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Chad: Situation Report - 31 August 2020

COVID-19: having a significant impact on social life and the national economy

Epidemiological situation

The COVID-19 pandemic reached Chad on 19 March 2020. The situation rapidly escalated with imported cases first, followed by community contamination in 15 out of 23 provinces in the country. As of 24 August, there have been 995
reported cases in the 15 affected provinces, 871 recoveries and 77 deaths. Health personnel represent 9.3 percent of the total reported cases, with 79 people having tested positive.

The Government of Chad conducted, in collaboration with its technical partners, a study on the impact of COVID-19 on
social life and the economy of the country. According to the results of this study, the pandemic has greatly affected these
two aspects of life.

These impacts could be explained by the prevention and response measures that the Government took to control the
pandemic, as other countries did around the world. These measures -closure of land and air borders, limited inter-city
movements, closure of businesses and schools, curfew, ban on gatherings, to name a few - have severely impacted several sectors including basic social services such as health, food, education, WASH, and the economy.

The economic dimension includes agriculture, trade, tourism, transport and the private sector (small and medium-sized
enterprises and industries), with an important loss in income and employment. The economic aspect has also led to the
increase in food prices as a result of the supply chain disruption and indirect effects related to a weak fiscal state of the
Government caused by high expenditures to counter the crisis, and a small mobilization of fiscal resources. (to be continued)

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
31 Aug 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
N'Djaména