COVID-19 in Africa


Reported cases by region #E4T

Country focus: COVID-19 and the resource sector in Cameroon – insights by Josti Doum

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds resource-rich countries, such as Cameroon, of the need to diversify their sources of economic growth and most importantly increase domestic revenue mobilization. On the resource sector side, the government is adopting numerous policy changes to the oil, mining, and gas fiscal regimes to incentivize investment.

Author: Josti Doum

Published: September 17th, 2021

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Tracking COVID-19 vaccination in sub-Saharan Africa

Until mid-May 2021, only 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sub-Saharan African countries through COVAX, bilateral donations and purchases, enough to inoculate 1.1 percent of the region’s total population (considering two doses per person).  This number of doses represent less than 2 percent of all the doses that have been administered in the world.

Authors: Economists from Transformation network

Update: May 21st, 2021

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Country focus: COVID-19 in Togo – reflections by Koffi Massèsso Adji

Like any other country in the world, COVID-19 has also taken its toll on Togolese citizens and our economy. While it is too early to tell the exact economic impact COVID-19 will have, there is already evidence of negative effects on most sectors of the economy. In this regard, the government has adopted a series of measures in response to COVID-19 with the aim of reviving economic activities.

Authors: Koffi Massèsso Adji

Update: December 7th, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa: surging or spared? What data reveals

 Is limited testing the only reason behind less reported COVID-19 cases in Africa and is the region following a similar trajectory to others, but with a delayed start? Or are there other factors, unique to the region, that could explain different transmission dynamics in Africa as opposed to the rest of the world?

Authors: Tanou Balde, Pierre Mandon, Hannaha Niemeyer, Amma Panin, Alexis Rivera-Ballesteros

Update: August 31st, 2020

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Fiscal stimulus measures across 10 selected sub-Saharan African economies

Few African countries can match the scale of fiscal responses to the COVID-19 crisis compared to OECD countries.

Authors: James Cust, Pierre Mandon and Hannah Niemeyer

Update: May 7th, 2020

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African governments need more of everything in the fight against COVID-19

There seems to be good news regarding the number of COVID-19 cases coming out of sub-Saharan Africa. The region has fewer cumulative reported cases per million than anywhere else in the world.

Authors: Tanou Balde and Amma Panin

Update: May 27th, 2020

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Reported cases of COVID-19 in Africa

Countries in the sub-Saharan African region (SSA) recorded their first cases and deaths from COVID-19 weeks later than Asia, North America and Europe. For example, South Africa, the first country in SSA to report over 100 cases on March 18, did so one month after Italy and two weeks later than the United States.

Authors: James Cust and Alexis Rivera Ballesteros

Update: January 15th, 2021