Signs of mounting hunger are already being felt around the region, where desperate citizens are violating quarantines to go out in search of money and food and hanging red and white flags from their homes in a cry for aid.
Various African governments have announced lockdowns or curfews in response to the virus, which was slow to reach many African countries but is now growing exponentially, according to the World Health Organization.
The virus has infected more than 1,5 million people and killed over 88,000 by spreading to 209 countries and territories. Here are the latest updates for April 8:
Since the beginning of the year, some 50 people, mainly government detractors, have been abducted and tortured in Zimbabwe, but it is not easy to say who could be behind these heinous crimes.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has gone after lawyers and doctors, targeting them for providing medical and legal aid to those who suffered at the hands of the state following the January protests.
The United Nations announces that the world body is ready to get into the Syrian city of Raqqa and provide help to civilians there following Daesh's defeat after a terrible three-year reign.
The move came as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was escalating out of control and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued.
British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline developed the injectable vaccine to protect children from the most deadly form of malaria in Africa.
The United Nations Children's Fund reports that 27 children were used in suicide attacks by Boko Haram in the first three months of 2017.
Kenya opens an investigation into police violations against protesters who were demanding changes to the electoral commission system.
Cambodian prime minister orders 1 million hectares of forest to be included in protected zones as the country faces massive deforestation
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