Latest Developments

Nobel laureate Mukwege quits DR Congo COVID-19 team, blasts govt response

“In a statement, he said there had been ‘weaknesses in organisation and clarity between the various teams in charge of the response to the pandemic in South Kivu.'”

via France 24

Kenya rolls out home care plan for COVID-19 patients

“Kenya’s Health ministry has rolled out home care guidelines for COVID-19 patients. Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said Wednesday that it is becoming untenable to isolate all COVID-19 cases in hospitals.”

via The East African

Sudan: Media crackdown escalates amid COVID-19 pandemic

“The Sudanese authorities crackdown on media, unions and journalists has escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with tightening state control over media, journalists being arrested and facing increasing pressure on their freedom to work.”

via IFJ

COVID-19: Alarm over rise in infected medics (Kenya)

“The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has raised concern over the growing number of health workers infected by Covid-19 in the country. KMPDU Acting Secretary General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda said that more than 80 health workers in various hospitals across the country have been infected with the virus, with more than 60 percent of the infections being work-related.”

via Daily Nation

What Happens When Nigeria’s Vibrant Lit Scene Moves Online?

“When the coronavirus that has now claimed almost four hundred thousand lives began to ravage the world, Lola Shoneyin had cause to worry. Shoneyin is the founder of Aké Festival, a four-day celebration of arts and culture, literacy and education that has been held every year in Nigeria since 2013 and the pandemic put this year’s festival plans in grave danger.”

via Okay Africa

Coronavirus threatens Kenya goal to end female genital mutilation by 2022

“The coronavirus pandemic has put Kenya’s goal of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2022 in jeopardy, campaigners against the practice warned, amid reports of ‘mass cuttings’ involving hundreds of girls being held while schools are closed.”

via Reuters

South Africa is working on a plan to decide which countries’ tourists to allow visit

“Now tourism in South Africa is edging toward a revival, with both the government and travel industry mapping out plans to welcome visitors back in phases but there are already concerns it may be too early and instead coincide with the peak of South Africa’s COVID-19 infections.”

via Quartz Africa

Burundi president dies of illness suspected to be coronavirus

“The outgoing president of Burundi has died of a sudden illness, suspected by many to be COVID-19. The cause of Pierre Nkurunziza’s death was described as a heart attack in a government statement. The 55-year-old was due to stand down in August following elections last month.”

via The Guardian (Nigeria)

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth Perspectives

“COVID-19 is affecting many young people in various ways including health, education and socio-economic impact. The reality of young people on the continent even before the pandemic is that African economies generate only 3 million formal jobs annually for an estimated 12 million youth entering the workforce every year.”

via Mo Ibrahim Foundation

‘State of Emergency Will Not Be Renewed,’ Pres. Weah Says (Liberia)

“The President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has said that the state of emergency which is due to expire on June 9, 2020 will not be renewed. According to a release from the Executive Mansion, President Weah said given the country’s level of experience with the Coronavirus and its mode of transmission, the strides being made in its containment and in view of developments in other countries, the need for further extension of the constitutional measure is not required.”

via Daily Observer