Africa 54 – March 27, 2020

You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

There are now over 500,000 Coronavirus cases reported across 202 countries and territories around the world and the United States has overtaken China as the country with the most confirmed infections with more than 85,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. The global death toll from CIVD-19 is over 24,000.

In South Africa, cases of coronavirus climbed to more than 1,000 on Friday, according to the nation’s health ministry. Fraught with fear of COVID-19 some of Africa’s city residents are returning to the countryside to escape the spreading virus. James Ayodele of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says traveling is making it harder to trace the contacts of sick people. It also risks increasing transmission through overcrowded conditions.

Ethiopia began releasing more than 4,000 prisoners Thursday, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Attorney General Adanech Abebe said inmates convicted of minor crimes, with less than one-year left on their sentences and women with babies, qualified for release.

The World Health Organization warns COVID-19 could spread more in Somalia if the country does not scale up its preparedness measures. The country has neither testing kit nor strong health facilities.

A54 Entertainment: Popular Ugandan musician and politician Bobi Wine, also known as Robert Kyagulanyi, is pitching in to help fight COVID-19 in his homeland. He released a song Wednesday along with fellow artist Nubian Li about the importance of personal hygiene. The rhumba melodied song implores people to regularly wash their hands, keep a safe distance and look out for symptoms like fever and cough.
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