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Paths out of the pandemic

Dire predictions of the toll in Africa from Covid-19 were overblown but disinformation is threatening public health initiatives

Back in March, it was the lull before the storm, with predictions of three million deaths from Covid-19 in Africa. Thankfully, the storm never came. Today, it is the lull before wh...


Time to re-open

Africa’s lockdown era is nearing the end as policy-makers focus on how to live with Covid-19 rather than defeat it

The shadow-boxing over Covid-19 in Africa appears to be over. While retaining measures to protect public health wherever possible, the priority is now shifting to opening up econom...


Pandemic prospects

Cases are increasing rapidly but lockdown policies have been easing and there is little public or political appetite to tighten them again

With Covid-19 positive cases doubling in the last two weeks, Africa is expected to notch up its millionth patient in the coming days. 'We are at a pivotal point,' said Dr Matshid...


A dangerous wave

There are over 750,000 coronavirus cases in Africa and numbers continue to rise amid concerns that South Africa could prove a harbinger

As the World Health Organization warns of rapidly rising Covid-19 caseloads in Africa, its top official for the continent says that poor and crowded urban areas in South Africa hav...


A state of disconnect

African treasuries are putting a positive spin on their own finances, but the message from the markets is grim. Something has to give

The message from African finance ministers is that while the overall picture facing the continent is bleak in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many economies are resilient eno...

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Doubts over post-slump bounce

Financial institutions share a baleful view of the pandemic’s damage to Africa’s economies, some doubling their estimates for lost growth

Economists in the international financial institutions have been updating their assessments of the damage the lockdown and pandemic are having on African economies on a weekly basi...


Pandemic mysteries multiply

Scientists are baffled by countries’ varied experiences of the pandemic but agree on the risk that drugs shortages pose to people living with HIV

Across Africa, lockdowns are loosening even as Covid-19 continues its inexorable journey across the continent. As Johannesburg, Cairo and Lagos feel the heat, other cities and coun...


Retreating from the stage

Merging the Department for International Development with the Foreign Office is more about opinion polls than policy substance

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that the Department for International Development (DFID) will be subsumed into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in September pr...


The pandemic's collateral damage

The focus on the coronavirus, coupled with logistical problems, is drawing resources from the fight against Africa’s other serious diseases

Covid-19 is serious enough, but in Africa the unintended consequences of diverting health service resources may be even worse. 'The knock-on effects of Covid-19 on the fight agains...


From great crash to weak bounce

The pandemic is forcing oil producers to find new ideas to attract investment and absorb the shocks. Some show promise. Others may have left it too late

The great hopes of strong growth for Africa's oil and gas producers this year, particularly in East and Southern Africa, have been crushed as companies scramble to cut planned inve...

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