Africa faces the pandemic on Thursday March 26
Africa had 2,819 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 73 people on the continent, according to the technical agency, the African Union Center for Disease Prevention and Control. 46 out of 54 countries are affected.
Public transport suspended in Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni bans all public transport for a period of two weeks: buses, minibuses, taxis and tricycles. Only private vehicles – with a maximum of three people on board – are allowed to circulate. The government’s goal is to limit movement and contact, the head of state said in an intervention on Wednesday, which he concluded by quoting from the Bible: Go, my people, enter your room and close the door behind you. Uganda has 14 confirmed cases to date.
The call for help from South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, the country hardest hit by the virus, calls on the G20 countries, and more particularly the wealthiest, to help Africa defeat Covid-19. Speaking at a G20 virtual pandemic summit, Cyril Ramaphosa called on the international community to protect people, the global economy and financial markets to avoid ” a long economic plunge like in 2008 ” Over 900 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed to date in South Africa, where containment of the population takes effect on Friday.
Health workers strike in Zimbabwe
Thousands of nurses are on strike demanding masks, gloves and gowns. In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association says its members will not return to work until they have access to personal protective equipment, water and a bonus.
Price freeze in Gambia
The Banjul government is freezing the prices of basic necessities, including rice, flour, milk and bread. The export of these products is prohibited, as is their storage. Three cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in The Gambia so far.
Chloroquine tested in Senegal and Burkina
Senegal intends to use a molecule similar to chloroquine to treat the first coronavirus patients, according to Professor Moussa Seydi, infectious disease specialist at Fann Hospital in Dakar. Hydroxychloroquine is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug usually prescribed for malaria. As a first step, Professor Seydi will administer this drug and an antibiotic, azithromycin, to 96 people who test positive. A second clinical trial combining these two drugs, led by doctor Halidou Tinto, is also to start in Burkina Faso ” very soon “, Said Dr. Alkassoum Maïga, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation.
Sudanese prisoners released
For check the spread of the virus, the Sudanese authorities announce the release of 4,212 common prisoners at El Houda prison in Omdurman, the largest city in Sudan, which borders Khartoum. Other releases are expected, according to Aïcha Moussa, a member of the ruling Sovereign Council. Before leaving, the prisoners undertake in writing not to commit new crimes or offenses.
In Ethiopia, prisoners pardoned
President Sahle-Work Zewde pardoned 4,011 prisoners who had been convicted of minor crimes. On her Twitter account, the head of state said they had been sentenced to up to three years and were about to be released.
Detention centers prohibited for families in Cameroon
Authorities have suspended visits to remand houses, gendarmeries and police stations. A circular specifies that the temperature of the agents must be taken daily and the places of detention disinfected.
A solidarity fund in Mauritania
President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani announces the creation of a solidarity fund with 25 billion old ouguiyas (61 million euros). It is open to anyone who would like to contribute. Authorities report a third case of Covid-19, a 74-year-old Mauritanian national who recently returned from France.
Containment of the population in Djibouti
In Djibouti, the authorities stress that home confinement is compulsory. This obligation “must not be allowed to float”, insists Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf. The shops, markets, petrol stations and bakeries are open.
In Liberia, President sings against the virus
President George Weah, singers and musicians record a song to raise awareness. Three cases have been confirmed so far.