Regional COVID-19 updates – 16 November 2020

General:

When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available for Africa?

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08xxj7g

Moderna Inc. said its Covid-19 vaccine was 94.5% effective in a preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial.

Source: https://businesstech.co.za/news/trending/448911/new-trial-shows-covid-19-vaccine-is-94-5-effective/

South Africa:

Statement by the Minister of Home Affairs regarding the reopening of borders and services during Alert Level 1

Source:  http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/1373-statement-of-the-minister-of-home-affairs-regarding-the-reopening-of-borders-and-services-during-alert-level-1#:~:text=%7C-,Statement%20by%20the%20Minister%20of%20Home%20Affairs%20regarding%20the%20reopening,services%20during%20Alert%20Level%201&text=All%2018%20land%20ports%20of,effect%20from%201%20October%202020.&text=Those%20wishing%20to%20be%20repatriated,without%20being%20declared%20undesirable%20persons.

Forgotten people: Refugees who were moved to a camp outside Cape Town months ago feel abandoned

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-13-forgotten-people-refugees-who-were-moved-to-a-camp-outside-cape-town-months-ago-feel-abandoned/

This past week, President Cyril Ramaphosa lifted all international travel bans and restored liquor trading hours, Nelson Mandela Bay has become the new Covid-19 hotspot, and South Africa is yet to secure access to a promising new coronavirus vaccine

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.coza/article/2020-11-13-eastern-cape-under-the-covid-19-gun-as-sa-borders-open-for-tourism-and-bottle-stores-stay-open-over-weekends/

How Covid-19 has shifted in South Africa over the last two weeks: Mkhize

Source: https://businesstech.co.za/news/trending/448619/how-covid-19-has-shifted-in-south-africa-over-the-last-two-weeks-mkhize/

Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe: Water Shortage Risks New Covid-19 Infections

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011160292.html

Health Minister and State Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga has expressed concern over the increase in the number of people who no longer practice World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended Covid-19 preventive measures.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011140143.html

Zambia:

Zambia missed an overdue coupon payment of $42.5-million on one of its eurobonds on Friday, leaving it on the brink of default and making it Africa’s first casualty in the Covid-19 era.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-15-zambia-on-the-brink-of-default-becomes-africas-first-covid-19-debt-casualty/

Malawi:

Human trafficking in Malawi has continued, despite the restriction on travel posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/11/1077362

Malawi’s national COVID-19 restrictions are difficult to implement.

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-difficult-national-coronavirus-restrictions-malawi.html

Botswana:

Covid-19 presents economic opportunities for the private sector in Botswana

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011100145.html

Mozambique:

The Mozambican health authorities on 11 November announced a further five deaths from the Covid-19 respiratory disease – the largest number of deaths reported so far in a single 24 hour period, and which pushes the total death toll beyond the symbolic figure of 100.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011120707.html