South African researchers are looking at medicinal plants for possible COVID-19 treatments

“Researchers at the Durban Institute of Technology have identified bioactive compounds in indigenous plants which could be effective against SARS-CoV-2. The species chosen were based on their use for the common cold, flu, other respiratory conditions, antimalarial, antiviral and antioxidant activity. The second phase of the study will test the compounds in the laboratory.”

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector

“There is also a lack of guidance on how to adapt regular solid waste management services to a pandemic situation. More important is the absence of a solid waste management policy that includes the informal economy. “

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Universal basic income helped Kenyans weather COVID-19 – but it’s not a silver bullet

“The ability to access income supplements clearly helped people weather the pandemic. It also leads to people taking risks, but was not able to protect the income from these investments during the crisis. In a pandemic, it may be important to protect these incomes as well, so perhaps larger one-time cash transfers may also be needed.”

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COVID-19 in South Africa: Who should get tested, and what’s available

“It is clear that laboratory testing still plays a vital role in the diagnosis and the prevention of the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that not everyone should be tested and that the timing and correct use of the different types of test is important in order to gain the best results.”

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Why African cities should have engaged non-state actors in the fight against COVID-19

“Urban governance that incorporates collective organisation, community groups, non-state and informal actors, offers scope in the battle against COVID-19 in Africa.”

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Restrictions in trade to contain COVID-19 have been devastating for Africa’s urban poor

“In Africa, there’s a growing body of evidence showing that firms – from large to very small – have been severely affected by restrictions in the movement of goods and people. For many this means not only losing a livelihood, but a direct impact on their ability to meet basic needs.”

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Food prices in Nigeria have shot through the roof. But is the pandemic to blame?

“The measures taken to contain COVD-19 have indeed had a major impact on food supplies in the country.But… other factors were behind prices going up even in Nigeria’s best food producing regions.”

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Why African countries are reluctant to take up COVID-19 debt relief

“Of the 25 countries eligible for the debt relief, only four have requested assistance – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal. The majority have either refused to apply, or have not yet requested a debt moratorium.”

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Court throws South Africa’s lockdown exit strategy into disarray. But it got it wrong.

“The legal and governance impact of this week’s judgment is far-reaching. It will heap further unwelcome pressure onto a government that is already under intense pressure as it tries to navigate a complex, wholly unfamiliar and ever-changing decision-making terrain.”

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COVID-19 is casting Magufuli in the worst light, in an election year

“2020 is casting Magufuli in the worst of lights. His COVID-19 response throws other, negative aspects of the president and his programme into sharp relief. Instead of validating his vision it is bringing critical, dissenting perspectives to the fore.”

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