Nigerian minister seeks greater focus on ICT as sector contributes 14.07% to GDP

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has advocated greater focus on information and communications technology (ICT) as the sector’s contributions to the nation’s economy grew by 1.87 per cent to 14.07 per cent in the first quarter of 2020. Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa … Continue reading “Nigerian minister seeks greater focus on ICT as sector contributes 14.07% to GDP”

UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for covid-19 treatment

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Five new drugs are to be trialled in 30 hospitals across the country in the race to find a treatment for Covid-19, it has emerged. UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for covid-19 treatment (Copyright Denis Balibouse/Keystone via AP, Poo)Just days after global trials of hydroxychloroquine, the drug … Continue reading “UK hospitals to trial five new drugs in search for covid-19 treatment”

Covid-19 cases in South Africa surpasses 32,000 a day before all economic sectors reopen

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-On the eve of South Africa moving to lockdown alert level 3, the Health Department said on Sunday that the number of positive Covid-19 cases has risen to 32 683, with 1 716 new cases reported from the last 24-hour testing cycle. South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa opens the economy as … Continue reading “Covid-19 cases in South Africa surpasses 32,000 a day before all economic sectors reopen”

White truck driver speeds into crowd of George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A white truck driver drove into protesters on interstate highway 35 West in Minneapolis, but none of the marchers were injured, according to a Reuters Witness. Truck driver arrested after driving through protest on Minneapolis freeway CNNVery disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. … Continue reading “White truck driver speeds into crowd of George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis”

Why African Americans are blamed for crimes they didn’t commit: Experts

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A panicked white woman in New York City’s Central Park calls 911 to say that a black man threatened her and her dog. A Florida mom claims two black men abducted her son, who had autism, and was later found dead. George Floyd police brutality protest starts peacefully in Newark, with … Continue reading “Why African Americans are blamed for crimes they didn’t commit: Experts”

Protests over the killing of George Floyd go international as Berlin London, footballers show solidarity

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Outcry over the killing of George Floyd has gone international, with people taking to the streets in Berlin and London to show solidarity with US protesters. In Germany, soccer stars wore t-shirts and knelt in support. Police block a road close to the US Embassy during a Black Lives Matter march … Continue reading “Protests over the killing of George Floyd go international as Berlin London, footballers show solidarity”

AU orders 30M testing kits, 10, 000 ventilators, 80 million face masks to arrest escalating cases of covid-19

London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-In bid to arrest increasing rate of coronavirus in Africa, the African Union, AU, has moved to secure coronavirus (Covid-19) diagnostic supplies, including 30 million testing kits, 10 000 ventilators, and 80 million masks per month for the African continent from China, South African President and current African Union chairman Cyril … Continue reading “AU orders 30M testing kits, 10, 000 ventilators, 80 million face masks to arrest escalating cases of covid-19”

After intense bombing, top Boko Haram commander surrenders with family to Joint Task Force

London, May 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A top Boko Haram commander has abandoned the terrorist group and surrender with his wife and child to the Multinational Joint Task Force(MNJTF). After intense bombing, top Boko Haram commander surrenders with family to Joint Task ForceAccording to the Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, the defector … Continue reading “After intense bombing, top Boko Haram commander surrenders with family to Joint Task Force”

Italian teen receives double lung transplant after coronavirus destroy his lungs

London, May 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-For the first time ever in Europe, a 18-year-old Italian teen has received a double lung transplant after suffering irreversible damage as a result of the coronavirus. An operating room: the young man’s double lung transplant took approximately 12 hours to complete. Credit: Europa Press THE young man who has always … Continue reading “Italian teen receives double lung transplant after coronavirus destroy his lungs”

Politics of covid-19 treatment: Scientists at war over study that discredits hydroxychloroquine

London, May 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-More than 100 scientists have raised concerns over a influential study of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine that led the World Health Organisation to suspend clinical trials to determine if the drugs could be an effective treatment for Covid-19. The World Health Organisation has suspended clinical trials with hydroxychloroquine in several countries. AP – John … Continue reading “Politics of covid-19 treatment: Scientists at war over study that discredits hydroxychloroquine”

