World Bank, IMF mobilize partners in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The World Bank Group and the IMF suggested a range of financing options and policy tools as part of the pandemic response, many of which African countries are looking to implement as they plan for the medium and long-term impacts of the crisis. PHOTO| FILE. The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund today convened African...

EAC dispatches mobile laboratories for COVID-19 screening

A health official testing samples of a suspected COVID-19 in Arusha Tanzania using one of the Mobile Laboratory Equipment. PHOTO| BurundiTimes The East African Community (EAC) has availed none mobile laboratories to the six member states that forms the regional bloc. The laboratories are equipped with modern kits, able to diagnose most pathogens...

Youth Investment Bank opens in Gitega

Burudi's president Pierre Nkurunziza together with Evelyn Butoyi the minister for youth during the official launching of the bank in Gitega on April 15th. 2020. PHOTO| Burundi government. Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday April 15th 2020 officially launched a Youth Investement Bank (BIJE) with the aim of fighting Youth unemployment in the country through providing loans...

Museveni extends lockdown to three more weeks

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni while addressing the nation on April 14th. 2020. PHOTO| State House. Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has on Tuesday April 15th extended the Country’s lockdown extended to another three weeks as a measure to contain and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country. President Museveni’s move comes as the...

Burundi reports first Coronavirus fatality

Out of five confirmed cases one person who was under intensive care unit passed earlier Sunday that sparked social media in the country to make rounds of photos reportedly suggesting the patient died of the virus on Sunday. PHOTO| FILE. Burundi has recorded its first Coronavirus death after a...

IMF Enhances Debt Relief Trust to Enable Support for Eligible Low-Income Countries

The COVID-19 outbreak and the associated global economic turmoil creates a critical need to support the Fund’s membership. PHOTO| FILE In direct response to the COVID-19 crisis the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has adopted some immediate enhancements to its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) to enable the Fund to provide debt...

Regional law makers launch campaign against COVID-19 pandemic

One of the nine members of the Burundi EALA chapters from left to right Hon. Leontine Nzdyimana, Hon. Victor Burikukiye and Hon. Jean Marie Muhirwa during a press conference in Bujumbura on March 25th. 2020. PHOTO| Burundi Times The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Burundi chapter launched a campaign in efforts to fight against the spread...

Burundi to suspend flights amid Coronavirus fear

KQ carrier at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport in Bujumbura (Burundi) PHOTO| Burundi Times Burundi government is expected to suspend all flights in the country as fear grows to prevent the spread of the virus in the country. While addressing the press in Bujumbura the country’s public security minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, called on...

Should Burundi kiss goodbye Kissing and Hugging?

One of the most common ways of the virus transmission is getting into contact with an infected person and exchange contaminated droplets. PHOTO| Reader's Digest Though no case is yet to be confirmed of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Burundi, citizens should start considering refrain from the cultural way of greeting that includes pecks, kisses...

Burundians in diaspora fear of losing jobs as COVID-19 persists

A doctor testing samples on a suspected COVID-19 in Arusha Tanzania. PHOTO| BurundiTimes Burundians living in diaspora raise concern over Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) which is fast spreading all over the world and claiming thousands of lives. ‘‘I was scared when one of my friends was put in quarantine because she...
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