According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 4,190,817 caseshave been detected worldwide, with 286,513 deaths and 1,462,560 people now recovered.
Nigeria: 4,641 cases / 150 deaths
South Africa: 10,652 cases / 206 deaths
Ghana: 4,700 cases / 22 deaths
Uganda: 121 cases / 55 deaths
UN pleased with SA
Southern Africa’s coronavirus management has been met with a positive reaction.
The United Nations in Southern Africa has expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the South African government is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.#CoronavirusInSA #coronavirus #sabcnews https://t.co/WQFdxw3DaX
— SABC News (@SABCNews) May 12, 2020
WHO knew it was International Nurses Day 2020
To the nurses of the world:
❤ Happy #InternationalNursesDay2020, a day that we dedicate to YOU!
❤ Thank you for working round the clock to fight the #COVID19 pandemic.
— WHO Nigeria (@WHONigeria) May 12, 2020
A group of black bulbuls sits on a stalk in a forest in Kathmandu, Nepal, 12 May 2020.
Nepal is one of many destinations that summer and winter migratory birds from southern South East Asia, as well as from Africa and Australia, stop at due to its favourable breeding environment. According to bird experts, more than 900 birds species have been spotted in Nepal. (Photo: EFE/EPA/Narendra Shrestha)
Kenya’s debt distress risk raised
The International Monetary Fund has raised Kenya’s risk of debt distress to high from moderate due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, it said in an assessment published on Tuesday.
‘The risk of debt distress has moved to high from moderate due to the impact of the global Covid-19 crisis which exacerbated existing vulnerabilities,’ the fund said.
UK and Africa fight Covid-19 together
For individual governments the challenges are huge. But this is a global disease and we can overcome those challenges together with a global response.
UK stands side-by-side with Africa in fight against deadly coronavirus, writes James Duddridge https://t.co/DNOJAyv7sG
— Business Day (@BDliveSA) May 12, 2020
‘Madness’ in Uganda
Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni has said it would be wrong to hold a presidential election due early next year if the coronavirus persists, signalling for the first time a possible postponement.
‘To have elections when the virus is still there… It will be madness,’ the 75-year-old Museveni, whom opponents cast as an authoritarian clinging to power, said in an interview with the local NBS Television aired late on Monday.
Another thing to note here is those recent upticks 📈 for Korea, China and Iran.
Flattening the curve is winning one battle, not the war, and it will take constant effort to keep the virus at bay. https://t.co/0ldIxUPiD2
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) May 11, 2020
Africa’s next gen
A report showing how young people are increasingly stepping up to help combat the spread of the coronavirus in Africa with enterprising initiatives. And their contributions are making a difference
Young people are increasingly stepping up to help combat the spread of the #coronavirus in #Africa with enterprising initiatives. Their contributions are making a difference as #WHO predicts that Africa could become the continent hit hardest by #COVID_19. https://t.co/SFSAErLvOq pic.twitter.com/Njr9cYOXAn
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) May 12, 2020
UNICEF doubles Covid-19 appeal
United Nations children’s agency UNICEF appealed on Monday for $1.6 billion, more than doubling its initial request for money two months ago to help children already suffering through humanitarian crises and now hit with the coronavirus pandemic.UNICEF said it has so far received $215 million since late March.
The United Nations last week more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilising effects of the coronavirus pandemic, asking for $6.7 billion to help 63 states mainly in Africa and Latin America.
AIDS and coronavirus
Concerning news being reported about the link between the two diseases.
500,000 more people in Africa could die from AIDS by 2021 due to coronavirus, says the UN. It warns disruptions to medical supplies could cause death rates not seen since 2008, when almost 1 million died.
Currently, only 64% of people in Africa with HIV have access to treatment. pic.twitter.com/AEbHTiFMS0
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 12, 2020
Covid Africa catch-up
For a look back on what was making coronavirus news across the African continent yesterday, check out our blog.
Coronavirus Africa live updates: welcome
Hello and welcome our Africa-focused live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered well over 4 million cases worldwide.
We’ll bring you the latest developments and statistics as they emerge throughout the course of today all across the continent and beyond.