Covid-19 hits bank lending in East Africa

Central banks in East Africa have been cutting interest rates to encourage businesses to borrow, but the strategy is not working. Companies are holding back from approaching a bank for a loan, amid concerns about the dramatic slowdown in economic activity across the region, caused by restrictions aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic. The banking […]

Nkurunziza death: Burundi court rules to end power vacuum

Burundi’s top court has made a ruling aimed at ending the power vacuum created by the sudden death of President Pierre Nkurunziza on Monday. The Constitutional Court said President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in as soon as possible. Legally, the Speaker of parliament, Pascal Nyabenda, should have become the interim leader. But the cabinet […]

Update: Ghana’s Covid-19 cases now 7,117 with 2,317 recoveries

Ghana is recording more cases of coronavirus with the passing of each day. The country’s statistics now stand at 7,117 with a total of 2,317 patients recovering from the virus as of May 27, 2020. The death toll has also risen to 34 patients, the Ghana Health Service has said. Find the distribution below:

2 Ghanaian MPs, 13 staff test positive for Covid-19

Two Ghanaian lawmakers and 13 staff have tested positive for the coronavirus that is tearing through the country. The lawmakers and their staff were told about their status after they had gone through the compulsory testing exercise directed by the Speaker of Parliament last week. The revelation was made by Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Mohammed […]

Update: Ghana’s Covid-19 cases hit 6,964 with 2,097 recoveries

Ghana’s coronavirus cases have sharply risen to 6,964 as of May 26, 2020, the Ghana Health Service has said. There has been an additional 156 cases within the last 24 hours. At least 32 patients have lost their lives and the number of recoveries stands at 2,097 Find the distribution below:

WHO ‘fears silent virus epidemic’ in Africa

The World Health Organization is worried Africa could face a “silent epidemic” if its leaders do not prioritise testing of coronavirus, an official is quoted as saying by Reuters news agency. “My first point for Africa, my first concern, is that a lack of testing is leading to a silent epidemic in Africa. So we […]

Lorry drivers ‘found after escaping from test centres’

The authorities in Uganda have arrested seven lorry drivers out of 25 others who escaped from a coronavirus testing centres on the country’s border with Kenya. The drivers had been tested at Elegu and Malaba border posts where they returned positive tests. The seven were found in Ndeeba area, on the southwestern edge of the […]

Nigeria has ‘no money’ to import food – Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerian farmers must produce enough for the country to eat, saying that the country has “no money to import” food. The comments follow concerns around food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic and rising food prices in Africa’s most populous nation. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Programme, […]