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Egypt COVID Egyptian government may be concealing extent of COVID-19 spread in army

While official figures from the health ministry state 456 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country as of March 26, there may be at least 550 cases in the Egyptian army alone, say activists

COVID-19 in Algeria 65 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 deaths, confirmed in Algeria

Due to its close ties and proximity to Europe, Algeria was the second African country to confirm cases of COVID-19 in late February. As of March 26, the total number of cases stood at 367 with 25 deaths having been reported

War-torn Libya confirms first COVID-19 case

The head of the WHO mission in Libya warned that the healthcare system in the country “was close to collapse”. Libya faces a severe shortage of testing equipment, protective gear and medical personnel, along with the money required to pay for them

Shack dwellers South Africa Covid Disease is political! Social justice movements in South Africa call for moratorium on evictions

Shack-dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, along with 26 other social justice organizations, has called for a moratorium against evictions and the stoppage of water and electricity supply to self-laid connections in settlements in South Africa

Guinea elections Elections held in Guinea amid boycott calls and Coronavirus threat

Parliamentary elections were held in the West African nation of Guinea on March 22, Sunday. A referendum on certain crucial amendments to the constitution, including extending the president’s term, also took place simultaneously

Public safety risked to undermine strike at munition factory, alleges South African union

Members of NUMSA have been on strike since February 11 at the Rheinmettal Denel Munition production factory, the company has employed un-trained temporary workers to undermine the strike, putting public safety at risk

Egypt activists arrested Egyptian author Ahdaf Souief and three other activists released after global outcry

The activists were arrested following a protest demanding that prison authorities in Egypt take serious steps to prevent the possible spread of the Coronavirus disease and protect jail inmates

Egyptian Author Ahdaf Souief arrested Author Ahdaf Souief released after arrest for demanding better conditions inside Egyptian prisons

Ahdaf’s sister Laila Souief, activist Mona Seif and political science teacher Rabab El-Mahdi were the three others arrested for participating in the protest, demanding prison authorities in Egypt take serious steps to prevent the possible spread of Coronavirus and protect jail inmates.

Doctors strike Nigeria Ghana Healthcare workers in Ghana and Nigeria strike, demand tools to fight Coronavirus spread

Mortuary workers in Ghana complain that they have not received any training or safety tools in handling coronavirus infections. Doctors in Nigeria have also complained of insufficient infrastructure and non-payment of salaries since the end of 2019

NUMSA strike South Africa South African court permits NUMSA to supply food to striking workers of Lanxess Chrome

Workers had begun a sit-in strike underground in Lanxess’s Rustenburg mine on February 17 against various issues, including sexual harassment and the exploitation of contract workers at the mine

Deadline for peace deal in Sudan extended to April 9

The deadline was originally scheduled for December 14 and was extended twice. The latest deadline of March 7 was also pushed back as many issues have not been resolved

Sudanese PM escapes assassination attempt

Following the assassination attempt, leaders of the Sudanese revolution called on their supporters to take to streets in a show of unity and cohesion, and to “protect the transitional authority”

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