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AU on COVID-19

At the turn of the new decade just months ago, the world was ecstatic that with it came some good tidings. To the utter shock of many, the first chapter of this decade has come with panic and grief brought about by COVID-19. Since the first case was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen globally to 2.7 million with 738,032 recoveries and 190,549 deaths – according to data from the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. These figures are from 213 countries with 52 from Africa – only Comoros and Lesotho have not reported a case. Africa has recorded 25,940 cases, 6,968 recoveries and 1,240 deaths.

Alarmed by the potential of the global economy grinding to a halt, African leaders caucusing in Addis Ababa for the African Union’s (AU) 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly …