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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 10:01 BST on 7 August 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 1,008,153 COVID-19 cases (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
  • The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa has risen to over one million, with more than half registered in South Africa.
Country updates

Covid-19 in Burkina Faso: Chinese Embassy donates 10,000 masks to the Ministry of Education

The Chinese Ambassador to Burkina Faso Li Jian has offered 10,000 masks and 20 thermo flash thermometers to the Minister of National Education to help prepare for the start of the school year and in light of the opening of air travel on 1 August.

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Nigeria extends second phase nationwide COVID-19 lockdown by four weeks

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the extension of a nationwide lockdown for four weeks as the country continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest extension is the third for the second phase of an eased lockdown meant to curb the spread of the disease in the West African country.

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South Africa sets up body to probe coronavirus corruption

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has set up a ministerial committee to investigate alleged corruption in state tenders in the fight against the coronavirus, as the government faces criticism over its response to the pandemic.

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