Africa News Review – 21 May

In Nigeria, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has stated that 60 per cent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs, reports the Daily Post.

Governor Wike disclosed this when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House Port Harcourt.

News 24 in South Africa reports that as the country rushes towards an anticipated spike in Covid-19 cases, the Western Cape’s largest hospital is already under pressure, with a need for more nurses and many of its ICU beds occupied.

The report adds, as the province continues to account for well over half of the national number of coronavirus infections, Tygerberg Hospital is already under pressure.

The New Zimbabwe website reports that Zimbabwe’s new 10 dollar note started circulating as the Southern African country battles high inflation and cash shortages.

The move is part of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s measures to curb cash shortages that have seen premiums of up to 40 percent being charged to get cash at the black market.

New Vision in Uganda reports that Entebbe municipality is a popular weekend retreat – but is now a ghost town due to the pandemic.

Known for its serene environment due to its proximity to Lake Victoria, Entebbe harbours a number of hotels and hang-outs. Entebbe is also home to the State House, over eight army barracks, government ministries and Uganda’s only International airport.

It adds: ‘However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Entebbe is more of a deserted town. The hotels are no longer busy, hangouts are closed and the Zoo, a famous tourist destination has its doors shut. The virus has surly hit Entebbe town hard’.