News & Analysis: Health impact

South African soccer team outbreak tests Tokyo Olympics’ ‘COVID-19-safe’ strategy

“An outbreak of infections among members of the South African men’s soccer team has emerged as the first test of Olympic officials’ strategy of aggressive testing and swift isolation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the Tokyo Games.”

via Washington Post

Third wave cases mount as tourism jobs crash

“While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across Africa, the devastating costs of the travel restrictions that have been imposed on visitors as a consequence continue to grow. The economic damage caused by the closure of the tourism economy in Southern and North Africa last year is continuing, perhaps worsening, this year.”

via Africa Confidential

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

COVID-19: Kigali City, eight districts placed under lockdown

“‘The surge in cases has necessitated a lockdown in the city of Kigali and other 8 districts,’ read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. ‘Citizens are urged to significantly reduce social interactions, and limit movements to only essential services.'”

via The New Times

COVID-19: Rwanda confirms Delta variant

“The latest diagnostics and symptoms manifested in COVID-19 patients in Rwanda confirm the presence of Delta Variant in the country, an official has said. Dr Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, said the current virus spreads faster, is deadlier and has symptoms different from what was known before.”

via The East African

Strive Masiyiwa: “How can I say science has delivered a miracle to people who are dying?”

“The fact is, it’s not about sharing. It’s about allowing us access to the production capacity. If you loosen the contracts so that the supply capacity can be released to other nations, that is all we ask.”

via Milken Institute

Health crisis as COVID-19 sweeps East Africa

“East Africa is in the throes of a public health crisis as its healthcare systems sag under the weight of a rapid third wave of COVID-19, largely blamed on the deadly Delta strain.”

via The East African

Uganda: Mulago hospital to install new plant as oxygen crisis worsens

“A day after news leaked that 30 COVID-19 patients died after the oxygen supply malfunctioned at Mulago hospital on Tuesday, authorities at the facility have announced that they will install a fifth oxygen plant to meet the increased demand.”

via Daily Monitor

Zambia closes schools, restricts social functions as it battles COVID-19 third wave

“Zambia has re-imposed strict measures, including closing schools, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it battles to keep the third wave at bay.”

via The East African

Rwanda introduces quarantine for travelers from Uganda, India

“Travelers arriving from India and Uganda or those who have traveled there in the last seven days will be required upon arriving in Rwanda to complete a mandatory seven-day quarantine, the Health Ministry said Wednesday in its updated rules which came into force Tuesday. The ministry encouraged airlines to check whether passengers have booked seven days in its designated hotels before boarding.”

via Anadolu Agency