The recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across Africa poses an enormous challenge to the continent. The overwhelming negative impacts of the pandemic can be felt not only within the population, but also with regard to the continent’s economy and biodiversity. Naturally, most measures taken by the various national governments so far are primarily intended to cushion the impact on the human population. Nothing significant is being done to minimize the indirect threat posed by COVID-19 to protected areas and the conservation of biodiversity in Africa.
In these days of confinement instituted by various national governments in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19, after a home office day, I took a walk to a nearby forest to stretch my cramped limbs and breathe in some fresh air. As I walked through the concrete jungles representing our towns and cities, with the deserted streets and large number of cars parked, my mind slowly drifted to some places where enforcing the stay-at-home measures seems to be more difficult. Resulting, apparently, in an exponential increase in the number of persons infected with the Corona virus.