COVID-19 | Impact of coronavirus on African economies

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Social distancing, working remotely, cashless transactions, lockdown are some of the new terms now being used daily in discussing the COVID-19 Pandemic. But how much sense do they make in Africa, where many people live hand to mouth as part of an informal economy? With the pandemic now in Africa, with the reality of millions of jobs likely to be lost and little fiscal support for small and medium-sized enterprises, the continent is feeling the heat. Sarah Kimani takes a look at the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa’s economies.

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