- World Bank predicts extreme poverty and repressed economies in Africa
The World Bank has called for rapid COVID-19 action, including a faster vaccination process, to limit the damage to global growth in 2021 in Africa. In its Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank forecast the global economy would expand 4% in 2021 after shrinking 4.3% in 2020. The World Bank also predicts extreme poverty and economic repression in Africa if COVID-19 actions are not taking quickly.
2. Nigerian government expecting 42 million doses of COVID-19 Vaccine in Nigeria
The federal government of Nigeria is said to be in talks with China over COVID-19 Vaccine. According to reports, FG is expecting 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to battle coronavirus in the country.
Top government leaders and health workers are said to be considered first. Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, also stated that 100,000 doses of the vaccines would be received by the country at the end of January.
3. International community urge respect and authority of CAR election results The United Nations and its partners have urged respect for the final results of the Central Africa Republic’s election. saying it would be up to the Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic to proclaim the final results as all political actors are urged to respect the decisions of the Court.
4. Zimbabwe reintroduces 12-hour curfew to curb COVID second wave Following a spike in coronavirus cases, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm until 6 am. The new curfew was announced on Saturday by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Speaking, Chiwenga said: “We have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, almost double in two months, from 8,374 on 1 November to 14,084 to date. In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases the following stiff lockdown measures are being put in place with immediate effect.”
5. Nigeriens embark on three-days mourning over slain lives In honouring the lives lost during border clashes, Nigeriens have embarked on three days of mourning in the Republic of Niger. The official mourning date was announced by the Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum. In addition to the reinforcement of security in the border area with Mali. This is coming up two days after the reported deadliest jihadist attack in the Sahel nation saw the murder of one hundred civilians in two villages in the Western part of the country.