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Coronavirus: Mauritius - MW Wakashio Oil Spill

The country’s approximately 1.3 million inhabitants rely heavily on tourism, which has already been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

HIGHLIGHTS Mauritius’ Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, declared a “state of environmental emergency” on 7 August, after a ship that ran aground off the coast of the island nation began spilling oil. The bulk carrier vessel, MW Wakashio, was carrying nearly 4,200 metric tons of fuel when it ran aground on…

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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe Situation Report

As of 5 August, 4,339 COVID-19 cases and 84 deaths were confirmed, with 75 per cent of cases due to local transmission

HIGHLIGHTS As of 5 August, 4,339 COVID-19 cases and 84 deaths were confirmed, with 75 per cent of cases due to local transmission. From 1 April to 5 August, over 14,044 Zimbabwean migrants returned from neighbouring countries, with over 1,300 returnees being quarantined. WFP projects a 50 per cent increase…

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Coronavirus - Niger: Aid organizations adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic

Humanitarian organizations are practicing physical distancing when providing relief

“Our awareness-raising activities are now mostly focused on preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Informing the local population about the disease will help to prevent transmission within communities,” said 37-year-old Adamou Abass, who is in charge of the health and nutrition programme for the international non-governmental organization (NGO) Action Against…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: Floods Flash Update

Ongoing heavy rainfall hampers crop production, increases risk of disease outbreaks and poses more obstacles to Government and partners’ efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

HIGHLIGHTS Heavy rains over the past week have led to flash and riverine flooding in different parts of Sudan, with Khartoum, Blue Nile and River Nile states amongst the hardest-hit. The storms have destroyed houses and displaced people, especially in the Blue Nile, where several hectares of crops have been…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

In Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in about two weeks

HIGHLIGHTS With more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases now recorded daily, South Africa is the worst-affected country on the African continent. In Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in about two weeks. In East Africa, 92 per cent of working women are employed in the…

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Coronavirus - Central African Republic: UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocates $5 million to NGOs to scale up COVID-19 response

The funds will enable the construction, rehabilitation and equipment of 19 isolation and treatment centres for COVID-19 patients, while improving surveillance mechanisms

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$5 million to the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Medical Corps (IMC), the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) and Médecins d’Afrique (MDA) to scale up the COVID-19 response in the centre, east and north of the Central African Republic, where the selected NGOs…

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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe Situation Report (24 July 2020)

On 22 July, 2,034 COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths were confirmed, indicating an exponential increase in last 3 weeks associated with a steep increase in locally acquired cases

HIGHLIGHTS On 16 July, the Zimbabwe HRP was revised to update the response to the COVID-19 outbreak included in the Global HRP July update. On 22 July, 2,034 COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths were confirmed, indicating an exponential increase in in the last 3 weeks associated with a steep increase…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Humanitarian Access Situation Report

Despite the risk of COVID-19 and lingering community tensions, in May and June various regional administrations returned thousands of internally displaced persons to areas of origin

This report is produced by OCHA Ethiopia in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period April to June 2020. The next report will be issued in September 2020. Download Report: https://bit.ly/2ZVuMjE  Highlights • The operational environment to relief operations remained permissive through the reporting period. • Insecurity and violence…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

COVID-19 cases more than quadrupled in Malawi and South Africa; more than tripled in Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and more than doubled in Madagascar

HIGHLIGHTS June was a critical month for the COVID-19 outbreak across Southern and Eastern Africa. COVID-19 cases more than quadrupled in Malawi and South Africa; more than tripled in Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and more than doubled in Madagascar. In East Africa, 92 per cent of working women are employed…

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Coronavirus: Chad Situation Report (22 July 2020)

The humanitarian community continues to support provincial authorities in the fight against COVID-19

HIGHLIGHTS Over 12,000 new IDPs from the islands settled in Fourkoulom in January, May and June 2020 Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Lac province Situation of the new Sudanese refugees in the Kouchaguine-Moura camp Responding to the urgent needs of refugees Download Report: https://bit.ly/3huV0zJ Evolution of the humanitarian…