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Ghana: Tourists Told Me What They Think of Elmina. We Need to Do Some Things Differently:

March 30th, 2020

[The Conversation Africa] Ghana has been rated fourth among 19 interesting tourism destinations around the world. The country has the ability to host various types of tourism activities. These include heritage, leisure, ecotourism and festivals, as well as conference and business tourism, beach resorts and city tourism.

Kenya: Balala Sets Up Tourism Crisis Team to Be Chaired By CAS Boinnet:

March 30th, 2020

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has set up a National Tourism Crisis Steering Committee to come up with mitigation measures for any emergencies that will dim the industry's performance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kenya: From Empty Beaches, Safaris and Hotel Beds, Coronavirus SAPS Life Out of Kenya's Tourism:

March 30th, 2020

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Tourism stakeholders are predicting losses worth tens of millions should Coronavirus continue spreading across the world.

Kenya: Hundreds of Hotel Workers Sent Home as Tourism Takes Plunge:

March 30th, 2020

[Nation] Hundreds of workers in the hospitality industry in Kenya's Western tourism circuit have been sent home after hotels in Nyanza and Western regions started shutting down their operations this week due to adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Seychelles: Seychelles' Airport to Remain Open During Period of Nearly No International Flights:

March 30th, 2020

[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles' international airport will remain operational during the next several weeks during which almost no regularly scheduled international flights are expected into or out of the island nation, said a top official.

Tanzania: Tanzania Tourism's 45 Days of No-Activity:

March 30th, 2020

[East African] The tourism sector in Tanzania is bracing for a 45-day shutdown of hotels and resorts with beginning April 1, The EastAfrican has learnt.

Seychelles: Seychelles and Covid-19 - Tourism Establishments Grateful for Financial Assistance, but Questions Remain:

March 30th, 2020

[Seychelles News Agency] Tourism establishments in Seychelles have welcomed measures and financial support being put in place to assist the worst-hit sector of the economy amid COVID-19.

South Africa: COVID-19 - No Hope in Sight for South Africans Stranded at Airports Abroad:

March 28th, 2020

[News24Wire] South Africans stranded abroad should not expect evacuation any time soon.

Namibia: Lodge Locked Down After French Tourist Tests Positive For COVID-19:

March 27th, 2020

[Namibia Economist] A French tourist who stayed at Hobas Lodge in the deep south last week, tested positive for the Corona virus this week, forcing the lodge operator, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, to place the facility under lockdown with immediate effect.

South Africa: COVID-19 - German Tourist Who Tests Positive Found On Broken-Down Bus in Joburg:

March 27th, 2020

[News24Wire] A hotel bus transporting German tourists to Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital to undergo testing for the novel coronavirus, broke down in the early hours of Friday morning, eNCA reported.

South Africa: Kruger National Park Tourist Tests Positive for Novel Coronavirus:

March 27th, 2020

[News24Wire] A French tourist who visited the Kruger National Park (KNP) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

South Africa: Gauteng Places German Tourists Under Quarantine:

March 27th, 2020

[] A group of 60 German tourists has been placed under quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, said the Gauteng Health Department on Friday.

South Africa: German Tourists Grounded and Under Coronavirus Quarantine in Gauteng:

March 27th, 2020

[News24Wire] A group of more than 60 German tourists are under quarantine after one tested positive for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

South Africa: Travellers in Limbo Because of Passports From High-Risk Countries:

March 27th, 2020

[Daily Maverick] On March 15 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a travel ban on all passengers flying into SA from high-risk Covid-19 countries. But, as a group of travellers found out, you do not need to have flown in from the identified country, you only have to be travelling on a passport issued from a high-risk country to fall foul of the ban.

Namibia: Flight Carrying Almost 200 German Tourists Departs Windhoek:

March 26th, 2020

[Namibia Economist] A flight, chartered by a German travel company carrying almost 200 German tourists, left Windhoek on Wednesday as Namibia prepare to go on lock-down to lessen the spread of COVID-19, the German Embassy in Windhoek announced.

