China Africa

The latest breaking news, politics and current affairs from Africa.
  1. A gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed three Chinese nationals, the official news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.The attack took place on Saturday in the northeastern province of Ituri, which borders Uganda and South Sudan, Xinhua said, citing the Chinese embassy.It did not name the mine in question or the company operating it.The DRC is the world’s biggest producer of mined cobalt – a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles – and one of…
  2. As adversity strikes in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, Algeria has found a helping hand in China, an old friend and the top exporter to Africa’s largest country.An Air Algerie plane arrived in the capital Algiers from Beijing on March 27 carrying a 13-member Chinese medical team and equipment, including respirators, worth around US$450,000.The supplies were donated by the state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) on behalf of Beijing to help Algeria battle its…
  3. Spain saw a decline in the number of new deaths from the coronavirus for the third consecutive day, raising hopes that the worst of the country’s outbreak may be over.The Health Ministry reported 674 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 12,418. The number of confirmed cases rose to 130,759, from 124,736 a day earlier. The latest daily death toll is now lower than in the UK, which reported 708 fatalities on Saturday.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday plans to…
  4. Despite loud appeals for caution, Africans are rushing to embrace chloroquine, the venerable anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment for coronavirus.From hospitals in Senegal to pharmaceutical companies in South Africa and street sellers in Cameroon, chloroquine has fired hopes of a medicinal fix against a virus that is set to scythe through Africa’s poorly protected countries.Chloroquine and derivatives such as hydroxychloroquine have been used for decades as cheap and safe drugs…
  5. Africa’s major oil-producing nations are bracing for a huge economic hit as global shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic pummel prices and demand.Prices have fallen by more than half during the past month as global travel grinds to a halt. With the global economy slowing – including in China, the world’s largest oil importer, where the virus first was reported, and in many countries operating under lockdown — purchases of African oil have been slashed.The situation has been exacerbated…
  6. More than 20 million Nigerians have gone into lockdown in Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week “cessation of all movements” in key cities to ward off an explosion of cases in Africa’s most populous country.Businesses are being closed, non-food shops shut and people required to stay at home as officials look to track down possible carriers of the disease after…
  7. South Africa’s police watchdog said on Monday it was investigating an officer for allegedly killing a man who defied coronavirus lockdown regulations.Police on patrol in Vooslorus, a working-class suburb east of Johannesburg, are said to have followed a man from a bar to a house, having broken the no-liquor rules.“It is alleged that the deceased was followed to his veranda … where he was fatally shot,” said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in a statement.Three children aged…
  8. Sierra Leone is the only country in West Africa that has yet to report a case of Covid-19. but it hopes that its bitter experiences with Ebola will help it fight the disease if it arrives.To curb the spread of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, President Julius Maada Bio has closed the country’s borders, “except for the transportation of essential commodities into Sierra Leone under strict supervision”. He also imposed restrictions on overseas travel for government officials and banned…
  9. Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons.Virus prevention measures have taken a violent turn in parts of Africa as countries impose lockdowns and curfews or seal off major cities. Health experts say the virus’ spread, though still at an early stage on the continent, resembles that of Europe, adding to widespread anxiety…
  10. South Africa announced its first deaths from the coronavirus on Friday as the country’s cases rose well above 1,000 and a three-week lockdown began, with military patrolling and police screaming at the homeless on quiet streets.But some people cooly strolled through townships, alcohol in hand, or jostled in line at shops as fellow citizens looked on, worried.“Children are playing in the streets. It looks like it is the holiday season,” said Phiwe Manata, who lives in Gugulethu township outside…