Africa risks opening airspace to protect itself from historic recession
Egypt reopened its airports last Thursday and other African states are preparing to do the same, at a time when there are 492,000 infected on the continent. Africa faces its first recession in 25 years with the tourism and travel sectors collapsing
The death toll from covid-19 in Africa has soared to 11,622 today, up 262 in the past 24 hours, and there are 492,000 infected, according to the latest pandemic figures on the continent. Despite the rise in cases, several African states are wanting to follow in the footsteps of Egypt, which on Thursday reopened its airspace after having closed it for three months.
According to the Africanews website, the risk has an explanation based on the other epidemic that the black continent is going through: the economic one. Africa faces its first recession in 25 years and the travel and tourism sectors have already lost $ 55 billion since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The President of Senegal said that the country’s airspace will reopen next July 15. The 15 members of the West African Economic Community are expected to reopen their airspace on 21 July. Nigeria will resume domestic flights on 8 July and Rwanda on 1 August.
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