COVID-19: Lockdown Exit Strategies for Africa

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In the current context of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, policymakers are confronted with decisions that may prove to be among the most difficult of their careers. In Africa, at least 42 countries have imposed partial or full lockdowns on the movements and activities. Experience around the world suggests that such interventions effectively suppress the spread of COVID-19. Lockdowns, however, pose considerable economic costs that, in turn, threaten lives, put livelihoods at risk and exacerbate poverty. Consequently, there is great interest in exit strategies for lockdowns that preserve lives while protecting livelihoods. The challenge is that critical decision-making in these times is fraught with uncertainty. The report sets out some of the exit strategies being proposed and tried around the world and outlines the risks involved for African countries.


UN/Economic Commission for Africa
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