How, and Where, Covid-19 Is Spreading in Africa

Lessons from Ebola are being applied continent-wide, and could work in U.S., says WHO doctor By Noah Smith Africa currently has the second-fewest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the world, except for the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific region, according to the most recent WHO figures. In total WHO Africa member states have 623,851 confirmed cases, including 12,666 in the past 24 hours. More than half of these cases are in South Africa. Across the continent, at least 10,116 have died from Covid-19. However, African nations also have some…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (14 – 20 July 2020)

GHANA OVER 2,000 HEALTH WORKERS INFECTED WITH COVID-19 Some 2,065 health workers in Ghana have been infected with COVID-19, according to authorities. As of 19 July, six medical staff have reportedly died of the virus. Ghana has one of the best screening rates in subSaharan Africa. Nevertheless, as early as April, the country’s main medical union expressed concern over the lack of protective equipment for the population and particularly for health workers. As of 19 July, the country has recorded 27,667 cases and 145 deaths. DR CONGO OVER 27,000 FLEE…

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Coronavirus Infections Accelerate in Africa

The spread of the coronavirus in Africa has lagged much of the globe, but it’s picking up speed. Health authorities say the highly infectious virus poses a heightened threat to countries with weak healthcare systems and especially to vulnerable populations of refugees, migrants and forcibly displaced people. The continent passed a milestone of 750,000 confirmed cases, Reuters reported Wednesday. The news service, using government and World Health Organization data, tallied 751,151 cases, 15,721 deaths and 407,461 recoveries. It noted that Africa had 500,000 confirmed cases on July 8. “I think…

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Over 10 000 health workers in Africa infected with COVID-19

Brazzaville, 23 July 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa. More than 10 000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face. This comes as COVID-19 cases in Africa appear to be gathering pace. There are now more than 750 000 cases of COVID-19, with over 15 000 deaths. Some countries are…

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With Shrinking Health Force, Africa Struggles Amid COVID Crisis

JOHANNESBURG – Thousands of health care workers across Africa have contracted coronavirus, a fact that worries international health officials who say the continent’s health infrastructure is strained enough without the added threat. In South Africa more than 3,500 health care workers have fallen ill, and at least 34 have died. Nearly 770,000 people have been known to have contracted COVID-19 in the African region. And, says Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s regional director for Africa, buried in those numbers is a key group that is on the front…

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UNHCR East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region COVID-19 External Update #15 (1- 22 July 2020)

The COVID-19 situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes (EHAGL) region continues to evolve. While so far there has been no large-scale outbreak in the approximately 100 refugee camps and settlements in the region, 4.6 million refugees and their host communities are at risk, as are some 8.1 million IDPs. The need for preparedness remains urgent as local transmission is ongoing and cases are still rising in all countries of the region. Governments have put in place various measures to contain the spread of the…

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Polio this week as of 21 July 2020

In response to donor and stakeholder feedback, as well as the programme’s evolving needs and challenges, in December 2019, GPEI launched an internal governance review process to evaluate how to improve the partnership’s operations and structures at the leadership level (Polio Oversight Board, Finance & Accountability Committee and Strategy Committee). The result of a series of surveys, workshops, interviews and stakeholder consultations conducted over a six-month period, this report outlines key issues with recommendations aimed at strengthening the programme’s governance. Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP…

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report – 185 (23 July 2020)

In a joint effort to enhance research and development related to the use of traditional medicines for COVID-19 in Africa, the WHO Regional Office for Africa and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched an expert advisory committee to provide independent scientific advice and support to countries on the safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medicine therapies. WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge has signed an agreement for a new centre of excellence and visited Gaziantep, marking 60 years of cooperation…

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