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Impact of Covid-19 on the South African economy

This paper reports ‘first pass’ estimates of the costs of the lock-down implemented by the South African government beginning on 27 March 2020. It also presents a series of recovery scenarios. Four channels by which a lockdown and other efforts are expected to influence economic activity are distinguished. In total, these lockdown measures have profound …

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Half a billion people could be pushed into poverty by COVID-19

Falling incomes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to an extra half a billion people being pushed into poverty, King’s academics warn. This could set back the fight against global poverty by a decade and in some regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa,  to levels not seen …

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COVID-19 and Africa

Although the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities might still appear comparatively low in Africa than in other world regions, the looming health shock of COVID-19 could have disastrous impacts on the continent’s already strained health systems, and could quickly turn into a social and economic emergency. Beyond health risks, the COVID-19 shock to African …

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