Latest Developments

Relying on the Neighbours

“President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s leadership on the coronavirus crisis got off to a bad start. On 21 March, days after telling the nation about isolating, not travelling, and all the other precautions, he flew to Windhoek to attend the inauguration of President Hage Geingob. On his return in went into 14 days of isolation, which didn’t protect him from a storm of opposition criticism for hypocrisy.”

via Africa Confidential

Watching the spread of coronavirus in Côte d’Ivoire

“The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to increase in Côte d’Ivoire, rising to nine on March 19. The government responded by announcing the cancellation of all international flights arriving at Abidjan Airport, along with the closure of land and maritime borders. Quarantines were also mandated for Ivorians returning to the country.”

via Atlantic Council

‘I need to be in the streets so I don’t go hungry’: Zimbabwe’s lockdown tests shaky economy

“Zimbabwe’s 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus started on a relatively calm note with minimal activity in the country’s main city centres, but the risky measure could hurt an economy already battling inflation and citizens working to stave off hunger from a crippling drought.”

via African Business Magazine

Third wave threatens the continent

“Top African and UN officials are desperately lobbying a divided international system for a US$100 billion emergency fund to combat what they fear will be a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic ripping through Africa in mid-April, as it ravages Europe and North America.”

via African Confidential

East Africa: Central Banks Ramp Up Coronavirus Response

“Central banks of the East African Community member countries are contemplating swift interventions in response to the coronavirus crisis amid calls on regional governments to implement significant economic stimulus packages… Such measures include lockdowns, curfews, and quarantines; meanwhile, businesses such as hotels and tourism are shut down.”

via MFW4A

Coronavirus comes to Sudan

“Sudan’s future was already hanging in the balance. The addition of a national and global public health crisis now has the potential for a ‘make or break’ impact on the country. If the government doesn’t respond effectively, the pandemic could call into question the case for long-term civilian rule and the prospects for economic stabilization.”

via Atlantic Council

Lagos, Abuja, Ogun on 14-day lockdown

“President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days.”

via Business Day - Nigeria

Congo Republic heads into coronavirus lockdown

“A 30 day lockdown and curfew decreed in the Republic of Congo. An announcement made by the president Denis Sassou Nguesso, 24 hours after the confirmation of 15 new coronavirus cases… Measures will come into force from 31 March in this oil-producing country of about five million inhabitants.”

via Africa News

Coronavirus: Kagame plans support for the vulnerable

“Rwandan President Paul Kagame has announced a social protection plan that will support the vulnerable across the country during the lockdown period. ‘Relevant institutions are working on a social protection plan, to support the most vulnerable in our community. We need to speed this up.'”

via The East African

COVID-19: Kenyans brace for tough times as economic shock looms

“Day labourers, informal traders feel the heat as steps against coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa’s largest economy… Amid fears of a major outbreak, the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a series of sweeping measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the virus. It shut borders and suspended most air travel.”

via Al Jazeera