COVID-19 and Democracy
The world is today confronted with a new threat; the novel Coronavirus infection (Covid-19). The virus first broke in China in November 2019, and has since swept across countries, overwhelmed health facilities and brought economies to their knees. As of 2nd June 2020, the coronavirus is known to have infected more than 6 million people across the globe, claimed over 350 000 lives, and poses an existential threat to humanity. In a bid to flatten the infection curve and contain the outbreak, governments across the globe undertook tight measures including shutting down borders, closing schools, imposing lockdowns and curfews on citizens, among others. Although the virus has been slow in taking root in Africa, the continent is beginning to record a spike in its infection rates. Experts believe that Africa could be the hardest hit by the pandemic due to its struggling health care system. Considering the devastating impact of the virus, some governments across Africa, and West Africa, were quick to adopt draconian measures to curb the spread of the pandemic.
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