Latest Developments

11 arrested at Entebbe Airport with fake COVID-19 certificates

“Police at Entebbe International Airport have arrested 11 intending travelers after they were found with forged COVID-19 negative test certificates just hours after Uganda’s virus cases reached 10,590 on Sunday.”

via Daily Monitor

Kenya: Haphazard COVID-19 response worries medical experts

“Amref Health Africa chief executive Dr. Githinji Gitahi said the fight against the pandemic will only be won once Kenyans fully embrace the preventive measures from home. Dr. Gitahi noted that the risk of infection will remain for as long as there is no vaccine.”

via The Nation

Rwanda closes treatment centres as cases drop

“As Rwanda continues to experience a surge in recoveries and a reduction in the number of active cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has closed a number of treatment facilities, some of which would be laying idle due to no patients.”

via The New Times

Cinemas in Nigeria seek Federal Gov’t’s assistance for COVID-19 recovery

“Nigeria’s cinema industry has urged the Federal Government to fulfil its promise of assisting the sector to fully recover from COVID-19 setbacks.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

24 million Egyptian students begin school year amid virus precautions

“School leaders spent the first day of school making announcements to students about essential hygiene and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There was generally a high turnout of students in most schools, despite rumors of classes being canceled”

via Arab News

South Africa: Zweli Mkhize and wife test positive for COVID-19

“Health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday night that he and his wife had contracted COVID-19.”

via Sunday Times

Kenya records 685 cases, government warns of impending second wave

“Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the country was headed for the second wave of COVID-19. Kagwe urged political leaders halt political rallies describing such gatherings as fertile ground for the spread of COVID-19.”

via Tuko

80% of Kenyans say their lives are much worse over COVID-19

“The latest TIFA report has revealed that 64% of respondents have resumed work compared to 33% recorded in April. However, their earnings remain far below what they had previously. 76% of respondents indicated that they know someone who has been evicted from their residence as a result of rent arrears.”

via Tuko

Regional business body calls for end to COVID-19 border testing

“The East African Business Council (EABC) on Thursday, October 15, called upon the East African Community Partner States to put an end to testing of COVID-19 at border points, in order to decongest traffic at the border crossings and increase intra-EAC trade.”

via The New Times

Virus fears as Mozambique conflict fuels overcrowding, hunger

“Most of those escaping the ongoing conflict are finding shelter with family or strangers in areas further south, putting a burden on the host families and leading to overcrowding that raises the risk of spreading COVID-19, say aid groups.”

via Thomson Reuters Foundation