General latest updates on Corona Virus in Africa

General latest updates on Corona Virus in Africa

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Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 14 September 2020, 6 pm
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 14, 2020/ — African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,354,567) deaths (32,643), and recoveries (1,091,636) by region:

Central (56,176 cases; 1,061 deaths; 48,757 recoveries): Burundi (471; 1; 448), Cameroon (20,009; 415; 18,837), CAR (4,749; 62; 1,825), Chad (1,084; 80; 938), Congo (4,928; 88; 3,887), DRC (10,390; 264; 9,756), Equatorial Guinea (4,996; 83; 4,490), Gabon (8,643; 53; 7,706), Sao Tome & Principe (906; 15; 870)

Eastern (152,518; 3,008; 84,902): Comoros (457; 7; 427), Djibouti (5,396; 61; 5,331), Eritrea (361; 0; 304), Ethiopia (64,301; 1,013; 24,983), Kenya (36,157; 622; 23,067), Madagascar (15,769; 213; 14,411), Mauritius (361; 10; 337), Rwanda (4,591; 22; 2,556), Seychelles (139; 0; 136), Somalia (3,389; 98; 2,803), South Sudan (2,578; 49; 1,294), Sudan (13,532; 836; 6,758), Tanzania (509; 21; 178), Uganda (4,978; 56; 2,317)

Northern (273,406; 9,476; 197,911): Algeria (48,257; 1,612; 34,037), Egypt (101,009;5,648; 84,161), Libya (23,518; 368; 3,346), Mauritania (7,276; 161; 6,825), Morocco (86,686; 1,578; 67,528), Tunisia (6,635; 107; 1,991), Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (25; 2; 23)

Southern (703,865; 16,580; 615,972): Angola (3,388; 134; 1,301), Botswana (2,252; 10; 546), Eswatini (5,075; 98; 4,229), Lesotho (1,327; 33; 687), Malawi (5,697; 178; 3,742), Mozambique (5,269; 35; 2,960), Namibia (9,818; 101; 6,543), South Africa (649,793; 15,447; 577,906), Zambia (13,720; 320; 12,380), Zimbabwe (7,526; 224; 5,678)

Western (168,602; 2,518; 144,094): Benin (2,267, 40; 1,942), Burkina Faso (1,707; 56; 1,135), Cape Verde (4,813; 44; 4,119), Cote d’Ivoire (19,013; 120; 18,112), Gambia (3,405; 103; 1,723), Ghana (45,434; 286; 44,342), Guinea (10,020; 63; 9,251), Guinea-Bissau (2,275; 39; 1,327), Liberia (1,321; 82; 1,213), Mali (2,924; 128; 2,285), Niger (1,180; 69; 1,104), Nigeria (56,256; 1,082; 44,152), Senegal (14,306; 297; 10,563), Sierra Leone (2,109; 72; 1,636), Togo (1,572; 37; 1,190)
Coronavirus – South Africa: Local poultry production shows moderate growth despite Covid-19 challenges
This was reported by the South African Poultry Association during the 2nd Poultry Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) meeting
PRETORIA, South Africa, September 14, 2020/ — The production of South African poultry increased by 5% during the first 8 months of the year, when compared to the same period last year.

This despite the challenges to the operating environment brought on by covid-19.

This was reported by the South African Poultry Association during the 2nd Poultry Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) meeting, which was held virtually.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Trade, Industry and

Competition: Mr Ebrahim Patel and the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development: Ms Thoko Didiza.

The Poultry Sector Master Plan, which was signed by stakeholders at the

2019 South African Investment Conference in November last year, has been developed in close partnership between government and a number of stakeholders in the industry, including poultry producers, processors, exporters, importers and organised labour.

The meeting reflected on the implementation of the key actions agreed on and measures required to realise the agreed vision. The objectives of the Poultry Master Plan hinge on increasing local chicken consumption and growing the demand for chicken, while also addressing the exporting of locally produced cooked and raw chicken products.

Poultry producers have pledged to invest R1.7bn towards expansion and improvement of productive capacity and some of the investment projects have already been completed including the expansion of hatchery & processing facility and 428 jobs created.  In addition, the financing model for contract farming has been developed to assist in assessing the producer’s business viability, profitability.

To drive exports, the poultry industry has strategically prioritised countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar for export of poultry products. In addition, the industry will  target markets which include SADC countries and those within the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) and the Middle East.

The South African poultry industry is an important part of the agricultural sector.  The masterplan provides a blueprint for the industry with substantial potential to expand the poultry production across the value chain, especially if substantial export markets can be developed.

Since the Master Plan was signed, government has implemented higher tariffs on certain cuts of poultry, and has further triggered an investigation into the structure of tariffs to provide a more effective trade environment for poultry. Further work has also been done with trading partners to improve compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary

(SPS) measures which would unlock further export markets.  

