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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in East Africa - statistics & facts

As of February 2021, the coronavirus (COVID-19) had infected nearly 380 thousand people in East Africa, roughly 10 percent of the total cases on the whole African continent. Ethiopia and Kenya are the most affected countries, with more than 156 thousand and 105 thousand infections, respectively. East Africa counted over six thousand deaths. However, even the narrowed spread of the virus is not protecting the region from slower economic growth and individual livelihoods being affected.

Economic impact

The fastest growing region in Africa, East Africa is still expected to register an economic deceleration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on worst-case scenario predictions, GDP growth will fall to 0.2 percent in 2020, down from a previous forecast of 5.1 percent. Lockdown measures imposed to contain the disease came at a cost for the economy, leading to reduced levels of external trade, as well as disruptions in the tourism market and the services sector. In addition, inflationary pressures increased. With COVID-19, figures are predicted to reach around 16 percent in 2021.

Based on estimates, around 38 million jobs were lost in East Africa since the coronavirus outbreak. Lockdowns and curfews lead to reduced customer numbers or even business closures. East Africa is also a region where large shares of the population depend on unofficial employment. The majority of Kenyans stated they had difficulties with paying rent. In Ethiopia, 37 percent of households reported reduced incomes. The number of people facing food insecurity is projected to increase by 73 percent, affecting 41.5 million.

Recovery and the future

However, despite the disruptions, the COVID-19 pandemic did not launch a catastrophe in Africa, as could have been expected. Indeed, the continent’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been praised. Since the first reported case, most countries in East Africa reached certain levels of success in containing the virus and protecting the economy. Many nations announced extra healthcare spending and economic stimulus packages to aid fiscal relief. The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the potential of the mobile money market in the region, which can contribute to the future recovery of local businesses and provide more flexibility for consumers amid lockdowns or restrictive measures.



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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in East Africa - statistics & facts

As of February 2021, the coronavirus (COVID-19) had infected nearly 380 thousand people in East Africa, roughly 10 percent of the total cases on the whole African continent. Ethiopia and Kenya are the most affected countries, with more than 156 thousand and 105 thousand infections, respectively. East Africa counted over six thousand deaths. However, even the narrowed spread of the virus is not protecting the region from slower economic growth and individual livelihoods being affected.

Economic impact

The fastest growing region in Africa, East Africa is still expected to register an economic deceleration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on worst-case scenario predictions, GDP growth will fall to 0.2 percent in 2020, down from a previous forecast of 5.1 percent. Lockdown measures imposed to contain the disease came at a cost for the economy, leading to reduced levels of external trade, as well as disruptions in the tourism market and the services sector. In addition, inflationary pressures increased. With COVID-19, figures are predicted to reach around 16 percent in 2021.

Based on estimates, around 38 million jobs were lost in East Africa since the coronavirus outbreak. Lockdowns and curfews lead to reduced customer numbers or even business closures. East Africa is also a region where large shares of the population depend on unofficial employment. The majority of Kenyans stated they had difficulties with paying rent. In Ethiopia, 37 percent of households reported reduced incomes. The number of people facing food insecurity is projected to increase by 73 percent, affecting 41.5 million.

Recovery and the future

However, despite the disruptions, the COVID-19 pandemic did not launch a catastrophe in Africa, as could have been expected. Indeed, the continent’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been praised. Since the first reported case, most countries in East Africa reached certain levels of success in containing the virus and protecting the economy. Many nations announced extra healthcare spending and economic stimulus packages to aid fiscal relief. The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the potential of the mobile money market in the region, which can contribute to the future recovery of local businesses and provide more flexibility for consumers amid lockdowns or restrictive measures.



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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Coronavirus (COVID-19) in East Africa".

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