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Ugandan 'curfew violators' kept crammed together

Police in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are holding 165 people for "defying" the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

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Tanzania extends visas for stranded tourists due to COVID19

Tanzania’s immigration department has extended visas for foreign nationals who can't leave the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burundi ‘blocking aid to Covid-19 quarantine sites’

The authorities in Burundi have blocked humanitarian aid to people in Covid-19 quarantine sites across the country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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Tanzania extends visas for stranded tourists

Tanzania’s immigration department has extended visas for foreign nationals who can't leave the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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France racism row over doctors' Africa testing comments

Two French doctors have been accused of racism after calling for coronavirus vaccines to be trialed in Africa.

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Zimbabwe turns water cannon on coronavirus

Zimbabwe’s police began using water cannon on Friday to disinfect markets and bus ranks, turning instruments associated with repression into weapons against the new coronavirus.

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East Africa locust swarms gather as coronavirus curbs delay pesticides

Coronavirus-linked flight restrictions are hampering efforts to wipe out locust swarms on the verge of devastating crops in eastern Africa, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said.

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Drogba, Eto'o slam 'Covid-19 test trials on Africans'

Two African football legends have condemned comments by two French doctors who recently suggested, in a TV discussion about medical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine, that they be used on Africans first.

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Rwandan soldiers accused of raping women during lockdown

Three Rwandan soldiers have been arrested after residents of a slum in the capital, Kigali, alleged that they raped women as they enforced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the army has said.

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Kidnapped Mali opposition staff freed, leader still missing

Five people kidnapped last week with Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse were freed overnight, but Cisse and three others are still missing, his party said on Friday.

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