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Sudanese approve of COVID-19 lockdown despite difficulty complying, concerned about government handling of pandemic, Afrobarometer survey shows

11 Aug 2021 Sudan

A majority of Sudanese say that last year’s lockdown imposed by the government was necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19, in spite of the toll it took on the economy and people’s livelihoods, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Two in three Sudanese say they found it difficult to comply with lockdown restrictions.

A similar majority say the government is doing “fairly badly” or “very badly" in managing the response to the pandemic.

The study also shows a less-than-encouraging attitude toward vaccines: Few Sudanese trust their government to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and only half say they are likely to try to get vaccinated. Most believe that prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing the spread of COVID-19.