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By Emmanuel Onyango and Evelyne Musambi

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  1. Buhari's daughter reunites with family after self-isolation

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter has completed two weeks of self-isolation and reunited with the first family.

    First Lady Aisha Buhari’s spokesperson Aliyu Abdullahi, in a statement, said the president’s daughter was “normal, healthy and well”.

    He did not disclose her identity.

    The president’s daughter returned from the UK last month and went into isolation in compliance with the country’s directive to passengers arriving from countries with confirmed coronavirus cases.

    Mrs Buhari’s spokesperson said the president's daughter went into isolation despite her “privileged” status.

    The First Lady shared a photo of her reunion with her daughter:

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    Nigeria has 184 confirmed new cases of coronavirus.

    Three states, including the capital Abuja, are on a two-week lockdown.

    The country closed its borders on 23 March after banning all international flights.

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  2. Malawi reports its first coronavirus cases

    A political supporter wears a face mask and gloves at an event in Lilongwe
    Image caption: The cases were announced as the country prepares for a presidential election on 2 July

    Malawi has reported its first three confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    The southern African nation was among the few African countries yet to report coronavirus cases. Others include Lesotho, Comoros, South Sudan and São Tomé and Príncipe.

    President Peter Mutharika made the announcement in an address to the nation on Thursday and the government also tweeted about it on its official handle:

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    President Mutharika said the three cases were in the capital, Lilongwe.

    The first case was detected in a 61-year-old woman who had recently travelled to India to visit her relatives.

    Two of her contacts, her domestic worker and a relative, also tested positive.

    The country is scheduled to hold a fresh presidential election on 2 July after last year’s vote was annulled by the constitutional court following widespread irregularities.

    President Mutharika, who won the original poll, is appealing against the ruling.

  3. Friday's wise words

    Our African proverb of the day:

    Quote Message: No matter how large the calf, it must kneel to suck at its mother's breast." from An Igbo proverb sent by Matthew Chibuike and Herbert, both from Nigeria .
    An Igbo proverb sent by Matthew Chibuike and Herbert, both from Nigeria .
    A drawing of a calf

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

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    Video caption: The new age wine-makers breaking into the sparkling market

    Lerato Mbele talks to the team behind MCC, the new age wine-makers breaking into the sparkling market.

  5. Scroll down for Thursday's stories

    We’ll be back on Friday

    That's all from BBC Africa Live for today, we will now leave you with an automated service until Friday morning. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: The waiting game is for the leopard. The hyena eats while on the run. from A Shona proverb sent by Iloki Siziba, South Africa.
    A Shona proverb sent by Iloki Siziba, South Africa.

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

    And we leave you with this bird in flight from Lake Naivasha in Kenya:

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  6. Minister tells Kenyans to stop trolling coronavirus survivors

    Brenda Cherotich and Brian Orina
    Image caption: Brenda Cherotich was Kenya's first confirmed case of coronavirus

    Kenya’s Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe has criticised Kenyans for their mockery of two Kenyans who recovered from coronavirus.

    Kenyans online have criticised the announcement of the two recoveries on Wednesday – during a press conference – saying it was a publicity stunt by the government.

    But Mr Kagwe disputed this.

    “Why would a government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) decide to make a PR exercise with two innocent Kenyans?” he asked.

    The two Kenyans who gave their accounts of their recovery, Brenda Cherotich and Brian Orina, have been trending on Twitter since Wednesday.

    Some have been praising them for creating awareness about the pandemic.

    But a lot of the comments have been negative.

    On Twitter, many have questioned what they consider inconsistencies in their stories. It has been especially bad for Ms Cherotich.

    There are more posts about her, which the health minister has condemned.

    “It is unpalatable, it is archaic and retrogressive for anybody to trivialise the lives of Kenyans. I condemn any person who would attempt to do so. I appeal to our enforcement agencies to arrest the social media user,” Mr Kagwe said.

  7. Police and army abuses criticised in Nigeria

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC News, Lagos

    Police vehicle in Lagos

    Amnesty International in Nigeria is urging state security agencies not to “abuse their powers” when it comes to enforcing movement restrictions across the country.

    Videos have been circulating online of citizens out on the streets being beaten by law enforcement agencies.

    Nigeria's Inspector of General Police has warned officers to behave “humanely, tactfully and professionally”, and said staff conduct would be monitored closely.

    The army's chief of staff meanwhile has been told by Senator Dino Meyaleto discipline soldiers who are "taking the law into their own hands".

    The politician said he’d heard reports of people being shot in parts of the country and said that it needed to stop before “it becomes a riotous situation”.

    Reports say an inmate of Kaduna prison in northern Nigeria died following rioting triggered by coronavirus fears.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus in Lagos: Enforcing lockdown in Africa's biggest city

    We follow the Lagos task force in charge of enforcing a new ban on large public gatherings.

  9. Storytime goes online to beat Burkina Faso curfew

    Many people are turning to music and the arts to lift their spirits amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    But cancelled gigs and travel restrictions are forcing performers to reach their housebound fans in novel ways.

    Burkinabe storyteller Kientega Pingdewinde Gerard, known as KPG, has taken to live-streaming every night on Facebook:

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    "Seeing as we can't go out into the world to film our performances... we decided to find another way to connect with our audience," he told BBC Afrique.

    His videos have attracted thousands of views in the West African country which is currently on lockdown as it battles the virus that has so far killed 16 people and infected 282.

    KPG's nightly tales, often accompanied by kora playing, provide some solace at a time of uncertainty.

  10. Tributes to Somali ex-PM who died of Covid-19

    Nur Hassan Hussein
    Image caption: Nur Hassan Hussein has been praised for his hands-on leadership

    Tributes are being paid to Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, also known as “Nur Adde”, who died of coronavirus in London on Wednesday.

    The 82-year-old, a former police officer who trained as a lawyer, was prime minister between November 2007 and February 2009 - when he was credited for his hands-on leadership.

    Adam Aw Hirsi, a politician who worked with him during that time, said they were “difficult days” but Mr Hussein was “most laid-back, yet most decisive”.

    Mr Hussein had served as attorney general for a few years under Siad Barre, who was overthrown as president in 1991.

    After the start of the civil war, he headed the Somali Red Crescent Society until his appointment as prime minister.

    Somalia, which is still struggling to end conflict that erupted nearly 30 years ago, is observing three days of mourning for the statesman in recognition of his efforts.

  11. Zambia records first coronavirus death

    Kennedy Gondwe

    BBC News, Lusaka

    Someone washing hands
    Image caption: Washing hands is the key advice given to stop the spread of coronavirus

    Zambia has recorded its first death from coronavirus, with the total number of people testing positive rising to 39.

    Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya confirmed at a press briefing that the death occurred this morning.

    He said that three new cases had been recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 39.

    The three new confirmed cases were recorded from the 160 tests carried out by the end of Wednesday.

    He said the new cases were all locally transmitted.

    Mr Chilufya said the capital Lusaka is the epicentre of the virus and urged people not to travel to and from the city.

    Live tracker: Coronavirus in Africa

  12. Nigerians divided after government 'begs' Elon Musk for ventilators

    Nduka Orjinmo

    BBC News, Lagos

    A tweet by the Nigerian government responding to an offer of ventilators by South Africa-born billionaire Elon Musk has stirred conversations in the country, with some accusing the government of begging.

    Mr Musk, who owns electric car manufacturer Tesla, tweeted that the company would ship their ventilators to hospitals worldwide free of charge.

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    In a tweet that was later deleted, the Nigerian finance ministry responded, tweeting that the government needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with coronavirus cases.

    Ministry of Finance tweet which says, "dear Elon Musk and Tesla, Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100-500 ventilators to assist with Covid 19 cases arising every day in Nigeria."

    Not everyone was pleased with the approach.

    This user pointed out a recently approved budget for renovating the country’s National Assembly as proof why they should not have asked:

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    Another user mentioned the donations that have been made so far by corporate bodies to support the fight against the virus in Nigeria.

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    But the majority supports the government, with this user arguing that there is nothing wrong with asking since there is a global scarcity of ventilators.

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    This user said these are extraordinary times:

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    Nigeria does not fall within Tesla’s delivery zone, which was a condition given by Mr Musk.

    Africa’s most-populous nation currently has 163 active cases of coronavirus.

  13. The Cameroonians making free hand sanitisers

    Members of the Local Youth Corner
    Image caption: The pocket-sized hand sanitisers have been distributed to some 1,000 people

    A group of youths in Cameroon are making hand sanitisers and giving them out for free as their way of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

    The group, under the name Local Youth Corner, say their hand sanitisers are made to World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

    They are distributing them mostly in the capital, Yaoundé.

    Members of the Local Youth Corner

    The group's co-ordinator, Achaleke Christian, said their "one person, one hand sanitiser" campaign was motivated by a hike in prices and the poor quality of hand sanitisers on the market

    “Our target is to give 5,000 sanitisers and we just started with 1,000," he said.

    Experts warn that hand sanitiser must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective.

    They also advise that hand-washing is still the most important coronovirus preventative.

    But for some people access to water can be difficult, especially in over-crowded residential areas without basic services.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus in Africa: How to save water so you can wash your hands
  14. Ethiopia opens up mobile money transfers

    Kalkidan Yibeltal

    BBC News, Addis Ababa

    A man on a mobile in Ethiopia
    Image caption: Unlike other countries in the region, it is difficult to pay for things using your phone in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has relaxed rules for mobile banking and money transfers, opening up the market to all local businesses to encourage people to go cashless to control the spread of coronavirus.

    The move will give companies, like state-run telecom monopoly Ethiotelecom, the opportunity to compete with banks.

    Until now, only banks or other small financial institutions could offer such services, meaning that it was rare for people to do transactions via their mobile phones.

    So for millions of Ethiopians - despite calls from authorities to stay at home and avoid congested spaces - a trip to the bank is still an indispensable part of life.

    The vast majority of everyday transactions require the availability of cash.

    The new regulations, announced by the country’s National Bank, come into effect immediately.

    This comes as Ethiopia prepares to open up its telecom sector to domestic foreign and companies - part of a wave of state-wide reforms initiated by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

  15. Calls for Egypt's palaces to be used for quarantine

    BBC World Service

    A presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt
    Image caption: This presidential palace in the capital is used for diplomatic meetings

    Egyptians have taken to Twitter to call for palaces belonging to President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to be turned into quarantine centres during the coronavirus outbreak.

    The hashtag #قصور_السيسي_للحجر meaning "Sisi's palaces should be used for quarantine" is trending in the North African country.

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    It comes amid controversy over who should cover the quarantine costs for Egyptians returning from abroad.

    There was outrage on social media after expats locked down at a five-star hotel near Cairo airport were told they had to pay the bill themselves.

    On Wednesday night, President Sisi reversed the decision, announcing a national fund for such expenses.