Coronavirus: Which African countries are ahead on testing?

Testing plays a major role in the response to the coronavirus, as it helps us understand how far the disease has spread. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which co-ordinates pandemic responses across the continent, says there is a large gap in testing rates between nations. So which countries are succeeding in testing, […] | Madagascar continues to ship untested anti-virus potion despite no proven cure or vaccine

Madagascar on Saturday delivered to Guinea-Bissau a shipment of a herbal tea that President Andry Rajoelina has touted as a powerful remedy against the novel coronavirus and hopes to distribute across West Africa and beyond. LIVE | Baptised Covid-Organics, the drink is derived from artemisia – a plant with proven efficacy in malaria treatment – […] | Overcrowded DR Congo prisons at high risk from coronavirus

The coronavirus has breached the walls of DR Congo prisons with potentially catastrophic consequences for the overcrowded facilities, charity groups say. On Thursday and Friday, 43 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 at the Ndolo military prison in central Kinshasa, Africa‘s third largest city with at least 10 million inhabitants. “Tests of all detainees are in […] | Hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease most common co-morbidities in SA Covid-19 patients

Hypertension, diabetes and cardiac disease are among the most common co-morbidities associated with serious Covid-19 cases in the country, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday. This as 123 deaths were recorded nationwide. “We have looked at the data for patients who have been hospitalised and found that, consistent with evidence emerging worldwide, hypertension, diabetes […] | 3 more prison officials in the Western Cape test positive for Covid-19

The number of Covid-19 cases at prisons in the Western Cape has increased, the Department of Correctional Services said on Saturday. “New Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape have increased after three officials tested positive for the virus. This brings the number of cases to 149 countrywide,” department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo added. Thus far, the […]


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