Naira rain in Nigeria as citizens, companies donate to coronavirus course

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Wealthy Nigerians and corporate bodies have turn on the naira tap in a bid to assist the government curb the effects of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the country RELATED: NIGERIA RELEASES N15BN TO TACKLE COVID-19 SPREAD UBA Supports Lagos State in Fight Against COVID-19 . Group Managing Director/CEO, United Bank for … Continue reading “Naira rain in Nigeria as citizens, companies donate to coronavirus course”

US nurse describes how quickly coronavirus patients are dying in wards

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A hospital nurse has described in harrowing detail how apparently “stable” coronavirus patients have suddenly deteriorated and died in just “a few moments”. The nurse at Elmhurst Hospital in New York – which has been hit hard by a surge in cases – described to CNN how quickly patients are deteriorating … Continue reading “US nurse describes how quickly coronavirus patients are dying in wards”

Plane carrying coronavirus supplies crashes, killing eight

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A plane believed to be conveying coronavirus medical supplies has exploded in a ball of flames during take-off in the Philippine capital, killing all eight passengers and crew on board, officials say. The Lion Air plane was bound from Manila to Haneda, Japan, and burst into flames at the end of … Continue reading “Plane carrying coronavirus supplies crashes, killing eight”

In UK, 20,000 former NHS staff return to help fight coronavirus as death toll hits 1,200

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Some 20,000 former NHS staff in United Kingdom, UK, have returned to work to help the fight against coronavirus, Boris Johnson has revealed in a video posted online. READ ALSO: SOUTH AFRICA PROVIDES TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE OVER COVID-19 The prime minister, who is self-isolating after testing positive for the … Continue reading “In UK, 20,000 former NHS staff return to help fight coronavirus as death toll hits 1,200”

South Africa provides temporary shelter for homeless people over covid-19

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Homeless people in South Africa have been encouraged to move to temporary shelters provided by their respective provinces during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown In his nationwide address to announce the lockdown, President Cyril Ramaphosa said temporary shelters must be identified to accommodate homeless people for at least 21 days. Hundreds of … Continue reading “South Africa provides temporary shelter for homeless people over covid-19”

Covid-19 lockdown turns violent in parts of Africa

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Covid-19 Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews and seal off major cities in bid to prevent the continent from turning into Europe where coronavirus has killed in thousands Health experts say the virus’ spread, though still at an early stage, resembles the … Continue reading “Covid-19 lockdown turns violent in parts of Africa”

10 illegal Guineans arrested in Ghana test positive for Coronavirus

London, March 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)– The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says 10 Guineans who were arrested under the direction of the Regional Security Committee of the Northern Region for illegally trying enter into Ghana from Burkina Faso and Togo have tested positive for Coronavirus. 10 illegal Guineans arrested in Ghana test positive for Coronavirus According to … Continue reading “10 illegal Guineans arrested in Ghana test positive for Coronavirus”

Nigerian president breaks cover, imposes curfew on three states ravaged by Coronavirus

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday breaks him cover to imposed 14-day curfew on Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, three states ravaged by coronavirus with effect from 11pm on Monday. Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari during a nationwide address where he imposed curfew on Lagos, … Continue reading “Nigerian president breaks cover, imposes curfew on three states ravaged by Coronavirus”

Nigeria imposes curfew on three states ravaged by Coronavirus

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday imposed 14-day curfew on Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with effect from 11pm on Monday. Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari during a nationwide address where he imposed curfew on Lagos, Abuja, Ogun the threee states ravaged by CoronavirusThe president, … Continue reading “Nigeria imposes curfew on three states ravaged by Coronavirus”

Cases of domestic violence jump 30% during lockdown in France

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Reports of domestic violence across the country have jumped by more than 30% since the country went into lockdown on March 17th. France’s interior minister, Christophe Castaner revealed that in Paris alone, cases were up by 36%. Women’s rights activists hold printed half face pictures showing victims of domestic violence … Continue reading “Cases of domestic violence jump 30% during lockdown in France”

