Source: U.S. Embassy in Liberia |

Coronavirus - Liberia: U.S. Embassy Monrovia Update

On August 8, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) published a COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers departing Liberia

Liberia has confirmed COVID-19 within its borders.  On August 8, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) published a COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers departing Liberia. Exiting Liberia: Individuals departing Liberia by land, sea, or air must follow NPHIL procedures for COVID-19 testing at least 72 hours before the date of…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Health Alert, New Lockdown Restrictions, and Commercial Flights

International commercial flight options currently exist in Zimbabwe

Update on Lockdown Restrictions and Availability of Commercial Flights On July 21, President Mnangagwa announced new restrictions under Zimbabwe’s lockdown regulations including: implementing a curfew from 6am to 6pm except for essential services. Given the new surge of reported cases of COVID -19 in Zimbabwe, the following types of businesses…

Source: UNICEF Uganda |

Coronavirus - Uganda: “I wish I could have some magic, I would just say let schools open right away" - Twelve-year-old Alex Abigail, Congolese refugee in Uganda

In March 2020, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of schools to stop the spread of COVID-19

Twelve-year-old Alex Abigail from the Democratic Republic of Congo wants to become a doctor. But with the schools still closed in Uganda, Abigail knows this will not happen unless she goes to school. “We want to be better people. Personally, I want to become a doctor. That is why it…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Coronavirus - Rwanda: Update COVID-19 (8 August 2020)

Cumulative number of confirmed cases two thousand one hundred and forty-eight (2348)

Update COVID-19  08 August 202008 August 2020 — Six (6) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 4452 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to two thousand, one hundred and forty-eight (2348). To date, one thousand and three hundred (1300) patients have recovered and been…

African Union (AU)
Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Digital Birth Registrations

COVID-19 recovery plans offer opportunity to invest in modern but contextualized, Digital Birth Registration. This is a core engagement of the African Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2030. There is urgency to move towards universal birth registration of all children.

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Source: Ministry of Health, Zambia |

Coronavirus - Zambia: COVID-19 Daily Status Update (9th August 2020)

182 new confirmed cases; 32 deaths; 267 recoveries New cases reported from: 119 Lusaka, 21 Kabwe, 15 Chipata, 10 Chavuma, 9 Kalumbila, 3 Kalulushi, 2 Ndola, 2 Chongwe, 1 Solwezi Death reported from: 31 Lusaka (28 BIDs, 3 Facility deaths), 1 Solwezi (BID) Recoveries reported from: 148 Lusaka, 59 Muchinga,…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: Somalia responds swiftly to measles outbreak in Jubaland State

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Somalia’s fragile health care system and immunization services

The health system of any country needs a surveillance system that can collect information on and detect alerts of epidemic-prone diseases. When a number of cases threatens to turn into an outbreak or epidemic, the surveillance system sounds an alarm that triggers a chain of immediate public health interventions. Somalia's…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

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…

Source: Statistics South Africa |

Coronavirus: South Africa in line for first ever digital census

A census provides small area data on demographics, socio-economic and living conditions of the population

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will conduct a trial to the first ever digital census to be conducted in the country. The Census 2021 Trial, scheduled to start from 10 August to 6 September 2020 in selected areas around the country will test online and telephonic data collection to prepare…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament Presiding officers pay Tribute to SA Women

This year, the country commemorates this day under the testing and difficult conditions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic

Parliament’s Presiding Officers led by the Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Thandi Modise and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Mr Amos Masondo, join the nation in paying tribute to the courageous and resilient women towards ensuring a free, fair and non-sexist South Africa. It was on…