Over 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Sierra Leone in three days

“Ten days ago, the government of Sierra Leone through the agency responsible for managing its COVID-19 response strategy – NACOVERC, announced new measures restricting the movement of people in the country, starting from Monday 25th January 2021, in response to the alarming rise in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases, especially in the capital Freetown since Christmas.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

China donates100,000 disposable masks for healthcare staff in Sierra Leone

“Following a request from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation in 2020 to meet the urgent needs of the country’s COVID-19 response, the UN has helped to arrange the shipment of one hundred thousand disposable face masks donated by Guo Kong Health Management Company Limited in China.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone announces new COVID-19 travel measures as dozens of new cases are recorded

“President Bio’s government announced that it has revised its process of screening all passengers arriving at the Lungi International Airport, following an alarming increase in the number of reported new cases in the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 response is “ineffective but yet expensive operation” says audit report

“Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 audit report uncovers “massive” corruption in the management and utilisation of funds by the National Coronavirus Emergency Response Centre (NaCOVERC) and other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Call for end to COVID-19 state of emergency as CDC lists Sierra Leone as low risk

“The CDC has listed Sierra Leone as one of only four countries in Africa, including Benin, Ivory Coast, and Rwanda, where travel and health risk due to COVID-19 is rated as low. Sierra Leone’s opposition politician Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has called for an immediate lifting of the State of Emergency laws.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

All People’s Congress Party (APC) condemns Bio’s government refusal to be audited for use of COVID-19 funds

“Critics of the government point out to the former APC government whom they say, set a good example by allowing a full audit of all Ebola funds received by the Koroma-led government in 2015 which unearthed the misappropriation of more than $14 million by corrupt officials.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone lifts COVID-19 curfew to ease pressure on economy

“Sierra Leone’s National Centre for COVID-19 Response yesterday announced that the government has decided with immediate effect, to lift the night time curfew imposed by the president early this year to help curb the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leonean technologist’s app helps to fight COVID-19

“The Health Outbreak Manager software consists of an app and a comprehensive suite of tools that help collect and manage data for users and COVID-19 responders. Using live data feeds and user-reported information, officials and health organizations can monitor and manage the status of an outbreak and contain the spread.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

External debt complicates Africa’s COVID-19 recovery

“For sub-Saharan African economies, interest repayments constitute the highest expenditure portion – and fastest-growing expenditure – of budgets.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sierra Leone government’s supplementary budget and the reality of COVID-19 economics

“Sierra Leone’s policymakers need a new roadmap for navigating the challenge of managing the pandemic and supporting the economy.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph