Corona Watch

30 April 2020 | Economics

Malawi

Malawi will launch an emergency cash transfer programme targeting about 1 million people and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, president Arthur Peter Mutharika said.

Eligible households will receive a 35 000 Malawi kwacha (US$40) monthly payment, matching the country's minimum wage, through mobile cash transfer starting in May, Mutharika said.

Malawi's High Court on Tuesday extended indefinitely an order barring the government from imposing a 21-day coronavirus lockdown which was announced by Mutharika earlier this month. – Nampa/Reuters/AFP

Morocco

More than 300 cases of novel coronavirus have been detected at three Moroccan prisons after a campaign of testing of inmates and guards in the country's 73 jails, the prisons service said Tuesday.

The prison service has said the virus in Morocco's jails, which hold nearly 80 000 inmates, are under control thanks to "preventive measures" such as quarantines and remotely held court hearings.

In early April, more than 5 650 detainees were released under royal pardons in an effort to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in the country's notoriously overcrowded penitentiaries. – Nampa/AFP

Egypt

Egypt registered 260 new infections of the novel coronavirus and 22 death, the health ministry said on Tuesday, the highest daily rise for both figures.

Egypt, a country of 100 million, has closed its airports to contain the pandemic and imposed a night curfew but pushed back the starting time to 9 p.m., two hours later than initially in place. – Nampa/Reuters

Uganda

Uganda has stepped up restrictions on trucks passing through its territory – limiting them to one driver and banning them from stopping over in hotels - in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The landlocked country sits on some of east Africa's busiest road cargo routes that funnel goods from ports in Kenya and Tanzania further inland to Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Drivers have already been complaining about long queues building up on the Uganda-Kenya border as officials from both countries carry out health checks, according to reports on NTV and other local media.

Uganda had registered 79 Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday, at least 16 of them truckers arriving from Kenya and Tanzania, according to health ministry figures. – Nampa/Reuters