Nigeria: Coronavirus - Air Peace Suspends Operations:

March 26th, 2020

[Premium Times] The management of Air Peace has announced the suspension of its operation for 23 days effective from Friday, March 27, amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Africa: Turning the Tables - African and European Narratives in the Time of Corona:

March 24th, 2020

[allAfrica] Most of Europe is in lockdown, trying to cope with the huge implications of the battle against the novel coronavirus. Africans are following what is happening on the other side of the Mediterranean with relief that Africa is not currently the epicentre of the crisis, but also with a troubled gaze.

Botswana: Botswana, with No COVID-19 Cases, Closes Borders After Death in Zimbabwe:

March 25th, 2020

[VOA] Botswana, one of the few countries in Africa without a confirmed case of coronavirus, has moved to secure its borders after neighboring Zimbabwe recorded its first coronavirus-related death on Monday. Soldiers will be watching border crossings, but authorities say Zimbabweans who use unauthorized entry points present a real challenge.

Africa: Transmission of Diseases From Humans to Apes - Why Extra Vigilance Is Needed:

March 25th, 2020

[The Conversation Africa] With the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, global attention has been drawn to the significant health risks posed by eating wild animals. As the number of infections from the coronavirus exploded in China, the outbreak was linked to a live animal and seafood market in Jianghan District, Wuhan. The specific animal source and mode of initial transmission are not yet known.

Tanzania: Zanzibar Thinks Beyond Tourism As Main Source of Economy:

March 25th, 2020

[Daily News] FATMA Ameir, one of the few female tour guides in the stone town says she is already feeling the impact of coronavirus on her life; "We are now idle, this health problem has left us with no job following travel restrictions across the globe."

Namibia: Tourism Suffers Amid COVID-19 Fears:

March 25th, 2020

[Namibian] THE Hospitality Association of Namibia's chief executive officer, Gitta Paetzold, says travel agents have been working day and night to find ways of transporting tourists back home.

South Africa: Lockdown - OR Tambo Abuzz As Scores of Travellers Make Their Way Home:

March 25th, 2020

[News24Wire] OR Tambo International Airport, one of Africa's busiest airports, was bustling on Wednesday morning, especially at international departures as the country's nationwide lockdown loomed.

South Africa: Tourism On Coronavirus Covid-19 National Lockdown for the Restaurant Industry:

March 25th, 2020

[Govt of SA] COVID-19 national lockdown notice to the restaurant industry

South Africa: Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane - Government's Intervention Measures On Coronavirus:

March 25th, 2020

[Govt of SA] Covid-19 interventions for tourism sector

Kenya: Govt Urges Hotels to Discount Accommodation for Guests on COVID-19 Quarantine:

March 25th, 2020

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has asked hotels receiving mandatory quarantine cases to offer modest rates in order to facilitate isolation of people arriving from overseas.

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Bans Drinking at Bars in Bid to Restrict Spread of COVID-19:

March 24th, 2020

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa has issued a ban on "inessential travel" outside the country by locals and further banned the taking of alcohol inside bars in his government's latest attempts to arrest the further spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country.

Kenya: Contagion - Tourism Feels the Heat Amid Ban On Travel, Trade:

March 25th, 2020

[Nation] International flights cancelled, entertainment joints closed, public gatherings prohibited.

Angola: Governor to Transform Cuito Cuanavale Into Tourist Area:

March 24th, 2020

[ANGOP] Menongue -The governor of Cuando Cubango, Júlio Bessa, said Monday that he wants to transform the municipality of Cuito Cuanavale into a tourist area, due to the interest of many tourists, resulting from the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, which took place between 1987 and 1988 in the locality.

Seychelles: COVID-19 - 2,300 Bookings Worth U.S.$ 3.8 Million Cancelled, Survey Finds:

March 24th, 2020

[Seychelles News Agency] A three-day survey carried out in Seychelles shows that at least 2,367 bookings worth $3.8 million were cancelled between February 25 and March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the finance minister.

Uganda: 6 Chinese, 2 Ugandans Accused of Evading COVID Quarantine in Uganda:

March 24th, 2020

[VOA] Ugandan authorities have charged six Chinese nationals and two Ugandans with conducting acts likely to spread disease after they allegedly violated a coronavirus quarantine order.  The eight men were arrested at a border crossing Sunday as the Chinese nationals allegedly tried to enter the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They  face a prison sentence of up to seven years if found guilty of the charges.  

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