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South Africa Passes U.K. In Confirmed COVID-19 Cases; India Reinstates Lockdowns As Cases Pass 1M; England, France To Require Masks; Number Of Deaths In Latin America Pass North America’s; CDC Urges All Americans To Wear Masks

AFRICA AP: Rights group: Reporter jailed in Egypt dies from virus (7/13). AP: South Africa surpasses the U.K. in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data (7/14). BBC: Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa? (Mwai/Giles, 7/14). Science: ‘It’s a tricky thing.’ COVID-19 cases…

CAR Highlights Inequalities In COVID-19 Testing; India Surges Past 1M Cases; U.K. Builds Up COVID-19 Medicines Stockpile To Prepare For Potential 2nd Wave; Brazil Tops 2M Cases; Outbreak Threatens To Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis In Syria; U.S. Congress Set To Address Vaccine Funding

AFRICA AP: African nation blasts ‘inequality crisis’ in virus testing (Anna, 7/16). Devex: Politics gets in the way of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response (Adepoju, 7/17). VOA: WHO Calls for End to Africa Conflicts to Fight Coronavirus (Yusef, 7/16). ASIA AP: Struggling India crosses 1 million coronavirus cases (Saaliq et al., 7/17).…

Blogs, Releases Address Various COVID-19 Topics, Including Testing Capacity, Disease Surveillance In Ghana, Impact On Women in Zambia, Reducing Impact On Amazonian Peoples

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: How well is Ghana — with one of the best testing capacities in Africa — responding to COVID-19? Jiaqi Zhang, research assistant at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University’s Duke Global Health Institute; Justice Nonvignon, associate professor at the School of…

International Community Should ‘Not Forget’ Importance Of Treatment, Care For Children With HIV

The “progress and momentum” behind stopping mother-to-child HIV transmission is “reason to celebrate,” Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Peter Twyman, CEO of Keep a Child Alive, write in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.” However, “as we set our sights on an AIDS-free generation, we must once again ensure that children currently living with HIV are not left behind,” they state. “Unfortunately, we’re not seeing the same level of progress with access to services for children who are already living with the virus,” they write and describe the challenges children and their families face in gaining access to HIV treatment and care, including stigma and fear and a lack of antiretroviral drug formulations for children.

WHO Endorses Rapid TB Test

“The World Health Organization endorsed a new, rapid test for tuberculosis Wednesday that cuts the diagnosis time for patients from months to hours,” CNN reports (Gray, 12/8).