Armed terrorists kill 15 Burkina Faso traders in a renewed onslaught

London, May 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-At least 15 people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in an attack on a convoy transporting traders in a town in northern Burkina Faso on Friday, the government said on Saturday. Burkina Faso military shunted as armed terrorists kill 15 Burkina Faso traders in deadly attack“The provisional toll mentions 15 … Continue reading “Armed terrorists kill 15 Burkina Faso traders in a renewed onslaught”

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak against George Floyd killing

London, May 31, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. George Floyd police brutality protest starts peacefully in Newark, with chants of ‘I can’t … Continue reading “In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak against George Floyd killing”

Nigeria commences probe of allege diversion of COVID-19 funds by states, agencies

London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has launched internal probe into allegation of diversion of funds by some states and agencies released for the management of covid-19 pandemic in the country. The ICPC and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation have commence probe of allege diversion of COVID-19 funds by states, agenciesAside the … Continue reading “Nigeria commences probe of allege diversion of COVID-19 funds by states, agencies”

Egypt records 1,289 new coronavirus cases, 34 deaths in 24 hours

London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Egypt on Friday recorded highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases and deaths with 1,289 new cases and 34 deaths. Egypt records 1,289 new coronavirus cases, 34 deaths in 24 hoursThis brings the total number of cases to 22,082 and fatalities to 879, the health ministry said. The health ministry added that … Continue reading “Egypt records 1,289 new coronavirus cases, 34 deaths in 24 hours”

Two UN peacekeepers die of coronavirus in Africa

London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Two UN peacekeepers in Mali have died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday. UN losses two foreign peacekeepers to coronavirus in Africa (UN Twitter)Out of the some 100,000 UN troops deployed on about 15 different missions around the world, these two are the first whose deaths were directly linked to the … Continue reading “Two UN peacekeepers die of coronavirus in Africa”

Outrageous: Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria to pay between $700-$1000 for repatriation flight back home

London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria have been hit hard by their embassy in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory with unexpected bombshell regarding the cost of their repatriation home Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria to pay between $700-$1000 for flight back home And it is an unbelievable bombshell. Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria some of … Continue reading “Outrageous: Stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria to pay between $700-$1000 for repatriation flight back home”

Through shared challenges, solutions, African countries have enough to fight Covid-19

London, May 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Two opposing narratives have emerged about COVID-19 in Africa. The first is that cases are doubling, infections are increasing, and an uncontrollable swell of COVID-19 cases and deaths will soon overtake healthcare systems across the continent. African leaders at the opening ceremony of the 36th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council … Continue reading “Through shared challenges, solutions, African countries have enough to fight Covid-19”

Poland becomes first country to allow football supporters attend matches amid covid-19 pandemic

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Polish football supporters will be able to attend matches from June 19, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday Poland becomes first country to allow football supporters attend matches (Getty Images)He however said only 25 percent of the capacity of stadiums would be used in order to prevent the coronavirus … Continue reading “Poland becomes first country to allow football supporters attend matches amid covid-19 pandemic”

South Africa: Private hoteliers to provide free accommodation for health care workers as they battle Covid-19

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As South Africa’s health system braces for the peak of coronavirus, a new initiative that aims to offer public health worker free accommodation, so that they mitigate infecting their families with the virus, has swung into action. Private hoteliers in South Africa launch initiative to provide free accommodation for health care … Continue reading “South Africa: Private hoteliers to provide free accommodation for health care workers as they battle Covid-19”

Apprehension in Malawi, Zimbabwe after 400 returnees flee Covid-19 quarantine centres

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Police are hunting for hundreds of people who fled quarantine centres in Malawi and Zimbabwe on Thursday as officials in both countries fear that the escapees will spread Covid-19. Deserted! Kamuzu stadium #COVID19 quarantine center in Blantyre where quarantined Malawians repatriated from South Africa have bolted. (ZBS News Twitter)The more than 400 … Continue reading “Apprehension in Malawi, Zimbabwe after 400 returnees flee Covid-19 quarantine centres”

