News & Analysis: Policy responses

Tunisia: Empty streets in Tunis as Ramadan begins

“The city centre of Tunisia’s capital Tunis, lies almost empty before “iftar”, or breaking the fast at sunset on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Tunisian government ahead of Ramadan extended its nighttime curfew by three hours, tightening other restrictions. It followed an uptick of COVID-19 infections.”

via Africa News

Tataouine: COVID-19 situation is “very dangerous,” says Governor

“Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, in Tataouine (South of Tunisia), Governor of the region, Adel Ouerghi described the situation as ‘very dangerous,’ calling on citizens to protect themselves and respect the health protocol in force. The region is now classified as a red zone, he cautioned.”

via Tunis Afrique Presse

North West Cameroon: Tubah Mayor Encourages Massive Testing

“Mayor Tanjong Martin distributed sanitizers, soap, facemasks, wash hand buckets and other preventive gadgets. The outing was a follow up to earlier actions during which the Tubah Council undertook a massive disinfection exercise to the University community of Bambili, public institutions, some palaces and major junctions.”

via Cameroon Tribune

COVID-19 raises fears of increased women mortality rate

“In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, curfews imposed in certain African countries made it difficult for pregnant women to reach clinics and/or hospitals after curfew time.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19: A Critical Time for the Global Right to Health

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, argues the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many health systems as inadequately financed, underprepared for managing complex emergencies, and suffering from a lack of agility to respond without threatening the delivery of other health services.

via COVID HQ Africa

Esther Krofah: Vaccines, Variants, and Lessons for the Next Pandemic

Esther Krofah, executive director of FasterCures, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the public health lessons learned so far from the COVID-19 pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Nigeria Bets on Solar to Power its COVID-19 Recovery

“With Solar Power Naija, the government is aiming to fix the development problems that a lack of access to electricity has created, as well as the pollution that fuel-powered generators, one of the most popular power sources, cause.”

via Bloomberg

Global Financing to End the Pandemic

“Such an unprecedented global undertaking requires strong cooperation, including financial support. Yet the urgency should be clear to all. As long as COVID-19 persists at high rates of transmission anywhere in the world, the pandemic will continue to disrupt global production, trade, and travel, and will also give rise to viral mutations that threaten to undermine previously acquired immunity from past infections and vaccinations.”

via Project Syndicate

The impact of COVID-19 on journalists in Africa

“The global media landscape has changed over the past 10 years with journalism facing a range of problems such as the disruption in traditional media as a result of the fast changing digital space, to fake news and the rising distrust in journalism. When COVID-19 hit, it exacerbated these and other existing problems within the journalism industry.”

Tanzania to re-evaluate its position on COVID-19, says President Samia

“On the issue of COVID-19, I think I should form a Committee of experts to look at it professionally and then advise the Government, and it should not be silenced or rejected or accepted without professional research.”

via The Citizen