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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: The fears of a Kenyan domestic worker who can't stay at home

    Esther has to keep working to feed her family in Kenya but is worried about catching coronavirus.

  2. South African workers freed from mask-making factory

    The authorities in the South African city of Durban have freed 14 workers who had been "locked up in a [mask-making] factory since Monday", a local government minister said.

    They also arrested the owner of the business.

    The workers "were forced to manufacture hundreds of masks to meet the demand caused by the outbreak of coronavirus", KwaZulu-Natal's tourism and environmental affairs minister Nomusa Dube-Ncube said in a statement.

    They were "subjected to inhuman conditions", she added.

    Ms Dube-Ncube said that officials were acting on a tip off from the public after its inspectors found that masks were selling in the shops for $44 (£35) each.

    South Africa is currently in the third day of a 21-day lockdown as it attempts to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

    There are more than 1,100 confirmed cases in South Africa, higher than any other country on the continent.

    One person has died after contracting Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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  3. Coronavirus: Benin president says poverty could hinder prevention

    BBC World Service

    The impact of Covid-19 is continuing to be felt across sub-Saharan Africa:

    • In Benin, President Patrice Talon said it would be difficult to enforce prevention measures because people were too poor to cope with them. Recent student protests calling for classes to be halted due to the virus left one dead
    • In Nigeria, the petroleum regulator has ordered oil and gas companies to reduce their offshore workforce to try to stop the spread of the disease on rigs
    • The African Union intervention force in Somalia is restricting access to its base camp in the capital Mogadishu
    • And in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa travelled to a remote resort in Limpopo province to oversee the release from quarantine of dozens of people who had returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan

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  4. Prayer moves online for people across Africa

    With many countries in Africa now banning religious gatherings in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, Christian worshippers turned to online or televised services on Sunday.

    The continent has some of the world's most committed Christians, according to a 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center, and the inability to go to regular church services has been hard for some of the faithful.

    While the online streaming of services is not new, Sunday was the first time that many preachers had been talking to empty pews.

    They also referred to coronavirus in their sermons.

    Poster advertising church service

    In Kenya, where congregational prayers have been banned, the leader of the Christ is the Answer Ministries (Citam) David Oginde, had the message: "Down but not out".

    In his sermon, the leader of the large evangelical church drew parallels between a biblical story of a prophet hiding away and people going into quarantine.

    "God is greater than Covid-19," he said, and people should remain faithful.

    In Nigeria, the pastors had a similar message. They told those watching online that faith can conquer the fear of coronavirus, the BBC's Nkechi Ogbonna reports from the commercial capital, Lagos.

    In Guinea, Archbishop Vincent Coulibaly was delivering mass on state television, the BBC's Alhassan Sillah reports from Conakry.

    There have also been no Muslim prayer services throughout the country, where the president has banned gatherings for the next two weeks.

    In Ethiopia, some churches have held outdoor services to get around restrictions. People have been sharing images on social media of services taking place with people sitting or standing two metres apart, the BBC's Kalkidan Yibeltal reports from Addis Ababa.

    There are currently nearly 4,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Africa and 117 deaths. South Africa is the worst affected country and is currently in the third day of a 21-day lockdown.

    Several other countries have also imposed strict measures limiting the movement of people beyond their own homes.

    Watch Nkechi Ogbonna's report about worship and coronavirus from Lagos:

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    Video caption: Coronavirus in Africa: Christians urged to worship from home

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  5. Key developments in Africa

    With nearly 4,000 confirmed cases across Africa and 117 deaths, here are the latest updates from the region:

    • In Mali, people are voting in long-delayed parliamentary elections a day after the country reported its first death from Covid-19. Some opposition parties had called for it to be postponed
    • In many countries, churches and other places of worship have closed their doors. In Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, pictures on social media show services taking place outdoors with the worshippers standing or sitting two metres apart
    • South Africa has 1,187 cases - the largest number on the continent - and it is now in the third day of a three-week nationwide lockdown. The military has called up medics in its reserve force to help deal with the outbreak
    • Zimbabwe and Ghana are set become the latest countries on the continent to impose full or partial lockdowns. On Monday, Zimbabwe, where there have been seven confirmed cases and one death, begins a 21-day stay-at-home period. At the same time, Ghana’s two biggest cities, Accra and Kumasi, will go into lockdown for a fortnight

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    Video caption: Coronavirus in Africa: Christians urged to worship from home
  6. Transplant surgeon dies in London from coronavirus

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    Adil El Tayar

    An organ transplant surgeon has died from coronavirus, the British Transplantation Society says.

    Adil El Tayar, 63, worked in various hospitals around the world, including in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and south London.

