Windhoek, Namibia, 09 May 2020-Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) country President held a virtual meeting to discuss a response to the pandemic. The meeting was chaired by the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The aim of the meeting is to discuss a coordinated response by the SADC member states and for the southern African states to share their views on the response to be mapped out. Amongst other issues on the agenda, the meeting will also be used to discuss consular and immigration matters, economic impact of COOVID-19 on the region as well as financial support and international pledges by donor organs.
In a statement released by the meeting Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, the meeting will also provide an opportunity for South Africa to share measures taken to curb the spread of the virus. Ramaphosa will be joined by Minister of International Relations and cooperation, Naledi Pandor, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkize and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
South Africa is the mostly affected country in the SADC region with more than 8000 confirmed cases and 161 deaths. The country has adopted strict and desperate measures to contain the virus, but little progress has been made as cases continues to pile up with more than 400 cases reportedly confirmed yesterday. Africa currently have more than 49 thousand cases of Coronavirus, more than 1700 deaths and recoveries of up to 14 000. Many countries have now moved from Covid-19 readiness to responses as countries confirm cases of COVID-19.
Joseph NM Tobias