IOM South Sudan: Weekly COVID-19 Situation Report (20 July – 26 July 2020)

SITUATION OVERVIEW The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in the African region, with a rising incidence of cases and associated deaths. The current figures in the region represent 4.3% of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1.7% of deaths reported worldwide. In addition, 33 countries in the region are experiencing community transmission, 10 have clusters of cases, and four have sporadic cases of COVID-19, according to WHO. Public health systems globally continue…

Two killed in inter-communal attack in Sudan’s Kassala state

(KHARTOUM) - Two people were killed and 28 other wounded in an attack on a village in New Halfa of Kassala, eastern Sudan. Salah Sayed Ahmed of the Nubian League in the village of 10 Iskan said that the village was attacked by surprise on Friday by a group belonging to the Zaghawa tribe, using firearms and white weapons. He told the official Sudan News Agency that the police tried…

Western Akobo Food Security and Livelihoods Profile, Akobo County, Jonglei State, South Sudan, March 2020

Key findings January 2020 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)1 analysis results showed that an estimated 10% of the population in Western Akobo was classified in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) for the current period and 5% in the projection of February to April 2020.2 The level of food insecurity encountered in Western Akobo through this assessment lines up with the IPC findings. Vulnerable households were found to be facing extreme…

Africa COVID-19 cases soon will surpass one million, says WHO

(KHARTOUM) - The number of coronavirus infections in Africa will soon cross one million patients, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday. In a virtual press conference on Thursday organized by APO Group, a pan-African media group, WHO regional director said that the number of cases on the continent almost doubled to 889 457 during the past three weeks. The surge of the pandemic is estimated at 50% during…

With EU support, WHO enhances standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Sudan

Juba– Over 50 health workers in Juba have been trained this past week with the aim to enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and other infectious diseases. With funding from the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Health has trained laboratory experts on principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control…

UN-African Union mission condemns recent spate of deadly attacks in Darfur

The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, is calling for the Sudanese Government to arrest those responsible for the recent spike in violent attacks against peaceful protestors, civilians and displaced persons in various locations across the province.   More than 60 people reportedly were killed, and 60 more injured, when armed men attacked Masteri Village, West Darfur, on Saturday, according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA - the…

Save the Children calls on the government of South Sudan to review COVID-19 measures on school closure as violence against children surges

2 million children are missing out on education and children demand schools to be reopened[1] Sexual violence and child marriage is on the rise amongst girls in South Sudan 1 in 3 schools have been damage, destroyed, occupied or closed Only 3.5% of girls are enrolled in secondary schools July 27, 2020 - Juba South Sudan - Save the Children held three consecutive webinars with children across South Sudan on how…

IOM South Sudan: Weekly COVID-19 Situation Report (13 July – 19 July 2020)

Situation Overview The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in the African region, with a rising incidence of cases and associated deaths. During the reporting period, a 27% increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported from 45 countries in the region. Of the newly reported cases, the majority, 76%, were recorded in South Africa, which remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region. South Africa is now the eight…
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