2020

Vendors and consumers facing COVID-19 in Abidjan

To date, Côte d’Ivoire is among the African countries with the highest toll of confirmed COVID-19 cases, particularly in the economic capital Abidjan and its suburbs. However, the case-fatality rate is below 2% and government restrictions have been partially lifted.

This study with the Political Dialogue West Africa program (PDWA) of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) was conducted from May 4 to the 11 with 500 vendors and consumers. After two months of a state of emergency, it provides a first assessment of the mindset in Abidjan: the vendors and consumers interviewed voiced their reactions, choices and concerns, both with regards to public health and the socio-economic impact of the pandemic.

Top 5 key findings

54% are less worried now than two weeks ago, yet cases are increasing by 20 to 30% each week

For 62%, television is the most trusted source of information on COVID-19

66% believe that the COVID-19 was created in a laboratory

25% are in favor of a total quarantine for 2-3 weeks

For 21% of vendors, intra-regional travel is the most urgent need

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Vendors and consumers facing COVID-19 in Abidjan