The Master Plan is forward looking and directed at creating a new industry that is dynamic, export oriented, competitive, job-creating and inclusive, as opposed to the one that is reliant on defenses against the challenges of the world. SOURCE
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa
Coronavirus – Libya: UNICEF in cooperation with NCDC targeted 1200 persons including 600 children
TRIPOLI, Libya, September 14, 2020/ — UNICEF in cooperation with NCDC targeted 1200 persons including 600 children with accurate information on COVID-19 preventive measures. In addition to best hand hygiene practices — IEC awareness posters were placed in the two camps. SOURCE
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)   Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: COVID-19 Update (14 September 2020) HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 14, 2020/ — As at 14 September 2020, Zimbabwe had 7 531 confirmed cases, including 5 690 recoveries and 224 deaths. United States and PepsiCo Egypt/Chipsy for Food Industries Renew Partnership in Egypt to Improve Farmer Livelihoods Over the next two years, USAID and Chipsy for Food Industries will expand activities to farmers in the Menoufia and Minya governorates and plan to reach 2,500 farmers by 2023 CAIRO, Egypt, September 14, 2020/ — The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chipsy for Food Industries, a PepsiCo Egypt company, renewed a partnership that boosts the productivity of farmers and builds a more transparent and sustainable potato supply chain.  U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen, PepsiCo Egypt CEO Mohamed Shelbaya, USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed, and PepsiCo Regional Manager for Sustainable Agriculture Reuben Blackie participated.

The partnership empowers Egyptian smallholder farmers to establish reliable market linkages, increase crop quality and yields, and progress toward internationally recognized standards for sustainable agriculture.  During the first year of the partnership, farmers received training and technical recommendations on good agricultural practices, such as targeted use of irrigation and fertilizer.  As a result, in the 2019/2020 growing season, hundreds of farmers in Beni Suef significantly increased quality and yield and cut costs, tripling profits.   

U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen noted: “This partnership is helping farmers to increase their incomes and improve the well-being of their families.” 

Over the next two years, USAID and Chipsy for Food Industries will expand activities to farmers in the Menoufia and Minya governorates and plan to reach 2,500 farmers by 2023.  Ultimately, Chipsy plans to use this model throughout its entire smallholder supply chain in Egypt.  PepsiCo Egypt also positively impacts Egypt’s farming communities through initiatives such as its locally grown seeds program, which enables the company to produce 100% locally sourced potato chips. 

Mohamed Shelbaya, CEO of PepsiCo Egypt said: “For 70 years, developing the agricultural sector has been, and will continue to be one of our top priorities.  We have been working closely with the smallholder farmers who are the cornerstone of our agriculture business to develop their capabilities to meet global standards of quality and productivity.  Today, we are honored to renew our cooperation with USAID to improve the livelihoods of the smallholder Egyptian farmers by providing them with the technical know-how and the sustainable agriculture practices, to include these farmers in Chipsy’s supply chain.” 

This partnership is part of the U.S. government’s ongoing support to Egypt’s agricultural sector, which is helping farmers in Upper Egypt become more self-reliant by establishing connections to domestic and international markets, gaining access to finance, and increasing adherence to food and safety practices. 

Since 1978, the American people have invested over $30 billion to further support Egypt’s economic development.  To find out more about USAID’s work in Egypt, please see https://www.usaid.gov/egypt, and follow @USAIDEgypt on Facebook and Twitter.  Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy – Cairo, Egypt. SOURCE
U.S. Embassy – Cairo, Egypt LOBAMBA, eSwatini, September 14, 2020/ — Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi announces three new COVID19 deaths in Eswatini, taking the total number of COVID19 deaths to 101. “May their souls rest in peace.”

New cases: 29

Total cases: 5104

New recoveries: 145

Total recoveries: 4374

New deaths: 3

Total deaths: 101 Central Sahel: Spike in violence leads to higher deaths, more than 1 million fleeing homes International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region GENEVA, Switzerland, September 14, 2020/ — Increasing violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger has led to a 62 percent spike in deaths and more than a million[1] people being forced to flee their homes over the last year. This rise in fighting is jeopardizing access to basic services, including health care, and affecting a fragile economy even as COVID-19 poses new threats, International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer said during a trip to the region.

Civilians are paying the highest price for the surge in violence. More than 4,660 people died in the first six months of 2020, according to data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project. The ICRC is extremely concerned about the level of violence and recalls that, under international humanitarian law, the civilian population must be protected and spared.

Climate change effects add a complicating layer to an already dramatic humanitarian situation. Record hot spells and unpredictable weather patterns such as the current floods tend to exacerbate inter-communal tensions and violence.

