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Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest (2 August 2020)

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  • With more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases now recorded daily, South Africa is the worst-affected country on the African continent.

  • In Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in about two weeks.

  • In East Africa, 92 per cent of working women are employed in the informal sector, heightening the risks they face of sexual exploitation and abuse due to economic vulnerability.

  • Reports of gender-based violence have increased. However, service providers are not always being recognized as essential workers and women's organizations are underfunded.

  • The COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan is just 20 per cent funded. More resources are urgently needed to enable partners to scale-up their response.


601,228 total cases in the region (as of 2 August)

10,395 total deaths countries affected in the region countries affected in the region

26 countries affected in the region

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