Fighting coronavirus in Iran: Artists call on the US to lift sanctions
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In Iran, authorities have been pointing the finger at US sanctions for hampering Tehran's efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak. These punitive measures limit banking activities, which in turn place restrictions on the importing of certain goods, including medical supplies. Our Tehran correspondent Reza Sayah reports from the capital, where leading Iranian artists have joined a growing number of voices calling on the Trump administration to lift those sanctions.
Coronavirus: Nigeria's economy feels the pinch of lockdown
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The Nigerian economy is beginning to feel the pinch of the lockdown imposed in late March in Lagos and Abuja to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Millions of people working in the informal sector have been particularly affected; we tell you more. Meanwhile in Madagascar, thousands rush to travel back to their hometowns and flee the capital - our correspondent reports. And in Senegal, musicians from a pro-democracy political movement are trying to encourage people to do their bit in the fight against co
How are small businesses dealing with the coronavirus shutdown?
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Businesses around the world are having to make difficult decisions because of the lockdown measures imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those running small businesses are having to overhaul operations and face harsh financial realities, often in spite of government support. The French government says that no firm should go bankrupt because of coronavirus and is offering financial help. But is it enough? FRANCE 24 has been speaking to three Paris-based entrepreneurs about how their businesses have been
Coronavirus: EU must do everything to avoid an outbreak in refugee camps, warns Commissioner Ylva Johansson
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Ylva Johansson EU's commissioner for home affairs has rung the alarm bell over a possible coronavirus outbreak in one of the overcrowded Greek migrant camps. She told DW this must be avoided at all cost.
Covid-19: World Bank announces emergency response for several African countries
Several African countries are due to benefit from a nearly $2 billion programme from the World Bank aimed at helping developing countries deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, thousands of people across Nigeria have been stranded away from home as states across the country shut their borders in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus; unease is also ramped up as police are accused of abusing their powers. And finally, poorer communities in Rwanda face yet more hardship to come as the
How this genomics research company is helping Nigeria tackle COVID-19 pandemic
Genomics research company 54Gene's COVID-19 testing support fund was launched today to increase Nigeria's daily testing capacity. The firm opened the fund with a donation of $150 thousand and has since received an additional $350 thousand from Union Bank. CEO of 54 Gene Abasi Ene-Obong joins CNBC Africa for more.