Regional COVID-19 updates – 2 Nov 2020

Header Image: “Minister Fikile Mbalula inspects Rea-Vaya buses and stations as part of Coronavirus Covid-19 safety measures” by GovernmentZA is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

General:

In an earlier article in this series, we highlighted some of the major reported corruption cases across southern Africa. In this week’s edition, we look at the role civil society has played in monitoring and exposing corruption related to Covid-19 in the SADC region, in the hope of igniting processes of accountability.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-01-civil-societys-brave-role-in-exposing-pandemic-corruption-and-the-price-it-pays/

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown in England, which will join several European countries in imposing the measure for a second time.

Source: https://ewn.co.za/2020/11/01/england-to-lockdown-again-as-covid-19-cases-surge-in-europe

South Africa:

Some health experts have ruled out the Covid-19 “second wave” but have also warned that the focus should be on decisive behavioural change to avoid superspreader events, as positive cases are still on the rise, especially in the Western Cape and in Gauteng.

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/second-covid-19-wave-not-likely-to-happen-this-year-experts-say-c1c3663a-acce-4127-a2b2-ef01105d207d

One hundred and thirty-five more people have died in South Africa after contracting the coronavirus. The latest fatalities push the national death toll to 19,411.

Source: https://ewn.co.za/2020/11/02/135-more-south-africans-die-of-covid-19-1-371-new-infections-recorded

This assessment focused on impact COVID-19 on the most vulnerable groups and looks at the income loss on formal and informal workers. The report provides a rapid assessment of the needs created by COVID-19, not only directly, but indirectly through the impact of lockdowns and other measures taken to combat the spread of the disease.

Source: https://www.za.undp.org/content/south_africa/en/home/library/rapid-emergency-needs-assessment.html

Zimbabwe:

Speaking at the official launch of the 2020 joint commemorations of the Global Hand Washing Day, National Sanitisation Week, World Toilet Day and Wash Finance Week, VP Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care, said Zimbabwe was not yet out of the woods and implored people to continue wearing masks properly in public places.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202010310181.html

Zimbabweans turn to sex work amid economic crisis and Covid-19

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zimbabweans-turn-to-sex-work-amid-economic-crisis-and-covid-19-9413d717-e50a-4966-b92c-b3522a110515

Malawi:

Malawi: Teachers Blamed on Covid-19 Measures

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202010270697.html

Malawi: Learning Amidst Covid-19

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202010280954.html

eSwatini:

Africa’s Miners Face New TB Threat as COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupts Treatment

Source: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/africa-miners-tuberculosis-covid-19-health-threat/

Mozambique:

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, speaking to the nation on Thursday night, announced a relaxation in the travel restrictions imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202010310132.html