Breaking News: African Tourism Board response to COVID-19 spread in Africa
Coronavirus has arrived in Africa. As of today, African countries record 39 COVID-19 cases in
- Algeria: 17
- Egypt: 15
- Senegal: 4
- Tunisia: 1
- Cameroon: 1
- South Africa 1
With limited medical resources, this is an alarming development for the African continent, even though the numbers are very small in comparison of population and in comparison with other countries.
The virus is known not to develop favorably in a warm climate, which is a good for Africa, but the virus once detected spreads rapidly if not kept under control.
With less sophisticated health facilities the danger for this virus to become lethal rises.
Keeping it under control is a major issue, and even developed countries like Germany, Italy or the U.S. were unable to do so.
Travel and Tourism is a major currency earner for Africa worth protecting. Protecting tourism cannot mean protecting business only for the short term, but it needs to be protected for the long run.
Allowing visitors from countries that have a case of Coronavirus may not always be a good long term tourism decision, but a risky short term move.
The African Tourism Board as a private NGO has issued a statement and their recommendation on how to handle tourism and Coronavirus in Africa.
ATB Chairman Cuthbert Ncube said: “ATB has received the news of the reported Corona Virus case in South Africa with great concern. We are equally concerned with small pockets of the virus in other African Countries. Our heartfelt concern is with the patient and his family, who must be going through a difficult period right now as the patient undergoes treatment, we wish him a full and speedy recovery”
“ATB is fully aware of the threat this poses on travel and tourism in the continent, and as an organization, we wholeheartedly commend the Efforts by Health authorities in reinforcing a preparedness plan”, added Mr Ncube.