Rwanda begins distribution of essential food items to citizens affected by COVID-19 lockdown

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Rwandan government on Saturday inaugurated a support initiative by distributing essential food items to vulnerable families who have been affected by the lockdown aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Rwandan officials distribute relief items to affected communities (PHOTO/New Times) The move was in line with what President Paul Kagame promise in his address … Continue reading “Rwanda begins distribution of essential food items to citizens affected by COVID-19 lockdown”

Nigeria: Kano, Abuja launch special fumigation exercise to curb the spread of covid-19

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian state, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have launched special fumigation exercise as part of proactive measures to curb the spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus disease The fumigation exercise in Kano launched at the main gate of the government house, Kano during the state’s monthly Sanitation Day, on … Continue reading “Nigeria: Kano, Abuja launch special fumigation exercise to curb the spread of covid-19”

Uganda expels 342 Rwandans for allegedly spreading COVID-19

London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nearly 350 Rwandans living in Uganda have been expelled by Ugandan authorities over charges of “spreading the coronavirus,” Rwandan local media have reported A total of 342 Rwandan citizens had been left at “ungazetted entry points” to Rwanda’s Northern Province by Thursday evening, daily The New Times quoted local officials as … Continue reading “Uganda expels 342 Rwandans for allegedly spreading COVID-19”

Twitter explodes as Putin leads covid-19 front liners in hazmat protective suit

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Russia’s President Vladimir Putin got people on social media talking after he was captured in a hazmat suit and breathing mask READ ALSO: NIGERIAN MINISTERS DONATE 50% SALARY TO SUPPORT COVID-19 EFFORTS According to reports, the photo of Putin in a hazmat suit and breathing mask was captured during a visit … Continue reading “Twitter explodes as Putin leads covid-19 front liners in hazmat protective suit”

Nigerian ministers donate 50% salary to support COVID-19 efforts

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Members of the Nigerian cabinet of Ministers have donated 50% of their March 2020 salaries to support the Federal Government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Nigerian ministers at a federal executive meeting in Abuja: The 43 ministers have donated 50% of their March salary to support COVID-19 … Continue reading “Nigerian ministers donate 50% salary to support COVID-19 efforts”

In Africa, city dwellers flee to the countryside to avoid coronavirus

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Each morning at a crowded bus station east of Nairobi, Kenyans load their bags on to minibuses emblazoned with the faces of pop stars and Jesus, heading to their villages in the hope of escaping the coronavirus. Passengers wearing masks walk to a taxi rank as residents of a number of … Continue reading “In Africa, city dwellers flee to the countryside to avoid coronavirus”

AfDB raises record breaking $3 billion to help Africa alleviate economic, social impact of Covid-19 pandemic

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised an exceptional $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa’s economies. The Fight Covid-19 Social bond, with a three-year maturity, garnered interest from central banks and official institutions, bank … Continue reading “AfDB raises record breaking $3 billion to help Africa alleviate economic, social impact of Covid-19 pandemic”

U.S. announces N2.6bn aid to assist Nigeria combat coronavirus

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The United States Government has announced a 7 million dollars (about N2.6 billion) emergency health and humanitarian aid to Nigeria to help the country in the fight against dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is part of a 274 million dollars (N103 billion) assistance package to no fewer than 63 countries affected … Continue reading “U.S. announces N2.6bn aid to assist Nigeria combat coronavirus”

German Cathedral to display relics of saint corona, the saint that resists epidemics

London, March 28, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Germany’s Aachen Cathedral has dug out the relics of little-known Saint Corona, believed to be a patron saint of resisting epidemics, from its treasure chamber and is polishing up her elaborate shrine to go on display once the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Restorer Luke Jonathan Koeppe and Birgitta Falk, an official … Continue reading “German Cathedral to display relics of saint corona, the saint that resists epidemics”

