News & Analysis: Policy responses

Why Kenya may reimpose restrictions after surge in virus cases

“The worrying fact is that the virus is spreading rapidly across the country apart from the hotspot counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu and Kajiado.”

via The Star

Sierra Leone lifts COVID-19 curfew to ease pressure on economy

“Sierra Leone’s National Centre for COVID-19 Response yesterday announced that the government has decided with immediate effect, to lift the night time curfew imposed by the president early this year to help curb the transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country.”

via Sierra Leone Telegraph

Sanwo-Olu orders full reopening of all markets in Lagos

“The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved the full reopening of all markets in the state following the flattening COVID-19 in Lagos.”

via PM News

Morocco: Unrest simmers over economy and COVID-19

“Tempers are rising over COVID-19 and ahead of elections in 2021, while concern grows about King Mohammed VI’s health.”

via Africa Confidential

How should we evaluate lockdowns? Disentangling Effectiveness, Context, and Politics

“In the early stages of the pandemic, there was significant pressure and urgency to respond. Now several months into the response, we are better equipped to assess the effectiveness and necessity of lockdowns, and to determine the most appropriate package of interventions to combat COVID-19.”

via Center for Global Development

COVID-19 surge: Hotels to admit patients (Kenya)

“The last time the country recorded over 4,000 cases in a week was in mid-August when the government’s imposed restrictions were still in place. As a result of the surge, the Ministry of Health is renegotiating with more than 20 hotels to take in COVID-19 patients and their contacts for isolation to take the pressure off hospitals. “

via The Star

Kenya: Why gradual reopening of schools might be halted

“Stakeholders are mulling a halt to the gradual reopening of schools as a second wave of coronavirus infections appears imminent. Several schools have reported cases of COVID-19 since reopening last week after seven months of closure due to the pandemic.”

via The Star

Boarding students to begin returning to school next week

“The Ministry of Education announced that boarding students in some high school, vocational schools and Teachers Training Colleges will be returning to their schools starting next week.”

via The New Times

Five Important Lessons From Morocco’s COVID-19 Response

“Morocco can take confidence from its early rapid response and the collaboration between the public and private sector, yet the country can benefit from more medical staff, public spending, and further innovation.”

via Morocco World News

Africa: Economic Recovery and Transformation

How can African countries “build forward,” not build back, after COVID-19? Our panel of experts shares their thoughts on creating more resilient and more prosperous economies across the continent.

via Milken Institute