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March 23, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 14–20

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 14 to 20, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

March 20, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 20, 2020

TSMC considers new U.S. plant; Coronavirus testing website launch hindered by confusion; Ransomware gangs pledge to avoid targeting healthcare system during pandemic; United States and UK weigh deplo…

A logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is seen at its headquarters in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

March 20, 2020

Coronavirus
How One Small Change Could Better Prepare Africa for the Coronavirus

Currently, African healthcare predominantly relies on transcription and transport of physical paper from point A to point B. Paper orders can often travel hundreds of kilometers by motorcycle from clinics to a centralized diagnostic lab. The pandemic’s speed in reaching and spreading in Africa currently lags behind that of the developed world. As of March 20, 254,653 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 183 countries. Africa has reported a total of 745 COVID-19 cases from 34 countries, or 0.3 percent of global infections. The other 20 African nations have not yet officially declared any cases.

Two female medical practitioners in white scrubs and blue plastic aprons organize records inside a ward set aside for cholera patients at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 19, 2017.

March 18, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Considers National DRR Agency Amid Boko Haram Setbacks

On February 19, 2020, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, the former governor of Yobe State, introduced legislation to create the National Agency for Deradicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Repentant Insurgents. Gaidam represents Yobe state, which borders Borno and has been affected by the insurgency. The bill’s purpose is to rehabilitate Boko Haram defectors and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria.

Freed inmates walk in a line after they were released and handed over to state officials for rehabilitation and integration after they were detained for up to four years over suspicion of links with Boko Haram jihadists during an official ceremony at the Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, on November 27, 2019.

March 18, 2020

News Release
Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19) From the Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and CFR’s Think Global Health website offer resources on the coronavirus pandemic, including background and expert analysis. Find all of CFR’s coronavirus-re…

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Crises Loom in Africa as Cases Spread

The Associated Press reported on Monday that thirty of fifty-four countries in Africa have reported the presence of COVID-19, and the list is likely incomplete. The virus had been slower to appear in Africa than in most other regions of the world. As elsewhere, the coronavirus was usually introduced by travelers from other continents, notably Europe. All of South Africa’s sixty-two cases, as of Monday, were from abroad, according to the health ministry.

A worker wearing tan clothes and a blue medical mask walks outside the coronavirus isolation facility at the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 15, 2020.

March 16, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: March 7–13

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from March 7 to 13, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

March 13, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian High Court Orders Release of Detained Former Islamic Ruler

The Federal High court in Abuja has ordered the release from detention of Lamido Sanusi, the former emir of Kano deposed and exiled by the governor of the state of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje. The decision follows a suit filed by Sanusi in federal court. It remains to be seen whether the judge’s orders will be carried out; the rule of law can be weak in Nigeria, especially when it comes to high-profile political prisoners.

Muhammad Lamid Sanusi II, then the emir of Kano, dress is mostly red robed embroidered with gold and his red turban and veil, rides through a crowd on a dressed camel during the Durbar festival, on the second day of Eid al-Adha celebration in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, on September 2, 2017. An aid holds a heavy red parasol over him as he rides.

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus
African Health Systems Brace for Coronavirus

Though the incidence of the novel coronavirus in Africa has been relatively low, health systems there are still highly vulnerable to an outbreak. One concern is that, were coronavirus to overwhelm Africa’s fragile health infrastructure, many more Africans will die of untreated diseases than from the virus or its complications.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director general of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has his temperature checked by a health worker wearing white medical gloves during a diplomatic meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 12, 2020

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus Cases in Africa Stay Low For Now

The bad news is that coronavirus is seems to be spreading, if slowly, in Africa, with new cases in Togo and Cameroon and cases in the giants, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. As of March 10, eleven countries in Africa have reported cases. The good news is that the number of cases remains remarkably small, despite the fact that China is Africa’s largest trading partner. The index cases in Africa, however, appear mostly to be travelers from Europe. 

Kenyan nurses wear white protective suits, face masks, goggles, hoods, and blue medical gloves during a demonstration of preparations for any potential coronavirus cases at the Mbagathi Hospital, isolation center for the disease, in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 6, 2020.