We forget our troubles: Crystal meth use rises during lockdown in Zimbabwe

“Although the drug has been used in Zimbabwe for some years, its use has grown in the townships as the economic crisis grips the country, leaving few job prospects for its young people. Zimbabwe has nearly 90% unemployment, with young people worst affected.”

via The Guardian (Nigeria)

It’s time for Africa to rein in Tanzania’s anti-vaxxer president

“According to President John Magufuli, who ordered officials to stop reporting COVID-19cases last May, when there were 509 infections and 21 deaths, Tanzania is COVID-19-free; an alleged status the country shares with North Korea and Turkmenistan. In a bizarre scene last month, Magufuli praised China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for not wearing a face mask during a visit to the country, as though this were a good thing.”

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Life in times of COVID-19- Persons with disabilities

“For individuals living with various forms of disabilities, a lack of consideration for their distinctive needs in response to the novel virus has been worrisome.

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“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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How multiple disasters ravaged Sokoto Farms

“The COVID-19 lockdown has had varying effects on farmers. A watermelon farmer, Isiyaka Musa, from Unguwar Lalle, Sabon Birni Local Government area, revealed that he recorded a massive loss to coronavirus pandemic.”

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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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