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GEO POLL: 60% of Ugandans ‘Strongly Agree’ Gov’t has Done Enough to Stop Coronavirus

Majority of Ugandans believe government has done enough to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, a new poll has revealed.

60 per cent of respondents expressed confidence government had taken a variety of actions to contain the novel virus which has killed 177,775 people across the world.

Uganda’s cases stand at 61 with no deaths.

The research was conducted in 12 countries in Africa including Uganda by GeoPoll.

Responses to the statement ‘My government has done enough to stop the spread of coronavirus’ vary widely among country and within countries, with respondents in some countries split between ‘strongly agree’ and ‘strongly disagree’.

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia had the highest portion of respondents who strongly disagreed that their government was doing enough, at 32 and 31% respectively, although responses were quite split in DRC, with 51% strongly agreeing with the same statement.

Governments that were rated the highest on this measure were Rwanda, with 81% strongly agreeing that they had done enough to prevent coronavirus, Uganda at 60% strongly agreeing and Mozambique, with 59% strongly agreeing.

Countries where respondents were more split on this statement include Kenya, DRC, Nigeria, and Zambia.

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“Overall, we found that females were more likely to agree that their countries were doing enough, with 52% of males and 58% of females giving agreeable scores. The middle age group, from ages 25-34, were less likely to strongly agree that their government was doing enough to prevent coronavirus’ spread than those younger and older,” said Geo Poll.

Uganda has maintained a lockdown, suspended public transport, closed non-agro-based shops and imposed a night curfew to contain further spread of the virus.

ChimpReports understands Health Ministry has continued to sensitise the public on washing hands, maintaining social distancing and avoiding touching soft parts of the face as a measure against infections.

however, there have been concerns over the management of food supplies for the urban poor affected by measures being enforced to defeat the virus.

Concern

Meanwhile, the report also indicated that the level of concern over the coronavirus outbreak is high in all countries studied, with 72% overall reporting that they are ‘very concerned’ over COVID-19.

A slightly lower percentage overall, 63%, believe that they or their families are at risk of contracting the disease.

The long-term economic impact of coronavirus is also a concern across Africa, with the World Bank warning that sub-Saharan Africa is likely to experience its first recession in 25 years due to the pandemic.

Countries such as South Africa and Kenya were already experiencing weak economies before the coronavirus outbreak, and will be hit hard by the restrictions and trickle-down effects related to COVID-19.

The economic effects of COVID-19 will be felt even harder in these emerging economies due to their reliance on informal trade and exports of commodities that are falling in value.

This study found that populations are aware of the looming economic crisis, with 71% stating that they are very concerned about the economic effects of coronavirus.

Concerns over the economic impacts are highest in Mozambique and Rwanda. Additionally, 26% listed economic impacts as their biggest concern of the outbreak, only slightly behind the 27% who state that contracting the disease themselves is their biggest concern.

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