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Gilles Q Kane, Marius C. O. Amba and Taoufiki Mbratana
''Early view of the potential impact of government policy responses on reproductive number of COVID-19 in African countries: Evidence from Cameroon''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.3 )
This brief paper analyses the potential impact of government policy responses on reproducible number of COVID-19 in African countries, using Cameroon as a case study. Based on public data from the Ministry of Public Health, results from susceptible-infected-recovered (SIR) model show that the first two sets of containment measures led to a decrease in the estimated reproduction number. However, the set of release measures taken to ease the impact of the COVID-19 on the Cameroon's economy first led to an increase in the reproduction number before a decrease. Therefore,a combination of containment measures followed by releases measures can be effective to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Keywords: COVID-19, containment measures, release measures, reproduction number, Cameroon
JEL: I1 - Health: General
O1 - Economic Development: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 26 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 24 2020

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