Covid-19 in the 8th Continent

It's hard to tell without a bit more historical perspective, but I suspect that the Covid-19 pandemic has been the most significant event in world history since World War Two. Its effects have been huge, are still unfolding, and will play out indefinitely into the future. 

 

When talking about such a sweeping phenomenon, it's easy to lose sight of its effects at a smaller scale, and in less developed parts of the world. That's why I decided to write these posts; to give folks a microcosm view of the vast force that is the covid virus. 

 

I live at the far ends of the Earth, and in a backwater as judged by most criteria. My town is Antsiranana, more frequently called Diego-Suarez (long story!), a northern Madagascar provincial town of around 60,000 people, 800km (500 miles) from the capital. Despite this area's relative remoteness, the virus has had and continues to have a profound effect on many aspects of life.

 

All of these posts are accompanied by a Malagasy wildlife photo, as a tribute to the riches of this island, and in anticipation of the happy day when visitors can return to enjoy them.

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