The Debate

Covid-19 and Africa: What response?

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

Africa's seen pandemics before. But can experience make up for what the continent lacks in means in taking on Covid-19? With lockdowns ordered or reinforced all over the continent, François Picard's panel discusses the challenges of containing the spread of coronavirus, particularly in working-class urban areas where strict confinement just simply isn't realistic. With lockdown disrupting supply chains, many worry more about food scarcity than disease.

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