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Facebook Expands Coronavirus Information Centre Across Africa

Facebook has announced that it is rolling out its Coronavirus Information Centre to 24 more countries across Africa in a bid to deliver accurate news from trusted health authorities.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Centre appears at the top of the News Feed and is a central place for people to keep informed and updated about coronavirus.
It offers real-time updates from official sources such as the World Health Organization and the Africa Centre for Disease Control as well as helpful videos, posts, articles and tips about social distancing and curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Facebook’s Africa Director of Public Policy, Kojo Boakye, said that Facebook is in support of the public health community’s work across the globe to keep everyone informed during the coronavirus pandemic.
He added that Facebook is happy to provide nearly every single country in Sub-Saharan Africa with its own specialised Information Centre so that people across the continent have a central platform to find official information around COVID-19.

The latest countries where Facebook is rolling out the Coronavirus Information Centre are Burundi, Botswana, Comoros, Central African Republic, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Coronavirus Information Centre is already in place in Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Seychelles and Togo.

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