Gunmen kill 6 French aid workers, 2 guides at giraffe park, Niger

London, August 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. Gunmen kill 6 French aid workers, 2 guides at giraffe park, Niger French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the … Continue reading “Gunmen kill 6 French aid workers, 2 guides at giraffe park, Niger”

Ghana: Naval students to build first locally made operational boats

London, August 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghana will for the first time build a sea craft (Fibre Reinforce Plastic Boat) for the Navy as part of efforts to limit the importation of boats into the country. Sea Craft The Chief Naval Staff (second left) and Vice Chancellor of RMU (second right) and the stud (Ghanaweb)The move would … Continue reading “Ghana: Naval students to build first locally made operational boats”

Gates foundation, GAVI vaccines alliance pay for 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for poor countries

London, August 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance have offered 127 million euros to an Indian biotechnology firm to produce 100 million doses of affordable Covid-19 vaccines for emerging economies including India by 2021. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GAVI vaccines alliance have offered 127 … Continue reading “Gates foundation, GAVI vaccines alliance pay for 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for poor countries”

39 local footballers, staff test positive to covid-19 in Egypt, Morocco

London, august 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-39 local footballers and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 from the Morrocan and Egyptian league Masry player’s during a recent training in Alexandria (Photo: Masry’s official website)While 23 test positive in Morocco’s Ittihad Tanger football club, Sixteen coronavirus cases were detected at Egyptian Premier League club Masry after they ran … Continue reading “39 local footballers, staff test positive to covid-19 in Egypt, Morocco”

Rwandan researchers discover new malaria strain

London, August 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Scientists in Rwanda have identified a new strain of the malaria parasite with potential resistance to existing medicines the country uses to treat the fatal disease. Doctors from the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), the Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO) identified the disturbing mutant during a lab experiment. … Continue reading “Rwandan researchers discover new malaria strain”

Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa surpass 10 000 mark

London, August 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The number of covid-19 related deaths in South Africa has now exceeded 10,000 mark. The country recorded another 301 new deaths on Saturday bringing the total number of deaths to 10, 210. Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa surpasses 10 000 markThe Health Ministry also recorded 7 712 new confirmed Covid-19 … Continue reading “Covid-19 related deaths in South Africa surpass 10 000 mark”

American professor, Lichtman who accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Trump will lose

London, August 9, 2020 (AltAfria)-American professor, Lichtman famous for accurately predicting the winner of every presidential election since 1984 has issued his verdict for 2020: Joe Biden will defeat President Trump. American professor Lichtman who has accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Trump will loseAmerican University Professor Allan Lichtman uses a system he created of 13 “keys” that decide who will … Continue reading “American professor, Lichtman who accurately predicted every election since 1984 says Trump will lose”

South Africa arrests 23 police officers for stealing confiscated drugs

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A three-year investigation into allegations of corruption at the OR Tambo International Airport has culminated in the arrests of 23 police officers on a range of charges from drug dealing to theft and racketeering. South Africa arrests 23 police officers for stealing confiscated drugsOn Friday, 12 officers – six police sergeants, … Continue reading “South Africa arrests 23 police officers for stealing confiscated drugs”

Nigeria made N3.09bn from railway operations in 2019 -NRC boss

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) on Friday said it generated N3.09 billion in 2019 from train service operations nationwide. NAN reports Rail passengers in Nigeria. NRC boss says Nigeria made N3.09bn from railway operations in 2019 Mr Fidet Okhiria, NRC’s Managing Director in a statement signed by Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, Media Assistant … Continue reading “Nigeria made N3.09bn from railway operations in 2019 -NRC boss”

Moroccan health workers to get special compensation for forfeiting annual leave during pandemic

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Morocco’s Ministry of Health announced a decision pay exceptional compensation for health professionals. A Health worker disinfects a livestock market in Rabat, Morocco, on July 25, 2020. Morocco warned on Saturday that anyone who refuses to wear a mask in public could face a maximum fine of 140 U.S. dollars or … Continue reading “Moroccan health workers to get special compensation for forfeiting annual leave during pandemic”

Rape victims in Ghana forced to pay £40 for medical examination

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Reporting rape is traumatic for anyone, but having to pay two months’ wages to complete the medical form prevents many in Ghana from seeking justice, said a leading actor whose campaign to waive fees has reached the presidential palace. Ghanaian informal workers earn around 150 cedi (£20) a month on average ( REUTERS ) British-Ghanaian … Continue reading “Rape victims in Ghana forced to pay £40 for medical examination”

Rape victims in Ghana forced to pay £40 for a medical examination

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Reporting rape is traumatic for anyone, but having to pay two months’ wages to complete the medical form prevents many in Ghana from seeking justice, said a leading actor whose campaign to waive fees has reached the presidential palace. Ghanaian informal workers earn around 150 cedi (£20) a month on average ( REUTERS ) British-Ghanaian … Continue reading “Rape victims in Ghana forced to pay £40 for a medical examination”

Rwandans who break Covid-19 rules forced to undergo compulsory night lectures

London, August 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Rwandans  caught breaking curfew or not wearing masks are being sent to stadiums in droves for a compulsory all-night lectures on the dangers of coronavirus, as the country maintains a tough approach to stem its spread. People who did not respect the measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 are … Continue reading “Rwandans who break Covid-19 rules forced to undergo compulsory night lectures”

WHO warns rich countries against nationalising, hoarding covid-19 vaccine

London, August 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization on Thursday warned against “vaccine nationalism,” saying vaccine-hogging richer countries would not be safe coronavirus havens if poor nations remained exposed. UK follows US lead, secures 90 million doses of potential cornavirus vaccines (Image credit: iStock-anilakkus)WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it would be in wealthier nations’ … Continue reading “WHO warns rich countries against nationalising, hoarding covid-19 vaccine”

Egypt to convert 1.8m vehicles to dual fuel engines

London, August 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Egyptian government plans to triple the number of natural gas filling stations in the country from 190 to 556 in 2020 as part a five-year national programme to convert 1.8 Million cars to run on both natural gas and gasoline. (Dual fuel engines) Egypt to convert 1.8m vehicles to dual … Continue reading “Egypt to convert 1.8m vehicles to dual fuel engines”

Africa surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases

London, August 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people. Kuisebmund Community coronavirus Testing Centre in Walvis Bay, Namibia. (Image: Afr.who.int/SABC)While experts say infection tolls in richer nations … Continue reading “Africa surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases”

Africa surpasses 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases

London, August 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people. Kuisebmund Community Testing Centre in Walvis Bay, Namibia. (Image: Afr.who.int/SABC)While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can … Continue reading “Africa surpasses 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases”

WHO pumps more support to covid-19 hotspot countries in Africa

London, August 7, 2020 (AltAfrica)-World Health organization, WHO is expanding support to African countries experiencing a significant uptick in covid-19 cases as the continent passes one million cases As Africa passes 1 million #COVID19 cases, @WHO is increasing support to 11 countries that have requested additional assistance. The first members of a surge team of … Continue reading “WHO pumps more support to covid-19 hotspot countries in Africa”

WHO deploys 43 health experts to help South Africa combat rising cases of covid-19

London, August 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization has deployed a “surge team” of 43 health experts to South Africa to help the country deal with the pandemic, which has seen nearly 530,000 cases confirmed in the country – the fifth-highest in the world WHO has deployed 43 experts from various fields to support the … Continue reading “WHO deploys 43 health experts to help South Africa combat rising cases of covid-19”

Nigeria begins airlift of essentail covid-19 materials to 13 ECOWAS countries

London, August 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has commenced the airlifting of thousands of essential covid-19 medical materials and other consumables, procured by the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) for distribution to 14 member nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Airlift of essential covid-19 medical materials to 13 ECOWAS … Continue reading “Nigeria begins airlift of essentail covid-19 materials to 13 ECOWAS countries”

