News & Analysis: Policy responses

Ramaphosa asks all South Africans to help to avoid 50,000 COVID-19 deaths this year

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the immediate re-banning of alcohol sales, while maintaining the current, national level three lockdown. He also announced the opening of parks for exercise and the implementation of a national curfew between 9pm and 4am, which will come into effect from Monday night. Wearing cloth masks in all public spaces will now be mandatory and enforceable by law, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.”

via Mail & Guardian

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

Interview with Gwen K. Young: Gender Impacts of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gwen K. Young, President of Balance Up Leadership, talks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on women and what governments and others can do to develop response plans that promote women’s economic and social wellbeing.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Morocco Adopts Amended 2020 Finance Bill in Light of COVID-19

“The legal text insists on the establishment of sectoral conventions to relaunch Morocco’s economy, taking into consideration the specificities of every sector and the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. The updated finance bill allocates MAD 5 billion ($518 million) to accompany businesses in their relaunch period, including public enterprises.”

via Morocco World News

Sudan relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

“Sudan has announced a gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions by reopening public offices and allowing civil servants back to work from Wednesday. The capital Khartoum and a number of other Sudanese cities have been under total lockdown for nearly three months as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.”

via The East African

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa fires health minister over COVID-19 test kits scandal

“Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired his Health minister who was implicated in the irregular procurement of $60 million worth of COVID-19 test kits.”

via The East African

They survived Ebola. Now they want to teach others to survive COVID-19.

“Communities for whom the devastation of the Ebola outbreak was still fresh feared what might happen if COVID-19 reached their countries.”

via African Arguments

South Sudan’s central bank cuts benchmark interest rate to 10%

“South Sudan’s central bank said it cut its benchmark interest rate to 10% from 13%, as part of efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy. This is the second time the central bank has slashed its rate since April, when it cut by 200 basis points to 13%.”

via Reuters

The Initial Policy Response to COVID-19 from African Central Banks

In response to COVID-19, African central banks have deployed a variety of monetary policy tools, including lowering policy rates, reducing capital requirements, providing various liquidity support measures to the banking sector, allowing loan deferrals and refinancing frameworks for distressed firms, and introducing new support measures mobile money and digital finance.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Kenyans express mixed feelings over Uhuru’s decision to reopen Nairobi: “It might end in tears”

“In his televised address at Harambee House on Monday, July 6, the president said the Nairobi Metropolitan area, Mombasa and Mandera counties, which had been on partial lockdown, would be monitored for 21 days. Taking to the streets of social media to express their feelings after Uhuru’s keynote address, a section of online users said they were glad they could finally travel to upcountry while others blatantly stated that the president had made a big mistake by reopening the country.”

via Tuko