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COVID-19, Locust Swarms Worsen Food Security In East Africa; Vietnam Sees Uptick In Cases; Europe Braces For Virus Resurgence; Democracy Threatened In Latin America Amid Pandemic; U.S. Death Toll Passes 150K

AFRICA Reuters: Gambia VP tests positive for coronavirus, president self-isolating (Saine, 7/29). Xinhua: Roundup: COVID-19, desert locust exacerbate food insecurity in E. Africa: U.N. (7/29). ASIA AP: Asia Today: Masks mandatory as cases rise in Australia state (7/19). AP: U.N. urges SE Asia to build back better from COVID-19 crisis…

More Than Half Of Mumbai Slum Occupants Have Had COVID-19, Study Shows; Europe Works To Avoid Rise In Cases; World Bank Latin America Chief Discusses Recovery; Hajj Begins Under Restrictions; Isolation Possibly More Harmful Than Coronavirus To Canadian Nursing Home Residents

AFRICA Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus and Ebola Together Test a Beleaguered Congo (Bariyo, 7/29). Washington Post: With drastically smaller hajj, Somalia’s livestock industry goes from ‘boom to doom’ (Faruk/Bearak, 7/28). Xinhua: Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases pass 15,000 mark (7/29). ASIA Financial Times: Over half of Mumbai slum dwellers have had Covid-19,…

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…

Africa CDC Director Calls On Continent To Invest In Human Capital In COVID-19 Response; Duterte Employs Drug War Tactics In Coronavirus Mitigation; Yemen Health Care System Collapses Amid Pandemic, Cholera; U.S. National Security Adviser Tests Positive

AFRICA Al Jazeera: Morocco bans travel to and from major cities to curb coronavirus (7/27). BBC News: Coronavirus: How fast is it spreading in Africa? (Mwai/Giles, 7/27). PRI: Africa must invest ‘in human capital’ to fight the coronavirus, says Africa CDC director (7/27). ASIA AP: Volunteers came to the rescue…

More News In Global Health

Devex: Q&A: Tackling the global NCD burden (7/27). Devex: Q&A: Taking on NGO leadership in the COVID crisis (Cornish, 7/27). Devex: How to empower health workers: Lessons learned from ‘On the Frontlines’ (Donback, 7/24). Global Press Journal: Cervical Cancer Claims Lives as Hospital Backlog Grows in Zambia (Phiri, 7/26). Global…

South Africa Sees Coronavirus Surge; North Korea Reports 1st Suspected COVID-19 Case; Some European Nations Reinstate Restrictions; CDC Calls For U.S. Schools To Reopen

AFRICA Al Jazeera: Malaria deaths surge in Africa amid fight against COVID-19 (Adow, 7/26). AP: South Africa warns COVID-19 corruption puts ‘lives at risk’ (Magome, 7/26). AP: Pregnant women at risk of death in Kenya’s COVID-19 curfew (Adula, 7/25). The Guardian: ‘I can’t give in’: The Togolese nun caring for…

More Than 10K African Health Workers Infected With Coronavirus; Thailand To Test Vaccine; COVID-19 Cases Rise Among Young People In Spain; Cases Surge In Colombia, Brazil; U.S. Cases Pass 4M

AFRICA AP: South Africa’s excess deaths surge as virus like ‘wildfire’ (Anna et al., 7/23). Bloomberg: More Than 10,000 African Health Workers Have Covid-19, WHO Says (Alake, 7/23). PRI: Mass arrests in Zimbabwe over coronavirus regulation violations (Martirosyan, 7/21). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Armed with social media, Zimbabwean youth fight coronavirus…

USAID Applauds U.N. Humanitarian Plan For Venezuela

USAID: The United States Applauds the Release of the United Nations’ 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Venezuela “Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Venezuela. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) applauds this comprehensive new…

Flu Cases Down In Southern Hemisphere Amid Pandemic; Madagascar Hospitals Overwhelmed With Coronavirus Patients While Yemen Sees Few Full Beds; U.S. Hospitalizations Close In On April Peak; Arab Nations Should Look To Resolve Conflicts, U.N. SG Says

AFRICA BBC News: Coronavirus: Madagascar hospitals ‘overwhelmed’ (7/22). Bloomberg: South Africa Secures $304 Million Virus Loan From AfDB (Naidoo, 7/22). Washington Post: Nigerian aid workers rushed to help people during the pandemic. They were executed on video (Paquette/Alfa, 7/22). Xinhua: Chinese embassy hands over medical supplies to Kenya to combat…

COVID-19 Challenges Access To Health Care In Asia, Latin America; Lebanon’s Hospitals Feel Strain Of Pandemic; Trump Endorses Masks, Says U.S. Coronavirus Outbreaks Will Get Worse

AFRICA Nature: Ebola prepared these countries for coronavirus — but now even they are floundering (Maxmen, 7/21). New Humanitarian: Coronavirus vaccine trials in South Africa no ‘magic bullet’ as cases soar (Oliver, 7/21). ASIA AP: Over 22% of people in Delhi have had virus, study indicates (Schmall/Ghosal, 7/21). Bloomberg: Singapore…