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The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ethiopia was reported in March 2020, and the prime minister declared a state of emergency in April 2020. This resulted in the prohibition of interregional public transport and public gatherings, school closures across the country and the introduction of other public health measures to reduce the person-to-person transmission of the virus.
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COVID-19 is arguably one of the biggest pandemics to hit the world in recent times. Globally, it has affected the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as governments across the world have focused on implementing containment measures.
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As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic roll through societies and economies across the globe, women and girls are expected to bear the heaviest impact.
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The first official case in Mozambique was identified in March 2020. The Government announced a State of Emergency and placed the country on a Level 3 alert at the beginning of April 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (44,600) and reported case fatality ratio of 0.8% have been relatively low for the East and Southern Africa region.
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In Malawi, there have been 9,991 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 275 confirmed deaths. Initially reported predominantly in towns, the cases here have now spread to the community level and efforts are being invested to prevent further spread of the disease.
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Uganda reported its first case of COVID-19 on 21 March 2020. While Uganda’s tightly controlled response helped stem the spread of the virus, it also resulted in significant damage to the economy with especially dire consequences for women already living in poverty and those without formal jobs. Uganda has been a net recipient of migrants and refugees for some time.
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This report summarizes the findings of a Computer Assisted Telephonic Interview (CATI) rapid gender assessment (RGA) survey measuring the effects of COVID-19 on women and men in South Africa. The study was commissioned by UN Women and UNFPA to investigate the effects of COVID-19 and its associated movement restrictions on the socio-economic conditions of women and men, identify appropriate program interventions, and select advocacy messages that can be used to improve their well-being.