Category: AFRICA




WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19

The World Health Organization in Africa is holding virtual hackathons and offering up to $20,000 in seed-funds to finalists with digital solutions to stem COVID-19. The regional office of the… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: global number of confirmed cases passes 1m

Spain death toll passes 10,000; Italy reports 760 new deaths, taking total to 13,915, but a slower growth rate in infections; Thailand imposes national curfew Latest developments: at a glance… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: global cases near million mark as US federal stockpile of medical equipment dwindles

Trump says personal protective gear has nearly run out; Florida, Georgia, Mississippi ordered to shelter in place; record daily fatalities in UK. Follow the latest updates. At a glance: summary… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: Italy records lowest daily increase in deaths in a week as known global cases pass 900,000

Germany and Italy extend lockdowns; Spain cases pass 100,000; known global cases pass 900,000; record daily fatalities in UK US coronavirus – latest updates At a glance: summary of key… Read more »

Africa Roundup: Africa’s tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19

In March, the virus gripping the world — COVID-19 — started to spread in Africa. In short order, actors across the continent’s tech ecosystem began to step up to stem… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: US deaths could reach 240,000 as UN says world faces worst crisis since WW2

US has one 1 in 5 cases globally; global cases pass 850,000; record daily fatalities in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. Follow the latest updates. UK coronavirus – latest… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: rise in Italy, US and France deaths takes global confirmed toll past 40,000

Worldwide confirmed cases pass 800,000 as Spain and Russia also report record single-day death tolls and Mexico wakes to state of emergency UK coronavirus – latest updates US coronavirus –… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: US deaths pass 3,000 as study shows higher risk from middle age

Global cases pass 750,000; Moscow locks down 12m people; Isis prisoners riot in Syria. Follow the latest updates Coronavirus latest: at a glance New study reveals increased risks from middle… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: record rise in Italy death toll takes total to 9,134, as France extends lockdown by two weeks

Spain records highest daily death toll; China closes borders; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positive Coronavirus latest: at a glance Italy records 969 coronavirus deaths dashing hopes of turnaround… Read more »

Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19

Since its inception, Cape Town based crowdsolving startup Zindi has been building a database of data scientists across Africa. It now has 12,000 registered on its its platform that uses… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: US Senate leaders and White House reach stimulus deal as India locks down

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; US risks becoming centre of the pandemic, WHO warns; EU urged to evacuate refugees from Greek camps. Follow the latest updates. Why the… Read more »

Coronavirus news: India announces 21-day lockdown as global confirmed cases top 400,000

WHO says US could be next virus hotspot; EU urged to evacuate Greek refugee camps; Greta Thunberg says she believes she had Covid-19 9.34pm GMT Libya has announced its first… Read more »

Coronavirus news: France tightens lockdown rules as Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in cases – live updates

Vietnam closes Ho Chi Minh restaurants; Olympic torch relay scaled down; US president tells country not to blame Asian Americans. Follow the latest updates 9.30am GMT The French government has… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: UK goes into lockdown as WHO warns global spread of virus is accelerating

UK lockdown – live updates How UK lockdown compares with other countries US coronavirus live updates Australia coronavirus live updates See all of our coronavirus coverage 9.51pm GMT Asylum seekers… Read more »

Jumia adapts Pan-African e-commerce network in response to COVID-19

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia is adapting its digital retail network to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nigeria headquartered operation — with online goods and services verticals in 11 African… Read more »

Coronavirus updates: almost one in three Americans must stay home as New Zealand announces lockdown

European treatment trial launched; first confirmed case in Syria; Olympic committee considers ‘scaled-down’ Tokyo 2020. Follow the latest news UK could face Italy-style lockdown, warns Boris Johnson Coronavirus: at a… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: outbreak reaches every US state as Australia says isolation could last six months

EU implements strictest travel ban in history; Australian PM declares ‘human biosecurity emergency’; British restaurants and museums close. Follow the latest updates. Coronavirus latest: at a glance UK: £330bn of… Read more »

Coronavirus live news: Californians told to ‘shelter in place’ as NZ launches historic spending package

French told to stay inside; WHO chief urges widespread testing; markets plummet. Follow the latest updates California: millions told to ‘shelter-in-place’ New Zealand launches massive spending package to combat Covid-19… Read more »

Visa partners with Paga on payments and fintech for Africa and abroad

Visa has entered a partnership with Nigeria based startup Paga on payments and technology. Founded in Lagos, Paga scaled its fintech business in West Africa, before targeting expansion in Ethiopia… Read more »

AWS partners with Kenya’s Safaricom on cloud and consulting services

Amazon Web Services has entered a partnership with Safaricom — Kenya’s largest telco, ISP and mobile payment provider — in a collaboration that could spell competition between American cloud providers… Read more »

Sokowatch raises $14M to digitize Africa’s informal B2B supply-chain

Kenya based B2B e-commerce startup Sokowatch has raised $14 million in Series A funding toward its mission of revamping supply-chain markets for Africa’s informal retailers. From Nairobi, the company has… Read more »

Jumia, DHL, and Alibaba will face off in African ecommerce 2.0

The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but ecommerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has… Read more »

2019 Africa Roundup: Jumia IPOs, China goes digital, Nigeria becomes fintech capital

2019 brought more global attention to Africa’s tech scene than perhaps any previous year. A high profile IPO, visits by both Jacks (Ma and Dorsey), and big Chinese startup investment… Read more »

UK foreign secretary to lead country; Japan declares state of emergency; China reports no deaths from Covid-19. Boris Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care and not on ventilator, says No 10… Read more »




Spain deaths lower for fourth day in a row; Germany sees further case drop; Japan prepares for state of emergency; US faces ‘hardest and saddest week’ Latest developments: at a… Read more »

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