The number of confirmed cases has now surpassed three million. Despite efforts across the African continent there are now 34,000 confirmed cases. Both France and Italy have entered a recession. On the plus side, lockdowns worldwide have led to a record drop in C02 emissions. This week, we begin to look ahead to life post-lockdown and even post-pandemic.
Nine years ago, after publishing a comprehensive survey of the damage, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) called for the launch of a $1bn fund to clean up decades of oil spills there. It is a 600 square kilometre area full of shut-off oil wells and a labyrinth of ageing pipelines converge. Today it remains one of the most contaminated stretches of water and marsh land in the world.
The US has surpassed China and Italy with the most cases of COVID-19, just as South Africa announces an easing of its lockdown with a five-level plan. This week, we look at how the global pandemic has affected the continent from news of a looming recession to moments of a medical breakthrough.