Latest Developments

Nigeria faces deadly COVID-19 Delta wave as infections jump 150%

“After weeks of steady decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, Nigeria is now responding to what authorities are describing as a ‘likely third wave’ of the pandemic, led by the more contagious Delta variant.”

via The Africa Report

June records highest COVID-19 cases (Rwanda)

“The highest number of new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the month of June, according to the weekly Epidemiological Bulletin of July 4 from Rwanda Biomedical Centre.”

via The New Times

Pfizer and BioNTech to produce vaccine in Cape Town in African push

“Pfizer and BioNTech will begin manufacturing their COVID-19 vaccine in South Africa, as part of an effort to accelerate the rollout of the jab on a continent battling another wave of infections.”

via Financial Times

South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘COVID-19-safe’ strategy

“An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.”

via Washington Post

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

South Sudan runs out of COVID-19 vaccines

“Health authorities say country has exhausted its supply of AstraZeneca doses received under COVAX facility.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19: Kigali City, eight districts placed under lockdown

“‘The surge in cases has necessitated a lockdown in the city of Kigali and other 8 districts,’ read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. ‘Citizens are urged to significantly reduce social interactions, and limit movements to only essential services.'”

via The New Times

Zimbabwe records 59 COVID-19 deaths

“Zimbabwe recorded 59 new COVID-19 deaths to bring the total deaths to 2,185 since the start of the pandemic.”

via The Herald

Uganda: Hackers target gov’t COVID-19 certificate control system

“The government has attributed rising cases of fake COVID-19 test certificates to actions of fraudsters within labour export companies.”

via Daily Monitor

Lagos logs 153 COVID-19 cases in two days

“Lagos continues to serve as the epicentre of a new wave of COVID-19 as it logged 153 cases in two days. The state almost accounted for the total of 161 cases announced by NCDC today. Federal Capital Territory of Abuja reported four cases and Gombe two. Oyo and Rivers reported a case each.”

via PM News