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Hundreds escape from virus quarantine in Malawi

About 400 people have escaped from a coronavirus quarantine centre in Malawi's second largest city, Blantyre, after complaining about its poor state. Local media has reported that the escapees were...

S. African president declares May 31 National Day of Prayer amid pandemic

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared May 31 as the National Day of Prayer to strengthen national unity in fighting COVID-19. "On this day, wherever we may be, I...

Nigeria’s coronavirus cases ‘could be four times higher’

A body representing Nigerian doctors believes the real number of coronavirus cases in the country could be four times higher than the 8,733 cases confirmed by the authorities so...

New locusts swarms ‘threaten food security in East Africa’

New swarms of locusts are increasing the risk of food insecurity for millions of people in East and Central Africa who are already reeling from the impact of Covid-19...

South Africa to reopen places of worship

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that places of worship will be reopened on 1 June with strict guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Churches, mosques, temples and...

Nigeria to continue with clinical trials of malaria drug for Covid-19

Nigeria will continue with the planned clinical trials on malaria drug hydroxychloroquine on Covid-19 patients even after the World Health Organization (WHO) halted a similar effort because of safety fears. The...

Tanzanian comedian in court after laughing at president

Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan has appeared at a magistrate's court this morning in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, eight days after he was arrested. Sultan was expected to be...

Coronavirus could impede Africa’s malaria fight – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised concerns that Covid-19 might impact negatively on Africa's fight against malaria. WHO team leader for malaria Dr Akpaka Kalu told the BBC's Focus...

Trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

Fifty trafficked Nigerian women have been rescued from Lebanon and returned home, Nigeria's foreign minister says. They have all been placed in quarantine following their arrival on Sunday as a...

Egypt under fire over coronavirus deaths among healthcare workers

Egypt's medical union blamed the government for the rise in coronavirus infections and deaths among healthcare professionals, warning of a "complete collapse" of the country's health system. Citing growing frustration...

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Africa

Rwanda in u-turn on restrictions after first death

Rwanda has reversed its planned easing of restrictions on Monday after recording the first death from coronavirus and a swift rise in new cases. Travels...

South Africa delays schools’ reopening by a week

South Africa has delayed the reopening of schools by a week to allow school administrators more time to prepare. Final year students in primary and...

World

Belgian prince contracts COVID-19 after breaking Spanish lockdown rule

Belgium's Prince Joachim contracted COVID-19 after attending a party in Spain which broke lockdown rules, the Belgian Royal Palace has confirmed. Prince Joachim, who is...

Iran declares huge jump in cases

There have been more than 3,000 new cases in the 24 hours in Iran, an unprecedented peak in the last two months. "People seem to think...