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[TechCrunch] In March, the virus gripping the world -- COVID-19 -- started to spread in Africa. In short order, actors across the continent's tech ecosystem began to step up to stem the spread.

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[AIM] Maputo -In parts of Maputo, the Mozambican police have acted as if the declaration of a state of emergency, to deal with the threat posed by the Covid-19 respiratory disease, gives them the right to close down bars, shops and market stalls, while elsewhere in the city traders and their clients behaved as if nothing had changed.

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[SPS] Madrid (Spain) -The Communist Party of Spain has expressed its sincere condolences to all the Sahrawi people following the physical loss of Mhamad Jadad, prominent leader of Frente POLISARIO

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[allAfrica] Cape Town -Three new research papers have brought evidence that human evolution was a less linear process than previously theorised, according to Gizmodo's George Dvorsky. They also suggest evidence of "sister-species", relating to some ancient human species that partially contributed to the genetic makeup of modern humans.

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[Capital FM] Nairobi -The death toll in Kenya from coronavirus jumped to 3 Thursday, after 2 more people succumbed, the government said.

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[Vanguard] Some Nigerians are bewildered on social media following the official Twitter handle of the Ministry of Finance and Budget begging for ventilators from industrial engineer, Elon Musk.

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[263Chat] The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has expressed concern over the number of suspected Covi-19 cases that have been tested as of March 30.

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[New Zimbabwe] Tormented top MDC official and ex-party vice president Elias Mudzuri has launched an indirect attack on disputed party leader Nelson Chamisa he accuses of personal egos and ambitions in his bid to stay in control of the main opposition.

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[New Zimbabwe] Up to 1 680 prisoners were this Wednesday freed from the country's overcrowded jails in line with a government declared amnesty on some 6 000 inmates.

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[New Zimbabwe] The practice of social distancing as a precautionary requirement to avoid the spread of coronavirus has turned out to be a great challenge for some residents in Harare who find themselves risking lives while scrambling for scarce water around the city's communal boreholes.

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[SAnews.gov.za] In light of the increasing incidence of COVID-19 local transmissions, it has become necessary to scale up the country's capacity to test citizens.

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[WHO] Situation Update

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Kampala -The group is accused of disobeying measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, but campaigners say they were deliberately targeted

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Being free to refuse sex is key to women's empowerment, UNFPA says

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[Daily Trust] The federal government yesterday said it had tested over 2,000 persons for the COVID-19 across the country.

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Africans are being urged to switch to digital payments to prevent the spread of Covid-19

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[DW] Human rights group Amnesty has accused the US military of living in denial about civilian casualties due to airstrikes in Somalia. The number of operations against al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab has risen sharply since 2016.

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[ISS] Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular 'hearts and minds' operation by insurgents in the strategic coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia.

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[VOA] Former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein has died of coronavirus at a London hospital, the family told VOA's Somali service.

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[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The World Bank has finally approved the $500 million education loan that was delayed following pressure from civil society organisations which raised concerns over schoolgirls' rights.

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[allAfrica] By March 31, Africa had 5,431 confirmed cases of COVID-19 , with almost a quarter (,1,353) in South Africa, followed by 656 in Egypt and  584 in Algeria.

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[SAnews.gov.za] South Africa has recorded five deaths resulting from Coronavirus, with 1 353 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

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[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Botswana records one COVID-19 death. She is a 79-year-old Ramotswa woman who died on March 25 and buried on March 28. She had earlier travelled to South Africa. Contact tracing is currently underway. So far 14 have been identified, quarantined and tested for COVID- 19 and now awaiting results.

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[New Zimbabwe] Less than 200 people have gone through coronavirus testing out of 16 032 returnees who arrived in Zimbabwe after the outbreak of the world pandemic, a doctors group has said.

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[Addis Fortune] In the interest of keeping the community safe and healthy and ensuring the credibility of the electoral process, the Electoral Board will come up with a new election operation plan and schedule.

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