COVID-19 UPDATES – 31 August 2020.

General:

Refugees and asylum seekers in Southern Africa are bearing the brunt of rising cases of COVID-19 and the re-introduction of restrictions on movements with increasing anti-foreigner sentiments in host countries.

Source: https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/covid-19-fuels-xenophobia-in-region

Migrant healthcare workers across Southern Africa are bearing the brunt of psychological and health challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/sadc-migrant-workers-bear-brunt-of-covid

Climate and pandemic risks could weigh on agricultural output and farm profitability in the 2020/21 season, and in turn, the livelihoods of those who are directly and indirectly dependent on the sector.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-24-covid-19-and-the-climate-present-varying-risks-for-southern-and-east-africa-agriculture/

South Africa:

Gender and the early effects of the Covid-19 crisis in the paid and unpaid economies in South Africa

Source: https://cramsurvey.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Casale-Gender-the-early-effects-of-the-COVID-19-crisis-in-the-paid-unpaid-economies-in-South-Africa.pdf

The ‘work-from-home’ culture has reshaped urban geography, particularly in the services sector, as companies abandon office blocks and daily commutes.

Source: https://www.dailymaverickco.za/article/2020-08-25-how-covid-19-changed-the-way-the-world-works/

The worst may be behind us, but don’t go surfing the second wave, warns Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-25-salim-abdool-karim-covid-19-reinfections-can-occur/

Provinces across South Africa established field hospitals to cope with the surge of Covid-19 patients but with an excess of beds, some provinces are now dismantling their facilities while others retain them, fearing a surge in infections.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-26-what-to-do-with-field-hospitals-as-covid-19-numbers-decline/

The Covid-19 pandemic have left poor people in need of food, as food security in South Africa has been precarious since 2014.

Source: https://gga.org/as-covid-empties-plates-is-it-time-to-go-big/

Zimbabwe:

Prisons in Bulawayo, once the epicentre of Covid-19 infections in the province when 43 inmates and 23 prison officers tested positive, have scripted a major success story after recording 100 percent recoveries and eliminating new infections.

Source: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/bulawayo-prisons-write-major-success-story-record-100-percent-covid-19-recoveries-eliminate-new-infections/

Zimbabwe: caught between the pandemic and an incapable state

Source: https://gga.org/zimbabwe-caught-between-the-pandemic-and-an-incapable-state/

Malawi:

Malawi and other’s economic response to Covid-19.

Source: https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19#M

Malawi has made wearing masks mandatory in public places in an effort to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Source: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/malawi-makes-masks-mandatory-covid-19-fight

Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera has asked men in Malawi to strictly follow COVID-19 preventive measures.

Source: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/malawi-president-bemoans-mens-laxity-covid-19-prevention-measures