Africa Battles COVID-19: Can Africa win the fight?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that has been spreading rapidly across the globe. The virus is affecting more than 160 countries and  has claimed more than 14,000 lives.

To prevent and slow down transmission the general public needs to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.

CGTN this week has launched an in-depth look at the impact of corona virus globally and how to combat its effects and slow down the spread of the virus across Africa.

In this Part 1 CGTN sets its eyes on the topics namely; The Impact of Covid-19 Globally, Facts versus fake news how A Kenyan Journalist is combating fake news and last but not least How Nairobi is preparing itself for the pandemic.

The spread of the corona virus has thrown the world into a spin, fake news and half truths are being shared with reckless abandon.

Media houses and Journalists have a huge responsibility of providing accurate, factual and well researched stories to inform the general public of the situation the world is facing.

In light of this Journalists do play a critical part in this fight against misinformation.  Lindy Mtongana spent a day with a local journalist to see how she is tackling misinformation and separating facts from fiction in the face of this pandemic. Vera Okeyo is a health and science reporter working for a local Kenyan Newspaper. Vera is faced with a huge responsibility of penning factual stories in the face of this pandemic.

The corona virus will no doubt cause disruption across the globe. Travel, Business, Socializing and a lot more more spheres of human interaction are slowly grinding to a halt.

Things are slowly dawning on Africa that the continent needs to wake up before it’s too late , is the continent prepared? What does this new challenge pose for the continent? We take a look at the impact of corona virus on Africa.

As the virus spreads across the world, no geographical area is safe or far from its reach. Many countries are putting measures in place before the virus lands on its shores, Kenya is no different. In Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, Medics, researchers and academics met for a one day symposium to tackle this global pandemic. The symposium held in Nairobi University the biggest university in east and central Africa brought together the best and brightest minds to have an open discussion on the impact of the corona virus. Among the topics that were discussed were, The impact of the pandemic on Kenya’s and the global economy, Stigma and how to overcome it, to protect the citizens the does and don’ts and the human behavior when faced by a pandemic.

The symposium stressed on personal hygiene to combat the spread of the corona virus.