Africa faces the pandemic on Wednesday March 25
Africa had 2,475 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, an increase of 20% in 24 hours. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 64 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.
First cases in Mali
Unlike neighboring Burkina Faso, the most affected country in West Africa, Mali has not reported any cases so far. The first two cases were confirmed on Wednesday: it is a 49-year-old woman and a 62-year-old man who returned from France in mid-March, according to Minister of Communication Yaya Sangaré.
Elected officials in Mauritius pocket money
The President of the Republic, Pradeep Roopun, the ministers and deputies of Mauritius, will contribute 10% of their salaries for one year to a solidarity fund. Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy also announced the distribution of food, including oil, flour and rice, to 35,000 poor people as of Thursday. A full curfew requires people to stay at home 24 hours a day. Grocery stores and bakeries are closed until March 31, but pharmacies are not.
Total containment in South Africa
The South Africans are preparing, from Friday, for a total confinement of three weeks. The sale of alcohol is prohibited. It is also forbidden to walk your dog.
Partial containment in Namibia
Unlike South Africa, which calls for containment of the population, President Hage Geingob has simply invited residents of the Windhoek and Walvis Bay areas to stay at their homes starting on Thursday. They are advised to avoid large gatherings. Bars, shebeens and other liquor stores will be closed from 6 p.m.
New cases in Senegal
Thirteen new cases in Senegal, bringing their number to 99 cases, including 90 under treatment. In the country, the police recognized in a press release “excessive intervention” Tuesday evening, to enforce the curfew imposed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as part of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. She indicates that sanctions have been taken. Human rights organizations had earlier denounced police violence in the implementation of the curfew. Since Monday evening, the state of emergency is decreed on all the territory.
In Congo Brazzaville, moderate transport
AT Brazzaville, people who want to get on a bus must now queue, keep a meter between them and wear a mask. A circular note fixes the maximum number of passengers at 30 for buses, at 10 for Toyota minibuses. Drivers and their assistants are required to wear masks and gloves.
Little followed measures in Cameroon
The measures announced by President Paul Biya, in particular the closure of drinking establishments at 6 p.m. and the ban on large gatherings, are not often followed up, regrets Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute. The latter recalls that those who facilitate the transmission of a dangerous disease risk up to three years in prison.
Millions of masks missing in Kenya?
Six million masks that were due to arrive in Germany on March 20 last disappeared along the way. The weekly Der Spiegel says they disappeared from a stopover in Nairobi. These are FFP2 type masks used by healthcare staff. The Kenyan authorities deny.
A first case was confirmed in Libya. He is a Libyan who recently returned from Saudi Arabia, health officials said.
A positive governor in Nigeria
Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi state, is the bearer of the Covid-19. He’s in quarantine. On his Twitter account, he says he has no symptoms and is doing well. In this northern state, schools are closed and rallies of more than 50 people have been banned since Monday.
In Djibouti, screening tests for the sick
The total number of Covid-19 carriers in Djibouti rose to 11 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health. The latter recalls that screening tests are reserved in priority for confirmed cases and their contacts.
Towards a cashless Ghana
Ghana’s vice president Mahamudu Bawumia says on a Twitter account that banknotes are a “transmission belt” for the coronavirus. He participated in the launch of a so-called universal QR code, the first on the African continent, which should facilitate electronic payments.