Source: Ministry of Health - Republic of Uganda |

Coronavirus - Uganda: Results of COVID-19 tests conducted on 8 July 2020

A total of 3,316 tests were carried out today bringing the cumulative of total samples tested to 219627

Today, the Ministry of Health confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases from 3,316 samples tested. The cumulative confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 1,000. Of the 23 confirmed cases; twelve (12) are Ugandan nationals who returned from abroad; eight (8) from Afghanistan, three (3) from DRC, one (1) from South Sudan.…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, UN High-Level Forum aims to chart pathways toward a sustainable recovery

The virtual ten-day Forum convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) takes place as the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 500,000

Facing the devastating impacts of COVID-19, which is threatening decades of progress in improving people’s lives, countries are meeting at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development from 7 to 16 July to chart the best paths forward to a healthier, more equitable world. The virtual ten-day…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Global food commodity prices rebound in June

Cereal production in Africa in 2020 is projected to increase by 1.0 percent, although declines are expected in northern, western and central regions of the continent

FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals…

Source: Ministry of Health - Republic of Uganda |

Coronavirus - Uganda: Update on the COVID-19 Outbreak in Uganda (30th June 2020)

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda is now 889

The Ministry of Health confirms nineteen (19) new COVID-19 cases from 2,170 samples tested on 29th June, 2020. All confirmed cases are Ugandans and are among 871 samples of alerts and contacts. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Uganda is now 889. A total of twenty-five (25) foreign truck drivers…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

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: Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics

The refugee athletes themselves, are doing their best to stay fit, while complying with lockdown measures across the world

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games. Four years ago at the…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

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…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) has launched targeted COVID-19 projects in many of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in every one of MSF’s approximately 450 projects in more than 70 countries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had two main priorities: first, to keep existing essential medical services up and running for the hundreds of thousands of…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Middle East and North Africa: Joint Statement - Food crisis likely to worsen in the Middle East and North Africa as COVID-19 continues

Countries in the region already facing food crisis are hit hardest by the pandemic

Joint statement from the Regional Directors of UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO “Governments and partners across the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) are working around the clock to protect communities from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While these efforts are saving many lives, they are having a critical impact…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

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…