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Virus could double food insecurity in nine African countries: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The spread of COVID-19 risks devastating countries across East Africa, where food insecurity could more than double in just three months, the United Nations warned Tuesday. The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that some 20 million people currently do not have secure provisions of food across nine countries in the …

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COVID-19: East African Community offers mobile laboratories, test kits

Arusha, Tanzania | THE INDEPENDENT |  The East African Community Secretariat will soon deployi mobile laboratories and Coronavirus test kits to all EAC partner states. Uganda will receive a four-wheel drive vehicle fitted with laboratory and ICT equipment, as well as all the necessary consumables for a fully functional laboratory with …

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Kenya confirms first case of coronavirus in East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya announced Friday the first confirmed case of coronavirus in East Africa, as the region so far unscathed by the global pandemic scaled up emergency measures to contain its spread. A 27-year-old Kenyan woman tested positive for the virus on March 12 in Nairobi, a week after returning from the …

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Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in …

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Who’s buying biggest guns?

Latest in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi firepower | THE INDEPENDENT | Countries in the East African region continue to spend more on strengthening their armed forces, according to latest data. Although Kenya and Tanzania are the biggest spenders because of their relatively big budgets, most attention is on Uganda, Rwanda, …

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