“Drastic rise” in Malawi’s suicide rate linked to COVID-19 economic downturn

“Malawi is seeing a sharp rise in suicide rates this year, with some attributing it to the economic stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Malawi police service reports an increase of as much as 57% on the same period last year.”

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Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and COVID-19

“Millions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country. The cost of some staple foods like bread and sugar has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up from 144% in July.”

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‘We were beaten’: 20 LGBTQ+ Ugandans file lawsuit over alleged torture

“Twenty LGBTQ+ men and women have filed lawsuits against the Ugandan authorities over alleged torture after they were arrested and imprisoned on charges related to the coronavirus lockdown.”

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African countries unite to create ‘one stop shop’ to lower cost of COVID-19 tests and PPE

“African countries have pulled together to set up a one-stop shop to give the continent a fairer chance in the international scramble for COVID-19 test kits, protective equipment and any vaccines that emerge. The Africa Medical Supplies Platform will work like eBay or Amazon, unlocking access to supplies across the continent, and could save billions of pounds.”

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African countries drop COVID-19 curbs in effort to limit economic harm

“Many governments lifted the strictest restrictions several weeks ago, but most recognise that weak health systems are unlikely to be able to cope with a big wave of infections. Many are seeking local solutions to contain specific outbreaks.”

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Burundi president dies of illness suspected to be coronavirus

“The outgoing president of Burundi has died of a sudden illness, suspected by many to be COVID-19. The cause of Pierre Nkurunziza’s death was described as a heart attack in a government statement. The 55-year-old was due to stand down in August following elections last month.”

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Experts sound alarm over lack of COVID-19 test kits in Africa

“Public health experts have warned about the risks of low supplies of coronavirus test kits as lockdowns in African countries begin to ease and urban populations become more mobile.”

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Why are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked?

“But what has also happened is that many African nations, realising early on that large-scale, expensive testing and hospitalisation was not an option for the populations, had no choice but to take a more creative approach.”

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Coronavirus leaves Malawi’s health workers facing threats and social stigma

“Amid health worker protests over poor pay and lack of PPE, public fear of virus leads to doctors and nurses being shunned and evicted.”

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‘Finally, a virus got me’: Ebola expert on nearly dying of coronavirus

“Peter Piot, the scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus, and the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has told of his brush with death after contracting COVID-19.”

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