Browsing: African Union on COVID-19

The impact of Covid-19 on Africa as a continent has been underestimated, a new report has revealed.

According to a research that was conducted by the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC), burdens experienced by people in African Union Member States remain grave.

While carrying out the research, 81% of survey respondents reported challenges in accessing food, 77% reported experiencing income loss and 42% reported missing medical visits since the start of the pandemic.

The report calls for targeted public health measures for high-risk populations, increased surveillance in light of new variants, and scaled-up vaccine supply from the global community to control the pandemic in Africa.

While the fight against the new Covid-19 variants and the roll out of vaccines has remained low in Africa, Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has said that it will be crucial for African Union Member …

At the turn of the new decade just months ago, the world was ecstatic that with it came some good tidings. To the utter shock of many, the first chapter of this decade has come with panic and grief brought about by COVID-19. Since the first case was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen globally to 2.7 million with 738,032 recoveries and 190,549 deaths – according to data from the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. These figures are from 213 countries with 52 from Africa – only Comoros and Lesotho have not reported a case. Africa has recorded 25,940 cases, 6,968 recoveries and 1,240 deaths.

Alarmed by the potential of the global economy grinding to a halt, African leaders caucusing in Addis Ababa for the African Union’s (AU) 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly …