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African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

African Innovators Tackle Coronavirus With Drones And Phones

Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah started a drone company in 2017 to spray crops with pesticides, but when coronavirus hit the West African country he found a new mission: saving lives. The company has used 20 drones to disinfect 38 open-air markets in Ghana – spraying a couple of acres in minutes, a job that would take […]

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Top Hospitals Running Out Of ICU Beds As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Hospitals are running out of space in Intensive Care Units due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is spreading fast across the country. The facilities are fast getting overwhelmed with critically ill patients that need admission, forcing hospitals to set aside other rooms for the patients. This is despite the Ministry of Health introducing home-based care […]

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

Philadelphia Doctor Brings Coronavirus Testing To The City’s Black Communities

When Dr Ala Stanford received a flurry of calls in March from Black friends who feared they had COVID-19 but couldn’t get tested at hospitals in Philadelphia, she knew she had to act. The virus was tearing through the city’s Black community but many – even those with health insurance – were getting turned away. […]

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

Coronavirus Puts Millions More At Risk Of Child Marriage And FGM – UN

The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. “The pandemic both makes our job harder and more urgent as so many more girls are now at risk,” said Natalia Kanem, head of the United […]

Woman Activist Starts COVID-19 Awareness Campaign In West Darfur Camps

Woman  Activist Starts COVID-19 Awareness Campaign In West Darfur Camps

A woman activist is currently touring the camps for the displaced to spread awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with Radio Dabanga’s Kandaka programme to be broadcast today, activist Maryam Hussein said she visited 10 camps so far, despite the violence and insecurity facing women in the camps. “I managed to convince many […]

Congo Officials Vow To Tackle Child Labour At Mines As Virus Threatens Spike

Congo Officials Vow To Tackle Child Labour At Mines As Virus Threatens Spike

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo’s southeastern mining heartland are boosting efforts to tackle child labour amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could drive more families to put their children to work in mines, officials said. Congo is Africa’s main producer of copper and the top global source of cobalt, accounting for two-thirds of global […]

COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 8,000, Total Cases More Than 300,000

COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 8,000, Total Cases More Than 300,000

As of June 22, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 306,390. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 8,116 and recoveries 146,337. South Africa has the most reported cases – 97,302, with deaths numbering 1,930. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (55,233 cases), Nigeria (20,244), Algeria (11,771), and Ghana (14,154). The numbers are […]

Argentina Battles Coronavirus Spike As Pandemic Grips Poverty-Hit ‘Villas’

Argentina Battles Coronavirus Spike As Pandemic Grips Poverty-Hit ‘Villas’

In Villa 31, a densely populated and poor neighbourhood in the heart of Buenos Aires, Lilian Andrade is getting used to tragedy after the area and others like it around the Argentine capital were hit by a spike of coronavirus infections. The spread of the virus in the so-called “villas” underscores how millions of often […]

Trafficked ‘Brides’ Stuck In China Due To Coronavirus After Fleeing Abuse

Trafficked ‘Brides’ Stuck In China Due To Coronavirus After Fleeing Abuse

Coronavirus travel restrictions have forced anti-trafficking groups to suspend rescue operations of Vietnamese and Cambodian “brides” from China, with some now in hiding having escaped the homes of men holding them against their will. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of Southeast Asian women have been lured to China by criminal networks promising lucrative jobs, only […]

Over 3.4 Million COVID-19 Tests Performed, 133,344 Active Cases Across Continent

Over 3.4 Million COVID-19 Tests Performed, 133,344 Active Cases Across Continent

As of June 17, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 259,110. Reported deaths in Africa have reached 7,017 and recoveries 118,747. South Africa has the most reported cases – 76,334, with deaths numbering 1,625. Other most-affected countries include Egypt (47,856 cases), Nigeria (17,148), Algeria (11,147), and Ghana (12,193).  The numbers […]