News & Analysis: Policy responses

Sierra Leone re-imposes lockdown on Freetown as COVID-19 cases spike

“The authorities of Sierra Leone have announced a new lockdown of the capital Freetown and a night curfew throughout the country to counter the ‘exponential’ increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

via Africa News

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Zimbabwe orders most civil servants to work from home

“Following death of two ministers from COVID-19, only 10% of government workers will be allowed to work at offices.”

via Anadolu Agency

Panic shopping as Kigali goes back into lockdown

“Food markets across Kigali city were on January 19 flocked by crowds of people – retailers and wholesalers – following an announcement that the capital was returning to total lockdown. The 15-day lockdown announced by a cabinet meeting on Monday is aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the city, which has been rampant in the past few days.”

via The New Times

COVID-19: All schools in Kigali closed for two weeks

“Effective Monday, January 18, all nursery, primary and secondary schools will be closed in the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Education has announced. The decision, which follows the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the capital, has been taken to further contain the spread of Covid-19. Kigali has over the past days been the hot spot for the pandemic.”

via The New Times

Managing COVID-19’s Impact on Africa’s Sovereign Debt: An Interview with Danny Leipziger

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business at the George Washington University, about debt and debt relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Government meeting today to review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines amid the surge (Zambia)

“The government has said that it will review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines that were set in order to determine the way forward amidst a surge of cases in the second wave of the pandemic.”

via Lusaka Times

South Africa’s vaccine plan raises eyebrows ahead of launch

“South Africa’s government has started outlining its COVID-19 inoculation plans, despite not yet receiving a single vaccine dose, as it faces criticism over unrealistic targets and a lack of clarity.”

via France 24

Malawi President Chakwera declares State of Disaster to overcome COVID-19’s ‘crusade of death’

“The President admits that Malawi is entering a new danger zone, saying the death of the two ministers is an ‘incalculable loss’ to the nation.”

via Nyasa Times

Malawi declares state of disaster as two ministers die of COVID-19

“Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.”

via Al Jazeera