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WHO warns Africa to ‘prepare for the worst’

  1. African countries have been told to prepare for the worst by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).In all, 16 deaths have been reported: Six in Egypt, six in Algeria, two in Morocco, one in Sudan and one in Burkina Faso.Africa has been the least affected continent, but health experts warn that strained public health systems could become quickly overwhelmed.The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is quoted by AFP news agency saying, “Africa should wake up… in other countries, we have seen how the virus actually accelerates after a certain tipping point.” Burkina Faso announced the first death in sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday – a 62-year-old diabetic woman. The authorities say the patient was Rose Marie Compaoré, a vice-president in the national assembly.In South Africa, recorded cases rose sharply to 116 cases on Wednesday, most of them involving people who had been in Europe. The number includes 14 local transmissions.More on coronavirus:Article share tools
  2. Posted at 5:285:28Thursday’s wise wordsOur proverb of the day:Quote Message: A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back.” from A Nigerian proverb sent by Manguak Majuong in Rumbek, South Sudan. A child who has no mother will not have scars to show on his back.”A Nigerian proverb sent by Manguak Majuong in Rumbek, South Sudan.BBCCopyright: BBCClick here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.Article share tools
  3. Posted at 20:07 18 Mar20:07 18 MarScroll down for Wednesday’s storiesWe’ll be back on ThursdayThat’s all from BBC Africa Live for now. There will be an automated service until Thursday morning.Keep up-to-date with what’s happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.A reminder of our wise words of the day:Quote Message: When you are already wet, you do not need to lift up your trousers to cross a river.” from Sent by Mustahab Ayami and Imran Yassin, both from Malawi When you are already wet, you do not need to lift up your trousers to cross a river.”Sent by Mustahab Ayami and Imran Yassin, both from MalawiClick here and scroll to the bottom to send in your African proverbs.And we leave you with this photo posted by Bayo Omoboriowo on Instagram showing Nigeria’s Argungu Fishing Festival held recently in the north-western state of Kebbi:Social embed from instagramReportReport this social embed, make a complaintArticle share tools
  4. Posted at 19:28 18 Mar19:28 18 MarPay TV giant offers free news service to South AfricansSouth Africa’s pay TV service DSTV is offering free access to 24-hour news channels to non-subscribers in the country.“Staying informed about the latest news on the [coronavirus outbreak] is the first step in stopping its spread,” MultiChoice Group which owns Dstv said in a statement. Viewers will have access to international broadcasters like BBC World, CNN and Euronews Now.They will also get access to local channels: eNCA, SABC News, Newzroom Afrika.The channels will be available through DStv Now and MultiChoice’s online streaming platform that are available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Xbox consoles, the company said.Dstv has 14 million subscribers in Africa, half of them in South Africa. Article share tools
  5. Posted at 19:04 18 Mar19:04 18 MarNigeria to cut the price of petrolAFPCopyright: AFPIt will cost less for Nigerians to fill their tanksImage caption: It will cost less for Nigerians to fill their tanksNigeria’s government is to cut the price of petrol as global crude oil prices plummet.A litre will cost 125 naira ($0.34, £0.29), down from 145 naira.”This action is being taken to cushion the economic impact of Covid-19 on our people,” the Reuters news agency quotes Petroleum Minister Timipre Sylva as saying.Despite being one of Africa’s largest oil producers, Nigeria has to import most of the fuel used in the country.Article share tools
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