Weekly COVID-19 Regional updates – 11 August 2020.

General:

Humility from decision-makers, building trust in leaders and institutions, and learning from international experience are critical if countries are to better prepare for the next global crisis.

Source: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/covid-19-teaches-resilience-and-vulnerability-paradox

The WHO is expanding support to countries experiencing a significant uptick in cases in Africa, and a surge of health workers have arrived in Johannesburg to provide assistance.

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/who-ramps-covid-19-support-hotspot-countries-africa

South Africa:

The Human Sciences and Research Council conducted a study to ascertain what the impact of COVID-19 is on healthcare workers in South Africa.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-07-health-workers-speak-from-the-covid-19-frontline/

The Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey was conducted by researchers from five South African universities. The provisional findings confirm evidence from around the world that the effects of COVID-19 threaten to overturn the slow progress towards gender equality of the past decades.

Source: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/coronavirus-setting-back-equality-women

While the country argues over whether to wear masks or not, when the alcohol ban must be lifted, or why children need to go back to school (or not), ordinary people are lying in South African hospitals fighting for breath, or undertaking the heroic work of helping others to breathe. Photojournalist Chris Collingridge shares 13 images to tell stories of service, compassion, determination and survival

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-07-humans-of-covid-19-in-13-pictures/

Zimbabwe:

Harare has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe, of the 490 cases recorded countrywide on 1 August, 485 were from the capital.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-06-harare-covid-19-epicentre/

Malawi:

This is the 21st Situation Report on the COVID-19 from the UN in Malawi as of 7th August 2020. It is produced by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi.

Source: https://malawi.un.org/en/86710-malawi-covid-19-situation-update-no21-7-august-2020

Mauritius:

This article explores the reasons behind Mauritius’s successful containment of the COVID-19 virus.

Source: https://africanarguments.org/2020/05/28/how-mauritius-unique-political-culture-helped-it-beat-covid-19/

Lesotho:

Lesotho reinstates a lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Source: https://www.worldaware.com/covid-19-alert-lesotho-reinstates-lockdown-measures-july-20

Mozambique:

This report is produced by the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Mozambique covering the period from 13 July to 6 August 2020.

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/mozambique/covid-19-update-situation-report-no-6-6-august-2020-enpt