Refugees, Displaced in South Africa, Face a New Fight in COVID-19
Some refugee reception offices have stopped accepting new asylum applications as the government enforces stricter measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, write Jan Bornman and Anastasya Eliseeva for New Frame. This comes as over 1,400 people displaced from their homes in Cape Town's inner-city due to the rising cost of housing and who are occupying a closed-down state hospital implemented pandemic protocols to reduce the risk of infection. Lawyers for Human Rights also called for a moratorium on the detention and deportation of migrants in an attempt to reduce the impact on the healthcare system.
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the globe, African countries are responding in various ways, from imposing travel bans to closing schools.
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