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COVID-19 in Africa: Media articles

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Each weekday the Foundation highlights a number of media articles that we have found interesting and relevant to COVID-19 in Africa. Sharing here is not an endorsement of the views linked, but a spur for further discussion. Join that discussion by engaging with one of our social media accounts, linked at the top of this page.

The recorded totals mentioned here are current as of 10:10 hrs GMT on 29 May 2020.

Key resources
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AU CDC COVID-19 Daily Update @Africa CDC
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 data dashboard @JohnsHopkinsSPH
WHO COVID-19 homepage @WHO
Daily update
  • There are 129,625 COVID-19 cases on the continent, a 3.8% increase on yesterday. (data sourced from Johns Hopkins University).
  • The Africa CDC reports that Africa is being hit by sustained community spread of COVID-19 and has called for a new testing strategy to prevent this. (Reuters)
  • Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi, while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. (TIME)
Country updates

Burkina Faso: 60,000 displaced people receive assistance from NGOs

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of volunteers from the Burkinabe Red Cross, have provided food assistance to more than 51,000 displaced people in Northern localities impacted by armed violence.

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Cuban doctors to help Mozambique fight COVID-19

Cuba will send 60 doctors to Mozambique to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The move follows a request from by Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi as the country's health system is threatened by the spread of the coronavirus.

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COVID-19: WHO questions Uganda on case deductions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has questioned the modality Uganda is using to deduct numbers of COVID-19 positive foreign cases, especially of trans-border cargo truck drivers.

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South Sudan fifth vice president Abdelbagi tests positive for COVID-19

South Sudan’s Fifth Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi, who is also the chairman of the reconstituted National Committee on COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19.

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