The Economics Blog

COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise.

The disease spread like wildfire from the city of Wuhan in the Hubei Province of China to Western Europe, America, East Asia and then Africa.

Although Sub-Saharan Africa was “late to the party”, over the past two weeks, the number of confirmed cases has grown rapidly from 1,017 on March 20 to 9,292 today; with the highest concentration in South Africa, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. If this trend continues and the measures put in place prove to be ineffective, Africa would be in serious trouble.

While COVID-19 is predominantly a public health crisis, it has severe social, political and economic implications. In fact, it is already threatening the livelihoods of millions of people in Africa, with a disproportionate impact on poor households and informal businesses. It is also redefining the way people interact and engage in the modern world.

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