“The combination of rising violence and deaths, shuttered health care facilities, climate change effects and the COVID-19 pandemic make this a complex and multilayered crisis,” said Mr Maurer, who visited Niger and Burkina Faso over the last week. “People here are facing a battering ram of challenges leading to intense suffering for families.”

Healthcare access is essential amid conflict and during a global pandemic. But in Mali, an estimated 20 percent of health centres are partially damaged or destroyed. In Burkina Faso, 14 percent of health centres are closed or working at limited capacity.

Military confrontations and forced displacements are increasingly limiting access to agricultural fields, depriving households reliant on agriculture of food. Humanitarian access to communities affected by the fighting is becoming more difficult in some areas, exacerbating the vulnerability of those in need.

Given the challenges, the ICRC recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region. These funds will be dedicated to seeking enhanced protection for civilians, backing the provision of essential services and supporting conflict-affected communities to restore their livelihoods.

“Government budgets are strained globally due to the health and job repercussions of COVID-19, but it’s clear that this region of the world needs assistance to alleviate the crippling consequences of both armed conflict and climate risks,” said Mr Maurer. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). SOURCE
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Despite COVID-19 pandemic, Africa still a prime investment destination, participants affirm at African Development Bank (AfDB) webinar for Asian audiences The webinar noted that the policy recommendations of the African Economic Outlook Supplement could be regarded as important opportunities for investments ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 14, 2020/ — Participants at a webinar to present the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.orgAfrican Economic Outlook Supplement (https://bit.ly/33pjJjy) to Asian audiences on Monday have endorsed the report as critical for post-COVID-19 Africa.

The supplement revises the growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021 and highlights the impact of COVID–19 on Africa’s socio-economic landscape. It recommends policy responses to safely reopen economies and accelerate growth recovery.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, investment opportunities still abound in Africa,” said Tetsushi Sonobe, the Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). “Global markets are shifting to South Asia and Africa. In a sense, Africa is not very far for Asian investors who might be interested in the investment opportunities on the continent.”

Around 350 participants attended the virtual event, which was co-hosted by the Asia External Representation Office of the African Development Bank. The audience included government officials, representatives from the African diplomatic corps in Asia, development professionals, representatives of civil society, academics and think tanks, students, journalists, and the general public

Sonobe observed that Africa’s GDP growth is projected to quickly rebound in 2021 following steady growth before COVID-19.

Sonobe identified some of the potential opportunities highlighted in the African Economic Outlook Supplement: “A large market with a very talented youthful population; a three-trillion-dollar market opportunity through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreements; greater manufacturing potential as low-cost manufacturing opportunities continue to move to Africa; improved business environment; and improving  macroeconomic governance.”

Khaled Sherif, the African Development Bank’s Vice President for Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery said despite the pandemic affecting all African economies, its magnitude will vary considerably from country to country, depending on the economic characteristics and initial conditions of the countries.

“This urges us to avoid the one-size-fits-all solution to address the effects of COVID-19 in Africa. For that, the AEO Supplement notes that the continent will need the support and expertise of all. This is an opportunity to enrich the debate on what appropriate measures are needed to support African countries to recover from the pandemic, drawing particularly from Asian experience,” Sherif said.

The webinar noted that the policy recommendations of the African Economic Outlook Supplement could be regarded as important opportunities for investments. Participants also observed that although Africa is human-resource-rich, Africa will need to work on closing its infrastructure gap – an issue the African Development Bank has made one of its top priorities.

The African Economic Outlook Supplement underlines the urgency to build the resilience of Africa’s healthcare systems and economies to improve countries’ preparedness for future shocks. This means that African countries will need to rethink their current development strategies and priorities, which have clearly shown their limitations.

“Policymakers must seize the new and real opportunities for participation in global value chains, particularly with Asia and within Africa and build the infrastructure needed to encourage large-scale teleworking, e-health, and distance learning architectures for a rapid, resilient, and sustainable recovery in a post-COVID-19 digital world,” said Chuku Chuku, Officer in Charge of the Bank’s Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting Division.

“The pandemic notwithstanding, Africa is open to business and we look forward to working with our Asian partners.” Released annually since 2003, the African Economic Outlook provides compelling up-to-date evidence and analytics to inform and support African decision-makers.

Click here to access the full report (https://bit.ly/3ktfY3x) SOURCE
African Development Bank Group (AfDB)   The webinar noted that the policy recommendations of the African Economic Outlook Supplement could be regarded as important opportunities for investments Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (14th September 2020) LILONGWE, Malawi, September 14, 2020/ — New cases: 7

Total confirmed case: 5697

Total active cases: 1777

Total recovered: 3742 (11 New)

Total number of tests conducted: 48655 (99 New)

Total deaths: 178 (1 New)  SOURCE
Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi          

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