Africa had 112,290 confirmed cases of coronavirus this Monday, May 25. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 3,359 people on the continent, according to the African Union Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The countries most affected by the epidemic are South Africa, Egypt, Algeria and Nigeria.
- Only 1.5% of coronavirus cases worldwide in Africa
During a press conference on the state of the world’s pandemic, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reviewed the situation on the African continent. 1.5% of the confirmed coronavirus cases in the world are in Africa, and only 0.1% of the deaths linked to the disease. ” These figures do not provide a complete picture. Testing capacity still needs to be strengthened, and it is likely that not all cases have been detected. However, Africa remains untouched by the epidemic for the time being, compared to other regions of the world. “Said the director of WHO.
- Reopening of schools in Greater Abidjan
In Côte d’Ivoire, schools in and around Abidjan reopened Monday morning, a week after classes resumed in the rest of the country. Primary and secondary students are therefore on their way to school for lessons which will continue until August 14. All children will have to wear a mask, and a one-day rotation per group of students is planned to ensure social distancing, said Minister of National Education Kandia Camara. The schools closed on March 17.
- South Africa continues to ease containment measures
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday May 24 transition from level 4 to level 3 restrictions, from June 1st. The country’s borders will remain closed, but the curfew should be lifted, secondary schools reopened, as will most businesses. However, “at risk” activities such as restaurants, bars, sporting events or hairdressing salons will remain closed. The easing of the measures should allow almost 8 million people to return to work. The sale of alcohol will be authorized again, under certain conditions, but the sale of tobacco remains prohibited. The country now records 22,583 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 429 deaths.
- First cases registered in Mauritius in almost a month
Health authorities in Mauritius recorded two new positive cases for coronavirus on Sunday evening, the first since April 26 in the country. The two were among a group of returnees from India who were quarantined upon arrival on the island. According to the spokesperson for the Covid-19 communications committee, the patients are from the same family and both are asymptomatic.
In Mauritius, the state of emergency is maintained until June 1. The first phase of deconfinement has been in effect since May 15, authorizing the resumption of certain activities, such as hairdressing salons, bakeries and butchers. Markets, bars and shopping centers will reopen from next week. However, schools will be closed until August 1.
- In Ghana consultations for easing restrictions
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo announces that consultations are underway to ease restrictions in force in the country. The findings are expected to be made public during the week. ” We must move towards a return to normal, while guaranteeing security, because we cannot live under its restrictions eternally “Said the head of state in a speech celebrating the end of Ramadan on Sunday. According to him, Ghana is now ready for a relaxation of the measures, given the very low number of deaths and hospitalizations in the country, and the strengthening of testing and treatment capacities. To date, Ghana has recorded 6,808 cases of coronavirus and 32 deaths.
- Doctors ‘union in Egypt warns of’ health disaster “
In a statement released Monday, a medical union in Egypt accuses the health ministry of ” passivity and neglect »Faced with the spread of the new coronavirus among healthcare staff. Since the pandemic began in the country, 350 doctors have tested positive for Covid-19 and 19 have died. The union threatens the government with legal action for what it sees as ” negligent homicides “, And warns on a” possible total collapse of the health system that could lead to a health disaster ” Since the beginning of the month in Egypt, the 17 hospitals used for solitary confinement have reached saturation point. The government says it is preparing about ten more to receive patients with coronavirus.
- Cases on the rise in Djibouti
Djibouti launched its deconfinement too early? The epidemic has resumed worryingly since May 10 and the easing of restrictions in the country, with 100 to 200 new cases per day. The country now records nearly 2,200 cases for just one million people. For the opponent Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh, the regime was blinded by the decrease in the number of patients and ” rushed out of fear of making economic problems and social strife worse ”
But Daoud Houmed, spokesperson for the majority, explains the large number of patients by choosing a massive testing strategy. The recent increase would be due to an intensification of this campaign. Now, around a thousand tests are performed every day. ” We knew that the curve would resume. And it will continue, especially as we aim for 5,000 daily tests “, He explains. Today, Djibouti is one of the countries on the continent that performs the most tests. It has a low mortality rate, less than 1%. ” We have a laboratory. The army has erected roadblocks. Our response is costly but effective Says Daoud Houmed.
- In Madagascar, worrying situation in the second city of the country
The Malagasy government has announced the dispatch of reinforcements of soldiers and doctors to Tamatave, the second largest agglomeration in the country. In recent days, several bodies have been found in the streets of the city, and the causes of these deaths are not yet known. ” Doctors should do thorough examinations to see if the deaths are to be attributed to another disease or if they are really due to severe acute respiratory distress, the critical form of Covid-19 “Anti-Covid-19 operational command center spokesperson Hanta Marie Danielle Vololontiana said during her daily speech on national television on Sunday.
Soldiers sent as reinforcements must apply barrier measures, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. The medical team must, for its part, distribute Covid-Organics to the population, an artemisia-based decoction presented by the Madagascan president as a remedy for the coronavirus. The Council of Ministers also announced the opening of an investigation into the causes of the death of a doctor found hanged this Sunday in his hospital room in Tamatave, after having tested positive for Covid-19.
- Oxfam alerts on the situation of women in Burkina Faso during the health crisis
More than one million women face an increase in sexual violence, hunger and lack of water in Burkina Faso, due to the coronavirus pandemic and pre-existing conflicts, according to an Oxfam report. ” The report reveals huge gaps in the humanitarian response, which is insufficient or even non-existent in places. Girls and women are much more vulnerable and exposed to this crisis and we need to better protect them and meet their needs Explains Jon Cerezo, Oxfam France humanitarian campaign manager. For the NGO, the misery caused by the global pandemic exposes women to sexual exploitation.
- Nigerian President deplores economic impact of health crisis
Muhammadu Buhari is concerned about the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. On Sunday, the head of state said the country no longer had enough funds to import food, and encouraged farmers to continue working to produce enough for the entire population. Last week, it was the Minister of Finance who alerted to the reality of the situation: the Nigerian economy could plunge to -8.9% in a catastrophic scenario.
- For Africa Day, music against the Covid-19
Three virtual concerts bringing together the big names of the African music scene were organized on May 25 to celebrate Africa Day. In the afternoon, the pan-African channel Trace broadcast a show for the benefit of the African Union’s Covid-19 Response Fund, with performances by Chidinma, Salif Keïta and Awilo Longomba in particular.
On MTV Base Africa, British actor of Sierra Leonean origin Idris Elba hosted the Africa Day Concert at Home, the profits of which will be donated to the World Food Program (WFP) and Unicef as part of of the fight against Covid-19. On the bill: Angélique Kidjo, Burna Boy, C4 Pedro, Fally Ipupa…
Finally, a two and a half hour concert offered by the WAN (Worldwide Afro Network) is organized from 7 p.m. UT. After a day of reflection around the hashtag #JeSuisWan on social networks about the health and social challenges posed by the pandemic in Africa, more than 200 African channels broadcast live the concert bringing together many personalities from the continent: Youssou N’Dour, Oumou Sangaré, Baaba Maal, Bobi Wane Princess Erika and many others.
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