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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

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News and analysis from the BBC's Focus on Africa. The Africa Today podcast is published from Monday to Friday. It contains the day's top African stories.

    Coronavirus: how important is contact tracing?

    Coronavirus: how important is contact tracing?

    South African authorities prepare to roll out a community testing and contact tracing programme to tackle Covid-19.

    We hear from Sierra Leonean contact tracing expert OB Sisay on how relevant the practice is for coronavirus.

    And our resident presidents are also worried about the pandemic.

    • 23 min
    'African governments ought to pressure G7 and G20 for debt relief'

    'African governments ought to pressure G7 and G20 for debt relief'

    African governments have been advised to pressure the G7 and G20 for debt relief, in order that the monies meant for servicing those debts be diverted into an intervention fund to help people directly.

    Chairperson - Global Alliance for Vaccinations & Immunisations, Dr. Ngozi Okwonjo Iweala says governmet need to act fast.

    The government in Rwanda has extended rigid lockdown restrictions imposed last month to 19 April.

    A two day virtual conference by a group of Africans home and abroad is being held from tomorrow the third of April, aimed at mapping out how Africa can tackle the Coronavirus crisis and how the continent can be better prepared for the future.

    • 28 min
    'Western approach to Covid-19, not applicable here'

    'Western approach to Covid-19, not applicable here'

    Some African leaders question how applicable European approaches to tackling the novel coronavirus will be on the continent. Tanzania's Speaker of Parliament speaks of different strategies needed.

    Plus, In Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, authorities are battling attitudes and behaviour, as well as challenges in enforcing physical restrictions, to contain the spread of Covid-19. We hear from the country’s Information Minister.

    And we put some of your questions around nutrition and diet whilst living under Covid-19 to a leading nutritionist.

    • 30 min
    Nigeria: Lagos lockdown over Covid-19

    Nigeria: Lagos lockdown over Covid-19

    The restriction on movement is to try and slow down the spread of coronavirus.

    • 21 min
    Coronavirus in Africa: Your questions answered

    Coronavirus in Africa: Your questions answered

    A special podcast where we put your questions about the coronavirus pandemic to the World Health Organisation

    • 31 min
    Tunisian factory in self-isolation to produce Covid-19 protective gear

    Tunisian factory in self-isolation to produce Covid-19 protective gear

    Tunisian factory chooses lockdown to produce medical masks; Libya conflict could move into dangerous new phase; Anti-malaria drug will be sold only by prescription in Nigeria

    • 23 min

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