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Lassa Fever in a Time of Coronavirus in Nigeria

“Many observers are concerned that the appearance of the high profile disease caused by coronavirus, COVID-19, will divert precious resources away from the more commonplace killers. This season’s outbreak of Lassa fever—the worst such outbreak in years—is a case in point.”

via CFR

A country with no coronavirus cases has declared a national disaster and shut schools, large gatherings

“As coronavirus infections in most countries worldwide continues to soar by the thousands daily, there has not been any confirmed COVID-19 case in Malawi so far. Despite this the country’s president Peter Mutharika declared coronavirus a national disaster as a measure to prevent cases of the virus in the country.”

via Quartz Africa

Despite coronavirus fears, Nigeria has taken no action to stop its pangolin trade

China shut down the wildlife trade after the Wuhan outbreak, but Nigeria, one of the largest pangolin trading hubs in the region, is not taking similar steps.

via Quartz Africa

South Africa’s poor face a health and safety quandary as the country goes into coronavirus lockdown

“The country is now preparing to go on lockdown from March 26; however, South Africa’s notorious disparity in living standards could impede the government’s attempts to flatten the curve and avoid a health crisis.”

via Quartz Africa

The troubling data point behind Nigeria’s low number of coronavirus cases

“Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has a case count of fewer than 50 coronavirus cases. But what’s become increasingly clear is that low number is not because the country has been lucky or particularly effective with preventing the spread of the disease—it’s more likely because local authorities are simply not testing enough people.”

via Quartz Africa

How COVID-19 is changing the lives of Tanzanians

“Economists warn that the social and economic impact of COVID-19 will be huge. Small businesses are starting to feel the heat. For example, Ms. Hassan, a food vendor, fears that the spread of the virus could kill her business.”

via Africa Renewal

African airlines lose $4.4 billion in revenue following the spread of coronavirus on the continent

“Rwanda Air, and Air Mauritius are among airlines that have suspended flights to China. Morocco has suspended all international flights to and from its territory “until further notice” and Kenya Airways also suspended flights to countries affected by the virus… African airlines have recorded a loss of up to $4.4 billion in revenue since the virus surfaced.”

via CNN

COVID-19 disruptions on health supply chains a challenge for aid orgs

“The shutdown of businesses and factories in China — a major manufacturing hub — in the past two months as the country grapples to contain the outbreak, have also caused delays in production and shipment of goods in different industries. It has raised concerns about potential shortages of health products and essential medicines.”

via Devex

This Nigerian doctor might just prevent the next deadly pandemic

“As leader of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu works to protect the nation — and the world — from devastating outbreaks… Many argue that the best hope of mitigating such a catastrophe will come from the capacity of African nations to catch outbreaks early and stem their spread. Ihekweazu had written about this necessity long before it was in vogue — but he never imagined leading the effort himself.”

via Nature

Africa’s rising “unsustainable” debt is driving a wedge between the World Bank and other lenders

“African debt is on the rise, and that fact is causing tensions to spark in unexpected places. Total external debt for sub-Saharan Africa jumped nearly 150% to $583 billion in 2018 from $236 billion 10 years earlier, according to World Bank data. Many now worry the debt load is becoming unsustainable.”

via Quartz Africa