Africa recorded its first case of COVID-19 exactly three months ago today, when Egypt recorded its index case on the 14th of February. So how have African leaders responded to the pandemic? Oulie Keita, Francophone West Africa Director at One Campaign joins CNBC Africa for more.
In a number of countries across the Middle East, reporting on the coronavirus has become increasingly challenging. Among them is Egypt, where the infection rate continues to climb among the 100 million-strong population. The country has also come under fire for stepping up late and not imposing strict enough measures to tackle the spread of the virus. For more on the situation, we speak to Egyptian journalist and author Khaled Diab.
We look at US coverage of the Democratic primary as Joe Biden closes in on the party's nomination. Also, more coronavirus news as the US takes strict measures to contain the virus and several high-profile festivals are postponed. Next, we find out why Egypt and Ethiopia are clashing over a longstanding River Nile dam project. Finally, a US man makes it his mission to deliver an abandoned family portrait after a photo company goes bankrupt.
Today, one in three Egyptians live just above the poverty line. As a consequence, the rate of micro-credit lending has grown, with women the principle beneficiaries. Some 70 percent of loans in Egypt are given to women, but thousands of them fall victim to loan sharks and even end up in prison. FRANCE 24's Ruth Michaelson reports.
South Africa's budget announcement includes a pledge to spend billions on ailing state electricity company Eskom. A funeral for Egypt's former leader Hisni Mubarak focuses on his military past rather than his political legacy. And finally refugees who have been living in Kenya's Kakuma camp return home to eastern Ethiopia motivated in part by recent political and economic reforms in their country.