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COVID-19 in Africa: Media articles

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Each weekday the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to COVID-19 in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

The recorded totals mentioned here are current as of 10:31 hrs BST on 6 July 2020.

Key resources
Source Website Twitter
AU CDC COVID-19 Daily Update @Africa CDC
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 data dashboard @JohnsHopkinsSPH
WHO COVID-19 homepage @WHO
Daily update
  • Africa has recorded 476,627 COVID-19  (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
  • The WHO said it will stop use of hydroxychloroquine and a combination HIV drug after they failed to reduce mortality. 
  • The sub-Saharan Africa economy is projected to contract by 1.6 per cent in 2020 and grow by 4.1 per cent in 2021.
Country updates

Cameroonians doubt that Paul Biya is still in power

The President of Cameroon Paul Biya’s lack of leadership around the management of COVID-19 is leading the diaspora community to believe there is a vacancy of power - with a recent petition questioning the authenticity of images and media reports.

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Ghana's president self-isolates after close person tests positive for coronavirus

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for coronavirus, the government said in a statement late on Saturday.

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Africa’s COVID-19 response much better than rest of world, President Uhuru says 

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said the initial measures being implemented by African countries are helping slow down the virus spread. President Kenyatta said that despite limited resources, the continent had rolled out proactive measures that were helping save lives.

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Malawi’s election cheer dampened by coronavirus surge

Malawi’s new President, Lazarus Chakwera, on Saturday ordered his inauguration ceremony be scaled down amid a surge of COVID-19 cases, dampening excitement around his election win.

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Economic impact