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WHO suspends testing for hydroxyclhoroquine in COVID-19 patients over safety concerns, warns Africa not to be complacent

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said it has suspended testing for hydroxyclhoroquine in COVID-19 patients over safety concerns and warned Africa not be complacent because it has only 1.5 percent of coronavirus infections and...

African Union Chair calls for unity as continent marks 57th Africa Day amid COVID-19

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has called for unity in Africa as the continent marks the 57th Africa Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

Read full remarks by African Union Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa as continent marks Africa Day amid COVID-19

Fellow Africans, On this day 57 years ago, the Organisation of African Unity was born. From the beginning it was dedicated to the idea that only through unity could Africa safeguard its independence...

Today is Africa Day and this is why you should be proud to be African amid COVID-19 – Perspectives by President Ramaphosa

Dear Fellow South African, today marks 57 years since the leaders of 32 independent African nations met in Addis Ababa to establish the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union.

Read full remarks by President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africa’s response to COVID-19

Fellow compatriots, Ri perile, Dumelang, Sanibonani, Molweni, Ndi madekwana, Gooie naand, Good evening. It is exactly 10 weeks since we declared a national state of disaster in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

128 South Africans in intensive care units, 842 in hospitals, 11,000 active infections and 429 deaths, President Ramaphosa updates nation on COVID-19

About 128 South Africans who contracted COVID-19 are in intensive care units, 842 in hospitals, and 429 have died, President Cyril Ramaphosa updated the nation during a major broadcast on Sunday. The...

Nigerian governor using COVID-19 as pretext for ‘brutal crackdown and repression’ sued at ECOWAS court

Nigeria's Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has launched legal action against governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari at the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over the “brutal...

IMF discloses COVID-19 interest rate on loans for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has disclosed the COVID-19 interest rate on loans as well as loan terms for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for the sake of transparency and accountability. Last Thursday,...

In major national address on COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa to address South Africans on Sunday

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 7 p.m. on Sunday on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. The President’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet,...

António Guterres: How Africa’s response to COVID-19 provides valuable lessons for the world and why vigilance is needed

The African continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided valuable lessons for the rest of the world in meeting this challenge. Most African countries have moved rapidly to deepen regional coordination, deploy health workers and...

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President Ramaphosa holds virtual talks with South African tourism stakeholders amid COVID-19 economic paralysis

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa will on Friday morning hold emergency talks with tourism stakeholders...

Akinwumi Adesina to step back as African Development Bank agrees to probe him again after Trump administration pressures

The African Development Bank’s board has agreed to open a fresh independent investigation of its President Akinwumi Adesina following pressures from the...

Trump administration asks African Development Bank to re-investigate its embattled President Akinwumi Adesina accused of nepotism and favoritism

The Donald Trump administration has written the African Development Bank, urging the continent’s biggest multilateral lender to reopen an investigation into...

African Development Bank: Tolling Bells for Humanity – Perspectives by Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Finance Cesar MBA ABOGO

COVID-19 is severely testing Africa's social, economic and political resilience. While it is true that our countries are taking bold actions to...

African Development Bank approves €188m ($204m) loan for Mauritius to respond to COVID-19

The African Development Bank has approved €188 million ($204 million) loan for Mauritius to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Group’s Board of Directors said...

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