By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- African Union (AU) affirmed on May 25th, 2020 it has slated to lift up $1 million for its COVID-19 response appropriation, as the fifty-five partner pan-African coalition commemorates the Africa Day.
Ascertained by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission – Moussa Faki Mahamat in March 2020 said, the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund seeks to bolster the continental response to COVID-19 and mitigate its socio-economic and humanitarian impact on African populations.
“This Africa Day, May 25, all Africans, people of African descent and friends of Africa are encouraged to give a little to the fund,” clarified the AU announcement, regurgitating that a total of one million sets for the day. Expressing that, grants can be rendered in any moolah and this will be automatically remade into U.S. dollars, which is the original currency of the Fund account, the Union has also declared openly a website, where a donation can be made.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa rose to 107,412 as of Sunday morning, May 24th, 2020. The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced on Sunday.
The African countries are mobilizing resources and taking the measures to fight against COVID-19. Some countries on the continent have imposed night curfews suspended international flights so as to prevent the stretch of the virus. Wearing face masks is imperative in public places in many countries. They also have support from international organizations and countries including China.
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