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Sierra Leone records two more cases of COVID-19 – bringing total to four

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 April 2020: There are now two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to four. Both new cases are believed to be among those quarantined upon arrival at Lungi international airport last month. According to BBC Umaru [Read More]

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Sierra Leone records two more cases of COVID-19 – bringing total to four

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 April 2020: There are now two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sierra Leone today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to four. Both new cases are believed to be among those quarantined upon arrival at Lungi international airport last month. According to BBC Umaru [Read More]

Economy & Business

COVID-19 pandemic – IMF approves $21.13 million to help stabilise Sierra Leone economy  

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 April 2020: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), yesterday announced the disbursement of $21.13 million to Sierra Leone, after completing its second review of the country’s economic  performance, under the program supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF). This brings the total [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone to receive US$7.5 Million for COVID-19 response from World Bank

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2020: The World Bank today approved a US$7.5 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to help Sierra Leone respond to the threat posed by the Coronavirus outbreak and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. The funds will fill critical financing gaps that have been [Read More]

Economy & Business

Physical distancing is still far from the minds of shoppers and commuters in Freetown

Stom Koroma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2020: The streets of Freetown are busy this morning. Everybody is rushing either to go to the banks to withdraw cash, supermarket to buy provisions, bus station to travel or local market for foodstuffs. The prices of food items have risen like a [Read More]

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Mrs Fatmata Edna Kargbo is no longer suspected of corruption – says ACC

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2020: Mrs. Fatmata Edna Kargbo, who until recently was president Bio’s State Chief of Protocol and Ambassador-at-Large, accused of corruption when she appeared in a video in a church in Nigeria boasting of building a house after taking up public office, has today been exonerated  [Read More]

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Government of Sierra Leone warns against panic buying and price hike ahead of lockdown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 April 2020: In compliance with its own measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Sierra Leone’s ministry of information and communication held its first video conference press briefing ysterday, on the latest actions and decisions taken by the government in combating the coronavirus. Both ministries [Read More]

Economy & Business

Why is Sierra Leone left out of USA financial response to COVID-19 pandemic in Africa?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 April 2020: The U.S. Government has announced that it is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic, mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad. The State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly [Read More]

Economy & Business

IMF approves US$23.5 million disbursement for Guinea

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 April 2020: Yesterday, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed its fourth review of Guinea’s economic performance under the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF). It said that completion of this review has enabled it to immediately disburse about US$23.5 million, [Read More]

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Medics in Sierra Leone call on government to do more to prevent spreading of COVID-19

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 April 2020: Yesterday, Sierra Leone’s ministers of information and health gave a joint press briefing about the current status of the government’s preparedness in stemming the transmission and spread of COVID-19 across the wider population. But the country’s medics say that the government hasn’t gone far [Read More]

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NGC supports fight against COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

NGC Media Team: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 01 April 2020: Following on Hon Kandeh Yumkella’s COVID-19 sensitisation tour of his constituency, 062 Samu Chiefdom, where he addressed over 10,000 residents, the NGC has embarked on a massive nationwide effort to provide Veronica buckets to markets across the country. The party identified [Read More]

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Sierra Leone goes into lockdown on Sunday for three days

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 01 April 2020: Sierra Leone will be on a three days lockdown starting from Sunday, 5th April. This decision comes as the country records its second case of coronavirus. According to reports, the defence minister and Covid-19 coordinator – Retired Brigadier Kellie Conteh said that – Sunday, [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone government minister charged to court over Chinagate rice scandal

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 01 April 2020: Sierra Leone scored two firsts yesterday, with the president announcing the country’s confirmation of its first COVID-19 victim, and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) announcing that it has charged a senior minister in the Bio-led government to court for the missing 49,000 bags of rice [Read More]

Education and Health

Kandeh Yumkella MP sensitizes his chiefdom about the coronavirus disease

Anthony Kamara Jnr: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: The numbers coming in from around the world are daunting. Reading the news is frightening. Even worse, are the disturbing pictures we see on TV about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic around the world. As the world careens into another [Read More]

Education and Health

COVID-19 in Africa – a call for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: The Mo Ibrahim Foundation today launches its report on COVID-19 in Africa, calling for coordinated governance, improved health structures and better data to mitigate this crisis. In the publication, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation analyses Africa’s readiness and capacity to manage this pandemic. It draws on [Read More]

Politics

“Sierra Leone has registered its index case – case number one is imported” says president Bio

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 March 2020: President Bio this afternoon made a sombre, though reassuringly confident announcement about Sierra Leone’s first coronavirus case.  He is a 37 years old Sierra Leonean who travelled from France on a Brussels airline arriving at Lungi airport just over two weeks ago. But there [Read More]

Education and Health

UNFPA applauds Sierra Leone government’s decision allowing pregnant girls attend school

John Baimba Sesay: 31 March 2020: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) commends the decision of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education to lift the ban on pregnant girls attending school. “As  co-chair of the Sexual Reproductive Health Taskforce, established in December 2019, I personally applaud the Minister [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone’s former defence minister – Paolo Conteh appears in court on treason charges

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 March 2020: Former defence minister and also internal affairs minister in the former APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma – retired major Paolo Conteh, has this afternoon appeared at the Magistrate Court in Freetown, charged with sixteen counts of treason. Conteh was arrested on 19th March [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone could experience a big coronavirus crisis

Bilal Coleman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 March 2020: Sierra Leone may not have registered a single case of the coronavirus, but the global shock engendered by the virus has triggered a financial crisis that is reverberating in the country. It appears that the financial shock wave is running ahead of [Read More]

Economy & Business

COVID-19 likely to exact heavy toll on the malnourished, sick, and poor in Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 March 2020: The Continent’s relatively young population Is likely to be a mitigating factor, but constrained health systems and a high incidence of malnutrition and conditions such as HIV and tuberculosis will magnify the impact, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). [Read More]

Economy & Business

IMF approves US$23.5 million disbursement for Guinea

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 April 2020: Yesterday, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed its fourth review of Guinea’s economic performance under the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF). It said that completion of this review has enabled it to immediately disburse about US$23.5 million, [Read More]

Politics

Medics in Sierra Leone call on government to do more to prevent spreading of COVID-19

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 April 2020: Yesterday, Sierra Leone’s ministers of information and health gave a joint press briefing about the current status of the government’s preparedness in stemming the transmission and spread of COVID-19 across the wider population. But the country’s medics say that the government hasn’t gone far [Read More]

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