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Botswana to help repatriate citizens stranded abroad

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana will help repatriate citizens stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, with more than 100 due to arrive on Wednesday from Ethiopia, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Saturday. Botswana ended a 48-day lockdown a week ago, allowing businesses and schools to reopen...

Coronavirus cases in South Africa pass 30,000, says minister

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa rose past 30,000 on Saturday, Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said. South Africa reported 1,727 new cases, taking the cumulative total to 30,967. The death toll increased by 32 to 643. Reporting by Nqobile Dludla;...

Rwanda reports its first death from the new coronavirus

KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda’s ministry of health on Sunday reported the East African nation’s first death caused by the new coronavirus. The victim was a 65-year-old driver who opted to return home from a neighbouring country, where he resided, after falling severely ill, the ministry...

eSwatini’s economy forecast to shrink 6.7% due to coronavirus

MBABANE (Reuters) - The small mountain kingdom of eSwatini’s economy will likely contract by 6.7% this year due to the coronavirus crisis, its government said on Friday. “The pandemic has forced us to divert and realign our budget so that we can address this coronavirus...

Mauritius economy to contract sharply due to virus, says bank governor

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Mauritius’s economy is expected to contract by between 7.5% and 15% in 2020 due to the effects of the coronavirus, which have hit its tourism, manufacturing, and transport sectors, the central bank governor said on Friday. Governor Harvesh Seegolam said in a...

Kenya’s inflation at 5.47% in May

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s inflation fell to 5.47% year on year in May from 5.62% in April, the statistics office said on Friday. On a monthly basis, inflation was 0.63% from 0.86% a month earlier, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement. Reporting...

S.Africa plans $20.5 bln of public works to spur economy – ANC official

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is planning projects worth $20.5 billion in sectors such as transport, energy and water as it looks to drive an economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, a top official in the governing African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday. Paul...

West Africa food traders see 30% loss as COVID-19 shuts borders

* Traders see up to 30% losses due to COVID-19 restrictions * Goods spoil as border closures disrupt food transport * Trade frictions could contribute to food crisis - U.N. By Aaron Ross DAKAR, May 27 (Reuters) - In ordinary times, it takes Boureima Diawara two or three...

Africa Beyond Covid-19: President Weah, US Senator Coons, Elumelu, Other Global Leaders at the 2nd UBA Africa Day Conversations Urge Government, Private Sector Collaboration

§ Demand a new deal in and for Africa § Advocate speedy implementation of AFCFTA § Call for Increased Investment in Digital Connectivity United Bank for Africa (UBA) celebrated Africa Day 2020, by bringing together global leaders at the 2nd UBA Africa...

S&P forecasts South Africa’s economy to shrink 4.5% in 2020

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings on Friday said it projects South Africa’s economy to shrink by 4.5% this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted production and consumption. In April, S&P downgraded South Africa’s credit rating further into non-investment-grade territory,...
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