Weekly Regional Covid-19 updates – 27 July 2020

South Africa:

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the United States government has contributed $500,000 (R 8.6 million) to UNICEF to construct handwashing stations in vulnerable communities and informal settlements across South Africa.

Source: https://www.usaid.gov/south-africa/press-releases/united-states-government-supports-unicef-build

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a loan of approximately R5 billion ($288 million) to the government of South Africa, as the country battles one of the largest COVID-19 caseloads in the world.

Source: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/press-releases/south-africa-african-development-bank-approves-first-ever-crisis-response-budget-support-r5-billion-fight-covid-19-36964

South Africa’s high Covid-19 case number acts as a warning to other African countries on what happens when the virus enters vulnerable communities. Southern Africa should be vigilant to prevent this pattern of repeating itself in other countries.

Source: https://www.dailymaverickco.za/article/2020-07-23-africa-warned-about-dangers-of-pandemic-taking-root-in-vulnerable-communities/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=FollowAuthor&utm_campaign=weekly-email-alert#gsc.tab=0



The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair’s weekly situation update on Zimbabwe and Covid-19 as of 24 July 2020.


The United Nations Zimbabwe Office’s weekly update on Covid-19 and Zimbabwe as of 24 July 2020.  This update shows that Zimbabwe has 2,296 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 514 recoveries and 32 deaths.



Funds from the African Development Bank’s ongoing Science and Technology Development Project have been committed towards two research projects to mitigate the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Angola.



This is the 19th Situation Report on the COVID-19 from the UN in Malawi as of 24th July 2020.


United Nation’s Minimum Expenditure Basket in Malawi (Round 6: 29 June – 07 July 2020): A look at Food Prices and Availability in Times of COVID-19

Southern Africa:


This Bulletin No. 9 of the COVID-19 response, brings you the WHO guidelines on health financing, to guide Member States as they invest in strengthening health systems during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.


The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair’s Situation report on Covid-19 in Southern and Eastern Africa portrays a larger overview of the trends in the SADC and other African countries.