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...

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...

Five things you should know now, about the COVID-19 pandemic

A doctor at the EAC HQ in Arusha carrying out a test at a mobile laboratory. PHOTO| BurundiTimes On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

EAC to set up Urgent response fund for floods and environmental disaster victims

Over 2.8 million people have now been affected due to unusually heavy rainfall and flooding in Eastern Africa. PHOTO| Red Cross Burundi. The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has called on the regional heads of state to put in place an urgent response fund for floods and environmental disaster victims in the community.

Alarming number of Ebola deaths in DRC a ‘rallying cry’ to scale up treatment

As part of the response to the outbreak of Ebola, the Red Cross has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ensure safe burials to help stop the spread of the deadly disease. (August 2019). Photo| Martine Perret, UN Since the Ebola epidemic struck...

EU allocates €465,000 to strengthen Ebola preparedness in Burundi

Since 2018, the EU has provided €47 million to humanitarian partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo involved in the Ebola response in the affected areas as well as in high-risk areas. PHOTO|FILE The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to spread in the east of the country with a...

Burundi bans importation of plastic bags

Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza signed a law in August 2018 that bans the importation, manufacturing, selling and use of plastic bags and products. PHOTO|FILE: BurundiTimes Burundi’s agriculture and environment minister Déo Guide Rurema on Tuesday announced that the country is banning the importation of plastic bags in efforts to conserve the environment. While...
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