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Kenya Covid-19 Crisis: Protesters clash with police over curfews

Some Africans, if not many, do not believe or accept the fact that there’s some disease called Covid-19 roaming about the continent taking lives and putting people on house arrest. A group of demonstrators in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, provoked by lockdowns and curfews clashed with the police demanding for an end to restrictions of movement.  …

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South Africa’s Nedbank adopts work-from-home-shift permanently

Nedbank, one of South Africa’s top banks, is taking a walk with the digital future. The bank is restructuring its workforce with 40% of its workers operating from the convenience of their homes, while 60% will stick to the conventional office settings. The bank intends to maintain this shift even after the Covid-19 crisis. In …

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How has Africa been handling COVID-19?

In a recent interview, Dr John Nkengasong, the Africa CDC director, says the continent has been working in combating the Covid-19 crisis and hasn’t been idle. Currently in South Africa battling with the third wave of the disease, the government has authorized partial lockdown and also extended nighttime curfew. Here’s what Nkengasong has to say …

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COVID-19: Tunis Goes On Lockdown As Cases Skyrocket

Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, has gone on a partial lockdown today due to Covid-19 crisis reaching its highest daily rate since the outbreak globally. In some areas where the cases are way too high, the Tunisian government went all out authorizing a full lockdown. The areas include four regions — the governorates of Beja …

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Former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, Suffers Chest Infection

Kenneth Kaunda also called KK is not just former Zambian president but one of the country’s founding fathers and the first president who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. The 97-year-old now suffers chest infection which was at first diagnosed as a minor case but later turned into a serious one. He was admitted to …

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SA President Ramaphosa Pleased With G7 Vaccines Support

In a G7 summit earlier this week in the UK, the nations promised to donate at least 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is happy about the development. But Ramaphosa also questioned why only one African nation was invited for the meeting, however the …

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Tunisia to partner with WHO and aims to revive its economy

Tunisia, a country of about 12 million people in population, has so far received only 1.6 million Covid-19 doses out of the 2.5 million budgeted to come from WHO-led COVAX initiative. The Prime Minister of Tunisia, Hichem Mechichi, appealed to WHO yesterday during a meeting in Geneva to boost vaccine provisions in order to accelerate …

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Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pledging $50 million to Nigeria and 91 other countries for vaccines in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced during Gavi’s COVAX AMC Summit co-hosted with Japan. The event welcomed world leaders, private sectors, civil societies, and technical partners in joining hands to procure more Covid-19 vaccines …

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Digital Information Service Valuable To Farmers In Managing COVID-19

Digital Information Service Valuable To Farmers In Managing COVID-19

In this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s crucial for small-scale farmers living in remote areas to receive accurate information on time. Some farmers in local areas access information from digital services via mobile phones. But this isn’t the case for many small-scale farmers. It’s indeed a challenge for many small-scale farmers in Africa, especially …

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