IMF announces financing plan aimed at Sudan debt relief

“The amount of the financing was not disclosed, but the IMF and World Bank put Sudan’s total external debt at an estimated $49.8 billion as of the end of 2019. “

via The East African

Surge in India’s COVID-19 infections is a warning to Africa, WHO says

“According to both Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organisation, Africa region, the continent has to act now, collectively and decisively, to avoid being in a similar situation.”

via The East African

Uganda mulls lockdown as it announces second COVID-19 wave

“The Ugandan government has announced that the country is now in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after the number of infections increased by 81 percent between March and April.”

via The East African

COVID-19: Tanzania announces 14-day mandatory quarantine for travellers

“All travellers, whether foreign or returning, arriving from countries with new COVID-19 variants based on WHO daily updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall be subjected to rapid test at point of entry.”

via The East African

South Sudan plans to dispose of 60,000 expired COVID-19vaccines

“South Sudan, emerging from six years of brutal civil war, faces serious logistical difficulties in transporting the vaccine around the country, due to lack of roads and security challenges.”

via The East African

Cameroon receives 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China

“Cameroon has received a donation of 200,000 doses of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm, after it suspended the approval of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines over safety concerns.”

via The East African

Bank of Uganda keeps policy rate unchanged at 7 percent for April

“Uganda’s Central Bank kept its benchmark policy rate unchanged at seven percent Wednesday in a strategic move that promises stable lending rates amidst increased credit default levels and renewed strength in the value of the Uganda shilling against the US dollar.”

via The East African

Cameroon: Senior Health Official Dies at 75

“Alim Garga Hayatou, Secretary of State in the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health in charge of epidemics and pandemics, died in a hospital in the capital, Yaoundé on Monday, the Prime Minister’s office announced in a statement.”

via The East African

IMF Board approves $174m COVID-19 emergency funds for South Sudan

“The disbursement will help finance South Sudan’s urgent balance of payments needs and provide critical fiscal space to maintain poverty-reducing and growth-enhancing spending.”

via The East African

Kenyan capital in lockdown as virus cases surge

“Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the cessation of all movement into and out of the capital Nairobi and four other counties following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.”

via The East African