10% of diabetic patients die within days of coronavirus hospitalisation-study

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-One in 10 diabetic patient with coronavirus infection dies within seven days of hospital admission, according to a study of more than 1,300 patients published Friday in the journal Diabetologia. 10% of diabetic patients die within days of coronavirus hospitalisation-study (Image Credit: Gulf News )Two-thirds of the patients were men, and … Continue reading “10% of diabetic patients die within days of coronavirus hospitalisation-study”

Eight outstanding African entrepreneurs win £40K UK grant to fight coronavirus across Africa

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Eight African entrepreneurs, among them three Nigerians have been awarded £40K funding to harness engineering and business skills of their organisations to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa Eight outstanding African entrepreneurs win £40K UK grant to fight coronavirus across AfricaOf the eight awardees, five are female entrepreneurs … Continue reading “Eight outstanding African entrepreneurs win £40K UK grant to fight coronavirus across Africa”

GloxoSmithKline to produce 1bn doses of coronavirus vaccine booster to prevent re-infection

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-GlaxoSmithKline plans to produce 1bn doses of vaccine efficacy boosters, or adjuvants, next year for use in Covid-19 treatment. GlaxoSmithKline says more than one vaccine will be needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: AP Vaccine booster shot is key in preventing the return or contraction of certain diseases. One can never … Continue reading “GloxoSmithKline to produce 1bn doses of coronavirus vaccine booster to prevent re-infection”

Nigerian troops rescue another 241 women, children abducted by Boko Haram

London, May 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole attached to the Army Super Camp 11 in Gamboru have rescued 241 women and children, abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists at Mudu town in Borno State. Nigerian troops rescue another 241 women, children abducted by Boko HaramThe Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said in a release on … Continue reading “Nigerian troops rescue another 241 women, children abducted by Boko Haram”

Man City v Arsenal to restart Premier League on 17 June

London, May 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Premier League season is set to restart on 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, the BBC has learned. A full round of fixtures would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June. Man City v Arsenal to restart Premier League on 17 … Continue reading “Man City v Arsenal to restart Premier League on 17 June”

US govt caught funding website spreading fake news about Covid-19

London, May 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The US government is funding a website in Armenia which is spreading disinformation (Fake News) about the coronavirus pandemic, including warnings that Armenians ought to “refuse” future vaccine programmes. The website claim’s the government of prime minister Nikol Pashinyan ‘completely failed’ to fight coronavirus and warned against the use a future vaccine. Photograph: … Continue reading “US govt caught funding website spreading fake news about Covid-19”

South African eatery charges customers extra R20 as coronavirus ‘risk fee’

London, May 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A South African eatery,  Cosy Corner located in Wynberg, Cape Town has angered customers by charging additional R20 as coronavirus “risk fee” – even though the customers are collecting orders at the premises. South African eatery Cosy Corner charges customers extra R20 as coronavirus ‘risk fee’IOL reports that one dissatisfied customer … Continue reading “South African eatery charges customers extra R20 as coronavirus ‘risk fee’”

Despite covid-19 pandemic, 400 African migrants arrested en route Europe

London, May 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the UN migration agency said Monday. An unflatable boat with 47 migrants on board is pictured … Continue reading “Despite covid-19 pandemic, 400 African migrants arrested en route Europe”

Russian drug, Favipiravir that kills coronavirus in 4 days enters final stage of trial

London, May 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A Russian-made solution, to coronavirus cure, Favipiravir drug believed to have the capacity to eliminate coronavirus infections within four days, is now in the final stages of clinical trials. Tablets of Avigan branded favipiravir shown in Japan. (File photo: Reuters) Alarabiya reports that Favipiravir is being tested by Russian pharmaceutical investment … Continue reading “Russian drug, Favipiravir that kills coronavirus in 4 days enters final stage of trial”

Egypt, South Africa record another big jump in new covid-19 cases

London, May 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-There appears to be no respite for Egypt and South Africa in reported cases of Coronavirus. The two African countries have the highest number of victims of the deadly virus on the continent South Africa enrols 500 health workers to test tuberculosis vaccine for coronavirus treatment On Sunday, the two countries … Continue reading “Egypt, South Africa record another big jump in new covid-19 cases”

