Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs
Altogether 861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths have been reported to date indicating a case fatality rate (CFR) of 5.3%. The mean age of those who have succumbed to the disease is 59.6 years, of which approximately 60.9% are males. Health care workers account for 10.7% of all confirmed cases. Fifteen districts (out of 16) have now reported cases with the highest incidence of cases (60.8%) in Western Area Urban (Freetown). In addition:
Bans on inter-district travel, mass gatherings, closure of learning institutions and travel restrictions remain in effect;
There is a shortage of case investigators due to increasing number of cases in Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural; and
COVID-19 hospital bed capacity is 36% occupied.
UNICEF Sierra Leone Highlights
A mass insecticide treated nets (ITN) distribution campaign is underway with COVID-19 sensitization fully integrated within malaria prevention messaging; 1,784 community sensitizers are carrying out door-to-door COVID-19 awareness raising during ITN household registration.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) and mitigation measures as well as ethical reporting during COVID-19 have featured in risk communication radio programmes aired nationally.
COVID-19 prevention messages through EduTrac have reached 9,144 teachers, including headteachers. UNICEF is actively advocating for the release and protection of children in the juvenile justice system and seeking a moratorium on new admissions of children to detention facilities.
UNICEF-procured supplies for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are being distributed nationwide to respond to the anticipated increased SAM caseload due to secondary effects of COVID-19.
A toolkit for encouraging adolescents and youth to be engaged in the fight against COVID-19 has been developed.
A U-Report poll was circulated to Social Safety Net Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) community monitors to gauge preparedness for a targeting exercise within the planned emergency cash transfer programme.