Covid-19 and Countries in Turmoil

Soldiers patrol during a protest following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Port-au-Prince. July 08, 2021. Image: Richard Pierrin/Getty
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Soldiers patrol during a protest following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Port-au-Prince. July 08, 2021. Image: Richard Pierrin/Getty

Haiti: Doctors Dodging Bullets
 
Street violence and COVID-19 are surging amid growing concerns that reactions to President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination last week may disrupt delivery of medical supplies, reports The Washington Post.

  • Patients are afraid to travel to the hospital; and “dodging bullets has become routine” for health workers

  • People displaced by the gunfire are filling crowded shelters heightening transmission risk. 

Worse news: Haiti hasn’t vaccinated a single person, Rashmee Roshan Lall writes in an openDemocracy commentary.


South Africa Protests
 

Several people have been killed in protests over the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, the BBC reports, and police arrested dozens people over the weekend for public violence and violation of COVID-19 lockdown regulations, Al Jazeera reports.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa warned yesterday that  COVID-19 infections “remain extremely high” and pledged to keep restrictions in place through July. (Medical Xpress).
  • Emergency rooms have been overwhelmed by an “onslaught of patients” in the country’s third wave, described in a CNN video.

‘Worst Days’ for Cuba
 
Cubans are taking to Havana’s streets to protest economic conditions and the slow roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, ABC Australia reports.

Hope: Cuba’s 3-shot homegrown Abdala vaccine received local regulatory approval on Friday for emergency use.

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