News & Analysis: Health impact

Delta variant deepens crisis for Tunisia’s fragile democracy

“A fast-deteriorating health situation has added to Tunisia’s political and economic woes as the aggressive Delta variant of coronavirus takes hold in a country with low vaccinations and the Arab world’s highest COVID-19 death rate.”

via Financial Times

June records highest COVID-19 cases (Rwanda)

“The highest number of new COVID-19 infections were recorded in the month of June, according to the weekly Epidemiological Bulletin of July 4 from Rwanda Biomedical Centre.”

via The New Times

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

South Sudan runs out of COVID-19 vaccines

“Health authorities say country has exhausted its supply of AstraZeneca doses received under COVAX facility.”

via Anadolu Agency

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: Uncertainty in fight against pandemic as Delta variant rages (Nigeria)

“As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was ending in Nigeria and some other African countries, little did anyone know that a more infectious and deadly strain of the virus was yet to emerge.”

via Vanguard

Zimbabwe records 59 COVID-19 deaths

“Zimbabwe recorded 59 new COVID-19 deaths to bring the total deaths to 2,185 since the start of the pandemic.”

via The Herald

Uganda: Hackers target gov’t COVID-19 certificate control system

“The government has attributed rising cases of fake COVID-19 test certificates to actions of fraudsters within labour export companies.”

via Daily Monitor