Guinea Bissau accepts shipment of Madagascar’s herbal COVID product

Guinea Bissau accepts shipment of Madagascar’s herbal COVID product

Madagascar continues to promote a controversial herbal remedy for COVID-19, and now Guinea Bissau has become the third African nation with leaders expressing interest in the Tambavy Covid Organics product for their own citizens. That’s according to President Andry Rajoelina, who has been touting the traditional remedy developed by scientists…

African leaders welcome Ramadan with caution over COVID-19

African leaders welcome Ramadan with caution over COVID-19

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria was among African leaders who welcomed the holy month of Ramadan late Thursday, while cautioning that this year’s observance must be held with precautions because of the global coronavirus pandemic. Buhari’s remarks followed the sighting of the moon that marks the beginning of the 30-day…

U.S. says it remains committed to Africa’s COVID response

A senior United States official says the U.S. remains in close contact with the Africa Centers for Disease Control and the continent’s national public health agencies in support of the COVID-19 response. The unnamed official, who provided a U.S. Department of State briefing on Wednesday, said the U.S. is far…

Trump says U.S. ban on immigrants to last at least 60 days

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a new and global ban on immigration to the United States will last at least 60 days, as part of his administration’s effort to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the controversial move appeared to have more to do with Trump’s protectionist economic policies…

China counters accusations on COVID-19

The Chinese government had strong words for the United States after another round of accusations about the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. Spokesman Geng Shuang, speaking at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefing on Monday, said the U.S. needs to understand that…

Amnesty warns of COVID-related hunger, human rights woes

Human rights advocates with Amnesty International warn that the COVID-19 pandemic is sparking oppressive government responses in southern African nations, just as national lockdowns affect millions of vulnerable people who are losing incomes and fighting off hunger. “With inequality and unemployment so high across Southern Africa, the majority of people…

U.S. president cuts off WHO funding over COVID

President Donald Trump of the United States escalated the controversy over his response to the global coronavirus pandemic with the announcement Tuesday night that the U.S. has frozen all funding to the World Health Organization, over what Trump claims were its management failures  and its support for China in the…

After 52 days, DR Congo reports new Ebola case

Just as the Democratic Republic of Congo was closing in on the end of its current Ebola outbreak, a new case has emerged in the eastern city of Beni. “After 52 days without a case, surveillance and response teams on the ground have confirmed a new case. We have been…

AfDB commits $10 billion to Africa’s coronavirus response

The African Development Bank Group on Wednesday announced the creation of a US$10 billion COVID-19 response package to assist regional member countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The bank, based in Abidjan, says this is the latest measure to support the pandemic response and will be the institution’s primary channel…

Africa CDC rolls out new COVID-19 dashboard tool

There’s a new tool in the fight against COVID-19, and it’s a tech tool from the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that shows the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the continent in one easy-to-use dashboard. The interactive COVID-19 dashboard linked here keeps real-time cumulative case totals for…

New AU report zeroes in on COVID-19 economic impacts

There are now nearly 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in 51 African nations, with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 442 fatalities as of Monday. Yet as the global pandemic continues to impact the continent, there’s growing concern over the economic impacts as well. A newly released report…

Coronavirus throws Africa’s water crisis into sharp relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept rapidly from its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan to every continent save Antarctica. Not all regions have been affected equally, however. Asian countries like Japan and Singapore initially seemed hard-hit but managed to get a grip on the disease through extensive testing, tracking…