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Source: UN News |

Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations (UN) appeals to all Somalis to ‘come together’ in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

To reinforce federal and state level efforts to contain and curb the virus, the UN has established system-wide operating, medical and support procedures

Like most countries in the world, Somalia is facing the unparalleled challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations system in the country noted on Tuesday, calling on its citizens to “unite” in stemming the spread. “The UN family in Somalia stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Somalia during…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus – Mauritania: Holding the Line: Border Officials Mobilize Against COVID-19 with International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Support

The border communities exposed to the disorderly movements and poorly sensitised on this disease are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak

The daily trickle of travelers, livestock and goods that once boarded the ferry between Mauritania and Senegal through the Rosso border crossing will grow when it reopens, one of the few active points of entry (POEs) between the two countries.  “In normal circumstances we saw about 100 crossings a day, mainly…

Source: Ministry of Health, The Gambia |

Coronavirus - Gambia: The Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Health received medical supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation

Saturday 28th March 2020, the Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Health received medical supplies donated by Jack Ma Foundation at a colourful ceremony at Banjul International Airport. The Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia H.E. Ma Jianchun on behalf of the People's Republic of China handing over the…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

Coronavirus: South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases (27 March)

The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537

Today (27 March), South Africa has 1170 confirmed cases. This is an increase of 243 new cases from Thursday’s announcement. The total number of tests conducted to date is 28 537. REPORTED DEATHS: This morning we reported that two deaths had occurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The…

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Photo News Release: Map of African Countries with COVID-19 cases (27 March 2020 - 9:00 am EAT)

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Map of African Countries with COVID-19 cases (27 March 2020 - 9:00 am EAT)

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Coronavirus: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue #5

Ethiopia counts 11 cases as of 23 March since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the country

The joint Government and partners’ verification of beneficiaries in Guji zone was suspended until at least the two-week Government ban on public gatherings ends on 30 March; a measure taken in a bid to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. In order to avoid further delays in relief food…

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Nigeria: COVID-19 Cases on the Rise

Ensure Emergency Preparedness for Displaced, Vulnerable People

The Nigerian government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in respect for human rights by ensuring access to standard health care services, clean water, and other basic necessities to the most vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today. The services should be available on an equitable basis…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Welcomes Positive Responses by Libyan Parties to the Calls for a Humanitarian Pause, hopes for an immediate cessation of the fighting

UNSMIL welcomes the positive responses by the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army to the calls for of a humanitarian pause, and hopes that they stop the fighting immediately on all fronts to allow national health authorities and health partners to respond to the potential threat of…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

European Union (EU) funding supports WFP's lifesaving operation in Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €3.2 million (US$3.5m) contribution from the European Union, which will help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from…