Coronavirus live updates: Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya... cases, deaths and news, today.

Coronavirus live updates: Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya... cases, deaths and news, today.

Africa Covid-19 update: 20:00 WAT Thursday 23 April (21:00 CEST)

According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University2,682,225 cases have been detected worldwide, with 187,330 deaths and 732,647 people now recovered.
Nigeria: 873 cases / 28 deaths
South Africa: 3,653 cases / 75 deaths
Ghana: 1,154 cases / 9 deaths
Kenya: 320 cases / 14 deaths

South Africa to ease lockdown restrictions from next month

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his government will ease restrictions once the nationwide lockdown comes to an end on April 30. 
However, the country's borders will remain closed and no travel will be allowed between provinces except for transportation of goods and for exceptional circumstances such as funerals. Bars, entertainment venues and events will also remain shut. 
South Africa has so far reporred  3,653 cases of coronavirus and 75 related deaths. 

Ghana has enough food 

Ghana's Minister for Agriculture Owusu Afriyie-Akoto has assured that the country has enough food provision in store and there is no danger of food shortages. Afriyie-Akoto did not state how long Ghana's current food reserves could last for but said production was in excess of consumption, and excess stock was even being exported to neighbouring countries.
“We have plenty of food. The impact of planting programmes has been so successful that we now have a problem of how to manage the surplus we are producing. Farmers are providing surpluses which are increasing every year - that has been the case during the last three years,” Afriyie-Akotoexplain.

Five Kenyan truck drivers test positive for coronavirus in Uganda

Five Kenyan drivers have tested positive for coronavirus in Uganda after undergoing mandatory testing at the Busia and Malaba border, Nairobi News reports. Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi has urged lorry drivers to regularly wash their hands and if possible, use sanitizer to avoid the spread of coronavirus through direct contact.
She also explained why respecting quarantine measures can save lives: “It takes 5-6 days for the coronavirus to start showing effects and 14 days for one to get infected. That is why we need to ensure that those we consider to be at risk of infection are placed under quarantine". 

Jump in deaths in Kano City, Nigeria

Nigeria is investigating a reported sharp rise in deaths in the northern commercial city of Kano to determine if it is related to the coronavirus outbreak, health officials said on Thursday.
Nigeria has 873 confirmed coronavirus cases, 73 of them in Kano state. The national death toll is 28.
On Tuesday the local Daily Trust newspaper reported what it called the "mysterious" recent deaths of around 150 people in Kano city.
Sani Aliyu, who heads the country's COVID-19 task force, said a government team was collating "verbal autopsies" to determine whether the deaths were linked to the epidemic.
"We don't have a true baseline when it comes to the number of deaths. It's something we need to investigate quite closely," he said during a briefing with the World Health Organization. "It may not necessarily be COVID." 
A week-long lockdown in Kano state, which was extended this week, had limited citizens' access to clinics for other ailments, while the state's coronavirus testing lab was closed after staff became infected with the virus, Aliyu said.
He said the government was working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to disinfect the lab and reopen it.

South African company reported for price gouging - face mask price hiked by 261%

South African pharmaceutical group Dis-Chem has been referred to the Competition Tribunal after an investigation following complaints from consumers about its pricing of dust and surgical masks, the commission said on Thursday.
"This referral (to the Competition Tribunal) follows an investigation by the Commission which found that Dis-Chem has charged excessive prices on essential hygienic goods to the detriment of customers and consumers," the commission said in a statement.
The competition body said the average price increases between February and March on the products ranged between 43% and 261%.
Earlier this week, Spain's Ministry of Health set a maximum price of 0.96 euros for one disposable face mask by law, while the price of a 150ml bottle of sanitiser cannot be sold for a price that exceeds 3.15 euros. The measure was taken to counteract price gouging on protective material and supplies which rose during the coronavirus pandemic.

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