Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases now above a half-million

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases. The continent-wide total is now at least over 504,000 after South Africa recorded another day...

Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived...

Crunch, crunch: Africa's locust outbreak is far from over

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The crunch of young locusts comes with nearly every step. The worst outbreak of the voracious insects in Kenya in 70 years is far from over, and their newest generation is now fi...

English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pubs across England were reopening Saturday in an effort at normal life, while South Africa signaled anything but — reporting another record daily high in confirmed coronavirus cas...

Protest vs. Africa's 1st COVID-19 vaccine trial shows fears

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A protest against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial was underway Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. ...

Africa urges no 'obstacles' to a COVID-19 vaccine for all

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Governments around the world should “remove all obstacles” to swift and equitable distribution of any successful COVID-19 vaccine, including by making all intellectual property and...

Who hasn't heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A half-year into the most momentous pandemic in decades, it’s hard to imagine that anyone, anywhere has not heard of the coronavirus. But scores of migrants arriving in Somalia tel...

First vaccinations begin in Africa for COVID-19 trial

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial started Wednesday as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain, while officials said ...

VIRUS DIARY: Trying to work while the mind works against you

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — This is for you out there who’ve found it hard to cope with coping. You who dutifully tried meditation, yoga, baking, knitting, plant-rearing and general self-care even before the ...

Virus outbreak could spin 'out of control' in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — It began with a dry cough, weakness and back pain. For Reagan Taban Augustino, part of South Sudan’s small corps of health workers trained in treating COVID-19 patients, there...

Aid groups 'alarmed' by little US coronavirus assistance

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than two dozen international aid organizations have told the U.S. government they are “increasingly alarmed” that “little to no U.S. humanitarian assistance has reached those ...

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issui...

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as...

Africa virus cases surpass 100,000; lockdowns slowed growth

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, as the continent with many fragile health systems has not yet ...

AP PHOTOS: South Africa faces division again, from virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown has brought a unique kind of discomfort to a country where memories of physical separation are yet to fade. Stand there. Step back. Don’t touch....