    Dr El Tayar died on Wednesday in intensive care.

    You can read the full story here.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Stranded in another country

    BBC News speaks to some of the people from the UK who have been stranded abroad due to the pandemic.

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    We’ll be back on Monday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for now, we'll leave you with an automated service until Monday morning.

    Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    A reminder of our wise words of the day:

    Quote Message: If you tie a chicken with a long string, it will think that it's free." from An Eritrean proverb sent by Yafet in London, the UK
    An Eritrean proverb sent by Yafet in London, the UK

    Click here and scroll to the bottom to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this picture of Gonzaga Yiga, a 49-year-old in Uganda's capital, Kampala, who goes up to tallest building in his area every morning and evening to warn people about the spread of coronavirus. It's one of our favourite shots from this week.

    Gonzaga Yiga with a loud speaker
  9. Zimbabwe to start coronavirus lockdown on Monday

    Vendors in masks in Zimbabwe
    Image caption: The president said Zimbabweans couldn't be complacent about the outbreak

    Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the country will go into lockdown from Monday in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.

    So far, the country has recorded five cases and one death, 30-year-old journalist Zororo Makamba. The low number of cases though "need not induce complacency", Mr Mnangagwa said in an address to the nation.

    For three weeks from Monday, Zimbabweans will be required to stay at home, except to buy food and access vital health services.

    Security forces will be used to ensure that the lockdown is enforced.

    The president's announcement came on the day that neighbouring South Africa began its own 21-day lockdown.

    There are 1,170 cases of coronavirus in South Africa and two people have died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

    You can see Mr Mnangagwa's president's speech here:

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    Earlier, the central bank said people could use US dollars again, reversing last year's ban on foreign currencies - a move aimed at supporting the already struggling economy against the effects of coronavirus.

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  10. Curfews, currency and khat: Latest coronavirus news

    A man chews khat in Addis Ababa's 'Little Mogadishu' neighbourhood in 2019.
    Image caption: A temporary ban on the sale of a potent stimulant has reportedly saved Somalis millions of dollars (file photo)

    African nations are taking tough action to restrict the spread of coronavirus and are increasingly taking steps to protect their economies too.

    In the latest developments:

    • South Africa announced its first two coronavirus deaths as the country started a three-week lockdown with the army and police officers patrolling the streets. A few people have been arrested: a cyclist and others found with alcohol - the sale of which is banned. Videos circulating on social media show officers at times using force to get people to toe the line
    • Zimbabwe is allowing people to use US dollars again, reversing last year's ban on foreign currencies - a move aimed at supporting the already struggling economy against the effects of coronavirus. The country is to begin a lockdown on Monday
    • A temporary ban in Somalia on the stimulant leaf khat, which coincided with the suspension of international flights to and from capital because of coronavirus, is estimated to have saved people millions of dollars over the last week. Campaigners want the restrictions to be made permanent
    • The president of Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has recalled disease control experts from overseas and announced new restrictions, including on shipping, and extra funding for Lagos state, which has registered 44 of Nigeria's 65 cases of coronavirus
    • A couple in Tanzania have been arrested for spreading false information - after being heard on a bus saying that coronavirus was a hoax. Dar es Salaam's police chief said the husband and wife were ridiculing the government
    • Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo - one of the continent's biggest cities - will start a three-week lockdown on Saturday. Residents will have to stay at home for four days and then be allowed to stock up on food on the following two days
    • Eritrea, with six confirmed cases, is shutting all schools and all public transport has been banned - as have all commercial flights. Gatherings of more than 10 have also been prohibited
    • Algeria is bringing nine more of provinces under a daily curfew already in place in the capital, Algiers, and the neighbouring province of Blida. It means residents will not be allowed out of their homes between 19:00 and 07:00 local time
    • And the BBC has launched a Africa coronavirus live tracker, which shows that there are so far 3,450 confirmed cases on the continent.
  11. Chad imposes state of emergency after Boko Haram attack

    BBC World Service

    Chad has imposed a state of emergency in parts of the west of the country, following an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram which killed more than 90 soldiers.

    The new measures in Fouli and Kaya allow the authorities to enforce a ban on movement, close businesses and search homes.

    Earlier this week, President Idriss Déby visited the scene of the attack in Lac province, promising a rapid response.

    It was the deadliest assault by Boko Haram since the unrest spread across the border from Nigeria several years ago.

