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South Sudan, Zimbabwe most vulnerable as African COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 – United Nations

April 9, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — According to the United Nations, Africa has over 10, 000 COVID-19 cases, 500+ deaths and over 900 recoveries.

Zimbabwe and South Sudan are among the most vulnerable African countries as over 7.7 million people are food insecure in Zimbabwe according to the UNWFP and the fighting in South Sudan according to the publication.

The UNWFP is appealing for $130 million to feed vulnerable people in Zimbabwe while according to the publication:

In an appeal to the authorities to step up efforts to contain the spread of the virus, the Commission on Human Rights in the world’s youngest country warned that 1.5 million people who’ve fled years of violence are at greater risk than ever.

Commission chair Yasmin Sooka said that it was unrealistic to even “talk about strict social distancing” at the moment.

So many displaced persons still live in tents, she said, “often inches apart from one other, and subsisting on rapidly diminishing humanitarian aid”.

They have only limited access to healthcare, water, hygiene and sanitation, food, and adequate housing, with women and children among the worst affected by these shortages, Ms. Sooka explained.

COVID-19 has killed over 76000 people and over 1.2 million people have been infected worldwide while 52 countries in Africa have recorded COVID-19 cases.

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