Latest Developments

Kenya: Tourism gropes in the dark of losses related to COVID-19

“According to data from Kenya Private Sector Alliance at least 3.1 million jobs in travel and tourism were affected in the year 2020 as hotels, bars and restaurants, tour operators, airlines, travel agents and their suppliers and support services recorded low business.”

via The East African

Tanzania embarks on steam therapy to fight coronavirus

“Tanzania’s government Monday launched a nationwide campaign to promote steam therapy to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

via Anadolu Agency

Ethiopia asks for debt relief as COVID-19 takes toll

“Ethiopia has asked for debt relief under a G20 programme to help poor countries reeling under the economic impact of coronavirus, making it the second African country to do so in the past week.”

via Financial Times

Plane carrying South Africa’s first 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses lands

“The airplane carrying South Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine doses has landed at the OR Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, state broadcaster SABC reported on Monday.”

via Reuters

First AstraZeneca-vaccines arrive in South Africa

“The first shipment of one million COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India has arrived on South African soil. After a celebrated send-off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on Sunday, the much-anticipated cargo was welcomed by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the OR Tambo International Airport.”

via Mail & Guardian

South African coronavirus variant may pose global risk

“A coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa may pose a global risk if its spread is not prevented, according to a Turkish expert.”

via Anadolu Agency

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 kills another former minister

“The novel coronavirus claimed the life of another former minister in Zimbabwe on Sunday night, his family announced Monday. Tendai Savanhu, a former deputy minister for Lands and Resettlement, was 52 years of age.”

via Anadolu Agency

Nigeria to receive 16 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month

“Most African countries, including Nigeria, are banking on benefitting from the COVAX programme, which was set-up to divide over a billion doses of vaccines across 92 low-and middle-income countries.”

via Premium Times

Over 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Sierra Leone in three days

“Ten days ago, the government of Sierra Leone through the agency responsible for managing its COVID-19 response strategy – NACOVERC, announced new measures restricting the movement of people in the country, starting from Monday 25th January 2021, in response to the alarming rise in the number of daily new COVID-19 cases, especially in the capital Freetown since Christmas.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Algeria: Partial lockdown extended in 19 provinces

“On instructions from President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad on Thursday decided to extend by 15 days the partial lockdown measure in 19 provinces as from 31 January, the Prime Minister’s Office announced Saturday in a communiqué.”

via Algeria Press Service