Nigeria is our top priority for covid-19 vaccine in Africa-Pfizer

London, August 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria will be a top priority International pharmaceutical firm, Pfizer which has announced COVID-19 supply deals with the United States and Canada, said today that Nigeria will be its priority in Africa. Nigeria is a top priority for covid-19 vaccine in Africa-Pfizer Pfizer Country Manager and Representative in Africa, Mr. Subair … Continue reading “Nigeria is our top priority for covid-19 vaccine in Africa-Pfizer”

Mali gets $1m to rebuild damaged heritage sites

London, August 6, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The UN’s cultural organisation, Unesco, is backing a $1m (£767,000) plan to help restore the heritage of central Mali damaged by recent armed conflict. The UN’s cultural organisation, Unesco, is backing a $1m (£767,000) plan to help restore the heritage of central Mali damaged by recent armed conflict. (F GUIROU/BBC) The … Continue reading “Mali gets $1m to rebuild damaged heritage sites”

UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa system after legal challenge

London, August 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British government announced on Tuesday that it will stop using a computer algorithm to streamline visa applications after NGOs labelled it “racist” and launch a legal challenge against it UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa algorithm after legal challengeThe Home Office’s decision, which will take effect on August 7, comes after the … Continue reading “UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa system after legal challenge”

UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa algorithm after legal challenge

London, August 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British government announced on Tuesday that it will stop using a computer algorithm to streamline visa applications after NGOs labelled it “racist” and launch a legal challenge against it UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa algorithm after legal challengeThe Home Office’s decision, which will take effect on August 7, comes after the … Continue reading “UK to abolish ‘racist’ visa algorithm after legal challenge”

ILO celebrates historic ratification of Child Labour Convention by all member states

London, August 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says all its 187 member States, have ratified the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182). ILO celebrates universal ratification of Child Labour Convention by all member states In a statement. Mr Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General noted that this was … Continue reading “ILO celebrates historic ratification of Child Labour Convention by all member states”

The number of young people infected with COVID-19 triples in five months-WHO

London, August 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Young people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The World Health Organization says the number of … Continue reading “The number of young people infected with COVID-19 triples in five months-WHO”

Our covid-19 vaccine produced more antibodies, robust immune response-Novavax

London, August 5, 2020 (AltAfrica)-US biotech company Novavax on Tuesday announced its experimental COVID-19 vaccine elicited a robust immune response, producing more antibodies than are present in recovered patients, and with generally tolerable side-effects in its early-stage trial. Novavax was given $1.6 billion by the US government last month to develop and fund the drug … Continue reading “Our covid-19 vaccine produced more antibodies, robust immune response-Novavax”

How covid-19 outbreak aborted my 2020 hajj after 4 year journey to Saudi Arabia on bicycle-Yassine Ghallam

London, August 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A 34 year old Moroccan, Yassine Ghallam has told of his coronavirus headache, how the covid-19 pandemic aborted his Hajj dream after a four-year journey from Morocco to Saudi Arabia -only part of the travel he plans to continue across the world on foot. The 34-year-old Moroccan traversed 26 African countries before reaching Jordan, which was his gate … Continue reading “How covid-19 outbreak aborted my 2020 hajj after 4 year journey to Saudi Arabia on bicycle-Yassine Ghallam”

How covid-19 outbreak aborted my dream hajj after 4 year journey to Saudi Arabia on bicycle-Yassine Ghallam

London, August 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A 34 year old Moroccan, Yassine Ghallam has told of his coronavirus headache, how the covid-19 pandemic aborted his Hajj dream after a four-year journey from Morocco to Saudi Arabia -only part of the travel he plans to continue across the world on foot. The 34-year-old Moroccan traversed 26 African countries before reaching Jordan, which was his gate … Continue reading “How covid-19 outbreak aborted my dream hajj after 4 year journey to Saudi Arabia on bicycle-Yassine Ghallam”

Outrage as researchers test potential coronavirus vaccine on themselves

 London, August 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A bunch of researchers in Boston who appear desperate for an way out of covid-19 pandemic have decided to test a DIY coronavirus vaccine on themselves. Researchers testing potential coronavirus vaccine on themselves (Twitter)At least 20 people have mixed together the vaccine and sprayed it up their noses as part of … Continue reading “Outrage as researchers test potential coronavirus vaccine on themselves”

