Covid-19: How a microbe has unmasked Africa’s bankruptcy of governance

An illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the US Food and Drug Administration shows the coronavirus,Covid-19. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • On the whole, however, East Africa’s governments have done the right things with regards to their efforts to contain the spread of the virus.
  • They have also been trying to perform tests to confirm suspected cases as much as national testing facilities have been able to afford.
  • Sadly, these measures are hampered by the total focus on copying the experiences of countries in Asia and Europe but with limited effort to tweak them for the unique circumstances of each country.
  • And implementation is already showing signs that if East African governments do not exercise caution this could lead to even more disastrous situations.

So far, coronavirus has been slow to spread across Africa, but this has not been a function of any actions the governments have taken. The measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have not been linked to the low rates on the continent, even as these measures are proving so draconian as to risk mass protests throughout the region.


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