Coronavirus: African news at a glance as more than 32,000 cases are confirmed on the continent



African news at a glance:


Ghana extends ban on public gatherings for another 14 days

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has extended the ban on public gatherings by two more weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus it was announced on Monday.


Last week, the president lifted a three-week lockdown that had been imposed on various parts of the country.


Schools and borders remain closed and the president has urged all Muslims to pray at home during the month of Ramadan.


The country has enhanced its testing capacity and has received additional test kits from the US government. It has confirmed 1,550 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths. Around 155 patients have recovered from Covid-19.



Kenya's schools to remain closed for one more month

Schools in Kenya will remain closed for another month as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, the country's health ministry tweeted on Monday.

The East African nation has had a partial lockdown in place for several weeks, with travel in and out of major cities banned

Schools were closed in mid-March and had been due to reopen on 4 May.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe says that more than 100 patients out of Kenya's 355 recorded Covid-19 cases have now recovered. Cuban doctors deployed to South Africa

More than 200 doctors from Cuba are due to arrive in South Africa to help fight coronavirus, Cuba's ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson has said.

They are among 1,200 healthcare workers sent to battle Covid-19 in 22 countries that have requested help.

The two countries have close ties as Cuba was instrumental in the fight against white-minority rule in South Africa, which did not end until 1994 when anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was elected president.

South Africa has more than 4,500 Covid-19 cases, is one of the worst-hit African countries, but it appears to have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus.

South Africa is to begin easing strict lockdown restrictions next month.

More than 1.5 million people will be allowed to return to work, some schools will reopen, deliveries of hot food will be permitted and cigarettes will be back on sale. Rwandair cuts salaries by 65%

Photo credit: Yocha Mossi

Rwanda's national carrier, Rwandair, has announced it will cut the net salaries of its employees by between 8% to 65% as it deals with the shocking effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has also extended the suspension of contracts for pilots and non-essential staff until further notice.

The carrier that flies to 26 international destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe stopped flights on 19 March after Rwanda announced restrictive measures to halt the spread of the virus.

The country reported eight new cases of coronavirus on Sunday taking the total tally to 191 with 92 recoveries and no fatalities.

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