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Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 hygiene measures must be enforced in schools set to reopen in West and Central Africa, says Save the Children

Schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal that closed to contain the spread of COVID-19 reopen in about ten days. As thousands of children prepare to return to school across West and Central Africa, it is essential that hygiene measures required to slow COVID-19 are in place, says Save the Children. About 12 million children have been affected by school closures across Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Whilst welcoming the decision of authorities to reopen schools, the agency is warning they m

Coronavirus – Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest (27 May 2020)

Download logoHIGHLIGHTS Several countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have reported a significant uptick in daily cases over the past week, including Kenya and South Africa. All countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have now been affected by the pandemic, with Lesotho recording its first case on 13 May. Cross-border transmission is a rising concern. The pandemic has gained considerable pace in the region: numbers of people who contracted COVID-19 rose from 6,848 in 24 coun

Coronavirus – Africa: Global Education Coalition facilitates free internet access for distance education in several countries

Download logoMajor mobile telephone operators that are part of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition have stepped up efforts to improve connectivity by providing free access to online educational content for students in all regions of the world affected by Covid-19 induced school closures. “While the Global Education Coalition supports both online and offline solutions, aiming towards connectivity for all is an important imperative, especially when our data shows that 43% of the wor

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Notification Note on COVID-19 Situational Update – 27 May 2020

Download logoThe total laboratory tests conducted within 24 hours are 4,352; of these thirty (30) of them are confirmed positive for COVID-19 and the total confirmed cases as of today are Seven-Hundred-Thirty-One (731). Among the confirmed cases, 22 of them are male and 8 are female and their age ranges from 9 to 60 years. All of the people confirmed for COVID-19 am Ethiopians. Among the cases fifteen (15) of them are identified from Addis Ababa (two have known contact with a confirmed case and

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and Ecobank Group announce the key focus areas of their joint initiative to support Africa’s Micro Small and...

Download logoAUDA-NEPAD (the African Union Development Agency) (www.NEPAD.org) and Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com) kick-start their collaboration to strengthen Africa’s response to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). High level representatives from the African Union Commission, regional development banks, development financial institutions, international organisations and commercial banks from the continent came together to focus their efforts on supporting the MSMEs segment and pr

Egypt: African Development Bank approves emergency relief aid to tackle food insecurity for vulnerable workers whose livelihoods are impacted by COVID-19

Download logoThe Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) on 25 May, 2020 approved a $500,000 emergency assistance grant to Egypt to provide food relief, and to contribute to restoring the livelihoods of vulnerable populations severely affected by COVID 19. The intervention will seek to complement ongoing activities by Egypt’s government to mitigate the effects of the virus pandemic on Egyptians. The emergency assistance will prioritize and contribute to critica

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases As of 27 May 2020, 9am EAT

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (119,391) deaths (3,589), and recoveries (48,618) by region: Central (13,604 cases; 361 deaths; 3,679 recoveries): Burundi (42; 1; 20),Cameroon (5,436; 175; 1,996), Central African Republic (671; 1; 22), Chad (700; 62; 303), Congo (487; 16; 147), DRC (2,546; 68; 365), Equatorial Guinea (1,043; 12; 165), Gabon (2,238; 14; 593),Sao Tome & Principe (441; 12; 68) Eastern (13,017; 351; 3,444): Comoros (87; 1; 21), Djibouti (2,468; 14; 1,07

Coronavirus – Kenya: 123 people have tested positive of COVID-19

Download logoToday we have tested 3077 samples 123 people have tested positive of COVID-19 Nairobi is leading with 85 cases and Mombasa has 24 cases among others.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: World Health Organization (WHO) Zimbabwe’s Polio Team supporting Contact Tracing for COVID-19

In Zimbabwe, WHO Zimbabwe’s polio team is providing support to enhance contact tracing for COVID-19. Disease surveillance officers across the country are adapting software to list & trace contacts, with real-time updates.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 Update 27 May 2020

Download logo3,077 samples tested in the past 24 hours 67,341 samples tested so far 123 new positive cases 1, 471 Total confirmed cases 3 recoveries today 408 Total discharged and recovered. 55 Total fatalities Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, Africa’s Largest Promoter of Freestyle Football unveils Freestyle Africa Unlocked 2020 Championships

The largest promoter of Freestyle Football in Africa, Feet ‘N’ Tricks International (www.FeetAndTricks.com), has unveiled the maiden edition of the Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 championship which is first of its kind on the continent. Valentine Ozigbo, the Chairman of Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, in the company’s first vitual press conference held on Zoom on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, revealed that the championship is going to be online and packed with prizes and

Coronavirus – Zambia: Status Update 27th May 2020

Download logo137 New Confirmed Cases; 443 Recoveries Tests in the last 24 hours: 4,264 (24,275 cumulative) Cumulative cases: 1057 Total recoveries: 779 Total deaths: 7 Active cases: 271Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Zambia.

