East Africa Coronavirus Roundup, April 29, 2020

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Via HornDiplomat: Djibouti reported 5 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 1,077. The new cases were reported out of 414 laboratory tests. Djibouti has conducted a total of 12,985 COVID-19 tests so far with two death & 599 recoveries.


Somalia reported an additional 54 positive cases from Banaadir region, with total cases reaching at least 582. SBC Somali TV reported that the Jubaland deputy minister for agriculture tested positive for COVID-19. But it appears the federal health ministry did not include this case in the official tally because its graph did not note any new cases from Jubaland.

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Via Al-Jazeera and Amanda Sperber: “Six weeks after registering its first coronavirus case, Somalia on Monday had confirmed 480 infections out of 764 people tested for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease that has disrupted life worldwide.”


Via The Citizen: “The number of COVID-19 cases in Tanzania has today jumped to 480 after 196 people tested positive of the novel coronavirus [174 from the mainland, 22 in Zanzibar].” Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa also announced six more deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 16.


Via Reuters: “The East African nation has 384 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease and local authorities are central to the fight against the pandemic since they are in charge of health services, under the co-ordination of the ministry of health.

“Most counties still lack adequate supplies of personal protective equipment; have poorly equipped isolation and treatment facilities,” the committee said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


Via Africa News:

– All 2,400 samples tested negative for COVID-19 today.

– 534 samples were from the community while 1,866 samples were from truck drivers.

– Total Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Uganda still stands at 79.

– Total COVID-19 recoveries in Uganda: 52.


Via Addis Standard: 3 women with a travel history to Puntland, Somalia are in quarantine in Ethiopia as the case load reached 130.

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Via Reuters: “Scores of Ethiopian families are at risk of contracting the new coronavirus after authorities demolished their makeshift houses and left them homeless, human rights groups said on Wednesday.”


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