2020 outlook report released in October last year. Join the conversation using the hashtag #ChamberEnergyOutlook2021. As the discussions around the energy transition and the impact of carbon emissions on the global energy industry continue, it is apparent that abundant resources unlocked by shale and the pressure o

Coronavirus – Kenya: Total COVID-19 recoveries stand at 32522

Download logo438 people have recovered from the disease, 373 from the Home-Based Care Program, while 65 have been discharged from various hospitals. Total recoveries now stand at 32,522. Unfortunately, 3 patients have succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality to 842.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Coronavirus: International Air Transport Association (IATA) revises 2020 Passenger Traffic Forecast Down for Africa

Download logoThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for Africa for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. IATA now expects full-year 2020 passenger numbers in Africa (to/from/within) to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July In absolute numbers, the region is expected to see around 45 million travelers in 2020 compared to the 155 million in 2019 In 2021, demand is expected to

Coronavirus: UNESCO hosts Global Education Meeting to set priorities for learning recovery and protect financing in the aftermath of the pandemic

Download logoUNESCO is hosting a high-level virtual meeting aimed at revitalizing Global Education, Thursday, 22 October from 1 to 5 p.m. French time (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. universal time). UNESCO convened the meeting in partnership with the governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom, in order to secure commitments from global leaders for the protection of education financing during the COVID-19 recovery period, and, also, to produce consensus on priority actions

Coronavirus: Migrants essential to recovery of global development post COVID-19

Download logoGlobal human mobility has halted with the overall impact of COVID-19, hitting people on the move hard. As borders re-open slowly, a new UN Development Programme (UNDP) report illustrates how governments can shape migration to benefit development and boost recovery. The report, Human Mobility, Shared Opportunities: A Review of the 2009 Human Development Report and the Way Ahead, looks back at the last decade and assesses how future policy responses could facilitate safe, orderly,

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (20 October 2020)

COVID-19 update: As at 20 October 2020, Zimbabwe had 8187 confirmed cases, including 7692 recoveries and 233 deaths.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: List of countries from which visitors are permitted to enter Seychelles

Download logoList of countries from which visitors are permitted to enter Seychelles – changes to current list are effective from Monday 19th October 2020. Australia Egypt Liechtenstein Portugal Vietnam Austria Estonia Lithuania Qatar Zimbabwe Botswana Finland Malawi Rwanda Burundi

Coronavirus – Zambia: Daily status update (21 October 2020)

Cumulative Cases: 16,000 Total Recoveries: 15,168 COVID-19 Deaths: 115 COVID-19 Associated Deaths: 231 Active Cases: 486Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI).Media filesDownload logo