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 ECOWAS Daily Update for May 26, 2020

COVID-19 ECOWAS Daily Update for May 26, 2020Distributed by APO Group on behalf of West African Health Organization (WAHO).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 Situation Report for Nigeria (26 May 2020)

The COVID-19 Nigeria situation report for 26th May, 2020 has been published. Our daily COVID-19 situation reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation & response activities in Nigeria. Download via: https://bit.ly/3bWXXqpDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Nigeria: A breakdown of cases by state

A breakdown of cases by state Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: COVID-19 reported cases in Ethiopia – 27 May 2020

New cases: 30 Active cases: 542 Critical: 1 New recovered: 14 Total recovered: 181 New deaths: 0 Total deaths: 6 Total cases: 731Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Gambia: COVID-19 case update, 26 May 2020

Active cases: 6 New case: 0 News tests: 53 Total confirmed: 25 Recovered: 18 Death: 1Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: Switzerland supports development banks in reducing poverty and dealing with crises

Download logoSwitzerland is to contribute CHF 879 million to the coffers of the International Development Association (IDA/World Bank) and of the African Development Fund (ADF) to help fight poverty, promote sustainable development and deal with the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the world’s poorest countries. Switzerland is also contributing CHF 115 million to the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). These decisions were taken by the Federal Council o

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 statistics in South Africa, 26 May 2020

Tests conducted: 605991 Positive cases identified: 24264 Recoveries: 12741 Deaths: 524 New cases: 649Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF

Download logoA new report by WHO, UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals that despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for stronger legislation to protect families from false claims about the safety of breast-milk substitutes or aggressive marketing practices. Breastmilk saves children’s lives as i

Coronavirus – Middle East and North Africa: Joint Statement – Food crisis likely to worsen in the Middle East and North Africa as COVID-19...

Download logoJoint statement from the Regional Directors of UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO “Governments and partners across the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) are working around the clock to protect communities from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While these efforts are saving many lives, they are having a critical impact on food supply chains and the availability, access and affordability of better varieties of safe and nutritious foods. Vulnerable families are struggling to

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Inclusion of Two New Labs for COVID-19 Testing Capacity

We're pleased to announce the activation of 2 new labs for inclusion in the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network: Test tubeAfriglobal Medicare Lab, Ogun Test tubeSahel Centre for Molecular Diagnostics & Research, Katsina This brings the total number of labs with COVID-19 testing capacity to 28. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – South Africa: 43 new COVID-19 related deaths in South Africa

A total of 9214 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Sadly, we report 43 new COVID-19 related deaths & send our condolences to the loved ones. Exercise caution when using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, especially on children’s hands.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 update, 27 May 2020

Over 118,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent - with more than 48,000 recoveries & 3,500 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://arcg.is/XvuSX.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo


Central Bank of Nigeria cuts benchmark lending rate to 12.5%

Nigeria’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate to 12.5% from 13.5%, the central bank governor said on Thursday.

How COVID-19 impacts access to sustainable energy in SSA

The World Bank says despite accelerated progress over the past decade, the world is expected to fall short of the SDG 7 target. In its just-released 2020 edition of the Energy Progress Report, the World Bank says under current policies, an estimated 8 per cent of the global population will not have access to electricity by 2030, and 90 per cent of them will be in sub-Saharan Africa. Makhtar Diop, the Vice President for Infrastructure at the World Bank joins CNBC Africa to discuss the findings of this report.

Nigeria’s MPC cuts benchmark rate to 12.5%

In a surprise move, Nigeria Monetary Policy Committee cut its main policy rate by 100 basis points to 12.5 per cent and maintained other parameters constant in its third meeting of the year. Bismarck Rewane, CEO of Financial Derivatives and Muda Yusuf, Director-General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined CNBC Africa’s Wole Famurewa for a post-analysis of this decision....

How will MPC’S 100bps rate cut impact equities?

Following Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee's decision to cut the benchmark interest rate to 12.5 per cent, Ahmed Jinad a Research Analyst at Meristem Securities joins CNBC Africa to discuss the implication of this move on Nigeria’s equities market....

Trump’s Renewed Fight With China Explained

The Trump administration and the Chinese government are going head to head over the coronavirus. The two largest economic powers in the world are trying to control the coronavirus narrative. The White House has accused China of misleading the world a