Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also warned that the pandemic was accelerating.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have announced immediate relief measures, including freeing up billions in debt payments and expectations for help from China are high across resource-rich Africa, but Beijing has remained silent.
Although food truck drivers are meant to be exempt from lockdown restrictions, many are afraid for their own safety, or fear they will be fined or arrested by overzealous police.
Apple said it would expand the App Store to 20 countries, eight of them in Africa, and will offer its streaming Apple Music service in 52 additional countries and regions.
Basic supplies like oxygen and soap are needed first to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
African countries have recorded a total of 19,334 infections since the virus emerged in China in late December, the figures show.
Africa's 54 countries have so far reported fewer than 20,000 confirmed cases of the disease, just a fraction of the more than two million cases reported globally. But the World Health Organisation warned on Thursday that Africa could see as many as 10 million cases in three to six months.
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The countries benefitting are nearly all in Africa, but also include Afghanistan, Yemen and Haiti.
The African Union estimates that around 20 million jobs, in formal and informal sectors, are under threat.
The numbers of recorded coronavirus infections in Africa have been relatively low so far - with nearly 11,000 cases and 562 deaths, according to a Reuters tally based on government statements and WHO data.
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WHO director-general told a virtual news conference, insisting "we will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world whether it is in Europe, Africa or wherever.
India's relationship with Africa progressed through consultative and responsive mechanisms under the rubric of the India-Africa Forum Summit and the conference of 2015 infused a new dynamism in the ties, he said at the valedictory session of a conference on "Understanding Africa: Continuity and Change" at the India International Centre here.
The south Asian country's exports stood at 9.87 million tonnes in 2019, the lowest since 2011, and down from 12.05 million tonnes in 2018, according to data compiled by the ministry of commerce and industry.
The establishment of the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) is a landmark for India-Niger friendship, as also a symbol of India's firm commitment towards Africa, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
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It was the first attack on a church since jihadist violence erupted in the west African nation. Muslim clerics and imams have been targeted as well.
The White House said on Wednesday that her schedule includes a women's economic empowerment summit in Ivory Coast as well as site visits and meetings with political leaders, executives and female entrepreneurs in both countries.
Addressing a conference, the minister said India's exports of services and merchandise together would touch a record $540 billion in the current financial year ending March 31, reflecting its robust economic fundamentals.
Africa has six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world. From 2018 to 2035, according to one UN prediction, all ten of the world's fastest growing cities will be African. China knows these numbers best.
Managing director of Exim Bank David Rasquinha said the financing entity was engaged in some infrastructure projects in Africa where the quantum of finance extended was close to USD 2.5 billion in aggregate.
The bank in a regulatory filing said that as per the government guidelines for rationalisation of overseas presence, increase in efficiency and profitability of the overseas offices, it will close down branches in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana by June 30, 2019.
For a long time, East Africa has been considered the place of origin of the earliest hominins and lithic technology.
The foundation, founded by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, in its second annual Goalkeepers Data Report released Tuesday argues that gains in lifting millions out of persistent poverty in China and India could be eclipsed by burgeoning birth rates in the poorest countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.