This week’s COVID-19 updates – 8 Sept 2020.

General:

Understanding the epidemiology of Covid-19 and moving forward would be critical to determining policy on the need to adopt interventions, including the Covid-19 vaccines that are being developed.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-04-why-africa-needs-to-be-involved-in-the-development-of-covid-19-vaccines/

28 August  2020 Bulletin 11: SADC Regional Response to COVID-19

Source: https://www.sadc.int/news-events/news/bulletin-11-sadc-regional-response-covid-19/

The coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut abruptly, exposing the huge inequality between impoverished and privileged pupils as learning moved online and schoolgirls faced exploitation.

Source: https://www.newframe.com/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-education/

More women than men will fall into extreme poverty due to the pandemic as they bear the economic brunt of COVID-19 and face bigger job losses.

Source: https://news.trust.org/item/20200902121006-risj9/

Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe will reopen primary and secondary schools this month for students preparing to sit their final exams, six months after they were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Tuesday.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-01-zimbabwe-to-reopen-schools-from-sept-14-for-students-taking-final-exams/

Activists estimate that 3 million informal traders have had their stalls and stock destroyed in government clean-up efforts.

Source: https://news.trust.org/item/20200616041603-v7z5f/?source=package&id=71dbcfa7-0056-4ad5-8b45-239428b3f3d7

Amid COVID restrictions, families, youths and women are flooding into the gold mine sector. Policy interventions are needed to support them.

Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/zimbabwes-new-gold-rush/

South Africa

The WHO warns South Africa that the pandemic is not over.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009010467.html

In this film, commissioned by Gala Queer Archive, homeless transgender sex workers speak on how the pandemic is affecting them.

Source: https://www.newframe.com/trans-homeless-and-unemployed-in-the-pandemic/

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Western Cape, a project was implemented that saved lives, and has the potential to save many more.

Source: https://www.groundup.org.za/article/covid-19-how-cape-town-project-saved-many-lives/

This agreement could be South Africa’s answer for an affordable Covid-19 vaccine. But there’s a catch

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-09-06-this-agreement-could-be-south-africas-answer-for-an-affordable-covid-19-vaccine-but-theres-a-catch/

Lesotho:

Business was brought to a standstill last week in Maseru’s central business district after hundreds of vendors took to the streets to protest the government’s delay in releasing the Covid-19 grants that it promised them.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202008260405.html

Mozambique:

The Mozambican health authorities announced on Wednesday that two more people have died from the Covid-19 respiratory disease, bringing the known death toll to 25.

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009030692.html

Malawi:

Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Malawi

Source: https://malawi.un.org/en/89451-assessment-impact-covid-19-employment-malawi

Mauritius:

Decisive and timely: Mauritius’ response curbs COVID-19

Source: https://www.afro.who.int/news/decisive-and-timely-mauritius-response-curbs-covid-19

Mozambique:

Mozambique: Families fleeing attacks seek shelter in COVID-19 hotspot; Country’s largest treatment centre opens

Source: https://www.icrcorg/en/document/mozambique-families-fleeing-attacks-seek-shelter-covid-19-hotspot-countrys-largest