Africa should focus on human capital and the informal sector as an appropriate response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, an expert said.

”I think the first big lesson is we urgently need to prioritize human capital,” Richard Munang, a development expert, told Anadolu Agency. 

With more 27,000 cases, effects of the coronavirus have plunged sub-Saharan Africa into its first recession in 25 years, according to the World Bank.

More than 1,200 deaths have so far been reported in 52 of Africa’s 54 countries, according to data compiled by the Africa Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (Africa

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