News & Analysis: Testing

Glimmer of hope: Africa CDC launches guidelines to make COVID-19 tests more affordable and accessible

“As the continent witnesses new spikes in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the commission calls on member states to prioritise rollout of rapid antigen testing as part of an urgent effort to increase national COVID-19 testing capacity and better manage the pandemic, towards achieving test positivity rates of less than 5%.”

via Daily Maverick

South Africa breaches 10,000 daily cases as Mkhize raises alarm over 21% positivity rate

“Our daily cases are growing exponentially. Our positivity rate is sitting at 21 percent.”

via News24

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Killing Zimbabwe’s Once-thriving Cross-border Trading Networks

Policies meant to control the spread of COVID-19 have had dramatic negative impacts on Zimbabweans involved in cross-border trade, including in Mutare, a city east of Harare on the border with Mozambique.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

“Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. The Conversation Africa asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science, to assess the situation and how it might affect the country’s ability to manage other equally important diseases.”

via The Conversation

EU supports Egypt with $96m to fight COVID-19

“This amount includes support for the national plan and strategy of the Ministry of Health and Population to combat the virus and limit its effects in Egypt by strengthening the capacity of the health system response, taking preventive measures and detecting cases to prevent the transmission of the virus, and establishing an institutional structure to coordinate and follow up the national health response strategy and plan.”

via Arab News

New surveys may shed light on South Africa’s COVID-19 epidemic

“SARS-CoV-2 antibody surveys can be used to more accurately estimate how many people in the country have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. A few such surveys are underway in South Africa. In Gauteng, a survey has gathered data from just under 3,000 people. In total the survey aims to test 14,000 people from 7,000 households.”

via Ground Up

Rwanda’s COVID-19 death toll hits 50

“A 45-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19 in Kigali on December 2. This has raised the country’s death toll to 50. On the same day, 2,467 sample tests were collected country-wide and 46 people tested positive for COVID-19.”

via The New Times

Nurses have seen the worst—please protect yourself from the coronavirus’

“A nurse at a Pretoria hospital said after being in the war against COVID-19 for almost a year, she shivers when she thinks of a possible resurgence of the coronavirus. The appeal from nurses comes as the South African government meets to discuss ways to handle rising COVID-19 infections.”

via Sunday Times

Coronavirus cases in Seychelles

“People will have to go on home quarantine under strict health regulations and guidance if there is a surge in the number of coronavirus cases and there are not enough hospital beds available. This comes as a result of the sudden increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country and the threat posed by COVID-19 following detection on Sunday of nine new cases.”

via Seychelles Nation

Sudan registers high number of COVID-19 cases in second wave

“Sudan has registered a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as the country warns of even higher numbers in the second wave. The has registered 2,925 confirmed coronavirus cases with 4,461 suspected cases still awaiting results from the tests.”

via The East African