News & Analysis: Zambia

Third wave cases mount as tourism jobs crash

“While case numbers and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise across Africa, the devastating costs of the travel restrictions that have been imposed on visitors as a consequence continue to grow. The economic damage caused by the closure of the tourism economy in Southern and North Africa last year is continuing, perhaps worsening, this year.”

via Africa Confidential

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

Zambia closes schools, restricts social functions as it battles COVID-19 third wave

“Zambia has re-imposed strict measures, including closing schools, to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it battles to keep the third wave at bay.”

via The East African

Frontier Debt Shines as Unlikely Haven in World of Rising Rates

“In terms of geography, money managers who specialize in frontier assets are almost united in favoring Africa, saying the region will benefit the most from rising raw material prices.”

via Bloomberg

Scott Morris: ‘How China Lends’ and the Implications for Africa’s Economic Recovery

“Better disclosure of the terms of the contracts themselves would certainly be better practice going forward, and in times of stress, it can facilitate quicker and easier engagement with the key multilateral actors.”

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

India and COVID-19 vaccines: A national crisis with global ripples

“India has been the leading COVID-19 vaccine supplier to much of the world through COVAX- the UN-backed scheme shipping doses to countries from Afghanistan to Zambia. But now it is struggling to fully vaccinate its own population amid a coronavirus health crisis that grows worse by the day.”

via The New Humanitarian

COVID-19 inflames election violence in Africa

“COVID-19 may have increased the risk of electoral violence in four key ways: facilitating clampdowns on political opposition, fueling the proliferation of disinformation, worsening economic fragility and delaying elections.”

via African Business Magazine

Africa CDC’s John Nkengasong on a Vaccine Game Plan for the Continent and His Greatest Worry

“What worries me most is that the continent doesn’t get its vaccination program in order in a timely fashion. That means we have to pursue an aggressive process not a passive process.”

via COVID HQ Africa

One year on: Zambian economy during COVID-19

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zambian economy entered one of its deepest recessions in history, shrinking by 4.2% in 2020. This was the first time since 1998 that the Zambian economy has contracted.”

via International Growth Centre

Zambians approve of government’s COVID-19 response despite questions about aid, vaccines

“More than one in three Zambians say their households lost income during the pandemic, and nine out of 10 report that they did not receive government assistance. A majority of citizens believe that the assistance was not fairly distributed.”

via Afrobarometer