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Travel restrictions imperative to combat the Coronavirus
45 out of 54 countries in Africa have declared infections with the coronavirus. The available evidence overwhelming shows that most of the declared cases in Africa are from imported sources.
Rethink utility bills collection
Social/Physical distancing has a positive impact on controlling the spread of coronavirus. That is why Rwanda and South Africa have declared a nationwide lockdown. Countervailing to this effort, some water and electricity utilities in Africa are violating social/physical distancing measures
Urgent need for an Emergency Fund from International Community
It is near certainty that if COVID19 is not contained in the short run, Africa will, on average, endure negative GDP growth per capita. The growth rate is expected to decline by 2-3%, arising from cumulative impact on the demand and supply factors in the different areas of labour markets
Financial Services Providers Interventions to mitigate the Impact of COVID-19
Financial service providers can play a critical role in mitigating the negative impact of COVID-19 and contribute to stabilizing of the economy. The SDGC/A has prepared this communiqué on how financial service providers can mitigate the impact of the epidemic with supportive policy measures introduced by central banks.
Facilitate immediate access to water in low-income communities
The World Health Organization (WHO) is advising the public continually to practice frequent handwashing to control the spread of the coronavirus. The people in the slums and peri-urban areas of Africa are getting water through a shared or communal water supply system
Minimize food supply disruptions to the extent possible
Although COVID-19 is a health pandemic, its effects can lead to other issues including a food security crisis if no proper measures are taken. Africa’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture with about two thirds of the population involved in small holder farming activities
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Coronavirus as a pandemic. The infections are now increasing at an exponential rate as shown by the figure below (developed by the Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC)), which compares the situation in Africa and that in Europe.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
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