Southern African leaders meet over region’s COVID-19 response

first_imgMore African countries confirm Covid-19 cases African Development Bank launches $10 bln COVID-19 response facility Talk Africa: Africa’s response to COVID-19center_img South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the virtual meeting with fellow leaders from Southern Africa on Friday, discussing the region’s COVID-19 response. /PHOTO Courtesy: South African PresidencyLeaders of seven countries in Southern Africa met virtually on Friday to discuss the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The meeting was convened by South African Preident Cyril Ramphosa, and attended by leaders from Angola, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.“Amongst other issues on the agenda will be consular and immigration matters, economic impact of the COVID-19 on countries as well as financial support and international pledges,” the South African presidency said in a statement prior to the meeting.Details of the meeting are yet to emerge.Six of the seven countries involved have reported cases of COVID-19, Namibia being the only exception.The countries have registered combined figures of 8,546 infections and 165 deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.South Africa carries the biggest burden, with a record of 8,232 cases and 161 fatalities. The country is also Africa’s most affected by the pandemic.In total, Africa has recorded more than 54,000 cases and over 2,000 deaths.Relatedlast_img

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