In Cameroon, Hundreds Trapped, Lack Access to Assistance, UN Says

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, says poor roads and the threat of further Boko Haram attacks is preventing it from helping civilians in a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon. The UNHCR says hundreds of displaced people and aid workers are trapped in the camp, which militants attacked over the weekend, killing 17. The U.N. is calling on Cameroon’s military to help. Olivier Guillaume Beer, UNHCR representative in Cameroon says he remains concerned by the situation in Nguetchewe, a village attacked by Boko Haram fighters last…

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Africa Approaches 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

JOHANNESBURG – The African continent is fast approaching 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with South Africa alone accounting for more than half-a-million cases. World Health Organization officials say they’re sending a team of experts to South Africa in coming weeks, as the health minister warns the nation could see a “second wave.” Meanwhile, other African nations are looking at creative ways to respond to the pandemic. Five months after the first case of coronavirus case was recorded in Africa, the continent’s known caseload remains a small share — just…

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West and Central Africa: Market Update for Agricultural & food products, Bulletin of July 2020

Higlights • In June 2020,the markets in the region were marked by a relative stability in prices of basic foodstuffs compared to the previous month. Price variations hardly exceeded 5% in the region’s markets, with the exception of Nigeria where an increase of + 15% was recorded in some markets. Overall, the anticipated stock-outs, recorded in May 2020, due to the lean season and COVID-19, have not become widespread in the sub-region. • However, year on year, price increases of more than 25% were recorded in Chad, Sierra Leone, Liberia,…

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WHO ramps up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa

Brazzaville, 6 August 2020 – The first members of a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to bolster the country’s response to COVID-19. As the continent nears one million cases, WHO is expanding support to countries experiencing a significant uptick in cases. South Africa is among the five countries in the world most affected by COVID-19. After their arrival, the WHO surge team went into quarantine in line with the national regulations. A second group of experts will deploy…

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East & Horn of Africa COVID-19 Situation Report – #17, 5 August 2020 Update

EHoA SITUATION OVERVIEW The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East and Horn of Africa continues to rise, with the disease now infecting over 58,000 people. Migrants, including Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs), and similar vulnerable groups are more likely to be disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19, compared to non-migrants. The migration routes taken by migrants and other groups on the move, and displacement settings by nature, are more exposed to conditions in which COVID-19 spreads. A lack of access to clean and sanitary conditions and environments, the…

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Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World

Executive summary The remarkable growth of cities in recent decades has intensified many of humanity’s most pressing challenges. It has also presented many of our greatest opportunities to protect people, prosperity and planet. COVID-19 has laid bare – and indeed heightened – both these challenges and these opportunities. With an estimated 90 percent of all reported COVID-19 cases,1 urban areas have become the epicentre of the pandemic. The size of their populations and their high level of global and local interconnectivity make them particularly vulnerable to the spread of the…

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UNHCR West & Central Africa COVID-19 Emergency Response, 5 August 2020

The West and Central Africa region has seen a 18% percent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks with a total of 167,912 contaminations as of 03 August compared to 141,891 on 20 July 2020. Since the beginning of the rainy season, heavy rainfalls and floods have hit several hosting areas, especially in the Sahel and Nigeria. This represents an additional challenge to the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19. As countries are relaxing their restrictions on movement, UNHCR is stepping up the dissemination of tools and…

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report – 199 (6 August 2020)

Highlights The WHO Regional Office for the Americas has issued a warning against the use of chlorine products as treatment for COVID-19. WHO recommends that people avoid consuming products containing chlorine dioxide or related substances (sodium hypochlorite, bleach, etc.) and that all marketing of such products for therapeutic purposes be reported to the authorities. The South African COVID-19 response is being bolstered by a surge team of health experts from WHO. The surge team will be jointly led by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa and Dr Michael…

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