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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

Moroccan prison becomes coronavirus hotspot

Sixty-eight people, mostly staff, have come down with the coronavirus at a prison in the southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate, prison authorities said on Tuesday, without reporting any deaths.
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Coronavirus: Amnesty urges decongestion of prisons in Africa

As cases of coronavirus increase in sub-Saharan Africa, authorities in the region must take urgent action to protect inmates from COVID-19 by decongesting the prisons, Amnesty International has said.
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WHO: Coronavirus cases rise to 23,000 in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa has risen to over 23,000.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).
President John Magufuli. AFP Photo-Daniel Hayduk

Coronavirus: Tanzanian leader urges citizens to turn to God

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has called on citizens to turn to God and to keep the economy turning, but as coronavirus cases creep up, calls are rising for the country to take stronger action.
A woman holds a mobile phone while the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 19, 2020. REUTERS-Steven Watt

European scientists and researchers raise privacy concerns over coronavirus contact tracing apps

A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions.
Glencore PLC on Thursday halted a number of smaller mines due to government restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus but added its larger operations were not materially impacted.

Zambia plans to revoke Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines licences

Zambia plans to revoke the mining licences of Glencore subsidiary Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) because the company did not give enough notice before suspending its mining operations due to the coronavirus crisis and other problems.
Zambia Wednesday announced it had recorded two cases of Covid-19, with Health minister Chitalu Chilufya saying that “life should go on as usual as” mortality stood at two per cent.

Coronavirus: Zambia joins list of affected states

Zambia Wednesday announced it had recorded two cases of Covid-19, with Health minister Chitalu Chilufya saying that “life should go on as usual as” mortality stood at two per cent.
Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina on Friday said the government has heightened surveillance measures to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Zambia strengthens measures to prevent coronavirus

Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina on Friday said the government has heightened surveillance measures to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu on Friday denied stifling the rights of opposition leaders, saying authorities who refused them permits to assemble and meet supporters were working within the law.

Zambian president announces salary cut among highly paid public workers

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday announced a cut in salaries of highly paid public workers in order to cushion the impact on the vulnerable, following an increase in fuel pump prices and electricity tariffs.
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Zambia okays Indian hemp for medicinal use, export

Zambia on Monday decided to allow the cultivation of cannabis for export for medicinal purposes, a government spokesperson said.
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Ethiopia get ready relaunch Zambia national airline at $30 million

Ethiopian Airlines says it has signed a shareholding agreement with Zambia’s main development agency to relaunch the southern African country’s flag carrier at an initial cost of $30 million.

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Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari directs ministry to understudy Egypt’s power sector

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Power to collaborate with the Egyptian government on implementing the Presidential Power Initiative.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor: Non-passage of PIB robbing Nigeria of huge investments

Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.
Real Madrid are open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer amid his reluctance to sign a new contract, The Mirror reports.

Real Madrid open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United

Real Madrid are open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer amid his reluctance to sign a new contract, The Mirror reports.
Brendan Rodgers on the touchline during Leicester City's win over Chelsea (Plumb Images-Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

​Leicester boss: We’re exceeding expectations this season

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will not be drawn into any criticism of his players.
FILE PHOTO - Incoming World Trade Organization President (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview with Reuters in Potomac, Maryland, U.S., February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

New WTO chief pushes for fisheries deal

The new head of the World Trade Organisation threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate probes $20 million safe schools fund kicked off by ex-President Jonathan

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to investigate allegations of abuse of $20 million meant to implement the Safe Schools Initiative of the Federal Government.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a public apology from Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe over his negative utterances against Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

APC demands apology from Senator Abaribe over ‘attack’ on Kogi governor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a public apology from Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe over his negative utterances against Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
Activist and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Aisha Yesufu has been listed amongst the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.

Aisha Yesufu: President Buhari incompetent, clueless

In an interview with Channels Television, Yusufu was asked of her take on Buhari’s statement on how the government at the federal level will handle the situation and the ongoing measures being taken to tackle the issues involving insurgency, banditry and kidnapping, Yesufu said she makes absolutely nothing of the President’s statement because he says one thing and the opposite happens.
Pep Guardiola believes City winning 20 games in succession could be the greatest achievement under his tenure – given the circumstances that surround it.

Pep Guardiola: This could be our greatest achievement

Pep Guardiola believes City winning 20 games in succession could be the greatest achievement under his tenure – given the circumstances that surround it.

Katsina parents attribute spate of out-of-school children to insecurity

Parents in Katsina State have attributed the alarming rate of out-of-school children to what they termed the deteriorating security challenges be deviling states in the North-west region and other parts of the country.