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Africa coronavirus: DRC's returnees from Europe, Zim lockdown extended

Major African stats: May 16 at 7:30 GMT:

Confirmed cases = 78,280

Number of deaths = 2,624

Recoveries = 29,245

Active cases = 46,411

Infected countries = 54

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Zimbabwe extends lockdown level 2 indefinitely

Congo evacuates citizens from Europe

Lesotho confirms index case

Comoros records first case

US support for Kenya, South Africa; Africa’s equipment crunch

Africa case increase worries experts

Mauritania virus-free

Tanzania MP infected

Zimbabwe quarantines UK returnees

Madagascar announces COVID-19 treatment

Africa will suffer Trump’s WHO move

Burundi voters locked out

Tanzania’s three-days of prayer

Malawi imposes lockdown as president’s court hearing starts

Uganda speaker unveils COVID-19 combating spray

US joins Africa in fight against Chinese racism

AU appoints four-member international liaison team

Two prominent deaths

AU protests Chinese mistreatment of Africans

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May 16: Over 100 Congolese return from Europe

Over 100 Congolese nationals stranded in Europe returned to the country on Friday, local UN-run media outlet Radio Okapi reports.

The South African president is also current chairperson of the African Union, AU; he is leading Africa’s most impacted country and the continent’s effort to get international support to fight the pandemic.

Africa dangerously behind in global race for virus gear

As Africa braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, its countries are dangerously behind in the global race for scarce medical equipment.

AP

April 23: Africa’s 43% jump in virus cases in 1 week worries experts

Africa registered a 43% jump in reported COVID-19 cases in the last week, highlighting a warning from the World Health Organization that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicenter of the global outbreak.

African governments reported a total of nearly 26,000 cases as of Thursday, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from just over 16,000 a week ago.

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