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Kenyan ministry of health medical workers prepare to take swabs from truck drivers during a testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Namanga one stop border crossing point between Kenya and Tanzania, in Namanga, Kenya May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic”

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.

Burundi begins mass coronavirus testing

Burundi has launched a mass testing campaign for Coronavirus, in a fresh campaign by the new government to fight the spread of the pandemic.
(FILES) In this file photo, The United Nations flag is seen during the Climate Action Summit 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on September 23, 2019, in New York City. Ludovic MARIN - AFP.

Official: Video of sex in UN official car deeply disturbing

The United Nations (UN) says it has launched investigation into a viral video showing a couple apparently having sex in one of its official cars in Israel.
The Kano State Government says it has conducted 4,735 Coronavirus (COVID-19) samples test since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Coronavirus in Africa: 285,914 cases; 7,683 deaths; 132,650 recoveries

There are now more than over 280,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic.

Uganda grapples with refugee crisis amid coronavirus pandemic

As the world marks World Refugee Day on Saturday, thousands of Congolese are stranded at the Ugandan border seeking to enter the East African country after deadly tribal clashes back home.

African Union hails ‘African jewel’ as continental medical supplies platform launched

African leaders have lauded the launch of the continent's first medical supplies platform as the "jewel in the crown of Pan-African cooperation".
FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2018, the secretary-general of the Burundi's ruling party CNDD-FDD Evariste Ndayishimiye speaks to the media in Bujumbura.

President Buhari congratulates new Burundian leader

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on taking office as President of Burundi after a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday in the political capital, Gitega.
Delegates attend the resuming of a United Nations Human Rights Council session before an urgent debate on allegations of systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests. Fabrice Coffrini-Pool via REUTERS

African nations seek UN inquiry into US racism, ‘police brutality’

African countries are lobbying to set up a U.N. inquiry into “systemic racism” and “police brutality” in the United States and elsewhere, aiming to defend the rights of people of African descent, a draft resolution seen by Reuters shows.

Burundi president becomes first head of state to ‘die of coronavirus’

Burundi president has become the first head of state to die of COVID-19, according to medics at the hospital where he was flown to following his death.
Tanzania this weekend became the first African country to resume a national league suspended during March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tanzania first African country to restart league amid virus

Tanzania this weekend became the first African country to resume a national league suspended during March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
FILE - In this photo taken on May 22, 2018, the secretary-general of the Burundi's ruling party CNDD-FDD Evariste Ndayishimiye speaks to the media in Bujumbura.

Burundi opposition to contest ruling party’s election win

Burundi's leading opposition party will start filing challenges to election results as early as Wednesday, a lawmaker as calm reigned in the commercial capital a day after the ruling party's candidate was named winner of the presidential contest.
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza is attended by a member of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) at a polling station during the presidential, legislative and communal council elections, under the simmering political violence and the growing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ngozi, Burundi May 20, 2020. © REUTERS/Clovis Guy Siboniyo

Burundi presidential election results expected Monday

Burundi’s electoral commission is to announce provisional results from last week’s presidential election Monday, with the outgoing head of state’s handpicked successor Evariste Ndayishimiye poised to be declared the winner.
Football leagues across Europe have been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 100,000 lives throughout the continent.

Burundi to become first African nation to resume league football in coronavirus era

Burundi's Ligue A becomes the first soccer action to resume in the post-coronavirus period in Africa as Musongati welcome Athletico Olympic on May 21.
Do not be afraid. God loves Burundi and if there are people who have tested positive, it is so that God may manifest his power in Burundi, said General Evariste Ndayishimiye, the presidential candidate for the ruling CNDD-FDD party.

Burundi to vote in tense poll amid virus outbreak

Burundians will vote on Wednesday in a tense general election, despite a largely-ignored outbreak of coronavirus which is set to be the first major challenge for the new president.
Evariste Ndayishimiye, presidential candidate of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, at a rally at the weekend. AFP via Getty Images

Political parties hold rallies in Burundi ahead of poll

Burundians will vote Wednesday in a tense general election, despite a largely-ignored outbreak of coronavirus which is set to be the first major challenge for the new president.
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Burundi expels national WHO head during election campaign

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during a presidential election campaign where politicians have pressed ahead with large rallies despite the risk from the coronavirus pandemic.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Ghana overtakes Nigeria as coronavirus death toll hits 2,223 in Africa

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has said that there are now 60,657 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 53 countries across Africa.
A vaccine for COVID-19, the viral illness caused by the novel coronavirus, may be within reach sooner than many experts predicted.

Ghana tops coronavirus cases in West Africa after easing lockdown

According to data obtained from the World Health Organisation, no fewer than 4,012 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ghana.

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Pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries in the Oregun area of Lagos State, Reverend Chris Okotie, says online church service, which has become the order of the day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is unscriptural.

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