La pandemia colpisce in Africa subsahariana un paziente già fragile e portatore di patologie pregresse multiple. È difficile immaginare un urto meno che drammatico per la regione, ma l’impatto e gli effetti di breve e lungo periodo non si manifesteranno necessariamente nella maniera in cui si stanno delineando altrove. Numerosi tratti specifici della regione – o almeno comuni ad ampie parti di essa – potrebbero svolgere un ruolo rilevante nel fare da amplificatori oppure da riduttori per la diffusione della pandemia.
Le stime sulle conseguenze economiche della pandemia di Covid-19 pubblicate dal Fondo Monetario Internazionale parlano della trasformazione della crisi sanitaria in una crisi economica mondiale senza precedenti. In Europa, il Consiglio europeo di giovedì prossimo promette di dar seguito alla risposta UE alla pandemia, mentre si accendono i toni del dibattito sulla solidarietà tra Stati membri e sugli altri strumenti da adottare per far fronte all’impatto economico della crisi.
While about 10,000 people in Africa were registered as positive to the coronavirus as of April 7 – a marginal figure if compared to data coming from Europe, Asia or North America – the pandemic outbreak has already had huge, multilayered and sometimes hard-to-detect impacts on the continent.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues its indiscriminate and devastating impact across the world and brings a massive economic crisis in its wake. For Africa, this is a development crisis whose impact will be felt for years to come.
The coronavirus finally arrived in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the last regions of the world to be affected by the pandemic.
With more than a million cases of COVID-19 now confirmed across the globe and 209 countries and territories affected by outbreaks of varying degrees of intensity, the world has reached a critical threshold.
As had been feared and expected, Africa was not spared from the “novel coronavirus” pandemic. The rapid spread of COVID-19 on the continent is a matter of grave concern.
As predicted by many analysts at the beginning of the pandemic, South Africa is the country most affected by the SARS-COV-2 virus in Africa. The good news is that the “Rainbow Nation” is the African country with the most testing facilities and the best-equipped hospitals across the continent. As of April 07 2020, South Africa had 1,686 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, with more than 50,000 tests conducted since 5 March, when the country’s first case was confirmed.
Cases of COVID-19 in Africa represent a tiny fraction of those in other countries, but countries in the region are still taking strong action to slow the spread of the virus: closing borders, imposing curfews, closing schools, and more. These actions – along with those that other countries take to slow the spread, such as factory closings in China – have economic consequences in addition to health consequences.