News & Analysis: Eswatini

Eswatini strengthens lockdown laws amid surge in COVID-19 cases

“The Kingdom of Eswatini has strengthened its lockdown regulations following an increase of COVID-19 cases since last month. So far, more than 4,000 positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded and about 140 people have died due to the virus.”

via SABC News

Ambrose Dlamini: Eswatini’s PM dies after testing positive for COVID-19

“The government of Eswatini says Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has died, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus. A government statement said Dlamini, 52, died on Sunday afternoon in hospital in South Africa.”

via BBC

Eswatini: Prime Minister Mandvulo passes on

“When he was appointed prime minister in 2018, he had big plans to revive the country’s economy. However, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini will never get the opportunity to turn the country’s economic fortunes around as he has since passed away. His death, at the age of 52, comes after he was hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa, to speed up his recovery after he tested positive for COVID-19.”

via Times of Swaziland

Eswatini Prime Minister moved to South Africa for COVID-19 treatment

“The prime minister of Eswatini, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has been shifted to neighboring South Africa for COVID-19 treatment, an official said in a statement late Tuesday. Ambrose Dlamini, 52, contracted the novel virus on November 16th.”

via Anadolu Agency

World Bank Approves US$40 million Loan to Support the Kingdom of Eswatini’s Program for Economic Recovery to Mitigate Impacts of COVID-19

“The World Bank Group Board of Executive Directors today approved a $40 million Economic Recovery Development Policy Loan (DPL) to support the Government of Eswatini to implement its program of reforms for economic recovery and ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via World Bank

Eswatini’s premier tests positive for coronavirus

“Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced on Sunday. ‘I wish to inform the Nation that I have tested positive for COVID-19,’ Dlamini said in a statement.”

via Anadolu Agency

China’s COVID-19 Donations Go to 53, Not All 54 African Countries

“Chinese diplomats and state-run media outlets used to highlight how COVID-19 donations were sent to all 54 African countries across the continent. Although they’ve not confirmed which country is now off the list, most likely it’s the tiny land-locked kingdom of Eswatini that maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of China.”

via China-Africa Project

Kenya, Eswatini mourn loss of doctors due to COVID-19

“Kenya and Eswatini on Friday announced the first deaths of doctors on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic, local media reported. The deceased Kenyan doctor was the 39-year-old mother of 13-year-old twins.”

via Anadolu Agency

IMF Executive Board Approves US$110.4 Million in Emergency Support to The Kingdom of Eswatini to Address The COVID-19 Pandemic

“The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved the Kingdom of Eswatini’s request for emergency financial assistance of SDR78.5 million (about US$110.4 million, 100 percent of quota) under the Rapid Financing Instrument to meet the urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

via IMF

Eswatini: Cabinet in isolation in COVID-19 scare

“Cabinet ministers in the southern African nation of Eswatini (Swaziland) are going into isolation after one was found to have COVID-19. Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the public works and transport minister, had gone into isolation under doctor’s supervision.”

via Anadolu Agency