Africa

Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa

  By Marlowe Hood PARIS, FRANCE (AFP) — The impacts of extreme heatwaves amplified by climate change are going unrecorded in sub-Saharan Africa, making it nearly impossible to detect patterns and set up early warning systems, researchers said Monday. While …

Read More »

25 virus cases on Egypt Nile cruise boat test negative

LUXOR, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian authorities said Tuesday that 25 people who had intially tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a Nile River cruise had since tested negative. Health Minister Hala Zayed told journalists in Cairo that tests for …

Read More »

Suicide attackers hit outside US embassy in Tunis

By Kaouther Larbi TUNIS, TUNISIA (AFP) — Suicide attackers struck outside the US embassy in the Tunisian capital on Friday, killing a police officer, wounding six other people and once again shaking a city repeatedly hit by jihadist violence. The …

Read More »

Senegal confirms first coronavirus case

DAKAR, Senegal (AFP) — Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking just the second infection in sub-Saharan Africa amid concerns over the continent’s vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases. A French man who lives in …

Read More »

58 quarantined in Nigeria over coronavirus contacts

ABUJA, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria is monitoring 58 people who had contact with an Italian man infected with the new coronavirus, the health minister said Monday, as officials scrambled to stop the disease spreading. Africa’s most populous country on Friday …

Read More »

Egypt detects second coronavirus case

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt on Monday reported its second case of a novel coronavirus, more than two weeks after announcing the first confirmed infection in Africa. The foreigner is showing “minor symptoms” and has been quarantined, the ministry and …

Read More »

Nigeria confirms first coronavirus case, first in sub-Saharan Africa: minister

LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa. “The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th …

Read More »

Virus enigma: Experts ask why Africa seems to have few cases

by Susan NJANJI with African bureaux JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China birthplace but sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions, has so far been almost spared — and experts want …

Read More »

Togo leader hails vote win as opposition urges ‘resistance’

LOME, Togo (AFP) — Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday hailed a crushing election victory that gave him a fourth term, as his main rival insisted he had won and called on people to “defend” their votes. The incumbent leader …

Read More »

Equatorial Guinea offers China $2 million for virus fight

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AFP) — The tiny central African state of Equatorial Guinea said Wednesday it would give $2 million (1.8 million euros) to China to help it tackle coronavirus. The government, which has developed close ties with Beijing, said …

Read More »

Somalia declares locusts a ‘national emergency’: agriculture ministry

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AFP) — Somalia on Sunday declared a locust infestation sweeping the Horn of Africa to be a national emergency, as insects devastate food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world. “The Ministry …

Read More »

African nations take first measures to stop spread of Chinese virus

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AFP) — African states, including the continent’s biggest economy Nigeria, on Wednesday said they had begun to introduce measures aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus. No verified infection has been reported to date in …

Read More »