Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: United Arab Emirates (UAE) makes available to Seychelles' government Avani Barbarons resort as additional facility in fight against COVID-19

The facility which is equipped with 124 rooms, one large conference room and a few breakaway rooms will help the Department of Health amidst the scarcity of resources for its frontliners

Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the ‘Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort’ will be made available to the Government of Seychelles to be used by the Department of Health as a…

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Africa: COVID-19 Surveillance Update - 4 April 2020 9:00a.m

Northern (3,280, 217, 357): Algeria (986, 83, 77), Egypt (985, 66, 216), Libya (17, 1, 0), Mauritania (6, 1, 2), Morocco (791, 48, 57), Tunisia (495, 18, 5)

Total number positive cases in Africa 7,741 50 countries 313 deaths 640 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States (50) reporting COVID-19 cases (7,741), deaths (313), and recoveries (640) by region:  Central (753 cases, 28 deaths, 27 recoveries):  Burundi (3, 0, 0), Cameroon (509, 8, 17), Central African Republic (8, 0,…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response - Key Protection Concerns from the National Protection Cluster

The response to COVID-19 will not only stretch the capacity of health services, but may result in the redirection of humanitarian assistance from other critical needs

Pandemics are devastating in any context. However, the danger posed by disease outbreaks (such as COVID-19) is magnified for the 8.4 million people (including 1.7 million internally displaced persons (IDPs)) already in need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia. The response to COVID-19 will not only stretch the capacity of health…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Communique of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 3 April 2020

The Heads of States highlighted the unprecedented threat that Covid-19 presents to the health of African citizens and to the continent’s hard-won developmental and economic gains

President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a second and follow-up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government, on 3 April 2020, to discuss the African response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following members of the…

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Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Nigeria’s polio infrastructure bolster COVID-19 response

The polio programme was among their first calls for support for its human resources, technical expertise, disease surveillance and community networks, as well as its logistical capacity

When the Nigerian Government announced the first confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country on the morning of February 27th, Dr Rosemary Onyibe was ready to report for duty. Dr Onyibe, who has worked with the Polio Eradication Initiative for more than 10 years, is the South West Nigeria…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Opinion: The pandemic is no time for fiscal distancing (By Akinwumi A. Adesina)

The African Development Bank estimates that Covid-19 could cost Africa a GDP loss between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion in the worst case scenario

Akinwumi A. Adesina is President of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) These are very difficult days, as the world faces one of its worst challenges ever: the novel coronavirus pandemic. And it seems almost no nation is spared. As infection rates rise, so does panic across financial markets, as…

Source: Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda |

Coronavirus - Rwanda: Update on Coronavirus - 3 April 2020

All new cases have been isolated and the tracing of the contacts is ongoing

Five new coronavirus cases were identified today,bringing the total to eighty·nine (89).  Five contacts of previously confirmed positive cases, who were identified through tracing All new cases have been isolated and the tracing of the contacts is ongoing .All patients are under treatment in stable condition in designated health facilities. The majority…