South Africa to conduct daily conoravirus test for students returning to campus

London, May 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As part of measures to ensure safety of students returning to campus from next month, South African government says students and staff members will be required to undergo daily Covid-19 screenings in bid to contain the spread of the virus A health worker wearing a protective suit takes a swab from … Continue reading “South Africa to conduct daily conoravirus test for students returning to campus”

Six US organizations sign agreement to repatriate 1 million families back to Africa

London, May 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Six pan-African organizations have signed a historic alliance geared towards the mass and the immediate repatriation back to Africa of not just African Americans but all of those from the African diaspora, Africa Global Radio reported. Academic Obadele Kambon is one of the few African American who have returned to Africa. He lives … Continue reading “Six US organizations sign agreement to repatriate 1 million families back to Africa”

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid coronavirus lockdown

London, May 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-While many pastors complain of the effect of coronavirus lockdown on the lives of christian faithfuls, a pastor in Kenya has turn the adversary to great opportunity-A mobile church known simply as “balcony church” in the East African country Rev. Paul Machira preaches and sings to residents in an apartment block … Continue reading “Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid coronavirus lockdown”

We now have a definite first efficacious drug for Covid-19, but ineffective in severe cases

London, May 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-It appears the wait is over for the first efficacious drug for covid-19, and that is Remdesivir. But the story is not entirely joyful for severe patients needing ventilators Ebola drug, remdesivir has been officially authorised by the US government for emergency treatment of covid-19 patients Remdesivir, the only drug cleared … Continue reading “We now have a definite first efficacious drug for Covid-19, but ineffective in severe cases”

Kenyan lecturers win battle against 40 percent coronavirus pay cut

London, May 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Some Kenyan lecturers have won a temporary reprieve against pay cut after the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kenya has stopped two universities from reducing staff salaries by 40 per cent. Kenyan lecturers under the aegis of Universities’ Academic Staff Union hold a press conference at Meridian Hotel on January … Continue reading “Kenyan lecturers win battle against 40 percent coronavirus pay cut”

WHO awards grants to African tech innovators to support coronavirus battle with home grown solutions

London, May 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Three groups of African Tech Innovators have been warded seed funding to develop a range of technology to support the global fight against Covid-19 virus currently ravaging the world READ ALSO: EGYPT RECORDS 783 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES, 11 DEATHS WHO awards grants to three African innovators to support coronavirus battle with … Continue reading “WHO awards grants to African tech innovators to support coronavirus battle with home grown solutions”

South Africa tests umhlonyane plant for possible use in Covid-19 fight

London, May 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The status of  African wormwood or  umhlonyane, in traditional medicine is set to increase after the KwaZulu-Natal government in South Africa asked a laboratory to test if can actually be used to cure Covid-19.  Artemisia Asteracae is a medicinal plant with a variety of uses. Image: Ornella Bonomini /123rf.comThe herb, whose potential to … Continue reading “South Africa tests umhlonyane plant for possible use in Covid-19 fight”

Nigerian military kills 135 bandits in heavy air raid

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-No fewer than 135 armed bandits have been killed by the Nigerian military in a major air bombardment of their camps in Katsina and Zamfara states. Nigerian military kills 135 bandits in heavy air raid Military spokesman, Major General, John Enenche, said the air raids, executed by the air component of … Continue reading “Nigerian military kills 135 bandits in heavy air raid”

Egypt records 783 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Egypt recorded another 783 new coronavirus cases on Friday, marking another single-day high and bringing its total number of infections to 15,786, the health ministry announced. Egypt records 783 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths The ministry also reported 11 new deaths as total fatalities from the virus reached 707. It also … Continue reading “Egypt records 783 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths”

Ghana Muslims to observe virtual Eidul-Fitr prayer on Sunday, May 24

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The leadership of the Ghana Muslims has announced a virtual Eidul-Fitr prayer to mark the end of 2020 Ramadan Ghana Muslims to observe virtual Eidul-Fitr prayer on Sunday, May 24 (Twitter)Spokesperson for the National Chief Iman, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu says the 2020 Eidul-Fitr celebration will take place in Ghana on Sunday … Continue reading “Ghana Muslims to observe virtual Eidul-Fitr prayer on Sunday, May 24”