1.6 million Kenyans carry Covid-19 antibodies-study

London, August 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A further analysis of antibodies test has scaled down the number of Kenyans possibly infected with Covid-19 after at least 1.6 million people were found to be carrying antibodies, a study has revealed Covid-19 antibodies: Health CAS Rashid Aman donates blood as a doctor from National Blood Transfusion Service Sophia Damaiyu … Continue reading “1.6 million Kenyans carry Covid-19 antibodies-study”

Dinners besiege UK restaurants as govt begins to pay citizens to eat out

London, August 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-UK government has launched Eat Out to Help Out– a special scheme with government paying half on restaurant bills. And British restaurants were not disappointed on Monday, according to industry figures, as restaurants reported a rise in interest from customers Some restaurant owners said bookings were, in some cases, higher than usual for August as … Continue reading “Dinners besiege UK restaurants as govt begins to pay citizens to eat out”

Nigeria records drop in new coronavirus cases for four consecutive days

London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has recorded drop in coronavirus infections cases for four consecutive days, raising considerable hope of a flattening curve in infection rate, though testing remains abysmally low Nigeria records drop in new coronavirus cases for four consecutive daysThe latest figure from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Sunday shows … Continue reading “Nigeria records drop in new coronavirus cases for four consecutive days”

US hikes immigration fees, imposes $50 application fee on asylum-seekers

London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Immigration fees to the Unites States is becoming big business from October 2, 2020, as intending immigrants to the will face higher application fees. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also introducing, for the first time, an application fee for asylum-seekers.  US hikes immigration fees, imposes $50 application … Continue reading “US hikes immigration fees, imposes $50 application fee on asylum-seekers”

Ghana police arrest two TV managers for promoting fraudsters

London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Cyber Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has arrested the general managers of Accra-based free-to-air (FTA) television stations, AB TV and Amen TV, for promoting the activities of fraudsters on their TV stations. Ghana police arrest two TV managers for promoting fraudstersThe police … Continue reading “Ghana police arrest two TV managers for promoting fraudsters”

South Africa to switch to drone policing to combat rising crime

London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-South African Police Minister Bheki Cele says the country is planning to switch to drone policing as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat rising crimes in the country South Africa to switch to drone policing to combat rising crimeBut the minister has disputed that a number of officers might lose their jobs … Continue reading “South Africa to switch to drone policing to combat rising crime”

How you can be infected with Covid-19 on train -Scientists

London, August 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Train passengers could be infected with coronavirus if they sit within 2.5 metres of someone carrying the disease on a two-hour journey, according to new research. A busy train carriage from Southend to Liverpool (Pic: JK Press) Scientists from the University of Southampton’s WorldPop project also found that more than one-metre … Continue reading “How you can be infected with Covid-19 on train -Scientists”

Hajj 2020: 54,000 litres of disinfectants used daily to clean Mecca’s Grand Mosque against covid-19

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Mecca authorities have been using 54,000 liters of disinfectants per day to sanitize the holy Grand Mosque during this year’s Hajj season as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, according to officials. The over 3,500 cleaners used at least 95 modern equipment to carry out the cleaning process, according … Continue reading “Hajj 2020: 54,000 litres of disinfectants used daily to clean Mecca’s Grand Mosque against covid-19”

Despite soaring virus in Europe, 20,000 rally against coronavirus, face mask in German

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As German officials warn of soaring infection numbers, large crowds gathered in Berlin, Germany on Saturday to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions, including the face mask requirement Some 20,000 people protested anti-pandemic measures in Berlin, Germany with many participants dismissing the coronavirus as a “false alarm (You Tube Image)Some 20,000 people protested anti-pandemic measures … Continue reading “Despite soaring virus in Europe, 20,000 rally against coronavirus, face mask in German”

