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The recorded totals mentioned here are current as of 11:14 GMT on 8 March 2021.
- Africa has confirmed 3,929,696 cases of COVID-19 (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
- Analysis by the WHO in 28 African countries has found that women account for a smaller proportion of COVID-19 infections and deaths compared with men.
Ghana becomes first country to deliver coronavirus vaccines via drone
Ghana has become the first country to launch a nationwide programme to deliver coronavirus vaccines with drones.
Nigeria: Leaders get COVID-19 jab to encourage citizens
Nigeria’s President and Vice President received their COVID-19 vaccinations on television to encourage citizens to get vaccinated.
South African COVID variant may be an evolutionary mistake
A study has found that people infected with the South African variant of COVID-19 gain a strong immunity to the original strain. The research also suggests that we may not need to repeatedly alter COVID-19 vaccines to keep up with new variants of the virus.
Zanzibar leader Maalim Seif Hamad died just as new dawn was rising over the Indian Ocean archipelago
One of the consequences of Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s denial of the COVID-19 pandemic was the death of Maalim Seif Hamad, the dominant figure in Zanzibari politics for four decades.