News & Analysis: Testing

Number of coronavirus cases in Eswatini underestimated, Ministry of Health reveals

“Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi said there had been a further 1,017 cases that had previously gone unreported. In a statement she said the ministry had asked health facilities across the kingdom to submit their testing registers to the National COVID-19 Laboratory in Mbabane. ‘From these records, it was found that there were 1,017 unreported COVID-19 cases who were tested and treated within certain health facilities.’”

via Swazi Media

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

African Cup qualifier canceled over disputed COVID-19 tests

“Benin refused to play a decisive African Cup of Nations qualifying game in Sierra Leone on Tuesday after disputing that five of its players had tested positive for COVID-19 just before kickoff and should be ruled out the match.”

via Associated Press

‘A hidden pandemic’: Lockdown fatigue and lack of vaccines put Africa at risk of COVID-19 surge

“The worst chapter may be only ‘just beginning’ in Africa, where case numbers are ticking upwards in some countries and vaccination campaigns have barely begun. According to Dr Ayoade Alakija, co-chair of the Africa Union Vaccine Delivery Alliance, a lack of testing has masked the true scale of the outbreak of the continent’s ‘hidden pandemic.'”

via The Telegraph

Namibia confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in genomic sequencing results

“The variant of concern, first identified in South Africa and known as 20H/501Y.V2 or B.1.351, was found in 16 out of 81 samples from ten regions in Namibia, which were isolated between October 2020 and February 2021.”

via CGTN

Rwanda crosses one million tests

“A total of 4,163 COVID-19 sample tests collected in the last 24 hours increased the country’s total number of tests to 1,000,505.”

via The New Times

Nigeria: New virus strain taking toll on health workers

“Over the past week, 75 Nigerian health workers have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain detected in the country, an official said late on Monday. Many patients visiting hospitals were found to be unaware of their COVID-19 status, making healthcare workers particularly susceptible to infections.”

via Anadolu Agency

Stigma, Trust, and procedural integrity: COVID-19 testing in Malawi

“Malawi provides insight into other cases where populations might have concerns about stigma, lack trust in government public health efforts, and doubt the procedural integrity of the testing process.”

via Science Direct

Rwanda: Businesses to close at 6:00 PM as gov’t tightens COVID-19 restrictions

“All business operations, including restaurants, shops, markets and malls, will, effective January 5, close operations at 6:00 PM, as part of efforts to slow the spread of new COVID-19 infections in the country. “

via The New Times

The problem with generalizations

“Despite the media’s wish for a neat story, the African continent’s response to COVID-19 is all over the map.”

via Africa is a Country