South Sudan reopens schools after six-month lockdown

“South Sudan’s Council of Ministers has lifted the ban that President Salva Kiir imposed in March in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in schools.”

via The East African

Ethiopia to make, export COVID-19 test kits with China’s help

“As COVID-19 cases continued to climb sharply, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health on Sunday announced that the country will start manufacturing its own test kits with China’s help. The announcement came as the Horn of Africa nation passed the mark of one million tests, the third highest in the continent after South Africa and Morocco.”

via The East African

Somalia jails four government officials for stealing COVID-19 funds

“A Somali court on Monday sentenced four government officials to jail for having a hand in the theft of public funds meant for COVID-19 emergency response. The Banadir Regional Court, which covers crimes committed in Mogadishu and surrounding locations, found the four guilty following a case that drew public scrutiny in the use of the funds.”

via The East African

Concerns over Africa’s capacity to handle COVID-19 burden

“Five months on and just five per cent of coronavirus global burden, Africa stills lacks capacity to roll out mass testing of population. Ten countries account for three-quarters of all Covid-19 infections in Africa, making them hotspots of the pandemic on the continent.”

via The East African

Africa’s top 10 COVID-19 hotspots face virus storm

“The World Health Organisation has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could overwhelm already strained public health systems in Africa. Despite considerable investments in the past five months, Africa’s healthcare infrastructure remains gravely inadequate. The average doctor to patient ratio of 1:5,000 is still far short of the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended proportion of 1:1,000.”

via The East African

Concerns over Africa’s capacity to handle COVID-19 burden

“Five months on and just five per cent of coronavirus global burden, Africa stills lacks capacity to roll out mass testing of population. Ten countries account for three-quarters of all COVID-19 infections in Africa, making them hotspots of the pandemic on the continent.”

via The East African

Rwandans sent to late-night lectures for breaking COVID-19 rules

“Rwandese caught breaking curfew or not wearing masks are being sent to stadiums in droves for all-night lectures on the dangers of coronavirus, as the country maintains a tough approach to stem its spread.”

via The East African

Africa surpasses a million coronavirus cases

“Coronavirus has now infected more than a million people in Africa, but hopes that the pandemic may be peaking in some countries are also leavened by fear of a second wave.”

via The East African

48 members of Kenyan family infected with COVID-19

“At least 48 members of the same family tested positive for the coronavirus after one of them travelled from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to upcountry, the Health ministry has said.”

via The East African

East Africans must work as one to defeat COVID-19, says Kagame

“In a wide-ranging interview with Washington Gikunju and Bernadette Namata, President Kagame delves deep into the issues that have been making headlines across East Africa and gives an honest assessment of the emerging divisions within the EAC.”

via The East African