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Coronavirus overshadows East Africa’s locust response

The delivery of pesticides and equipment to key areas in the fight against East Africa’s locust outbreak is being delayed due to the onset of coronavirus in the region.

Originating in Yemen last July, the locusts troubled Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia at the beginning of this year before laying eggs which are set to hatch in the coming months.

If governments are unable to prevent the swarms from breeding, the region faces swarms 500 times bigger than previously witnessed which could lead to serious food shortages.

Due to a transport lockdown and increased shipping costs, effective responses to the outbreak have been compromised and experts fear the region will struggle to counter two looming threats.

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