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A policeman inspects a construction site as some violators sit on the ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 3, 2020. A consistently high number of people have been arrested for violating lockdown regulations over COVID-19 in South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surge amid mounting calls for tougher lockdown

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South Africa on Friday saw a record number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases amid mounting calls for higher levels of lockdown. The...
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Angolan President admits new lockdown possible if cases of COVID-19 continue rising

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Angola President Joao Lourenco on Saturday admitted the possibility of re-imposing a new lockdown in the face of the hike in the number of...
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Rwanda reimposes lockdown in parts of capital city

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The Rwandan Ministry of Local Government has ordered residents in some parts of the capital Kigali to stay at home in a 15-day lockdown...
Child Abuse

COVID-19: We must increase awareness on child abuse

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Mrs Florence Ayisi Quartey, Acting Director, Department of Children of the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, has called for a focus on...
Gender violence

South African president condemns surge in gender-based violence during COVID-19 lockdown

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday condemned a rapid rise in gender-based violence during the COVID-19 lockdown, urging all South Africans to join fight against...
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Chinese business owners in Botswana hailed for not laying-off staff during COVID-19 lockdown

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Godisang Radisigo, the mayor of the Francistown City Council (FCC), Botswana's second largest city, on Friday expressed his city's gratitude to the Chinese...
alcohol

Namibia trade group says alcohol ban affects economy

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Namibia has lost 970 million Namibian dollars (58 million U.S. dollars) as a result of an alcohol ban imposed due to the COVID-19 lockdown,...
domestic air travel

COVID-19: 224 stranded Ghanaians in UK back home

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The first batch of Ghanaians, who got stranded in the United Kingdom (UK) because of the lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the...
A woman carrying a baby holds a treated mosquito net during a malaria prevention action at Ajah in Eti Osa East district of Lagos, on April 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

Uganda flags off distribution of 27 million mosquito nets in renewed fight against malaria

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Uganda's Ministry of Health on Tuesday has embarked on the distribution of 27 million mosquito nets as the country renews its fight against...

OccupyGhana: Dear Ghana, have we decided to live with the virus?

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The outbreak of COVID-19 surprised many leaders around the world. Several had to institute lockdowns in major parts of their countries to stem the...
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Botswana capital on lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge

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Botswana's capital city Gaborone was placed on a total lockdown on Friday following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Health officials announced in...
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S. African government disputes report of rising baby abandonment under lockdown

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The South African government on Friday disputed a newspaper report about increased baby dumping amid a COVID-19 lockdown. The Ministry of Social Development "has no...
Namibian Parliament

Namibian parliament to fully open following lockdown

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The Namibian parliament will reconvene its sessions fully next week to debate on four essential bills that will be tabled after the lifting of...
Marie Jose Ta Lou

African sprinter Ta Lou: I run for all of Africa and future generations

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2019 world 100m silver medalist Marie Josee Ta Lou of Cote d'Ivoire said she hopes to inspire the next generation of African champions with...
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Rwanda cancels further easing of lockdown after reassessment

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The Rwandan government on late Sunday cancelled its earlier decision to further loosen COVID-19 lockdown after reassessing the situation. Transportation between provinces and the capital...
A policeman inspects a construction site as some violators sit on the ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 3, 2020. A consistently high number of people have been arrested for violating lockdown regulations over COVID-19 in South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

South African government clarifies guidelines for COVID-19 alert levels

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Harsher lockdown restrictions could be re-introduced at COVID-19 hotspots in South Africa if interventions fail to contain the pandemic in these areas, the government...
Suicide.

875 people commit suicide during lockdown period in Nepal

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A total of 875 people have committed suicide during the lockdown period in Nepal. The country has been under lockdown since March 24. According...
remittances

Countries urged to protect ‘vital’ global remittances

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The governments of Britain and Switzerland are urging countries to work together to ensure that global remittances continue to flow during the coronavirus pandemic. They...
A policeman inspects a construction site as some violators sit on the ground in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 3, 2020. A consistently high number of people have been arrested for violating lockdown regulations over COVID-19 in South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Friday. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

Contraband smuggling rises in South Africa

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South African Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday told a media briefing that there was an increase of liquor and tobacco smuggling on the...
Cameroon

Separatists impose lockdown to disrupt national day in Cameroon’s restive Anglophone regions

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Armed separatist on Tuesday began imposing a 3-day lockdown in Cameroon's two troubled English-speaking regions to disrupt national day on May 20. ...
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Uganda conditionally eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday eased some of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, but tied the relaxation to wearing of face masks that government...
People walk along a street in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 27, 2020. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday announced a 21-day national lockdown starting from Monday as part of the measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuliang)

Zimbabwe’s ban on private-owned commuter buses to extend beyond COVID-19 lockdown

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Zimbabwe intends to extend the ban on privately-owned commuter omnibuses beyond the COVID-19 lockdown to bring sanity to the public transport system. ...
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Eritrea says all COVID-19 patients have recovered

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The Eritrean Ministry of Health on Saturday said that all of the 39 COVID-19 patients in the Horn of African country have recovered from...
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NGO, Ghana Association of Bankers donates to needy families

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Humanity First, a Non-Governmental Organization, in collaboration with the Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB), have donated 500 family food packs, valued at GH¢7,050.00 to...
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South Africa’s COVID-19 epicenter aims to protect vulnerable groups

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The Western Cape province, South Africa's epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Friday called for further easing of restrictions so as to protect "the...
Market

Dormaa Central Assembly relocates traders

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The Dormaa Central Municipal Assembly, under the supervision of its Environmental Health Office has relocated greater number of traders at the weekly Tuesday Market...
E-commerce

South Africa’s gazettes e-commerce regulations during lockdown

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South Africa Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) on Thursday released a gazette, allowing the sale of all goods online except alcohol and...
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Residents of Zambia’s COVID-19 epicenter given time to stock up supplies

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Authorities in Zambia on Wednesday gave residents of a border town which has become a COVID-19 epicenter of the country time to stock up...
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu

Covid-19: Lock down no longer effective in curbing the spread – Agyeman Manu

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The Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said that the government of Ghana does not believe in the effectiveness of a lockdown as a...
India Trekking

Dozens of migrant laborers die trekking home in India’s lockdown

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Nearly three dozen migrant laborers have died over the past one week in various parts of India, while walking long distances to their home...