  12. SA police enforcement of alcohol ban ignites debate

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News, Johannesburg

    Suspects lies on the floor as a members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) stands next to them after they were found with alcohol, that goes against the national lockdown rules, in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on March 27, 2020.
    Image caption: People in Johannesburg who were suspected to have alcohol, going against the national lockdown rules, were made to lie down

    Police and army patrols in South Africa began at midnight as the lockdown came into effect and continued throughout the course of the day in the townships and suburbs to enforce the new regulations.

    No-one except for key workers is allowed to be out in public unless they are buying food or medication.

    There has been some resistance to the new normal.

    A few people have been arrested - one a cyclist in Johannesburg and others who were found with alcohol in a Cape Town township.

    The sale of alcohol has been banned here for the next three weeks – but it hasn’t gone down well.

    Videos circulating on social media show law enforcement workers using force to get people to toe the line.

    In one such video, a man is wrestled to the ground by two police officers. In another, a soldier is seen kicking a man after refusing to part with his alcohol.

    The new regulations are aimed at making sure that people are not out socialising, and practice social distancing.

    Even so, there's been much talk here about how these rules amount to an abuse of rights.

    To that, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said drastic steps are needed to save lives.

    And South Africa – even with its liberal constitution – allows for certain freedoms to be limited for the greater good.

    Health experts here argue that preventing a health catastrophe is one of those times.

  13. Currency U-turn divides opinion in Zimbabwe

    Analysis

    Shingai Nyoka

    BBC News, Harare

    US dollars
    Image caption: The coronavirus outbreak threatens to weaken the economy

    The announcement that Zimbabweans are now allowed to buy and sell in US dollars has divided opinion.

    Some praised the move as a way for the central bank to inject foreign currency into the system, allowing it to pay for imports.

    But to others it was an admission that the policy launched last year to reintroduce the Zimbabwean dollar has failed.

    "The Zimbabwe dollar has failed to get any support or respect from the local population and it is falling in value," economist John Robertson told the BBC.

    He added that it merely treats the symptoms of a bigger problem - namely a lack of local goods production and an over-reliance on imports.

    The coronavirus pandemic has struck at a time of high inflation. Inflation has risen from 60% over the last year to 540%.

    The lowest paid government worker earns 2,500 Zimbabwean dollars (about $100; £82) a month. In January, the country's doctors ended a long-running strike over poor pay.

  14. 'Kenyan police tear-gas commuters' ahead of curfew

    A Kenyan TV channel has tweeted footage of police officers spraying crowds with tear gas in the coastal city of Mombasa:

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    The order of events are unclear from the video.

    It appears the crowds of commuters could have been trying to make sure they would get a place on the ferry which had restricted services because of a curfew put in place to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.

    From Thursday, the last ferry of the day would now be 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT) and new rules for social distancing - keeping a physical distance from other people - were also put in place, reported the news site Pulse Live.

    But things haven't gone well.

    People flooded onto the ferry and threw stones at the police, the Daily Nation newspaper reported on Thursday.

    Mombasa is a city on a small island where land is scarce, so people on lower incomes tend to live on the mainland and take the ferry to work on the island and back again.

    The ferry is typically busy with long queues at the best of times.

  15. 'Hard-at-work' photo backfires on Nigerian president

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Lagos

    An attempt by aides to Nigeria’s president to reassure Nigerians that Muhammadu Buhari is well and still at work has backfired.

    Earlier this week the presidency said Mr Buhari had tested negative for coronavirus. The 77-year-old, who has suffered health problems in the past, was tested after it was revealed that his chief of staff had contracted Covid-19.

    To scotch further rumours, his spokesperson Bashir Ahmed then tweeted a photo, saying: "President Buhari still at work!”

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    But this just added fuel to the flames spawning the hashtags #whereisbuhari and #buharichallenge - now trending in Nigeria.

    The gag sees Twitter users pairing photos of past events with newly dreamt up captions, joking that it's actually happening right now in the present.

    One from 1981 taken in London shows Queen Elizabeth II meeting Nigeria’s then-President Shehu Shagari with the caption: "Shehu Shagari welcoming the Queen at the Lagos airport earlier today despite the state-wide lockdown".

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    Another shows US rapper Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996, pictured as a teenager with a caption suggesting he is listening to a song by current Afrobeats star Naira Marley.

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    President Buhari has been heavily criticised for not speaking directly to Nigerians about the coronavirus pandemic, although he has been active on social media.

    Overnight in a series of tweets, he said he had recalled disease-control experts from overseas and urged people not to succumb to panic because of the virus.

    He said the government was working to ensure that supplies of food and other essentials would be maintained.

    He also announced new restrictions, including on shipping, and extra funding for Lagos state, which has registered most of Nigeria's cases of Covid-19.

    Land borders and international airports were closed last week. According to official figures, Nigeria has a total of 65 infections.