As the thirteenth most populated country in Africa, the study of the secondary impacts of COVID-19 possesses a great ability to understand how such a large nation has had the ability to keep its cases and deaths relatively low in comparison to smaller countries. Additionally, as Mozambique is still dealing with the aftermath of several recent natural disasters, the data collected could prove instrumental in helping the country assess how to best respond to disasters or pandemics in the future. As 75% of their workforce is based in the informal economy (subsistence farming, fishing, and livestock), observing the port city of Pemba displays a great opportunity to evaluate the most direct impacts of COVID-19 on Mozambique’s economy, especially in relation to its growth as a tourist attraction.
Although Mozambique took immediate quarantine and other social distancing guidelines seriously to relatively successfully curb infection rates, the social implications have become more worrisome as many live in poverty and must find other means of attaining resources. We have 200 thousand habitants in Pemba. The cumulative number of people diagnosed with the disease to 2,991, where 2762 of which are locally transmitted and 229 are imported.