[Daily Maverick] Viruses spread faster in densely populated urban areas and, in a nation defined by inequality, the poor are most at risk. Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest yet most populous province, is the epicentre in the country’s Covid-19 battle and Premier David Makhura is ready to take ‘extraordinary measures’ to limit the virus’s impact.
[New Times] Rwanda’s COVID-19 cases have reached 50 as of Thursday, March 26, after the confirmation of 9 new cases, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] As dark as coronavirus crisis seems right now, the fact is it could get much worse
[African Arguments] False information in Nigeria is undermining medical advice, proffering fake cures, inciting panic and being used for political point-scoring.
[DW] Expats in Africa are fearing that they will be attacked over the spread of COVID-19. Europeans and Americans are leaving, and others are thinking about it as accusations that they brought the virus to Africa circulate.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bangkok/Addis Ababa -Internet shutdowns cannot be justified at a time when access to information is critical to containing the deadly coronavirus pandemic, human rights groups have warned.
[The Exchange] The airline business is becoming messier by the day as the covid-19 coronavirus continues disrupting business in a way never seen before.
[New Zimbabwe] WORKERS at a cement manufacturing company in Kwekwe reportedly scurried for cover and later refused to enter the firm’s premises when they reported to work to find their Chinese boss had returned from a three month holiday from his Asian home country.
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[Daily Maverick] Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town is “desperately worried” that South Africans – and people throughout Africa – are not taking the coronavirus seriously enough.