Coronavirus live updates: Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya... cases, deaths and news, today
Africa Covid-19 update: 11:00 WAT Saturday 9 May (12:00 CEST) According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 3,954,246 cases have been detected worldwide, with 275,160 deaths and 1,331,068 people now recovered. Nigeria: 3,912 cases / 117 deaths South Africa: 8,895 cases / 178 deaths Ghana: 4,012 cases / 18 deaths Kenya: 621 cases / 29 deaths Three health workers and four patients test positive in Ogun Three health workers, a doctor and two nurses, together with four patients at the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta have tested positive for Covid-19, the Daily Post reports. It is believed that the health workers may have had contact with a pregnant woman, who died of Covid-19-related illness at the Ogun FMC last week. Ten tests were sent for analysis from Ogun FMC, seven of which returned positive. South African companies criticised for not passing on emergency benefits to workers South Africa's Minister for Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has denounced employers who have received Unemployment Insurance Fund Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme benefits from the UIF but are not passing on the money to workers. The UIF has distributed close to 11 billion rand in relief benefits, destined to help 1,924,060 employees through 156,831 employers. "I want to categorically state that this is inhumane and employers who are withholding funds meant for workers must immediately release payments. We are in the midst of a global pandemic that has brought economies of countries to their knees. Workers are the worst affected by this inevitable eventuality. The worst thing you can do as an employer is to withhold funds meant for workers" , Minister Nxesi said. Protests in Nairobi after homes and shops are demolished Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Kariobangi, one of Nairobi’s poorest neighbourhoods on Friday, to voice their anger after homes and shops, that had allegedly been built on government land, were demolished. Nigerian nationals evacuated from UK arrive in Lagos Around 250 Nigerian nationals evacuated from the United Kingdom by the Federal Government arrived at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Sunday. The evacuees, who returned home on a British Airways flight, formed part of the second group of Nigeria's to be repatriated from the UK as part of an operation to return 4,000 stranded expatriates. Bundesliga matches to be broadcast in Ghana The Bundesliga is set to resume on 16 May and matches will be broadcast live and exclusively in Ghana by StarTimes. All matches will be broadcast on StarTimes’ five sport channels, live and in HD, and on the streaming mobile application StarTimes ON. Kenya bans imports of second hand clothes Kenya will lift the ban on imports of second-hand clothes once the COVID19 Pandemic is over. Uganda on the other rescinded a decision to suspend importation of 2nd hand clothes & shoes in April. Many African nations populations rely on the cheap 2nd hand clothes & shoes imports Repatriated Nigerians to have passports confiscated for three weeks Nigerian nationals who return to the country will have their passports confiscated on arrival and withheld for seven days, Punch reports. Returnees will face a 14-day quarantine, during which they will be tested for coronavirus. If the test returns positive, they will be transferred to an isolation/ treatment facility. Ogun lockdown extended by one week Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun announced a second lockdown extension in the state on Friday, saying that the measure has been enforced to save lives. Under the previous arrangement, lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted tomorrow. Social distancing in action in Lagos Coronavirus Africa live updates: welcome Hello and welcome our Africa- focused live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which has now registered almost 4 million cases worldwide. We'll bring you the latest developments and statistics as they emerge throughout the course of today all across the continent and beyond.