Coronavirus strikes British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Johnson said he developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough. He is self-isolating in Downing Street but said he will “continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”. Over … Continue reading “Coronavirus strikes British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson”

Italian scientists investigate possible earlier emergence of coronavirus

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Italian researchers are looking at whether a higher than usual number of cases of severe pneumonia and flu in Lombardy in the last quarter of 2019 may be a signal that the new coronavirus might have spread beyond China earlier than previously thought. READ ALSO: CHINA INVESTIGATES OUTBREAK OF ANOTHER … Continue reading “Italian scientists investigate possible earlier emergence of coronavirus”

Global cases of coronavirus pass half a million, with 23,000 deaths

The global number of coronavirus cases topped half a million on Thursday. Italy reported 6,153 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, pushing the global total over half a million, AP reported, citing a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Italy also announced 662 more deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 8,165 – the highest in … Continue reading “Global cases of coronavirus pass half a million, with 23,000 deaths”

How to practice safe sex despite coronavirus pandemic

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Confinement, quarantine, and social distancing: the strategies of containing a pandemic are not exactly conducive to romantic relationships or dating. But for those who can’t resist the temptation of sex and relationships, there are ways in which you can protect yourself. How to practice safe sex in the trying time of … Continue reading “How to practice safe sex despite coronavirus pandemic”

How to practice safe sex in the trying times of coronavirus pandemic

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Confinement, quarantine, and social distancing: the strategies of containing a pandemic are not exactly conducive to romantic relationships or dating. But for those who can’t resist the temptation of sex and relationships, there are ways in which you can protect yourself. How to practice safe sex in the trying time of … Continue reading “How to practice safe sex in the trying times of coronavirus pandemic”

Dutch footballer, Abdelhak Nouri wakes up after 3 years in coma

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-AJAX star Abdelhak ‘Appie’ Nouri has miraculously woken up after two years and nine months in a coma. The 22-year-old Dutch ace collapsed on the pitch in July 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack. READ ALSO: ITALIAN POLICE ARREST TWO MEN FOR STEALING 8,000 COVID-19 FACE MASKS He sustained severe … Continue reading “Dutch footballer, Abdelhak Nouri wakes up after 3 years in coma”

Nigeria releases N15bn to tackle covid-19 spread

London, March 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N15 billion to the Lagos State government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to tackle the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. In a series of tweets on Thursday, the President explained that the approval followed the extensive briefings … Continue reading “Nigeria releases N15bn to tackle covid-19 spread”

Coronavirus: Italian police arrest two men for stealing 8,000 face masks

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Italian police have arrested two men in Brindisi on suspicion of stealing 12,000 face masks during the COVID-19 quarantine. Coronavirus: Italian police arrest two men for stealing over 8,000 face masks (Copyright Carabinieri Brindis)The brothers, aged 23 and 30, from Erchie, are being held on charges of aggravated robbery and the … Continue reading “Coronavirus: Italian police arrest two men for stealing 8,000 face masks”

UK, EU clear Somalia’s $122 million debt owed to AfDB

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The United Kingdom and the European Union cleared arrears on loans amounting to $122.55 million that Somalia owed the African Development Bank (AfDB), the institution has announced The AfDB said the clearance now marked the end of sanctions and the resumption of full re-engagement between itself and the Horn of Africa … Continue reading “UK, EU clear Somalia’s $122 million debt owed to AfDB”

IMF, World Bank suspend debt payments by Nigeria, others to ease economic burden over covid-19

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Amidst global economic crisis occassioned by the covid-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Wednesday announced a hold on debt payments from Nigeria and other sub-Saharan Africa nations so help them ease the economic burden and battle the coronavirus pandemic. IMF, World Bank suspend debt payments by Nigeria, others to … Continue reading “IMF, World Bank suspend debt payments by Nigeria, others to ease economic burden over covid-19”

