News & Analysis: Testing

What will it cost to end the pandemic?

“A new paper argues that it’s possible to end the ‘acute phase’ of the pandemic early next year by vaccinating 60% of the population of every country.”

via The Economist

Who’s afraid of COVID-19? Somalia’s battle with the virus

“With one of the weakest health systems in the world and a government in turmoil, Somalia is struggling with a new wave of coronavirus infections that will likely lead to a surge in unrecorded and unrecognised deaths, health officials and aid workers warn.”

via The New Humanitarian

Tanzania Orders Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for Visitors as Fight Against COVID-19 Takes Shape

“The Tanzanian government stated those who would be arriving from red countries would be required to undergo the COVID-19 test.”

via Tuko

COVID-19 cases in Africa much more than reported, says UN

“31 out of 46 African countries conducted fewer than 10 tests per 10,000 people per week, says UN health agency.”

via Anadolu Agency

In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID-19 Testing

“Regular tests will be available within three hours for both departing and arriving passengers. The airline says that it will be able to test up to 1,000 passengers a day with the new equipment.”

via China-Africa Project

Fake and fraudulent: Cross-border bus passengers can buy forged COVID-19 test results

“In a matter of minutes, Daily Maverick was able to secure two fake COVID-19 test results from two bus companies for a total of R700.”

via Daily Maverick

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