News & Analysis: Zambia

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

China and other countries are stepping into Africa’s worsening debt crisis

“Chinese banks have offered significant debt restructuring both before and during the coronavirus era acting within and outside of the G-20 arrangements.”

via Washington Post

Bank of Zambia hikes rates 50bps to curb ‘currency rout’ induced inflation, in COVID-19 environment

“Amidst a currency depreciation induced cost push inflationary environment, the Monetary Policy Committee decided to raise the interest rate whose quantum was nonetheless hampered by a suppressed business ecosystem fueled by disease pandemic effects.”

via The Business Telegraph

Zambia: COVID-19 shows no sign of easing

“Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said in a statement yesterday that of the 6,945 active cases, 6,531 are under home management while 414 are admitted to quarantine centres.”

via Zambia Daily Mail

Voting in a pandemic: Lessons for elections in Africa in 2021

“African elections held early on in the pandemic have compelled urgent adaptations and innovations to electoral processes and timelines.”

via Brookings Institution

Disregard of COVID-19 preventive guidelines worries Health Minister

“Minister of Health Jonas Chanda has expressed concern at the continued deliberate disregard of public health guidelines, particularly at super spreader events such as funerals, markets, shopping malls, townships and on public transport.”

via Luska Times

COVID-19 deaths in Africa higher than official count, Zambia study suggests

“A study of corpses in a Zambian morgue suggests that deaths from COVID-19 may have been routinely undercounted in the country, and by extension possibly elsewhere in Africa, challenging the view that the continent has avoided the worst effects of the pandemic.”

via Financial Times

Managing COVID-19’s Impact on Africa’s Sovereign Debt: An Interview with Danny Leipziger

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business at the George Washington University, about debt and debt relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Government meeting today to review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines amid the surge (Zambia)

“The government has said that it will review the COVID-19 preventive guidelines that were set in order to determine the way forward amidst a surge of cases in the second wave of the pandemic.”

via Lusaka Times