The coronavirus crisis highlights the unique challenges of North African countries

Source: Atlantic Council

Author(s): Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Emily Burchfield, and Zineb Riboua

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The countries of North Africa constitute a heterogeneous group from practically every point of view, from their political systems to their economic and social ones. The reaction to the spread of coronavirus does not escape this observation. While the measures undertaken by each government look more or less the same—encouraging self-isolation, banning large gatherings, and supplying hospitals—the reaction from each population reflects the diversity of the socio-political situation in each country.

It is important to monitor ­the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, its effects on each system, and the debate between government elites and masses to better understand the situation in these countries and the long-term implications of the health crisis.

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