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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Apr. 1, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — White House projects between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S....

Ethiopia postpones major election because of coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's election set for August has been postponed as the national election board said Tuesday the coronavirus makes it impossible to prepare. The vote has been highly anticipated in a country that has seen sweeping political reforms in the past two years but a surge of...

A billboard is installed on an apartment building in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, before the country of 57 million people, will go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Thursday to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Zimbabwe doctors, nurses strike over little virus protection

Mar. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's public hospital doctors and nurses went on strike Wednesday over a lack of protective gear as the coronavirus begins to spread in a country whose health system has almost collapsed. It's the latest blow to a nation where some patients' families are asked to provide such...

A woman sews face masks at a furniture factory in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in their fight against the coronavirus the day after it was announced that South Africa will go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Thursday. For most people the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms . For others it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Africa cases over 2,000 as South Africa rushes into lockdown

Mar. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Customers started behaving oddly about a week ago, visibly dejected street vendor Frank Mojapelo said. Some were wary to exchange cash. Some backed away, or refused to touch him. Now, an unprecedented lockdown looms in South Africa over the coronavirus, with a country of 57 million...

A cargo flight containing over 6 million medical items including face masks, test kits, face shields and protective suits arrives in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, March 22, 2020. The supplies arriving from Guangzhou, China for fighting the spread in Africa of the COVID-19 coronavirus were donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation and will be distributed from Ethiopia to countries throughout Africa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

As virus spreads, Africa gets supplies from China's Jack Ma

Mar. 22, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — With the coronavirus increasing its spread across Africa, the continent received a much-needed care package from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma. A cargo flight containing more than 6 million medical items arrived Sunday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. The supplies from Ma, the...

A man sprays disinfectant to sanitize a public bus against the spread of the new coronavirus, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, March 19, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo)

Africa sees 'extremely rapid evolution' of pandemic, UN says

Mar. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More African countries closed their borders Thursday as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic. Africa is seeing an “extremely rapid evolution," the World Health Organization's...

A Somali man wears a surgical mask and gloves on the street after after the government announced the closure of schools and universities and banned large gatherings, following the announcement on Monday of the country's first case of the new coronavirus, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says

Mar. 18, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa should “prepare for the worst” as the coronavirus begins to spread locally, the World Health Organization's director-general said Wednesday, while South Africa became the continent's new focus of concern as cases nearly doubled to 116 from two days before. South...

Learners wear masks as they sanitise their hans at a pre-school in Lenasia, Johannesburg, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, on the day schools closed in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus. For most people the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms but for others is can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Coronavirus' local spread beginning to take off in Africa

Mar. 17, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus is now spreading locally within a dozen African nations, continental health authorities said Tuesday, while a cruise ship was quarantined off Cape Town after several passengers shared a flight with a cargo ship worker who shows virus symptoms. African nations have...

A participant washes her hands with soap and water against the new coronavirus at a women's 5km fun run in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, March 15, 2020. Ethiopia reported on Thursday its first case of the new coronavirus which causes COVID-19. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Several African nations roll out measures to fight virus

Mar. 15, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African countries have announced sweeping restrictions to try to contain the steady spread of the coronavirus, which has reached at least 25 of Africa's 54 countries. South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Mauritania are among the countries that have imposed travel restrictions and...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, construction work takes place, at the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, a top Sudanese general on Sunday, March 15, 2020, said his country would mediate a deal on an escalating dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. Tensions are rising because of the impasse between Ethiopia and Egypt over the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The project is around 71% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Sudan will mediate Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute, general says

Mar. 15, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A top Sudanese general on Sunday said his country would mediate a deal on an escalating dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia's controversial dam on the Nile River. The deputy head of Sudan's Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, said his country would work to bridge the gap and...