The International Air Transport Association, IATA, says 2020 will be the worst year for airlines as the industry is expected to post an $84.3 billion net loss. In Africa, IATA notes that the region was the weakest pre-COVID-19 crisis and that the pandemic has added to an already challenging operating environment. Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director, Advocacy and Strategic Relations for Africa at IATA joins CNBC Africa to discuss what the future holds for Africa’s air transport.
Covid-19 continues to hit South Africa worse than any other country on the continent, with more than 111,000 coronavirus cases and 2,000 deaths. Hospitals remain understaffed and medical workers are among the worst affected. Our correspondents spoke to nurses protesting for more equipment. Meanwhile, Sudan has also been battling the virus and pharmacies are reporting shortages of basic medication. Finally, the French navy has been working with naval services in West Africa to clamp down on drug trafficking and piracy. Our correspondents gained access to one ship in Ivory Coast.
The World Economic Forum says the emergence of COVID-19 is accelerating the change of global value delivery models, with unprecedented consequences for manufactures and supply chains. Joining CNBC Africa to look at how the pandemic has impacted the manufacturing sector here in Nigeria is the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mansur Ahmed.
Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, and his wife, Dame Okowa have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Okowa disclosed this on Wednesday on his personal Twitter handle. “My wife and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are well and continuing with our isolation/medication. We thank you all for your continued prayers for us and our daughter,” the Governor wrote.