Weekly Regional COVID-19 updates – 17 August 2020:


The UK’s Minister, Boris Johnson, is failing Africa and is setting back decades of progress on tackling issues of common interest for Africa and the UK.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-14-how-boris-johnson-is-failing-africa/

Ten African innovations to help tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53776027

Covid-19 has changed the international geopolitical rules and many states have responded with a nationalistic approach.

Source: https://www.iiss.org/blogs/analysis/2020/07/covid-19-more-rules-less-international-order

Leaders must include youth in coronavirus response. Young people are bearing the brunt of the pandemic worldwide, yet they are left out of policymaking decisions.

Source: https://www.oxfam.org/en/blogs/generation-pandemic-why-leaders-must-include-youth-coronavirus-response

South Africa:

Herewith the latest Covid-19 statistics in the provinces of South Africa and South Africa’s move towards level 2 of the lockdown.

Source: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-16-south-africa-will-move-to-lockdown-level-2-but-the-pain-of-a-pandemic-lingers/

South Africa’s crime rates have decreased during the lockdown, however this trend may be short lived.

Source: https://issafrica.org/about-us/press-releases/sa-crime-reductions-during-covid-19-lockdown-may-be-short-lived


A BBC broadcast focusing on Malawi’s recent lockdown restrictions and the backlash against these.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w172x1gmb378hs1

Malawi COVID-19 Situation Update No.22 as of 14 August 2020

Source: https://malawi.un.org/en/87506-malawi-covid-19-situation-update-no22-14-august-2020


Madagascar Country Office: Covid-19 response (13 August 2020) (UNICEF).

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/madagascar/madagascar-country-office-covid-19-response-13-august-2020


Heroes from the Namibian COVID health front-line: An epidemiologist’s narrative

Source: https://www.afro.who.int/news/heroes-namibian-covid-health-front-line-epidemiologists-narrative


Zimbabwe’s long-term health crisis is exacerbated by Covid-19. Despite efforts made to prepare for the pandemic, there are still a lot of gaps.

Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31751-7/fulltext

Human Rights Watch’s video about the sanitation and water crisis in Zimbabwe

Source: https://youtu.be/xE-FYMEaaKM


The impact of a Covid-19 outbreak in the refugee camps of Tanzania could be devastating. A multi-sector Rapid Needs Assessment was done by Help Age in Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps in Kigoma, Tanzania.

Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/united-republic-tanzania/kigoma-tanzania-august-2020-covid-19-rapid-needs-assessment-older