The wonder drug from Ghana, COA FS, helping covid-19 patients in China

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghanaian health experts say a locally produced drug called COA FS could help fight the deadly coronavirus after many testimonies from China READ ALSO: COVID-19 KILLS 67 CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN ITALY The organic antiviral medicine COA FS and COA according to researchers could boost the immune system and naturally fight viruses. The … Continue reading “The wonder drug from Ghana, COA FS, helping covid-19 patients in China”

Covid-19 kills 67 Catholic priests in Italy

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A total of 67 Italian priests infected with the novel coronavirus have died since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country last month, the Avvenire newspaper said Wednesday. The youngest of those listed by the Catholic Church-affiliated paper was 53. “Priests get sick and die like everybody else, maybe even more than the rest,” … Continue reading “Covid-19 kills 67 Catholic priests in Italy”

UN urges prisoners release to stem spread of coronavirus

London, March 26, 2020 (AltAfrica)- Countries must protect people in detention from the COVID-19 pandemic by releasing vulnerable prisoners, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Wednesday. RELATED: ETHIOPIA FREES 4,000 PRISONERS OVER CORONAVIRUS “Covid-19 has begun to strike prisons, jails and immigration detention centres, as well as residential care homes and psychiatric hospitals, … Continue reading “UN urges prisoners release to stem spread of coronavirus”

Ethiopia frees 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ethiopia’s government has announced plans to free over 4,000 prisoners to reduce the rate of the spread of coronavirus. Prisoners to benefit from the move will include those convicted of minor offences and women with babies. Other prisoners from foreign nationalities charged with involvement in with smuggling and drug trafficking would also … Continue reading “Ethiopia frees 4,000 prisoners over coronavirus”

Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus. Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old royal had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease in a statement released this morning. The heir to the throne is said to have displayed “mild symptoms” on Sunday and was then tested on Monday, with the results coming through late … Continue reading “Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19”

Nigeria warns citizens against malicious coronavirus app, COVID19 Tracker

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria has alerted its citizens to the existence of an Android-based malicious and fraudulent coronavirus ransomware application, which claims to provide updates on the virus and infections near the user. In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of power, the Minister of Information and Culture, … Continue reading “Nigeria warns citizens against malicious coronavirus app, COVID19 Tracker”

UK to open 4000 bed emergency hospital for coronavirus patients in London

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Britain has announced that a new 4,000-bed hospital to treat coronavirus patients will open at the Excel Centre in London. The NHS Nightingale Hospital is an emergency field hospital being built to cope with the UK’s escalating coronavirus pandemic, the government Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands will … Continue reading “UK to open 4000 bed emergency hospital for coronavirus patients in London”

China investigates outbreak of another deadly virus, ‘hantavirus’ that kills a man in Yunnan province

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-There is an outbreak of another deadly virus in China called the Hantavirus, with a man testing positive for the virus after dying on a bus. China investigates another deadly virus ‘hantavirus’ that kills a man in Yunnan province (Twitter)Health officials quickly tested the man after dying only to find out he … Continue reading “China investigates outbreak of another deadly virus, ‘hantavirus’ that kills a man in Yunnan province”

Six million covid-19 masks belonging to Germany missing Kenya

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nearly six million medical masks recently purchased by Germany have disappeared at an airport in Kenya, Der Spiegel a weekly German news magazine reported on its website on Tuesday. German customs are now trying to resolve the misery surrounding the disappearance of the face masks, ordered to protect health workers from … Continue reading “Six million covid-19 masks belonging to Germany missing Kenya”

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to fight Desert Locusts in East Africa

London, March 25, 2020 (AltAfrica)-FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa from a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which … Continue reading “UN fast tracks $10 million loan to fight Desert Locusts in East Africa”

Algeria approves chloroquine to treat Covid-19

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Algeria’s health ministry has said hospitals in the North African nation can use chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus. However, the statement specifies that the drug should be used to treat “certain cases” of Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, in accordance with “specific medical protocol”. Medical staff … Continue reading “Algeria approves chloroquine to treat Covid-19”

