Africa: G20 Nations Back Ramaphosa's Appeal to Give Africa Economic Aid to Fight COVID-19


President Ramaphosa made the appeal for the continent at a virtual G20 summit on Thursday.

The G20 has expressed support for Africa's appeal for economic assistance to help the continent fight the coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

But it has made no definite decision and no dollar figure has been mentioned, he told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday 26 March. He had "quite strongly" presented Africa's case for assistance in a virtual, video summit of G20 leaders, convened by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the current G20 president.

Ramaphosa was speaking after a hectic round of meetings and engagements - which was not yet over - on the eve of what he called the "unprecedented" 21-day lockdown of South Africa starting today (Friday) to try to curb the spread of "a disease that is continuing to have a devastating impact. We now have more than 900 people who are infected as the [health] minister told me and we fear that it might rise even much further than that."

Ramaphosa was given the mandate to appeal for G20 support to Africa, at an earlier video conference on Thursday with other African leaders of the African Union Bureau. The five leaders...

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