Africa lacks preparedness for virus vaccine roll-out ― WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday urged African countries to improve their capacity to vaccinate populations against Covid-19, warning the continent was still “far from ready” for mass immunisation.With three coronavirus vaccines now showing efficacy rates of 70 percent or more, the UN body called on Africa to “ramp up” preparations for “the continent’s[...]

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Amaechi meets West/Central Africa Ministers over maritime bank

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has met with Ministers of Transportation of West/Central Africa countries over the establishment of a maritime bank for the regions.Amaechi who met with his counterparts at the One-Day Conference of Ministers of Transportation organised by the Maritime Organisation for the West and Central Africa, MOWCA, in Lagos, noted that the[...]

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AU, ECOWAS seek violence-free polls in Ghana

The African Union and the Economic Community of West African joint mission has tasked the Ghanaian authorities to ensure violence-free elections on December 7.The mission also urged the Electoral Commission to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.The joint mission led by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean Kassi Brou, was in Ghana between[...]

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Gunmen kill eight in Mali attack

Gunmen have killed eight people in central Mali, a local official and security ministry staffer said Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn Sahel state.Militants attacked a minibus Tuesday, the officials said, which was travelling between the towns of Bandiagara and Bankass in central Mali’s volatile Mopti region, which is prone to frequent[...]

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COVID-19: AfDB’s postpones annual forum to 2021

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) founding partners have approved the postponement of the 2020 AIF to 2021.According to a statement from the AfDB on Wednesday, the postponement is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The annual three-day investment marketplace was initially scheduled for November[...]

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COVID-19 deaths increase in Africa -WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa says there are over 43,000 COVID-19 deaths on the African continent.The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO.The number of deaths increased to 43,000 as at Nov. 3 against 41,000 as at Oct. 26.Also, the numbers of recoveries have increased[...]

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COVID-19: Africa CDC warns South Africa, Nigeria, others of second wave

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urged the African continent to brace itself for possible second wave COVID-19 infections.According to Africa CDC, the number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,759,794.The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the death toll related to the[...]

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Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1.63m

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached[...]

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Mali’s interim president to be sworn into office

Mali’s new president will be sworn into office on Friday, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.Bah Ndaw, a former defense minister, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held.Col Goita will be his vice-president.The new government is expected to be in office[...]

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Ramaphosa urges UN to take decisive action against racism

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged the United Nations to spare no effort at ending racism and other forms of prejudice.Ramaphosa, who is the Chairman of the African Union, made the call in his pre-recorded video statement to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.It is the UNGA General Debate since the[...]

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Ugandan military searching for over 200 escaped prisoners

The Uganda military is using aircraft and foot patrols to search for more than 200 inmates who escaped from a prison in north-east Uganda.The Area Army spokesman, Peter Mugisha, said this in Kampala on Thursday.He said that 219 inmates escaped from the prison near the remote town of Moroto, about 500 kilometres from the capital[...]

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IMF to disburse $1bn to Angola to address COVID-19 crisis

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said it would disburse 1 billion dollars to Angola to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The IMF executive board made the decision after completing a third review of Angola’s three-year economic programme under its Extended Fund Facility approved at the end of 2018, bringing the total disbursements[...]

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COVID-19: AfDB approves $27.33m for AU’s response initiative

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 27.33 million dollars in grants to boost the African Union’s efforts to mobilise a continental response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a statement from the AfDB, the approval is made by the organisation’s Board of Directors on Wednesday.The approval followed a meeting of the extended Bureau of[...]

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South Africa’s economy shrinks by half in Q2

South Africa’s economy shrank by more than half in the second quarter as business activity in the country ground to a halt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistics agency said.“South Africa’s economy contracted by 51 percent in Q2 2020” compared with the same period of 2019, Statistics South Africa said in[...]

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Ousted Malian president hospitalised after mini-stroke

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since his August 18 ouster in a coup, has been hospitalised after suffering a brief stroke-like attack, a doctor said Wednesday.Keita, 75, was admitted to a private clinic in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening, he said.“According to thorough analysis, the president[...]

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Mali: France asks military to ‘quickly’ transfer power

France on Sunday called on Mali’s military junta to “quickly” organise a transition to civilian rule after this month’s coup, warning that the political crisis would benefit terrorists. The August 18 coup has shocked ally France, which fears instability in Mali could undermine its military campaigns against Islamist militants in West Africa’s Sahel region.“This transition[...]

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Mali suspended from international Francophone community over coup

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday.Its leadership agreed the move at an extraordinary session held via videoconference, while adding that it would maintain any cooperation that would help the civilian population[...]

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Appointment: Ghanaian president congratulates Nigerian writer, Okediran

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has congratulated Nigerian writer, Dr Wale Okediran, on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA).Akufo-Addo congratulated Okediran in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Nana Bediatuo, and made available to newsmen on Monday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Iseyin-born medical doctor and writer was[...]

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Two killed in Ivory Coast election violence

At least two people were killed in ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast following President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial announcement he would run for a third term, a hospital source, and local residents said Sunday.Young opposition supporters on Saturday took to the streets to voice loud and violent protest in several major cities, especially the southern cocoa-growing[...]

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Zimbabwe president signs law allowing pregnant girls to continue in school

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed a law barring government schools from excluding girls, who fall pregnant, from attending lessons.Teachers are also no longer allowed to cane pupils, under amendments to the Education Act, which became law on Saturday.The new law also says that no pupil shall be excluded from school for non-payment of school[...]

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