Latest Developments

Record number of South Africans died in first week of 2021

“South Africa had a record 10,907 excess deaths from natural causes in the week of 30 December to 5 January… By comparison, in the worst years of the AIDS epidemic (in the 2000s), there were at most about 6,000 excess deaths due to the disease each week.”

via Daily Maverick

EAC states to get 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AU

“East African Community members states are expected to receive some 39 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the same for all member states.”

via The East African

Government meeting today to review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines amid the surge (Zambia)

“The government has said that it will review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines that were set in order to determine the way forward amidst a surge of cases in the second wave of the pandemic.”

via Lusaka Times

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Nigeria

“Nigeria has registered 1,398 new coronavirus cases, health authorities said late Wednesday, up from 1,270 infections recorded a day earlier.”

via Anadolu Agency

Nigeria Vaccination Plan Seen as Unfeasible by Critics

“Nigeria wants to vaccinate as much as 40% of its population against the coronavirus in 2021, a government official said, in a plan that was described as unfeasible by a state governor and analysts.”

via Bloomberg

Police faulted for using violence to enforce COVID-19 measures

“The Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation has condemned the Malawi Police for beating up people in markets, depots and on the streets under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 measures.”

via Malawi24

South Africa’s vaccine plan raises eyebrows ahead of launch

“South Africa’s government has started outlining its COVID-19 inoculation plans, despite not yet receiving a single vaccine dose, as it faces criticism over unrealistic targets and a lack of clarity.”

via France 24

African Union secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

“The 300 million doses are being secured independently of the global COVAX effort aimed at distributing COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income countries.”

via Associated Press

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19

“Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.”

via Al Jazeera