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Rwanda extends lockdown, Cameroon's billion CFA fund etc.

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Cases have since been confirmed in over scores of countries across the globe.

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems.

With thirty-six African countries currently with recorded cases, governments South Africa News  continue to roll out increasingly robust measures to halt the spread and to contain the pandemic which has claimed a number of lives.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS coronavirus, which is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus and SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.

In this article, we will share the latest developments as authorities implement measures to contain the spread of the virus, especially on the African continent. There is a flurry of restrictions across Africa as governments take measures to deal with the outbreak.


The lockdown was to end this weekend but was extended by the cabinet on Wednesday after the number of confirmed cases climbed from 17 to 82 in two weeks, the BBC said.

Under the regulations the populace was banned from leaving their homes with the usual exception covering essential services. Security forces were deployed to enforce the measure as government also rolled out a foot stimulus package for the vulnerable in parts of the country.

Over in Cameroon, President Paul Biya on Thursday announced a Solidarity Fund to fight the pandemic, state-run CRTV reported.

Government allocated a seed money of 1 billion CFA. Businessman, Baba Ahmadou Danpullo has donated a cheque of 100 million to the fund, the broadcaster added.

Cameroon is Central Africa’s most impacted country with 284 cases, seven deaths and 10 recoveries as of April 2.

In Botswana, president Eric Masisi was cleared to resume his duties in his Press Release Distribution Services In South Africa office after working from home for the past two weeks due to self-isolation. He tested negative having taken a test as a precautionary measure after visiting Namibia on official duties last month.

At the time of his visit, Namibia had recorded cases but Botswana was virus-free. The country now has four confirmed cases with one death.

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