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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 09:31 hrs BST on 13 July 2020.

Key resources
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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 594,945 COVID-19 cases (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned that the failure to share an effective COVID-19 vaccine with all nations would risk fuelling further mass migration, disunity and conflict.
Country updates

Fight against COVID-19: The French Embassy supports research in Burkina Faso through the "Flash" project

France will contribute to helping in the fight against COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, through a bilateral research programme.

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Majority of employees at Ghana’s education ministry infected with COVID-19: minister

About 90 percent of staff at the head office of Ghana’s Ministry of Education have tested positive for COVID-19, the Minister for Education, Matthew Opoku-Prempeh said.

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South Africa again bans alcohol as coronavirus surges

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced a fresh ban on the sale of alcohol and introduced a dusk-to dawn (9pm-4am) night-time curfew to curb the surge of COVID-19 cases. In a televised address, Mr Ramaphosa indicated that infections were rising rapidly and said that it was vital not to burden clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that can be avoided.

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In Africa, lack of coronavirus records raises fear of 'silent epidemic'

Tanzania has not published nationwide COVID-19 numbers since May 8. Tanzania has received some $40 million from international organisations to fight the virus.

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