ADDIS ABABA, 02 January 2021, (TON): The African Union (AU) has urged all the countries of the continent to ensure economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as the New Year begins.
"As we mark the end of the year 2020, we also mark the end of one of the most extraordinary and challenging years in living memory," AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat as saying in a statement on Friday.
Mahamat warned that "the challenging task of protecting our health and livelihoods, while ensuring recovery of our economies, still lies ahead as we begin a new year".
According to Mahamat, the AU's continental response initiative, as part of the 55-member pan-African bloc's aspiration in supporting member states with preparedness, response and recovery from public health emergencies, kicked in early and fast by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
The public health agency of the AU said that a total of 2,289,156 people infected with Covid-19 have recovered across the continent so far.