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South Africa has begun an lockdown that will be patrolled by the military and will see any disobeying the rules heavily punished

South Africa begins ‘unprecedented’ military-patrolled lockdown

South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.

Coronavirus: AIED urges NCDC to stop wasting testing kits on politicians

The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to stop wasting “limited testing kits” on political office holders and government officials.
The Sahel state of Burkina Faso on Wednesday announced its first death from coronavirus, which is also the first known fatality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Confirmed virus cases in African countries over 2000

Forty-three of Africa’s 54 countries now have confirmed coronavirus cases, with the total at 2,046, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.
Kenyan health workers dressed in protective suits prepare to disinfect the residence where Kenya's first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya March 14, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Africa’s weak health systems facing great coronavirus strain

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.
Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East on March 24, 2020. – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 announced a 21-day national lockdown to start later this week to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people and ordered the military to enforce the ban. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Africa’s weak health systems face escalating virus peril

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.
Orthohantavirus or Hantaviruses are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents and can cause varied disease syndromes in people worldwide. Infection with any hantavirus can produce hantavirus disease in people.

Report: Man dies of another deadly virus in China

While the world is still reeling from the novel deadly Coronavirus, China has reported another outbreak of a deadly disease, Hantavirus.
From right: Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki; and Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Head of Service, Mr Isaac Ehiozuwa; Chief Medical Director, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeni, and Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, during a press briefing on the steps taken by the state government to ensure the novel Coronavirus is curtailed in the state, at the Government House, Benin City, on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Edo prohibits gathering of more than 50 people

Following the upswing of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Nigeria, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has placed a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in any part of the state, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to the Finance Minister, Yubaraj Khatiwada, all cross-border movements will be restricted for seven days from 10 a.m on Monday (or 0415 GMT) until March 29.

Nepal closes borders to neighbouring countries

According to the Finance Minister, Yubaraj Khatiwada, all cross-border movements will be restricted for seven days from 10 a.m on Monday (or 0415 GMT) until March 29.
Chief Gozie Akudolu, President-General of SEAMATA, umbrella body of all traders in the South-East, gave the directive in a statement issued on Monday in Enugu, tagged- “Emergency Alert’’.

Association directs markets to provide sanitisers, soap, water, bans general meetings, prayers

The South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) has directed market leaders to provide sanitisers, soap and water tap containers in visible locations in markets to check spread of coronavirus.
An Ethiopian Airlines worker transports a consignment of medical donation from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundation to Africa for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, upon arrival at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Coronavirus medical supplies donated by Alibaba co-founder arrive in Ethiopia

The first batch of protective and medical equipment donated by Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma was flown into the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, as coronavirus cases in Africa rose above 1,100.
Angola on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, while Mauritius recorded its first death as the virus spreads across Africa.

Angola confirms first cases as coronavirus spreads over Africa

Angola on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, while Mauritius recorded its first death as the virus spreads across Africa.
Crowd of people gather at Seri Petaling Mosque, mosque linked as hotspot for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 29, 2020 in this picture obtained by Reuters from social media on March 19, 2020. REUTERS

Malaysia coronavirus cases jump to 1,183, many cases linked to mosque

Malaysia’s health ministry reported 153 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the total to 1,183, one of the highest in Asia.
South Korea’s total number of novel coronavirus cases — the largest outside China, where the disease first emerged — approached 6,000 on Thursday as authorities reported 145 new infections.

China reports zero virus case for third day running

China reported no new local cases of the deadly coronavirus for a third consecutive day Saturday but confirmed the highest yet increase in infections from abroad.
South Africa’s Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has told the media the four people who were diagnosed with the virus, were part of a group of 10 who recently travelled to Italy.

South Africa’s coronavirus cases rise to 202 – minister

South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had risen by 52 to 202, with the first cases recorded in the Free State province.
Kenyan health workers dressed in protective suits prepare to disinfect the residence where Kenya's first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya March 14, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Nigeria, South Africa step up fight against coronavirus in Africa

African countries led by Nigeria and South Africa have ramped up action against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) after the continent recorded its first fatality.
“We are picking some people but we are also missing some people,” said Africa CDC director John Nkengasong. “The situation will get worse before it gets better because the chances are clear that people have slipped through.”

Africa coronavirus cases to rise as some escape detection – CDC

Africa will likely see increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in coming weeks because it’s “very likely” that some cases are slipping through the net, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control said on Thursday.
A man wears a protective face mask, due to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, as he rides his scooter in on of the shopping street in Dakar, Senegal March 18,2020. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra

Africa talks tough against coronavirus but many wonder why

Shoppers threaded their way between stalls hawking everything from watches to pigs’ feet in Sierra Leone’s capital on Wednesday, two days after the government banned large gatherings to combat the coronavirus but exempted markets such as this.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO urges Africa to prepare for the worst as top politician dies in Burkina...

Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded its first COVID-19 death, a high-ranking politician in Burkina Faso, as the head of the World Health Organisation urged the continent to “prepare for the worst”.

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Transport firm, Peace Mass Transit, has announced that it will be shutting down operation in Enugu and Ebonyi states from Sunday.

Peace Mass Transit announces shutdown

Transport firm, Peace Mass Transit, has announced that it will be shutting down operation in Enugu and Ebonyi states from Sunday.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Three policewomen detained for allegedly assisting rapist escape

A suspected rapist, simply identified as Kelechi, has escaped from police detention at Ajiwe Police Station, Lagos State.
Prof. Babatunde Salako, the Director-General of the institute, made this known to newsmen on Saturday in a telephone interview in Lagos.

Institute begins free virus screening, gives criteria

As the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research begins a free screening for COVID-19 on March 30 in Lagos, only invited individuals will be tested.
It was sequel to the directive of Gov. Ben Ayade and the resolution of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Cross River bans religious gatherings

The Cross River State Government on Saturday banned all religious gatherings of more than five persons in the state.

US prepares emergency evacuation of citizens from Nigeria

The United States government is preparing emergency flights to evacuate its citizens in Nigeria over fear of escalation of Coronavirus in the country.