Latest Developments

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa Times

COVID-19: All schools in Kigali closed for two weeks

“Effective Monday, January 18, all nursery, primary and secondary schools will be closed in the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Education has announced. The decision, which follows the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the capital, has been taken to further contain the spread of Covid-19. Kigali has over the past days been the hot spot for the pandemic.”

via The New Times

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