The pandemic gives South Africans a chance to rejig their economy to prioritise the poor.
Coronavirus has killed over 300,000 people and infected more than 4.4 million as countries ease curbs. Here are more coronavirus-related developments for May 14:
The economic hardship has been severe since President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered most citizens to stay indoors and shuttered all but essential businesses in late March.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been praised for decisive action to curb the epidemic with one of the continent’s strictest lockdowns.
US leader has threatened to withhold funding for the World Health Organization over accusations that it is too close to China and mismanaged the early response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The main health workers union of South Africa plans to challenge the government in court on Tuesday over shortages of protective gear for frontline staff where the country has 1,749 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths.
South Africa needs to escalate its response dramatically to curb the spread of infection, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation. Other African countries are also closing borders and considering emergency aid to combat the virus.
In the face of the pandemic, nations have closed borders, shuttered schools, cancelled religious festivals and sporting events to minimise the risk of transmission.
The union has experienced some success in mediating conflict but it has fallen short of its stated aims.
The election will be the first under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who took office in April 2018.
President Muhammadu Buhari met his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa and stressed the importance of avoiding a repeat of attacks against foreigners that occurred in the country.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says two of the victims were foreigners who were killed during a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores followed by apparent reprisal attacks in Nigeria.
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