- An unidentified mother and her daughter have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in Algeria and placed in isolation
- It is believed they contracted the virus after an 83-year-old Italian and his daughter arrived from France
- This brings to three the number of cases that have been recorded in Algeria
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A 53-year-old mother and her 24-year-old daughter have become the latest people to be infected with the coronavirus in Algeria.
According to the country’s health ministry, this brings to three, the number of people infected with the virus.
They were placed in isolation in the Bilda province which is south of the capital, Algiers.
According to the nytimes.com, the mother and daughter hosted an 83-year-old man and his daughter who tested positive for the virus after their visit.
A week ago, Algeria announced its first case of the virus, which was an Italian who arrived in the country on Monday, February 17, 2020.
He was, however, flown back to Italy, which has so far recorded almost 1700 cases since the outbreak of the virus.
In other news, an agriculture-inclined business in Zambia, African Green Resources (AGR), has announced a finance scheme for farmers valued at $81 million.
The project, launched on Sunday, March 1, 2020, is designed to provide farm supplies and technology to farmers in exchange for farm produce.
This forms part of AGR’s plan to invest $150 million in Zambia for a series of projects, including a 50-megawatt solar farm and irrigation dam.
Per a report by Reuters, AGR would select 120 commercial farmers, as well as 250,000 small and middle scale farmers under the new programme.
The plan is to increase food security in the country as well as the surrounding regions. The fund would take are of 60,000 tonnes of fertilizer for wheat and soya farming, estimated to be worth $55 million. Another $26 million would be used for projects such as the expansion of grain storage silos.
It is expected that the project would lead to a yield of 44,000 tonnes of wheat per season. Part of the fund has been guaranteed by the African Development Bank, the African Union, Sace Italy and Agriculture Grain International.
Eventually, the farmers would derive benefits from the growth of the business as they gain access to markets and credit finance.
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