The latest tally by the African Union’s Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention shows that 104,279 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the AU’s 55 member states, with 3,185 deaths and 41,717 recoveries.
Other developments from the continent include:
South Africa is set to further ease restrictions with an expected move to level three of its lockdown on 1 June. If the move goes ahead, schools will reopen for grades 7 and 12 and some sectors of the economy will be allowed to trade. There could also be limited national air travel. Curbs were eased to level 4 on 1 May, allowing some exercise
In Nigeria, the Muslim Public Affairs Centre has called on all Muslims celebrating Eid to do so at home or with family members only, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Other African countries have issued similar advice
Sudan’s government spokesman Faysal Mohamed Saleh has blamed people ignoring lockdown rules for a surge of coronavirus cases in the country. He said the government would take action against those who broke the rules. No movement is allowed between states except with a certified permit.
Zambia’s information minister says she has gone into self-isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus. “Even after taking all precautions… yesterday I did test positive for Covid-19,” Dora Siliya said on social media, adding that she was not showing any symptoms of the disease.