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Lockdowns cost Africa U.S.$65 billion monthly, “but can you quantify life? If we don’t lock down and we lose a life, how much of our GDP is that? That is the intangible question we must remember to answer,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), while opening Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown exit strategies – moderated by allAfrica Global Media’s Executive Chairman Amadou Mahtar Ba – which included ministers, civil society and international government representatives.

A deserted Mupedzanhamo Market in Mbare during Zimbabwe’s lockdown (file photo).

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