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Coronavirus – Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest



  • June was a critical month for the COVID-19 outbreak across Southern and Eastern Africa.
  • COVID-19 cases more than quadrupled in Malawi and South Africa; more than tripled in Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and more than doubled in Madagascar.
  • 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.
  • More resources are urgently needed to enable partners to scale-up their response.

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  • 464,112 total cases in the region (as of 22 July)
  • 7,310 total deaths
  • 26 countries affected in the region

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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