Connect with us

African News

Africa’s Window To Curb Coronavirus ‘Narrowing Every Day’ – W.H.O.

Published

on

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) regional head has said on Thursday nearly half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa still have a narrowing opportunity to curb the spread of coronavirus in the local population.

The coronavirus is not as aggressive in Africa as it is in Asia and Europe, but has multiplied across Africa slowly and now, more than 40 countries on the continent have reported nearly 3000 cases and 73 fatalities.  Head of W.H.O. Africa, Matshidiso Moeti says it has been a very dramatic evolution.

Moeti said, countries need to work on the containment while preparing for a possible, broader expansion of the virus.  Some of the efforts include public education campaigns to ensure people are maintaining physical distances, to help limit the spread of the virus, and other measures put in place like halting passenger flights.

She also said governments across the region need to invest their efforts in aggressively tracing all those who have been in contact with imported cases, in order to isolate them and prevent transmission of the disease locally.

African News

Nine African Nations In Debt To UN Lose Voting Rights

Published

on

By

Nine African countries, who are owing membership dues to the United Nations, are about to lose their voting rights in the general assembly.  Niger, Central African Republic, Somalia, Comoros, Libya, the Congo, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe are reported to be indebted to the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says the African nations, and Iran, should lose their voting rights as required under the U.N. Charter after defaulting on payment of their dues to the united nations’ operating budget.

Guterres listed in a letter to the United Nations General Assembly president, Volkan Bozkir, on monday, the minimum each country must pay for their voting rights to be restored.

The U.N. Charter gives the 193-member general assembly the authority to decide “that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the member,” and in that case a country can continue to vote. That has not been invoked in these cases.

Continue Reading

African News

Tunisian President Urges Calm As Protesters Remain Defiant

Published

on

By

Tunisian president, Kaïs Saïed has urged protesters, mostly youths in the country, to desist from vandalizing private and public properties. The plea came on Monday after four nights of protests across the country. Demonstrators are railing against social and economic crisis.

The president said he is aware of the state of poverty in Tunisia but also claimed the youths are being exploited. He said “don’t let anyone exploit your misery. Don’t attack private or public property. We live today because of moral values and not because of theft or looting.”

Tunisians are saddened by a high unemployment rate in the country. The financial crisis in the nation has also angered locals.  Protesters have taken to the streets since Friday.

Officials say more than 600 persons have been arrested on Monday. Troops have been deployed after a third consecutive day of protests.

Continue Reading

African News

Egypt Makes Major Archaeological Findings

Published

on

By

New archaeological discoveries were announced on Sunday in the Saqqara area of Egypt.  These finds are said to include important cultural relics from a burial temple from the ancient kingdom and new kingdom periods.

Famous Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawas, says the excavation of the burial temple of queen nit, near the pyramid of Teti, the first pharaoh of the sixth dynasty of ancient Egypt, was one of the most important discoveries of this time.

Hawas said the pyramid of the queen was found in 2010, but her name was not known.  Now, he said her name, Nearit, was found on a tablet at the entrance of her funerary temple.

The team also unearthed 22 tombs around the funerary temple where they found 54 wooden coffins from the new kingdom dating back more than three thousand years.  Important cultural relics such as Papyrus texts, mummies, wood carvings, stone tablets, and clay pots have also been found.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 African News Network. All Rights Reserved.