Latest Developments

Ecocash defies Zimbabwe order to suspend mobile money transactions

“Zimbabwe’s Ecocash has defied a government order to suspend transactions, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration accused mobile-money platforms of a conspiracy to sabotage the collapsing Zimbabwe dollar.”

via Financial Times

More than 500 Eastern Cape pupils and teachers test positive for COVID-19, 154 schools closed

“More than 550 pupils, teachers and support staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape, while 154 provincial schools have been temporarily closed, the education department said on Friday.”

via News24

Rand weakens amid surge in COVID-19 cases

“The rand was weaker on Friday morning, slipping along with its emerging-market peers, as a surge in new COVID-19 cases overshadowed sentiment about the reopening of economies.”

via Business Live

Doctors under siege in Sudan

“Hundreds of doctors have temporarily left their positions either because of [COVID-19 related] attacks or in protest over a lack of adequate personal protective equipment to handle COVID-19 cases, according to the committee’s secretary general, Omer Ahmed Salih.”

via Mail & Guardian

Western Cape building a ‘mass-fatality facility’ for COVID-19 corpses

“Cape Town will soon have a ‘Mass-Fatality Temporary Facility’ to refrigerate and store hundreds of patients who succumb to COVID-19… The makeshift morgue will be able to hold up to 770 dead bodies – at full capacity – and will be located at the Tygerberg Hospital’s sprawling estate in Cape Town’s northern suburbs.”

via News24

Former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has died from COVID-19 complications (Nigeria)

“The 70-year-old, who had been on a life support machine since last Friday at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, died on Thursday.”

via Sahara Reporters

Senegal’s president self-quarantines as precaution

“Senegalese President Macky Sall has quarantined himself as a precaution after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a presidential statement late Wednesday. Although Sall tested negative for the virus, he will be undergoing a quarantine process of 15 days based on medical recommendations.”

via Anadolu Agency

Biggest ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, as South Africa total hits 111,796

“South Africa’s COVID-19 cases continued to climb at a rapid rate, with 5,688 cases reported in the past 24 hours. This is not only the biggest single-day increase in confirmed cases, but also the first time that more than 5,000 cases have been recorded in a single day.”

via Sunday Times

Coronavirus accelerates in Africa as economic damage deepens

“Africa is reeling from the economic ravages of the coronavirus. Now the disease itself is accelerating across the continent.”

via Axios

Coronavirus: Africa leads vaccine quest with trials in Johannesburg

“COVID-19 has hit South Africa harder than any other country on the continent. That makes it a good place to test the vaccine candidate, as volunteers are likely to come into contact with the virus relatively quickly. The study will follow up to 2,000 volunteers over 12 months.”

via The Africa Report