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Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera pledged to clamp down on corruption on Monday, as he delivered his inauguration speech in a scaled-down ceremony dampened by a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Malawi’s Lazarus Chakwera pledges graft clampdown in subdued inauguration amid virus

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera pledged to clamp down on corruption on Monday, as he delivered his inauguration speech in a scaled-down ceremony dampened by a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera addresses supporters after a court annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner, in Lilongwe, Malawi, February 4, 2020. REUTERS-Eldson Chagara-File Photo

Malawi’s election cheer dampened by coronavirus surge

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday ordered his inauguration ceremony be scaled down amid a surge of coronavirus cases, dampening excitement around his election win.
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.
Malawi’s constitutional court on Monday ordered new elections after annulling the results of a vote that reelected President Peter Mutharika in May, citing widespread irregularities.

Malawi court rejects president’s appeal against poll annulment

Malawi’s top appeals court on Friday rejected President Peter Mutharika’s bid to scrap the annulment of controversial elections last May which he narrowly won, paving the way for a rerun in July.
Nigeria has recorded 245 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,802. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on its website on Monday. 11

Nigeria among top five countries in Africa with most coronavirus cases, deaths

The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) has said that the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 54,027 in the past 24 hours in 53 countries across the continent.
While the United States and Europe are in the grip of the outbreak, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned that the virus was not expected to peak in the world's poorest countries until some point over the next three to six months.

UN triples coronavirus appeal to $6.7 billion to help poor countries

The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7bn to help 63 nations, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO: 190,000 Africans may die of coronavirus in 2020

Up to 190,000 people in Africa could die of coronavirus in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, the World Health Organisation warned on Thursday.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday said that it was working with the Federal Government and some States to eliminate child labour in the country by 2025.

ILO: Informal sector poverty to increase by 56 percent

International Labour Organisation, ILO, has said the COVID-19 lockdown and containment measures across the globe will increase poverty levels among the world’s informal economy workers by 56 percent in low-income countries.
Mr Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Trade and Integration, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says African economy will lose 65 billion dollars if there is a full lockdown of the continent due to COVID-19.

UNECA: Africa will lose $65 billion to full lockdown

Mr Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Trade and Integration, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says African economy will lose 65 billion dollars if there is a full lockdown of the continent due to COVID-19.
A nurse demonstrates how to activate a respirator as the hospital prepares for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Karen hospital near Nairobi, Kenya, April 6, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Coronavirus exposes gaping holes in Africa’s health systems

African nations are facing a surge of COVID-19 cases with less than one intensive care bed and one ventilator per 100,000 people, a Reuters survey has found.
Russia registered another humongous number of coronavirus infections Tuesday as its total cases soared passed 155,000.

Report: Black people four times more likely to die of coronavirus than white people

A recent report analysis by Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) claimed that residents in the United Kingdom (UK) from black heritage are more than four times likely to die from COVID-19 if infected.
Nigeria has recorded 245 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,802. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on its website on Monday. 11

WHO: Coronavirus cases in Africa top 51,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Covid-19 cases have risen to over 51,000 in Africa as at Thursday, May 7.
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Coronavirus cases rise in Africa, Nigeria on top 3

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Africa increased from 46,500 to 49,000 in the past 24 hours.
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

CDC: Africa shoved out of coronavirus diagnostics market

The Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, has said the collapse of global cooperation and failure of international solidarity have shoved Africa out of the global coronavirus diagnostics market.

IFAD: We must act now to prevent African ‘health crisis from becoming a food...

Africa must move swiftly to prevent a looming food crunch caused by coronavirus disruption for small-scale producers, the head of a UN agency says.
As the inks flow in tributes to Abba Kyari by those who loved and despised him, let us not forget that Abba was much misunderstood and often maligned.

Notable African figures who have died of novel coronavirus complications

Africa, the continent that was last to confirm cases of coronavirus now has more than 20,000 cases. As of Tuesday, according to Worldometer, the continent has 24,501 confirmed cases, 1,167 deaths, and 6,531 recoveries.

Coronavirus: Group urges African governments to mobilise against tobacco industry

Tobacco multinationals are using the COVID-19 crisis to engage in activities that either help clean their image or challenge governments for restricting or banning the sale of tobacco products, the African Tobacco Control Alliance has said.

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Cross River council boss urges CFTZ management to tap Bakassi’s aquatic resources

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