US Seeks Creative Solutions to Prepare African Nations Against Viral Threat

JOHANNESBURG – Field hospitals, ambulances, ventilators, masks and even personnel are among the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of assistance the U.S. has recently diverted to African nations in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. VOA’s Anita Powell spoke exclusively with Assistant Secretary of State Clarke Cooper of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs about how U.S. peacekeeping operations are finding creative ways to empower African nations to fight the virus. She reports from Johannesburg. As the African continent girds itself for what experts say is an inevitable tide of…

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COVID-19, Separatist Fighting, Overshadow Cameroon’s National Day

YAOUNDE – Cameroon is marking its national day Wednesday under coronavirus restrictions and amid ongoing clashes between the military and anglophone separatists.  President Paul Biya has spoken publicly for the first time about the pandemic. Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, broke his silence on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday night in a televised address to mark the country’s national day. Biya’s two-month absence and lack of commenting in public on the pandemic had raised speculation about his health. The 87-year-old, who has ruled Cameroon since 1982, is known for his frequent travels…

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Fear of COVID-19 Slows Trucking in East Africa

KAMPALA, UGANDA – In East Africa, long-distance truckers are suspected of carrying the dreaded coronavirus along with their cargo. So for weeks, trucks have stalled at border crossings — with trucks sometimes stretching back hundreds deep at some points — as governments restrict access and implement mandatory COVID-19 testing to protect their residents. “They are calling us ‘corona.’ We are not corona, and we have certificates on the vehicles, but they are still calling us corona. Why?” asked Muhammed Ali, a Tanzanian trucker halted last week at Uganda’s Mirama Hills…

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