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  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 14:09

    Child labour still prevalent in West Africa cocoa sector despite industry efforts -report

    ABIDJAN - The use of child labour on cocoa farms in top producers Ivory Coast and Ghana has risen over the past decade despite industry promises to reduce it, according to a draft of a U.S. government-sponsored report seen by Reuters.

  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 14:07

    Botswana's entire parliament quarantined after coronavirus scare

    GABORONE - All Botswana’s parliamentarians including President Mokgweetsi Masisi will be quarantined for 14 days and tested for the new coronavirus, after a health worker screening lawmakers for the virus herself tested positive.

  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 14:01

    In parts of Africa, police are accused of excess force amid coronavirus lockdowns

    KINSHASA/NAIROBI - Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video started circulating online showing an officer in the capital beating a taxi driver for violating a one-passenger limit.

  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:49

    Coronavirus curfew creates water shortage for Burkina Faso's poorest

    OUAGADOUGOU - Nowadays Rahinatou Diasso scolds her children when they wash with too much water. It has become a precious resource since Burkina Faso’s coronavirus curfew stopped those in poor areas from accessing communal fountains that only flow at night in the dry season.

  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:44

    South Africa extends coronavirus lockdown for two weeks

    JOHANNESBURG - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday extended a lockdown for two weeks aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus, saying that to end it too soon would risk a “massive and uncontrollable resurgence” of the virus.

  • Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:34

    Coronavirus in Africa: what happens next?

    As Covid-19 creeps across the region, fears mount over how it will unfold. Will a young population help stem the spread of disease, or will it unleash catastrophe on creaking health systems?

  • Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:06

    Kenyan official charged with wilfully spreading coronavirus

    MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - A Kenyan court charged a senior regional government official on Thursday with wilfully spreading the novel coronavirus by going out in public without taking precautions, an accusation he denied.

  • Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:04

    Nigeria pardons prisoners in coronavirus fight -presidential aide

    LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria’s president has pardoned 2,600 prisoners to reduce overcrowding in the West African country’s jails and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a presidential aide said on Thursday.

  • Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:59

    Djibouti says records its first coronavirus death - ministry of health

    KAMPALA (Reuters) - Djibouti said on Thursday it had recorded its first coronavirus death, according to a statement tweeted by the Horn of African country’s health ministry.