Nigerian troops wipe out 80 bandits, arrest 33 others in latest operations

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops under the Operation SAHEL SANITY had killed 80 bandits and arrested 33 suspected bandits in the ongoing clearance operation against banditry in northwest region. Nigerian Army frontline troops have eliminated a total of 80 bandits have so far been killed in gun fights … Continue reading “Nigerian troops wipe out 80 bandits, arrest 33 others in latest operations”

Coronavirus: 14 US congress members have tested positive

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-At least 14 members of the US congress -House of Representatives and Senate – seven Republicans and seven Democrats – have tested positive or are presumed to have had Covid-19 since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year, with Representative Raul Grijalva becoming the latest on Saturday, Reuters reports. At least 14 members of the … Continue reading “Coronavirus: 14 US congress members have tested positive”

Former UK minister arrested for allege rape, ‘sex attack on woman in her 20s’

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A former UK minister from the ruling Tory party has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman in her 20s said she’d been left so “traumatised” by the alleged abuse that she “went to hospital”. The Met Police say they had launched an investigation into a report of rape, … Continue reading “Former UK minister arrested for allege rape, ‘sex attack on woman in her 20s’”

Busy week ahead for undertakers as South Africa’s confirmed covid-19 cases top 500,000

London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-With 148 new covid-19 deaths, undertakers in South Africa prepare for another busy days ahead as the country’s confirmed cases also crossed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday. READ ALSO: NAMIBIA SHUTS SCHOOLS AGAIN, LIMITS PUBLIC GATHERINGS AS COVID-19 CASES SURGE one of South Africa undertakers, Avbob undertaker … Continue reading “Busy week ahead for undertakers as South Africa’s confirmed covid-19 cases top 500,000”

Useless Tory MP blames Muslims, minority ethic groups for covid-19 surge in England

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A lousy and good for nothing Conservative MP has been accused of racism after he said the “vast majority” of people breaching coronavirus lockdown rules in England were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, particularly those from Muslim backgrounds. Useless Tory MP Craig Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley has … Continue reading “Useless Tory MP blames Muslims, minority ethic groups for covid-19 surge in England”

Fashionable African face masks modelled for global audience

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Fashionable African face masks is primed to be a source of exchange for the continent after being modelled for global audience in Nairobi Most of us have accepted COVID-19 face masks as an inconvenient, albeit necessary, safety measure. But for the style conscious like James Maina Mwangi, however, they are an … Continue reading “Fashionable African face masks modelled for global audience”

Namibia shuts schools again, limits public gatherings as covid-19 cases surge

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Namibian schools will be suspended for the second time in four months next week, while limits on public gatherings will be tightened further to 100 from 250 amid surging cases, President Hage Geingob said. TSUMKWE, 24 September 2013 The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi (R) asking questions to the Grade … Continue reading “Namibia shuts schools again, limits public gatherings as covid-19 cases surge”

Rating agency, Fitch downgrades US economic outlook to negative over high debt

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Battered US economic outlook has propelled ratings agency Fitch to on Friday downgraded the outlook for the United States to negative from stable, warning of high debt and deficits made worse by the coronavirus downturn. Rating agency, Fitch downgrades US economic outlook to negative over high debt“The outlook has been revised … Continue reading “Rating agency, Fitch downgrades US economic outlook to negative over high debt”

New study reveals how coronavirus travels indoors

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A new study explains how coronavirus is affected by a turn on drops that are released when you cough, sneeze, talk or talk and travel around a room New study reveals how coronavirus travels indoorsResearchers from the University of Minnesota hope their work will help schools and businesses take action to … Continue reading “New study reveals how coronavirus travels indoors”

How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder. With school closures and cancelled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating … Continue reading “How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)”

Ghana lifts 14 million citizens out of extreme poverty in 7 years-Report

London, August 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The number of Ghanaians living in multidimensional poverty reduced by 14,115,572 in seven years, between 2011 and 2017, according to the latest report from the Ghana Statistical Service’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Ghana lifts 14 million citizens out of extreme poverty in 7 years (UNICEF/UN03212/Quarmyne/2015)Ghana Statistical Service, GSS said focusing on … Continue reading “Ghana lifts 14 million citizens out of extreme poverty in 7 years-Report”