With just months to go to the end of his first term, Tanzania's president John P. Magufuli is making global headlines once again, as his administration continues its somewhat questionable approach to controlling COVID-19 within its borders.
While the numbers of infections and deaths continue to rise across the African continent, North African countries have begun a gradual lifting of restrictions, but will that leave the region vulnerable to the pandemic?
Despite Nigeria's federal government and its task force against COVID-19 putting measures in place against the spread of the coronavirus, certain state governments have taken matters into their own hands to the benefit or detriment of their local population.
Enforced lockdowns across the world to stop the spread of COVID-19 has led to the slowing down and even halt of several economies, wreaking havoc on the global economy. According to the IMF, the world is now in a recession. How will Nigeria fare in the midst of all of this?
In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus that has infected over 3000 people and killed over 100 people in Nigeria, a five week lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and the neighboring Ogun state was in effect. But as the number of people out in the street came to a near halt; the price of food took off, creating a difficult situation for many Nigerians.
The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation, opens its annual meeting on Monday 18 May against the backdrop of worsening geopolitical clashes over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The last couple months can only be characterized as unprecedented, as many countries and markets went from indifference of the pandemic to visible panic. In many emerging markets, the flight of capital coupled with slowed investments has further complicated fragile situations. Yet these unexpected and difficult times still present opportunity for investment.