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On this edition of Africa 54, countries issue travel warnings and emergency measures as worldwide Coronavirus infections roar at over 80,000; Kenya allows, for the first time, the informal visit of a United Nations envoy on extra-judicial and summary executions; East African countries races against time to prevent new swarms of locusts wreaking havoc with crops and livelihoods; Ethiopian officials are not attending a final round of U.S. brokered talks with Egypt and Sudan to resolve the Grand Ethiopian Dam dispute.

A54 Health: The growing spread of the coronavirus is rattling stock markets, with global indexes experiencing sharp losses Thursday. Authorities in China and other hard-hit countries are enforcing lockdowns that are paralyzing production, interrupting supply chains and disrupting tourism and other key service sectors.