Joseph Cotterill

Joseph Cotterill


Southern Africa correspondent @FinancialTimes: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, & the region. WhatsApp/Signal: +44 7595 372642

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South Africa will move back to lockdown level 3 (mid-severity) tonight. Curfew will start earlier at 10pm. All gatherings limited to a maximum of 50 indoors, 100 outdoors.

One positive sign, Ramaphosa says: Far fewer health workers - who were first in line to be vaccinated - have been infected so far in the third wave compared to the second wave.

“Last month, days before the sixth presidential inauguration of Museveni on May 12, fighter jets flew low, armoured cars paraded the streets of Kampala, and snipers stood on rooftops to scare away potential young troublemakers.”

The world's richest economies have pre-ordered enough vaccine doses to cover their populations more than four times over, while the poorest have only secured enough for 10% of their populations, Barclays analysts estimate.

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Uganda’s government is ordering 18m Oxford/AZN Serum doses at $7 per dose, not counting transport costs. That is a lot more than what rich countries are paying and more than South Africa’s roughly $5 per dose for its delivery this week. 1/2

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Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono @daddyhope , who recently exposed corruption at the highest levels, says that police are at his home and harassing workers this morning. An alarming sign for press freedom under Mnangagwa.

Glorious resignation paragraph from one of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents, who is clearly taking the thesaurus down with him.

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I've just spoken to @BitiTendai  after Zimbabwean police arrested him this afternoon at the MDC's headquarters in Harare. He is at the police station with other arrested MDC figures. They have not been charged yet. "They want to destroy the MDC," he said.

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