News & Analysis: Second wave

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa 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

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

Analyzing Africa’s Second Wave of COVID-19

“2020 saw COVID-19 infect over 2.7 million Africans and kill over 65,000. A surge of cases in the last quarter of the year, combined with the emergence of more contagious mutations, pose new challenges for Africa in 2021.”

via Africa Center for Strategic Studies

South Africa new coronavirus variant rages alongside vaccine finance debate

“South Africa’s struggle with a new variant of COVID-19 coincides with a debate over how and who will pay for the vaccine. The business community may be one part of the solution, with the government saying the Pfizer jab is too expensive.”

via The Africa Report

Nigeria hit by second wave of COVID-19

“The number of COVID-19 cases detected in the country in the past two weeks indicates that a second wave of the outbreak has begun, said Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Mustapha stressed that the country is at risk of losing not only the gains from the hard work of the last nine months but also the lives of citizens.”

via Anadolu Agency

COVID-19 second wave: South Africa braces for stricter rules over festive season

“Experts weigh in on what measures the government should take to curb the second wave of COVID-19 infections. This comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to address the nation on the potential tightening of regulations while South Africa heads into the end-of-year break.”

via Daily Maverick

Coronavirus: Nigeria records highest daily cases in six months

“Nigeria recorded its highest number of daily infections of coronavirus in six months with 675 new cases. The latest figure beats the 601 cases reported August 23, which until last night was the second highest recorded on a single day in the country. With Thursday’s high returns, the country’s caseload is now 71,344 amid fears of a second wave of the pandemic.”

via Premium Times

Nigerian gov’t orders reopening of isolation centres over possible second wave of COVID-19

“Some COVID-19 isolation centres located inside Karu and Asokoro general hospitals had earlier been closed following reduction in the number of patients. Ahead of a possible second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government has ordered the reopening of all isolation and treatment centres in the country.”

via Premium Times

Uganda sees second highest day in new COVID-19 cases

“Ugandan health authorities on Wednesday confirmed 660 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the second-highest daily number of cases recorded in the country over the pandemic. With the announcement of the new infections, the tally of COVID-19 infections in Uganda has reached 23,860.”

via Anadolu Agency