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Cameroon makes face masks compulsory

The government of Cameroon has made wearing of face masks in public spaces mandatory, following reports from the country's health authorities of a rise in cases of COVID-19, as the country becomes one of the worst hit in Africa.

Meanwhile, a fashion designer in Sierra Leone is making masks, and giving them away for free.

And we look at lockdown in a more citizen-centred approach as it's enforced in many towns villages and cities across the world and creating serious problems for citizens – especially those who don't have formal jobs

East Africa's double wham: Locusts and pandemic

East Africa faces further problems. As if the Coronavirus pandemic wasn't enough, yet another swarm of locusts has descended on the region. Millions of more people are now threatened with hunger. What plan does the Food and Agricultural Organisation have?

MPs and the President of Botswana have been put in quarantine after a visiting health worker tested positive for COVID19

Contact Tracing is a crucial process in trying to stem the spread of a pandemic because it tries to identify people who have been in contact with a person who tested positive to a virus so that they can take preventative measure like self-isolating or testing. Sounds daunting, but Ghanaian developer Christian Asante has come up with an app that does exactly that

(Photo: A farmer holds a bunch of locusts. Credit: ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa health workers take government to court

A group of nurses and doctors engaged in the fight against Coronavirus in South Africa have taken the government to court over the lack of personal protective gear like disposable surgical gloves and face masks. We speak to Lerato Madumo, Secretary-General of the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union in South Africa.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta banned all travel in and out of Nairobi, as well as three other Covid19 hotspots. The restrictions came into effect last night, causing traffic chaos as well as confusion and concern about how the measures would affect vulnerable citizens.

The Nigerian government has promised to wire cash to people struggling to feed themselves because of the lockdown measures, but how do you do it when you don't have a bank account? We hear from the Makoko community in Nigeria's Ogun State

'African governments ought to pressure G7 and G20 for debt relief'

African governments have been advised to pressure the G7 and G20 for debt relief, in order that the monies meant for servicing those debts be diverted into an intervention fund to help people directly.

Chairperson - Global Alliance for Vaccinations & Immunisations, Dr. Ngozi Okwonjo Iweala says governmet need to act fast.

The government in Rwanda has extended rigid lockdown restrictions imposed last month to 19 April.

A two day virtual conference by a group of Africans home and abroad is being held from tomorrow the third of April, aimed at mapping out how Africa can tackle the Coronavirus crisis and how the continent can be better prepared for the future.

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