Africa had 49,867 confirmed cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, May 6. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 1,972 people on the continent, according to the African Union Center for Disease Prevention and Control. South Africa and Egypt are the two most affected countries, with 7,572 and 7,201 cases respectively. They are followed by Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria and Ghana.
- Towards a new economic model in Africa after the epidemic?
The pandemic has cracked the veneer of globalization and revealed the limits of our mode of development. Will the end of this pandemic open up a new world? All this weekend, RFI will ask the question in its editions. A series of forums will be published to initiate debate on the changes needed in Africa after the coronavirus health crisis. Togolese economist Kako Nubukpo is the first to contribute to the discussion. The dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Lomé wonders about a possible new economic model for Africa, based on endogenous, united development that respects the environment.
- Guinea and Chad isolate their capital
The Guinean government has taken new and very restrictive measures prohibiting anyone from leaving Conakry for the interior of the country. The executive considers that the capital being the epicenter of the epidemic, none of its inhabitants should move to other localities. ” We have decided to strengthen the new checkpoints that we have erected to prevent significant displacement of people who can cause contamination within the country. That’s why these last steps were taken “Declared the Minister of Transport Aboubacar Sylla.
The Chadian authorities have also decided to isolate the capital Ndjamena. From Friday, traffic between the city and the rest of the country will be prohibited, for a period of two weeks renewable.
- Relatives of coronavirus victims take legal action in Senegal to obtain the return of the bodies
Relatives of dead nationals of Covid-19 abroad have decided to appeal to the Supreme Court in Senegal to force the authorities to accept the repatriation of dozens of bodies, some of them stranded for weeks. According to the collective, 80 Senegalese have died of the coronavirus outside the country, including 40 in France alone. But the director of the Department of Senegalese Abroad, Amadou François Guèye, told AFP that ” government upholds decision not to repatriate bodies ”
- Classes will resume May 11 in Benin
In Benin, students will get back to school on Monday, May 11. The date was announced last week by the Minister of Economy and Finance, and confirmation was given by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. The resumption of lessons concerns CM2 classes, colleges, high schools and universities. Schoolchildren in CM1 will not be able to return to school until August 10. Kindergartens and daycares will remain closed until September 28. The Council of Ministers has also activated the lifting of the sanitary cordon which isolates certain cities at risk to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on the national territory.
- The Ivory Coast receives the first part of its mask order
Côte d’Ivoire has received 52 million masks out of the 200 million ordered from Chinese suppliers. These first deliveries are primarily intended for those on the front line facing the Covid-19: health personnel, transporters, security forces, market traders for example. But the distribution of free masks to the entire population, as announced by the Security Council in early April, is not yet on the agenda.
- Niger and Congo-Brazzaville in turn receive a donation from Covid-Organics
After Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea, Niger and Congo-Brazzaville have in turn received a donation from Covid-Organics, this artemisia-based decoction of which the Madagascan president touts the curative properties against the coronavirus. For Niger, the announcement was made yesterday by the Ministry of Health. The products are contained in sachets ready to be ” administered as an infusion “, for ” treat 900 people: 300 for already infected patients and 600 for preventive purposes “Souley Zabérou, a member of the ministry, told AFP.
Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso had already announced last week that he had ordered a first batch of Covid-Organics. The cargo arrived on Tuesday in the national territory, received by the director of cabinet of the head of state, Florent Ntsiba.
Covid-Organics has not yet been the subject of a published scientific study. The World Health Organization on Monday reiterated the importance of carrying out ” rigorous clinical trials »On treatments, even from traditional medicine, before widespread distribution. ” Herbal remedies such as artemisia annua are considered possible treatments for Covid-19, but trials should be carried out to assess their effectiveness and determine their side effects. “Wrote the WHO in a press release.
- The Minister of Employment tested positive in Côte d’Ivoire
In Côte d’Ivoire, Pascal Kouakou Abinan, the Minister of Employment, tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. His ministry announced in a statement this morning, also saying his condition is ” stable ” The minister had been hospitalized on the night of Friday to Saturday for a ” tiredness According to his services.
- 511 health workers tested positive for coronavirus in South Africa
South African Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize announced on social media that 511 health workers have contracted the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Of these, 26 are currently hospitalized, and two have died, a doctor and a nurse. 149 are healed today. ” Our health workers are like soldiers at the front. They must be well trained, well armed and well protected Added the Minister.
BATSA (British American Tobacco South Africa), a leading tobacco company in South Africa, has also said it will not file a complaint against the government’s decision to ban the sale of cigarettes. Instead, the company says it is entering into discussions with the authorities ” to find a better solution for all South Africans and remove the threat of sanctions against the 11 million smokers in the country ” Last week, the government first announced the lifting of the ban on the sale of cigarettes, in force since March 27, for May 1, the date of the easing of containment. But the authorities finally backed down, angering tobacco producers and sellers.
- The number of food insecure people could double in West and Central Africa
The World Food Program (WFP) is concerned about a surge in food insecurity in the West and Central Africa subregion due to the coronavirus pandemic. 43 million people could face hunger in the next six months, twice as much as before the global health crisis. During a videoconference, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs notably pointed out the risks in the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Nigeria.
- Nigeria to repatriate stranded nationals abroad
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a repatriation plan for nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. 265 Nigerians must leave Dubai for Lagos Friday, May 8. A group of 300 people are also scheduled to leave London on the same day. Other nationals from New York are expected to arrive on Sunday. The ministry specifies that the returnees will be placed in quarantine on arrival for fourteen days ” in environments where they will be monitored ”
Dozens of coronavirus patients demonstrated yesterday in the streets of Kwadon village in Gombe state. They protested the lack of medicine and food in their isolation center. Authorities said they persuaded protesters to return to their center that evening, but fear further contamination among those who joined the protesters.
- Segregation placements will no longer be paid by patients in Kenya
Kenyan Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced on Wednesday that the cost of testing and placement in isolation centers will now be borne by the government. Until now, it was the sick who had to pay between $ 20 and $ 100 a day if they were sent to quarantine centers. Many of them therefore shunned the authorities’ screening campaign for fear of having to pay this amount.
But now the authorities are raising their voices. ” The population must not break the curfew. Severe sanctions will be applied Warns Mutahi Kagwe. The Ministry of Health announces that it has placed the neighborhoods of Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa for 15 days in isolation, where markets and restaurants will now be closed. Truck drivers will have to be tested every two weeks, and obtain a certificate before they can cross borders.
- Amnesty calls on Cameroon to protect prisons from coronavirus
Amnesty International calls on the Cameroonian authorities to protect its detainees from the spread of the coronavirus, and to stop increasing prison overcrowding. According to the human rights NGO, a case of coronavirus has been detected in the Kondengui central prison in Yaoundé, and the actual number of infected prisoners could be much higher. ” As Covid-19 spreads to Cameroon, it is essential that detained persons and their families have access to accurate information about this virus. Poor conditions of detention in these institutions risk making them the epicentres of the pandemic, unless urgent action is taken “, written in a press release Fabien Offner, researcher for Amnesty International on West and Central Africa.
- Niger ends football championship season
Niger joins the list of African countries that have decided to end the football season in their country. The last matches of Ligue 1 of the season will not be played, announced the Nigerien Federation in a press release. There will thus be neither relegation of teams nor rise in league. According to the federation, this decision will allow the clubs to better prepare for next year.