African scientists launch crowdfunding for separate clinical trials on herbal treatment for coronavirus

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-African researchers are crowdfunding -raising public funds to carry out their own clinical trials on the artemisia plant to investigate its potential for treatment of Covid-19. African scientists launch crowdfunding for separate clinical trials on Artemisia plants as herbal treatment for coronavirus A herbal tea based on artemisia extract has recently … Continue reading “African scientists launch crowdfunding for separate clinical trials on herbal treatment for coronavirus”

Inside France’s dehumanising centres for migrant workers

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-France24, a popular English news website in France has exposed the dehumanising condition in which migrant workers, mostly Africans live in search of better life abroad. This photo shows a shower in the centre. The photo was taken in April 2020 by Lamine Sibide Residents of the overcrowded shelter braze for … Continue reading “Inside France’s dehumanising centres for migrant workers”

South Africa’s coronavirus infections top 20,000, with nearly 400 deaths

London, May 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Coronavirus infections in South Africa surged past 20,000 with close to 400 deaths, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday. Medical workers in protective suits attend to novel coronavirus patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6, 2020. Picture taken February … Continue reading “South Africa’s coronavirus infections top 20,000, with nearly 400 deaths”

Nigeria: Ekiti sign MOU to lay 606km broadband

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-As part of the plan to develop the digital economy in Ekiti State, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Thursday, signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the O’odua Infraco Resources Limited to lay broadband infrastructure along 606 kilometers across the State. READ ALSO: UK SALES NOSEDIVE AS BORROWING HITS … Continue reading “Nigeria: Ekiti sign MOU to lay 606km broadband”

Shock, disbelief as senior Tanzanian official says ‘Let’s party, coronavirus has ended’

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A senior Tanzanian politician has sparked disbelief among Tanzanians by saying that coronavirus has “ended” and calling on the public to celebrate in the streets on Sunday. Paul Makonda is the regional commissioner of Tanzanian biggest city Dar es Salaam, told residents ‘Let’s party, coronavirus has ended” (Image: AFP/BBC)Paul Makonda, who … Continue reading “Shock, disbelief as senior Tanzanian official says ‘Let’s party, coronavirus has ended’”

UK sales nosedive as borrowing hits £62b on virus lockdown

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-UK retail sales dived by a record 18.1 percent in April with the country in coronavirus lockdown, triggering a surge in government borrowing to an unprecedented level, data showed Friday. UK borrowing at record high as virus cost soars in April (Image copyright: Bloomberg)Government net borrowing hit a record £62.1 billion … Continue reading “UK sales nosedive as borrowing hits £62b on virus lockdown”

Panic in South Sudan as ten cabinet ministers test positive for coronavirus

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ten ministers in South Sudan are now confirmed to have contracted coronavirus, a situation causing panic in the crisis ridden country RELATED: SOUTH SUDAN VICE-PRESIDENT, WIFE, ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS South Sudan VP, Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny were among several high-profile people including ten ministers to … Continue reading “Panic in South Sudan as ten cabinet ministers test positive for coronavirus”

Malawi’s electoral chief resigns a month ahead of presidential election re-run

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The head of Malawi’s electoral commission (MEC) Jane Ansah has stepped down with just a month to go before the country holds a court-ordered presidential election rerun The head of Malawi’s electoral commission Justice Dr Jane Mayemu Ansah has quit her post ahead of a rerun of disputed presidential election (MEC … Continue reading “Malawi’s electoral chief resigns a month ahead of presidential election re-run”

WHO, UNHCR join forces to improve health services for refugees

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Director-General, World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sign a … Continue reading “WHO, UNHCR join forces to improve health services for refugees”

World Bank announces $500m programme to fight locusts, preserve food security in East Africa

London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Bank Group approved today a US$500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people. A local farmer runs through a swarm of locusts invasion to chase them away, Kenya (ANSA) … Continue reading “World Bank announces $500m programme to fight locusts, preserve food security in East Africa”