News & Analysis: Health impact

Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

“Only eight countries in Africa – Algeria, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Egypt, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and South Africa – record more than 75% of deaths, according to the United Nations. In other regions, where official data is readily available, researchers have used the number of deaths from all causes that exceed the average for the time of year to help gauge the number linked to the coronavirus pandemic.”

via Reuters

Ramaphosa asks all South Africans to help to avoid 50,000 COVID-19 deaths this year

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the immediate re-banning of alcohol sales, while maintaining the current, national level three lockdown. He also announced the opening of parks for exercise and the implementation of a national curfew between 9pm and 4am, which will come into effect from Monday night. Wearing cloth masks in all public spaces will now be mandatory and enforceable by law, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

via Mail & Guardian

Premier of South Africa’s Gauteng province tests positive for COVID-19

“The premier of Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province, said on Friday he had tested positive for COVID-19, as new confirmed infections in the country hit a record high.”

via Reuters

‘We’re holding COVID-19 tests for hospital patients’

“It’s not because we don’t have the money or anything. It’s just that the whole world is trying to buy the same test kits we are trying to buy. Suppliers can only supply us a limited number.”

via Sunday Times

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

Interview with Gwen K. Young: Gender Impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gwen K. Young, President of Balance Up Leadership, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women and what governments and others can do to develop response plans that promote women’s economic and social wellbeing.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

COVID-19 pandemic in Africa is now reaching ‘full speed’

“The coronavirus pandemic in Africa is reaching ‘full speed’ and it’s good to prepare for the worst-case scenario, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, after a South African official said a single province is preparing 1.5 million graves.”

via AP News

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases surpass 30,000

“Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed thirty thousand cases in new figures published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.”

via P.M. News (Nigeria)

Mkhize warns the ‘surge’ has started while doctors struggle with scarce resources

“Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told parliamentarians that the surge in South Africa’s COVID-19 outbreak is here. Meanwhile, doctors at Johannesburg clinics are struggling to find hospital beds for patients ill with COVID-19. In the Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay has only two ambulances for COVID-19 patients and a hospital overflowing with contaminated laundry.”

via Daily Maverick

Coronavirus stalks cells of Cameroon’s crowded prisons

“Hundreds of cases of COVID-19 were recorded among the inmates released from five prisons dotted across Cameroon’s central region in April, according to government data seen by Reuters which has not been made public.”

via Reuters