News & Analysis: Testing

The irrelevance of containment as an Ethiopian COVID-19 response

“Maintaining containment as a COVID-19 public health response has become irrelevant in Ethiopia for two reasons. First, it is too late… Second, the country simply does not have the institutional capacity to make containment effective.”

via Ethiopia Insight

Muddled messaging around COVID-19 complicates response in Tanzania

“Tanzania has not reported a new case of COVID-19 to WHO for two and a half months — the longest gap in reporting from any country in Africa. The count stands at 509 cases and 21 deaths.”

via Devex

South African universities record 22 deaths from COVID-19

“Twenty staff members and two students from universities across the country have died from the coronavirus.”

via Mail & Guardian

‘The pandemic is gaining momentum’: Africa prepares for surge in infections

“After months in which Africa escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic as the global centre shifted from Asia to Europe and then to the Americas, the number of African infections — and deaths — has begun to increase sharply.”

via Financial Times

Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa?

“In terms of overall numbers, Africa currently accounts for only a small proportion of total global cases, but the acceleration in rates of infection in some countries is of increasing concern to health authorities in the region.”

via BBC

Johannesburg’s COVID-19 crisis: ‘The storm is upon us’

“With 12,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed every day, South Africa this weekend reinstated a ban on alcohol and a curfew in an effort to ease demand for hospital beds and control the virus. Infection rates have surged after an initially draconian lockdown was eased to release the pressure on the economy.”

via Financial Times

Burundi kicks off mass COVID-19 testing in Bujumbura

“Over 1,200 people were tested for COVID-19 in three communes in Bujumbura, with the Health ministry saying 41 people tested positive as of last week after the government launched a mass testing campaign in the country.”

via The East African

Two Madagascar lawmakers die after coronavirus infection

“Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, on Sunday said two lawmakers — one member of the senate and one deputy — had died after becoming infected with coronavirus. Eleven other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, Rajoelina said.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

The pandemic’s spread across Africa is being tempered by a young population, for now

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has seen lower numbers of cases and death compared with other continents, on a ‘per million’ basis. But the numbers have been on a steady rise and in recent weeks.”

via Quartz Africa

‘We’re holding COVID-19 tests for hospital patients’

“It’s not because we don’t have the money or anything. It’s just that the whole world is trying to buy the same test kits we are trying to buy. Suppliers can only supply us a limited number.”

via Sunday Times