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Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest (8 June 2020)

Situation Report
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  • Several countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have reported a significant uptick in daily cases over the past week, including Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
  • All countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have now been affected by the pandemic, with Lesotho recording its first case on 13 May. Cross-border transmission is a rising concern.
  • The pandemic has gained considerable pace in the region: numbers of people who contracted COVID-19 rose from about 10,000 on 1 May to nearly 50,000 by the end of the month.
  • Multiple locations have reported a spike in gender-based violence during the outbreak, as communities face rising economic pressure.
  • Resources are urgently needed to scale-up the life-saving response and common services for the outbreak.


  • 74,229 (as of 7 June)
  • 1,686 total deaths
  • 26 countries affected in the region
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