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Coronavirus - Africa: As confirmed COVID cases more than double in July across African countries, a lack of testing in crisis-affected contexts keeps responders in the dark about the real spread of the disease, warns IRC

The countries in Africa where the IRC works which have done the least tests per million are Tanzania* (63 tests per million), Niger (373 tests per million), Chad (383 tests per million, DRC (467 tests per million), and Burundi (563 tests per million)

Each country in Africa where the IRC works has done less than 8,000 tests per million people, compared to the UK (205,782 per million), United Arab Emirates (472,590 per million), and Singapore (199,904 per million); The countries in Africa where the IRC works which have done the least tests per million…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Over 200 children stopped at sea and sent to Libyan detention centres; International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for their release

Most have been sent to live in overcrowded, unsanitary detention centres where they are now at even greater risk not only of COVID-19, but also of violence and abuse

Of the 200 children trying to reach Europe who have been intercepted at sea and returned to Libya so far this year, almost all have been arbitrarily detained, the International Rescue Committee says. The majority of those seeking a better life in Europe were Somalian, Eritrean and Sudanese, and most…

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Coronavirus - Africa: New survey finds increases in Child Protection Concerns and Unaccompanied Children in Conflict-Affected Countries

The survey was issued during the month of June, over a four-week period, with a focus on capturing the impact of COVID-19 on children

A new survey issued by the International Rescue Committee finds child protection concerns have increased among 55% of respondents, with 24% noting an increase in severity over just the past four weeks due to COVID-19; nearly 40% of respondents have seen an increase in unaccompanied and separated children, with the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 restrictions preventing people from fleeing violence or forcing dangerous routes, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Migration has dropped by nearly 50 percent across West and Central Africa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

New data and case studies compiled and analyzed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows COVID-19 is preventing people from fleeing violence or migrating due to COVID-related movement restrictions, and is making routes even more dangerous for those who do flee. COVID-19 is also causing people to return home to…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Lack of COVID-19 tests when boats return risks surge in cases, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Libya on March 25, over 3,100 people have been brought back to Libya’s shores - and not a single one has been tested for the disease

Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers intercepted at sea and returned to Libya must be provided with COVID-19 testing to prevent them falling through the cracks and being unable to access the care they need, the International Rescue Committee warns. Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Libya on March…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 testing and cases among women in conflict settings may be underreported, new International Rescue Committee (IRC) analysis finds

The gender disparity of cases are particularly stark in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Chad, and Central African Republic where confirmed female COVID cases are below 30%

Data collected by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows a much higher discrepancy between male and female confirmed COVID-19 cases, compared to the global average, in many countries where the IRC works. The global average denotes that 51% of cases are male. Yet, in places like Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Conflict-Affected countries need a cash boost of $1.7 Billion in 2020 to limit the threat of hunger from COVID-19

The global economic crisis spurred by COVID-19 is expected to lead to the equivalent of 195 million jobs lost worldwide – with women in the informal sector hit hardest

New analysis from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates the “cost of living” for refugees and vulnerable populations in COVID-hit countries like Yemen, Afghanistan, and Somalia; in conflict-affected countries, a cash boost of $1.7 billion is needed to limit the threat of hunger brought on by COVID-19, with $760 million…

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Coronavirus: Libya COVID-19 cases double in 14 days as violence increases, exacerbating existing threats facing vulnerable populations

As cases of COVID-19 increase, health services and healthcare workers are increasingly at risk

In the past two weeks alone, COVID-19 cases in Libya have more than doubled, while a change in conflict dynamics has forced 24,000 people from their homes, putting the lives of vulnerable populations at even greater risk, warns the IRC. As the conflict continues in the eastern and southern parts…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: COVID-19 cases spike in South Sudan; International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for end to political standoff inhibiting country’s response

More than nine million people are in need of food assistance, and growing insecurity due to a political vacuum is paralyzing the COVID response

South Sudan has seen a sharp spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past week, with cases more than doubling amidst a humanitarian emergency. President Salva Kiir has warned the country, where conflict has significantly weakened the health system, may not be able to withstand the overwhelming emergencies witnessed around…

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Coronavirus - Africa: International Rescue Committee (IRC) data on COVID testing shortfall

New data shows countries with lowest number of tests per million include Yemen (31 tests per million), Nigeria (165 tests per million), and Northeast Syria (59 tests per million)

IRC: Coronavirus testing shortfall in crisis-affected states risks undetected outbreaks, imperilling COVID-19 fight worldwide New data shows countries with lowest number of tests per million include Yemen (31 tests per million), Nigeria (165 tests per million), and Northeast Syria (59 tests per million).  Figures in stark comparison to richer countries…