Source: Government of Eswatini |

Coronavirus - Eswatini: Partial Lockdown Update – COVID-19

Eswatini remains with nine confirmed COVID-19 cases, and at high risk and high alert

The Kingdom of Eswatini entered its sixth day of the Partial Lockdown initiated to halt the spread of the coronavirus. With 850 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 41000 deaths globally, this virus is proving to be among the biggest health challenges the world has faced in many years. This…

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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: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Ivory Coast: Coronavirus preparations in full swing

Local authorities and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) work together to prepare for COVID-19

Ivory Coast has now registered 140 cases of COVID-19 (as of March 29 according to WHO) and recently entered the stage of local transmission. In response, the Ivorian authorities, like those in most neighboring countries, have quickly taken measures to restrict movement, according to the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Premier Alan Winde provides update on Western Cape Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Premier Alan Winde calls for compassion for the sick

Update from Premier Alan Winde-call for compassion for the sick. Message to residents of the Western Cape: The Western Cape Government is hard at work to ensure that we are able to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus on our residents and communities, from a health, economic and humanitarian perspective. The…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South africa: Minister Fikile Mbalula provides day 3 update on implementation of transport regulations during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

National Department of Transport lockdown status update

1. Law enforcement: Law enforcers to increase deployment at Lebombo and monitor all roadblocks towards the borders to ensure that vehicles desist from approaching the port of entry. A monitoring and evaluation team will visit the roadblocks to ensure compliance. Traffic Law enforcement from lockdown to date: 34 roadblocks have…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Fikile Mbalula relaxes hours of Public Transport Vehicles for Grant Beneficiaries

The exercise of social distance by all those using public transport must be observed and enforced

Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the days social grants would be paid, a number of industry bodies have made representations on the relaxation of hours public transport vehicles are allowed to operate. A similar request was made by the Minister of Social Development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu. Having…

Source: Victor Oladokun |

COVID-19: Why Africa Urgently Needs an Ubuntu Plan (By Dr Victor Oladokun)

One virus has disrupted the whole world in a manner never seen before in history

By Dr Victor Oladokun, outgoing Director of Communication & External Relations at the African Development Bank Group Africa urgently needs a globally coordinated Ubuntu Plan in response to COVID-19, a fiscal stimulus that recognises our shared and connected humanity, as we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.…

Source: Presidency of Nigeria |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Statement by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (March 26, 2020)

Over the last few days I have received extensive briefings on the state of the nation as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the relevant Federal Government agencies as well as the Lagos State Government.     Accordingly, I approved the following: The immediate release of a 10 billion Naira…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - South Sudan: COVID19 outbreak likely impact on markets and food security in South Sudan

From the Global markets, on March 9 all the major stock indices plunged by 5 to 11 percent, due to the combined effect of coronavirus panic and crashing oil prices

South Sudan heavily depends on export of oil, the reopening of some damaged oil wells following the peace agreement in 2018 pushed up daily oil production (export) by about 20 percent in February 2019. Despite the increase, access of hard currency to importers from banks has not yet started, and…

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Trading thrives as new highway financed by the African Development Bank opens up northern Togo

The 120-metre Alemondji bridge was built as part of the renovation of the roads on the CU9 corridor linking Lomé, Cinkansé and Ouagadougou

Every Tuesday, Alemondji market in northern Togo swarms with people. Amid the throng, Burkinabe and Ghanaian traders offer clothes and kitchen utensils for sale. Others, calling out their wares, come from the nearby towns of Lawagnon, Moreta and Issati. Their stalls overflow with peanuts, millet, sorghum, sesame and beans. "Just…