Africa had 58,918 confirmed cases of coronavirus this Saturday, May 9. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 2,172 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 9,420 and 8,467 cases, respectively. Morocco, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Guinea follow.
• Troubles in Sierra Leone, president accuses opposition
While Sierra Leone has registered 257 cases of coronavirus and 17 deaths to date, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has accused opponents of All People’s Congress of inciting ” terrorist violence ” In a televised speech on Friday evening, the head of state said that the opposition party was involved in outbreaks of violence that had arisen across the country. Opposite, the APC did not react at first.
Charges held after seven people died in an attempted escape and riot at a Freetown prison last month, linked to an inmate’s coronavirus test. This Wednesday, May 6 again, fishermen attacked a police station and a clinic south of Freetown, because the authorities had limited the number of boats authorized to leave the port for reasons of social distancing.
• Continued increase in cases in the Sahel
At a time when some African states are loosening their anti-Covid protection, the epidemic is far from over in West Africa. Particularly in the Sahel, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, where the number of positive cases continues to increase.
In Mali, the pandemic is starting to reach isolated areas, at war with terrorist groups. This week, several Covid-19 patients were detected in the Mopti region, in the center of the country. Among the localities affected is Youwarou, a commune located in a flooded and difficult to access area, or Koro, isolated on the other side of the Niger river a few kilometers from Burkina Faso.
In neighboring Burkina Faso, the week of May 1-8 was also marked by an increase in the number of new cases. “ Because of compatriots from outside “Explained Doctor Brice Bicaba at a press conference on Friday. Earlier this week, authorities decided to relax protective measures. The places of worship are reopened and public transport has been able to circulate again. However, the borders are still closed.
• A European humanitarian bridge to the Central African Republic
From Lyon, in the South East of France, to Bangui. The European Union announced that it had established a humanitarian airlift on Thursday May 7 to support the activity of NGOs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The operation, which involves a series of flights to several countries, aims ” to show our European solidarity, which goes beyond the borders of the Union “Said Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, during a press conference at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.
In total, 70 humanitarian personnel and 8 tonnes of equipment (drugs, masks, gloves, hydroalcoholic gel, orthopedic equipment for the disabled …) were announced on this flight. Two next connections will take place at the beginning of next week, to deliver 32 tonnes of additional equipment to Bangui. The stated objective is to perpetuate and strengthen the action of associations in the field.
” The problem with this type of health crisis is comortality “, Underlined Joël Weiler, director general of Doctors of the world. “ The closure of the borders, the lack of flights, the impossibility of moving our staffs, the impossibility of sending equipment … completely blocked the aid that we could bring to the Central African Republic “, He observed. This bridge responds “ as much to the need to fight the Covid-19 pandemic as to manage and continue to increase our response to pre-existing crises Added Jean-François Riffaud, director general of Action Against Hunger, citing, among other things, food crises, conflicts, difficult access to water and hygiene.
In total, the Humanitarian Logistics Network (RLH) has thus identified 37 destinations to be served, based on data consolidated by the NGOs.
• A health crisis threatening the electoral context in Somalia
In a report, theInternational Crisis Group is very concerned about the socio-economic impact of Covid-19 in Somalia, a country with an already very fragile health system. The NGO thus speaks of a ” public health emergency in an electoral minefield ”
The health crisis is indeed intervening in the preparation of an expected political moment, the document recalls, namely the legislative elections of November 2020 and the presidential election of February 2021. However, ” opponents fear power will exploit virus fears to postpone elections, as a way to stay in office after term ends Warns the International Crisis Group. Any unilateral change in the electoral calendar should meet ” fierce objections and possibly violence “Warns the NGO.
• “Clean hands” operation in Burkina Faso
A “clean hands in front of the Covid-19” operation was announced in Bukina Faso, targeting some 71,000 fountain users. “ We will indeed put a pedal-operated hand basin and soaps available to users of 80 Uduma standpipes in the Center-North and Hauts-Bassins regions, using our own funds “Declares Jean-Christophe KI, managing director of the Burkinabè company Vergnet Burkina (Ouagadougou), delivering the Uduma service in Burkina Faso.
• Calls for the lifting of containment in South Africa
In total, South Africa is at risk of losing some seven million jobs due to the coronavirus epidemic, the finance minister warned. The impact on the economy will be considerable. Authorities have already relaxed travel restrictions this week, but some economic players are calling for a complete lifting of the containment. Especially since, if South Africa is already the most affected country on the continent with 9,420 reported cases, the coronavirus epidemic is far from over, warn many doctors.
• Football soon to return to Burundi, still suspended in Benin
After being the last African country to suspend football competitions on its territory, officially for reasons of reorganization of the calendar, Burundi announced on Saturday May 9 the dates for resumption.
According to a letter from the Federation sent to club presidents and relayed on social networks, the President’s Cup, like the first and second division championships, can be played again from May 21. Or the day after the presidential, legislative and municipal elections planned in the country.
In Benin, on the other hand, the Football Federation decided this Saturday to maintain the suspension of the national championships. A decision announced at the end of an executive committee meeting held in the capital, Porto-Novo. The Federation thus set itself until June 15 to observe if the situation persists, in which case it does not ” will no longer be able to decide to resume the championship, which means that it will be canceled “Said the secretary general of the institution.
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