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TitlePolicy Brief: Impact of COVID-19 in Africa
AuthorUnited Nations
SubjectCOVID 19
Date of Publication20200521
PublisherUnited Nations
Number of Pages28 pages
LanguageEnglish
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsCOVID 19 Pandemic
AbstractIt is too early to know the full impact of COVID-19 on Africa. To date the experience has been varied. There are causes for concern, but also reasons for hope. Early estimates were pessimistic regarding the pandemic’s impact on the continent. But the relatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases reported thus far have raised hopes that African countries may be spared the worst of the pandemic. While the virus is present in all African countries, most countries have recorded fewer than 1,000 cases. The African Union acted swiftly, endorsing a joint continental strategy in February, and complementing efforts by Member States and Regional Economic Communities by providing a public health platform. This policy brief takes a snapshot of immediate impacts of the pandemic on health, economies, peace, security, human rights and humanitarian assistance in Africa. It outlines response measures currently being taken by African and external stakeholders and provides recommendations to protect gains in the fight against the pandemic and maximise opportunities in the recovery for a more inclusive and sustainable future as countries emerge from this crisis
Copyright HolderUnited Nations
Copyright URLhttps://www.un.org
Filesize1336026 MB
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