Cameroonian Muslims Defy Coronavirus Prayer Restrictions

 Muslims in Cameroon have defied and are protesting government restrictions on prayer attendance at mosques, imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has so far been confirmed in 92 people in less than a …

South Africa Begins Nationwide Coronavirus Lockdown

South Africans on Friday began the first day of a three-week nationwide lockdown aimed at stemming the tide of coronavirus cases, now topping 900 in South Africa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa urged troops on Thursday to …

Tanzanian President Criticized for Refusing to Close Places of Worship

 Opposition leaders in Tanzania are criticizing the government’s response to the coronavirus, after President John Magufuli said he would never close down places of worship.  

While Tanzania has been taking the same measures against …

Media Watchdog: Algeria Arrests Independent Journalist

An Algerian journalist was arrested on Friday, press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said, accusing the country’s government of using the coronavirus crisis to crack down on independent media.

Khaled Drareni, who serves as …

Algeria’s main lab anchors COVID-19 response

ALGIERS, Algeria, March 26, 2020/ — When a sample sent to the
referral laboratory in the capital Algiers gave a positive result, the
Ministry of Health announced Algeria’s first COVID-19 case on 26
February, becoming …

Worshippers in Ethiopia Defy Ban on Large Gatherings Despite Coronavirus

Health experts in Ethiopia are raising concern, as some religious leaders continue to host large gatherings despite government orders not to do so in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this week, Ethiopia’s government …

Malawi Orders Political Opposition to Halt Coronavirus Education Campaigns

Malawi has ordered opposition political parties to halt coronavirus awareness campaigns, calling the efforts a politicization of the pandemic.  While Malawi has yet to confirm a case of the virus, President Peter Mutharika last week …