The cost of COVID-19: 25 years of progress, halted

“In nearly every indicator, progress towards the sustainable development goals has halted or reversed this year. Extreme poverty has increased by 7%. Vaccine coverage — a good proxy for the effectiveness of health systems — is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s.”

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Level one loading: Almost back to normal (South Africa)

“South Africa is one level away from a pre-COVID-19 normality, with President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing on Wednesday night the country will move from level two to level one in the risk-adjusted lockdown.”

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‘We are painstakingly putting things right’ — Ramaphosa

“The scale of corruption and theft around COVID-19 spending has found a nation angry to have sacrificed so much during the national lockdown while some people profited. The World Health Organisation has called this sort of theft ‘murder.'”

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The pandemic’s effect is gendered

“Of the three million people who lost their jobs between the period of February and July 2020, two million were women. However, the economic relief efforts aimed at alleviating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have not been extended to the women who are most in need.”

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Kenyan cops cash in on COVID-19

“In Kenya, not wearing a mask in public carries a penalty of 20,000 shillings or six months imprisonment. Since the onset of COVID-19, the government has used the police to enforce health regulations — which has not gone well on several occasions.”

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Cameroon’s twin crises create surge in teen pregnancy

“The lives of many young women have been impacted by not one but two crises: COVID-19 and the ongoing conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions. In Douala, the worsening economy and the closure of schools has forced many young women to turn to sex work to make ends meet, or made them vulnerable to exploitative men.”

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COVID-19 sets HIV treatment and testing back (South Africa)

“Testing for HIV at public health facilities declined 57% during the first month of lockdown. About 1.6-million HIV tests were conducted in March. In April, that number dipped to just fewer than 690,000 tests.”

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Covidpreneurship: From corruption to rebuilding legitimacy and trust in our political leadership

“The recent exposé of massive misappropriation of the COVID-19 funds allocated for relief was a disturbing revelation to the nation… Finance Minister Tito Mboweni vowed to quickly cancel the emergency procurement processes and reintroduce the usual supply chain procedures to improve transparency. There are now reports, however, that this has not yet been done.”

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High court declares the City of Cape Town’s lockdown evictions illegal

“The Western Cape high court has found the City of Cape Town had acted illegally in launching evictions and demolitions on what it called ‘unoccupied dwellings’ during the lockdown period.”

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Who’s making money from COVID-19?

“To help South Africans stay on top of the billions of rand in public spending on PPE, we’re gathering details of all of the tenders awarded so far, and are compiling them into a searchable spreadsheet.”

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