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A woman reacts as she receives a flue vaccine while a Gauteng Health Department Official gets ready before collecting samples during a door-to-door COVID-19 coronavirus testing drive in Yeoville, Johannesburg, on April 3, 2020.

A Million Test Kits To Be Rolled Out Across Africa to Address Coronavirus Testing Gap

The Africa Centre for Disease Control, however, says the continent will need 15 million kits in the next three months to address the gap in coronavirus testing.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the continent, the The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has announced that it will begin rolling out one million coronavirus testing kits across the continent in order to address it "big gap" in testing.

According to the organization, testing rates on the continent are strikingly low, particularly in countries with the highest populations like Nigeria (≈ 200 million) and Ethiopia (≈ 100 million).


While one million kits is a start, Africa CDC's director John Nkengasong says the continent will need significantly more in order to address the gap in testing. "Over the next three months or six months, we probably need like 15 million tests, however, a journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first mile," he said.

Experts warn that Africa may be the new site of the pandemic, which has spread across China, Western Europe and the US. On Thursday, The African Union condemned President Donald Trump on Thursday for suspending funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). The US is the organization's biggest funder, and the move which will further complicate global relief efforts.

Several African nations have taken precautions to fight the spread of the virus by initiating lockdowns and bans on non-essential services, however Amnesty International says that such restrictions, while necessary, put millions of Africans—many of whom rely on their daily earnings for food—at risk of hunger.

According to BBC Africa, 17,700 cases of infection have been confirmed in 52 countries across Africa. The death toll is at 915 while more than 3,500 people have recovered. On Friday, the UN reported that the continent could see 300,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

The number of worldwide cases of the virus has now topped 2 million, according to The New York Times. The number of unconfirmed cases is belived to be higher.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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