Africa

COVID-19: Kenya frees 4,800 prisoners

NAIROBI, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Judiciary said Thursday it has released some 4,800 prisoners who are serving sentences for petty offences to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. David Maraga, Chief Justice, said the prisoners who were serving jail terms of...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 12:35pm

Feature: Kenyans adopt new lifestyles to curb spread of COVID-19

NAIROBI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Tuesday marked the 14th day since auditor Victoria Selima, who lives on the east of Nairobi, Kenyan capital, stayed at home. With her two children, a boy and a girl, Selima have strictly followed the government advice of people to stay at home in a bid to curb the...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 9:11pm

Tanzania confirms first COVID-19 death

Tanzania on Tuesday, March 31, reported its first death from COVID-19. The deceased is a 49-year-old Tanzanian male, who had pre-existing health conditions, according to Tanzania's Health Ministry. The country so far recorded a total of 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which one has...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 1:09pm

COVID-19: Zimbabwe fears more infections as thousands return from South Africa

HARARE, March 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 13,500 Zimbabweans have returned home from South Africa fleeing the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, raising fears that new infections could rise, Zimbabwe's Minister of Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo said on Sunday...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 12:27pm

EU to grant Tunisia €250m to fight against COVID-19

TUNIS, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) will soon grant Tunisia 250 million euros (279.21 million U.S. dollars) to support the North African country in its fight against the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its social and economic repercussions, announced Tunisian Foreign Ministry on...

Sunday, March 29, 2020 - 9:02am

COVID-19: South Africa records two deaths as lockdown begins

On Friday, South Africa announced its first two deaths from the coronavirus as the country’s cases soared close to 1,000 and embarked on a three-week country lockdown began. The announcement was made by the country’s health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize through a public statement....

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:20pm

Coronavirus: Kinshasa goes under partial lockdown

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s capital Kinshasa on Thursday evening announced a stay-at-home order, placing its over 11 million residents under lockdown for the next three weeks. The drastic decision, which, however, will be implemented in intervals, is an effort to contain the...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 1:30pm

Kenya registers first coronavirus death

On Thursday, a 66-year-old man became the first person to die of the coronavirus in Kenya, the country’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement. According to the statement, the deceased had arrived in the country from South Africa via Swaziland on March 13. “We...

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:11am

COVID-19: Kenya receives medical supplies from Jack Ma

NAIROBI, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's Health Ministry on Tuesday received medical supplies donated by Chinese tycoon Jack Ma as part of efforts to combat the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. Mutahi Kagwe said the shipment comprising of testing kits, protective gear, mask...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 5:54pm

SA declares 21-day lockdown to combat COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG, March 23 (Xinhua) -- As cases of COVID-19 passed the 400 mark on Monday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said a countrywide lockdown would be implemented on Thursday. The 21-day lockdown would last until April 16, the president announced in Pretoria. "Staying at...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 2:49pm

Egypt's COVID-19 cases rise to 327 with 33 new infections

CAIRO, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt confirmed on Sunday 33 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total cases in the country to 327, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement. Besides, four new deaths have been confirmed on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 14, the ministry's spokesman Khaled...

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 12:50pm

Uganda confirms first case of coronavirus

Uganda has become the latest East African Community nation to report the case of coronavirus. The country’s Ministry of Health said in a statement that a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00 am on Saturday, 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airline tested positive for Covid...

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 11:59am

DRC unveils prevention measures to fight COVID-19

KINSHASA, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has unveiled several prevention and control measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. Apart from strengthening border security, the government has announced a suspension of flights from all high-risk countries, which will...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:20am

Sudan closes schools for one month to prevent coronavirus spread

KHARTOUM, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's Council of Ministers on Saturday decided to close universities and schools for one month and ban public gatherings to prevent coronavirus spread, according to a council statement. The council also decided to close the kindergartens and religious schools...

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 8:09am

Africa strives to stay ahead of curve in COVID-19 battle

ABUJA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- After learning from the media how to stay free of COVID-19, Nigerian taxi driver Ebenezer Akintunde has been carrying around a bottle of hand sanitizer as he shuttles between the airport and the city center in Nigeria's capital of Abuja. "In my car's...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:26pm

Kenya, Gabon confirm first coronavirus cases

Kenya and Gabon each confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, Thursday, in a development that is likely to put neighbouring countries on heightened alert. Mutahi Kagwe, Kenya’s Minister for Health, said the patient is a Kenyan student who travelled back home from the...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:45pm

DR Congo reports second case of coronavirus in Kinshasa

KINSHASA, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Congolese Health Minister Eteni Longondo announced on Thursday the confirmation of the second case of novel coronavirus in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the minister's announcement, a Cameroonian who lives in the DRC...

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:59am

Ghana allocates $100m to fight against coronavirus

ACCRA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced here late Wednesday a fund of 100 million U.S. dollars for the fight against COVID-19. Addressing the nation live on radio and television on the enhanced measures against the disease, Akufo-Addo said it was...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 8:29am

Six al-Shabab militants killed by Somali troops

MOGADISHU, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces on Tuesday killed six al-Shabab militants after a fierce gun battle in Diff town in the Lower Juba region, an official said on Tuesday. Ahmed Salad Ahmed, the governor of Diff told reporters that al-Shabab fighters launched an attack on a...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 7:58am

East Africa to reap big from AfCFTA: UN report

ADDIS ABABA, March 9 (Xinhua) -- Effective implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) could result in welfare gains amounting to 1.8 billion U.S. dollars for East African economies, while boosting intra-African exports by more than 1.1 billion U.S. dollars and...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:46am