Ivory Coast, Senegal impose curfew over Covid-19 spread

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Senegal and Ivory Coast have all imposed curfew restricting movements of their citizens in response to accelerating coronavirus outbreaks. Both countries have recorded over 100 cases together with the virus fast spreading among the populace. READ ALSO: CHIEF OF STAFF TO NIGERIAN PRESIDENT, ABBA KYARI STRUCK WITH COVID-19 Paintings of RBS Crew collective, … Continue reading “Ivory Coast, Senegal impose curfew over Covid-19 spread”

Ivory Coast, Senegal impose curfews over Covid-19 spread

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Senegal and Ivory Coast have all imposed curfew restricting movements of their citizens in response to accelerating coronavirus outbreaks. Both countries have recorded over 100 cases together with the virus fast spreading among the populace. Senegal’s President Macky Sall said “If we continue to act as if it’s business as usual, the virus … Continue reading “Ivory Coast, Senegal impose curfews over Covid-19 spread”

Chief of Staff to Nigerian president, Abba Kyari struck with Covid-19

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus disease. Kyari tested positive for the virus on Monday. Aso Rock sources have confirmed the report. The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. “He came to … Continue reading “Chief of Staff to Nigerian president, Abba Kyari struck with Covid-19”

One million Britons will have coronavirus by next week, Jeremy Hunt warns

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-One million Britons will have coronavirus by the end of next week, a former health secretary has warned. Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt says one million Britons will have coronavirus by the end of next week (Getty Images) Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt criticised the government’s policy of only testing patients in hospital for … Continue reading “One million Britons will have coronavirus by next week, Jeremy Hunt warns”

Egypt cancels funds for free Hajj to support workers affected by coronavirus

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Egypt’s Ministry of Endowment said on Monday that it has decided to cancel Hajj (greater pilgrimage) trips that it usually grants its ideal employees every year and redirect the funds to assist Egyptians affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. READ ALSO: AFRICAN UNION TAKES DELIVERY OF TEST KITS, MASKS, … Continue reading “Egypt cancels funds for free Hajj to support workers affected by coronavirus”

African Union takes delivery of test kits, masks, protective suits from China to fight covid-19 in Africa

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The African Union has taken delivery of 2,000 test kits from the Chinese government and is expecting additional 10,000 of them along with other crucial medical supplies needed to fight the spread of Covid-19 across the continent Already, Ethiopia has started distributing China’s donations of medical supplies. READ ALSO: COVID-19: ITALY APPROVES … Continue reading “African Union takes delivery of test kits, masks, protective suits from China to fight covid-19 in Africa”

Covid-19: Italy approves use of drones to monitor social distancing order

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Local police in Italy are now permitted to use drones to monitor the movements of citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) confirmed their approval on Monday, after receiving requests for additional support from “many local police units”. READ ALSO: EUROPE BEGINS CLINICAL TRIALS OF EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS … Continue reading “Covid-19: Italy approves use of drones to monitor social distancing order”

Europe begins clinical trials of experimental drugs to treat covid-19

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Europe has begun clinical trials of experimental drugs to treat COVID-19 in thousands of patients including a much talked about antimalarial drug. The trials will include 3,200 patients in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain. There will be 800 patients in France, where clinical trials were launched this past … Continue reading “Europe begins clinical trials of experimental drugs to treat covid-19”

Ex-DR Congo health minister jailed for stealing $400,000 Ebola fund

London, March 24, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A former health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been jailed for five years for stealing more than $400,000 of funds meant to fight the Ebola epidemic. READ ALSO: BRITAIN DEPLOYS POLICE TO ENFORCE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN AS DEATH TOLL REACHES 335 Oly Ilunga was arrested last year by the Police … Continue reading “Ex-DR Congo health minister jailed for stealing $400,000 Ebola fund”