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$7.7 billion in losses for the African aviation sector in 2020 due to “Corona”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated that the restrictions imposed by governments in the context of combating the spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19), which led to a decrease in traffic, caused losses amounting to 7.7 billion dollars in the aviation sector in the year 2020 in Africa.

IATA's Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East, Kamel Al-Awadi, said - during a virtual press conference on Covid-19 and civil aviation organized by the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa - that about 7 million employees have suffered as a result, and about 8 airlines are famous in Africa. Bankruptcy, indicating that it is necessary to wait until 2023 or 2024 until the situation in the aviation sector improves, and to return to the figures for 2019.

For her part, the Regional Director of the World Health Organization for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, confirmed that the number of infections in Africa is rising and that the third wave is accelerating and spreading faster and hitting more.

She noted that just over 1% of the African population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, adding that it takes an additional 700 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to fully vaccinate 30% of the African population by the end of 2021.