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.
- COVID-19 cases hit a record 6,422 on Friday for the island—nearly 2X the number of just a few days earlier, according to the Miami Herald.
Hope: Cuba’s 3-shot homegrown Abdala vaccine received local regulatory approval on Friday for emergency use.