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.
Lockdown interventions have become a crucial component of public health measures to curtail the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. In many West African countries, the identification of community hotspots of COVID-19 infections certainly justifies the decision to restrict movement in these areas, which are mainly urban or sub-urban. To most governments, the implementation of lockdown measures is an effort to avoid frequent contact between people, as social distancing clearly helps slow down the spread of the virus. It is therefore expected that these preventive measures will mitigate the spread of the outbreak and ultimately reduce the number of people affected.