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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.