Coronavirus News Africa

Far right uses coronavirus to scapegoat refugees

The global explosion of the coronavirus has dramatically brought about fresh challenges for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. With countries adopting strict measures to contain this pandemic, including rigid border controls, the outbreak will not only have a huge impact on those driven out by crisis situations but is also likely to create another refugee …

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Ramaphosa’s address to the nation postponed to Monday – The Citizen

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu announced on Sunday that due to the magnitude and complexity of the issues President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealing with, he would only communicate the outcomes and decisions of government on further measures being taken to combat the spread of Covid-19 on Monday. Many have expected an escalation of limits …

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Foreign travellers turned around and sent home from SA…

An Airbus A320-200 passenger jet, operated by South African Airlines (SAA), takes off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, 24 January 2020. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg/Getty Images) Citizens from high-risk countries arriving at South African airports were left in the lurch on Friday as travel ban regulations kicked into force while …

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Cope leader calls for patriotism amid coronavirus pandemic

South Africa is among the African states that have been he=it heavily by the coronavirus, and Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota believes its a good opportunity for the country to showcase its patriotism. Thus far, South Africa has recorded 240 confirmed COVID-19 cases, second only to Egypt in the continent. The Cope …

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The world gets ready – Covid-19 is now in 50 countries, and things will get worse | Briefing

Feb 29th 2020 LONDON AND MILAN IN THE EARLY scenes of Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Eclipse”, eerily empty Italian streets present a stark distinction to the frenzy of the stockmarket ground. This week noticed that hanging juxtaposition performed out for actual. Below a sky of unbroken light-grey cloud, remoted figures hurried by way of the areas …

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COVID-19 deaths surge past 13,000 as one billion confined to homes

ROME – Nearly one billion people around the world were confined to their homes on Sunday, as the coronavirus death toll crossed 13,000 and factories were shut in worst-hit Italy after another single-day fatalities record. The raging pandemic has forced lockdowns in 35 countries across the globe, disrupting lives, travel and businesses as governments scramble to …

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Uncertainty abounds as football’s transfer industry grinds to a halt

With football having ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual transfer rumour mill has fallen silent and nobody cares much where Neymar or Paul Pogba might be playing next season. Nobody even knows when next season might be, and the financial impact on football clubs, and therefore the transfer market, is …

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No national lockdown announcement tonight – Presidency

Spokesperson to the President, Khusela Diko has slated fake messages that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to announce a lockdown tonight. “The President is not addressing the nation and announcing a lockdown tonight,” Diko said in a Twitter post. “The National Command Council will meet in a scheduled meeting tomorrow to assess implementation of the …

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Messages about coronavirus lockdown in South Africa are fake news: presidency

Messages circulating on social media which state that President Cyril Ramaphosa will place South Africa on ‘lockdown’ from Saturday (21 March) to stop the spread of the coronavirus are ‘fake news’, says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko. In a series of tweets, Diko said that president Ramaphosa would provide an update to the nation …

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Morocco makes a dozen arrests over coronavirus fake news

RABAT – Moroccan police have arrested at least a dozen people for spreading rumours about the coronavirus, including a woman who used her YouTube channel to say the disease did not exist, authorities said on Thursday. “Fake news is the first cause of panic among citizens,” said Prime Minister Saad Eddine El-Otmai, comparing the spread of …

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