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23rd Weekly Press Briefing on the Coronavirus disease outbreak

23rd Weekly Press Briefing on the Coronavirus disease outbreak

August 13, 2020

Africa CDC weekly engagement with members of the media to provide critical update on the coordinated efforts by African Union Member States to implement the joint continental strategy in response to COVID-19. It also highlights key steps taken to support the PACT initiative across countries and other countermeasures by Africa CDC and other partners to minimize social harm caused by the disease outbreak in Africa.

Dr. John Nkengasong, Director, Africa CDC and
Dr Ilesh Jani, Director, National Institute of Health, Mozambique

WHEN: Thursday, 13 August 2020

TIME: 11.00–12.00 pm East Africa Time

WHERE: Online through ZOOM, Meeting ID is 965 6216 2626

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Background Information
The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spread to about 215 countries and territories with more than 20 million cases; and claimed more than 700,000 lives worldwide. Over 1million cases have been reported in all 55 African countries, with nearly 24,000 deaths. Africa CDC is working with Member States to ensure appropriate response to the outbreak in countries to keep up the outstanding number of recoveries so far. Thursday’s briefing will also feature the Director of the National Institute of Health of Mozambique to provide current information about the country’s pandemic response and ongoing public health measures taken by the government as it prepares to resume economic activities.

Kindly note that there will be French and Portuguese interpretations during the weekly briefing going forward.

Here are basic things to note about tomorrows briefing.

• Journalists will be allowed to ask questions directly online. If you have a question send your name and the name of your media house to WhatsApp # (+251 945 502 310), the following emails (, and they will be taken by the moderator.
• Colleagues who cannot ask questions directly online should send their questions to the same number or email addresses.

Journalists are invited to connect and attend the press briefing on Thursday, 13 August 2020, at 11.00 a.m. East Africa Time.

Media inquiries:

Mr Molalet Tsedeke, Tel: 0911-630631; Email:; Directorate of Information and Communication; AU Commission

About the African Union

The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens. AU Vision: to accelerate progress towards an integrated, prosperous and inclusive Africa, at peace with itself, playing a dynamic role in the continental and global arena, effectively driven by an accountable, efficient and responsive Commission.

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About Africa CDC

Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union which supports Member States in their efforts to strengthen health systems and improve surveillance, emergency response, prevention and control of diseases.

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