Latest bi-weekly report on COVID-19 response measures in Africa
The Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC Coalition), a joint effort between Resolve to Save Lives, IPSOS, Africa CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, Novetta Mission Analytics and the World Economic Forum, has released its latest bi-weekly report about the implementation of public health and social measures (PHSM) in Africa, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covering the period between 28 October-10 November, the report notes several country-specific findings and the following regional trends:
- Cases continue to rise, and African Union Member States have started to reinstate PHSM or extend existing measures.
- Pressure to avoid complete economic shutdowns is high, especially as people continue to suffer from loss of income and increased food insecurity.
- The majority of posts on social media and citizen quotes in news articles continue to support government measures, but country and regional differences persist.
- In Africa – and globally – adherence to restrictions has increasingly become politicized as cases continue to rise, and elected government officials are weighing reinstating measures against the potential impact on their electability.