Africa 54 big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

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The White House is pushing ahead with its focus on states easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions and re-opening parts of the U.S. economy, despite dealing with infections among its staff. At least two White House aides have tested positive for COVID-19 — a valet for President Donald Trump and the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that one worker at a fish-processing factory in the coastal city of Tema has infected whopping 533 other workers at the facility with the coronavirus, according to Reuters. Ghanaian health officials reported the outbreak at the industrial facility late on Friday.

Egypt reported almost 500 new cases of coronavirus Friday, its highest daily increase to date. Egypt’s health ministry says its death toll from COVID-19 is now above 500.
Zambia’s finance ministry says it has applied to the International Monetary Fund for a COVID-19 related rapid credit facility, as it starts the process of short-listing financial advisers to help reduce its debt load.

Worldwide, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 4.1 million. The global death tally is more than 282,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.3 million people in the U.S. have been infected and more than 80,000 people have died.

In Senegal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the majority-Muslim population normally rushes to bakeries to buy bread for breaking the daily fast. The coronavirus raised the risk of crowds at bakeries spreading the virus, which has nearly 1,300 infections and at least 13 deaths in the west African nation.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, countries worldwide are struggling to contain the virus. It’s even more problematic in Zimbabwe – where the nation is battling hyper-inflation, the COVID-19 lock-down, food shortages, and high unemployment. Restrictions on movement and business during the pandemic is hitting ordinary citizens very hard. To gain perspective of what is exactly happening, Africa 54’s Paul Ndiho, spoke to, Ivy Chimbwanda, a Harare-based entrepreneur, who says life is too hard.

After weeks, and sometimes months, countries around the globe are starting the process of relaxing stay-at-home orders and trying to figure out the best way to restart their economies. The way they do so depends on how severe the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their nation and how they responded. Kelly Magsamen is the vice president, national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, non-partisan research, and educational institute. She spoke to VOA International Edition’s Steve Miller about what the United States could learn from other nations moving forward.

A54 Sports: Spain, among the coronavirus pandemic’s worst-hit nations, is gradually relaxing what were some of Europe’s strictest isolation measures that forced millions to stay indoors. In this report narrated by Jonathan Spier, Alfonso Beato in Barcelona tells us millions are now heading outdoors to enjoy the sunshine – and resume their sports activities for which they have long been deprived.

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