According to figures from the African Union Center for Disease Prevention (CDC), the African continent had 78,613 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 2,642 deaths from the disease on Saturday, May 16. South Africa is the most affected country, ahead of Egypt and Morocco.
- Niger is unconventional …
Deconfinement has started in some countries of the continent. In Niger, after the reopening of places of worship on Tuesday, the government has decided to lift isolation measurement. “ In view of the improvement in the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council of Ministers has decided to lift the isolation of Niamey and consequently to release interurban passenger transport activities “, according to the text.
“ In case of deterioration of the situation, the government reserves the right to reconsider these decisions “, Warns the government. Schools will reopen on June 1, the government said. Niger has experienced 51 deaths since the start of the epidemic in 885 cases.
- … Congo-Brazzaville too
In Congo-Brazzaville, Prime Minister Clément Mouamba unveiled this Saturday, May 16, the government’s plan for deconfinement in stages. The Congo was thus divided into two zones. In Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the two main cities of the country and which represent the first zone because of their high prevalence, free movement will intervene from Monday, May 18.
These two cities remain cut off from the rest of the country; the curfew remains in effect and school for students in so-called exam classes will resume from June 1.
The Congolese Prime Minister specifies the measures now applied in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire: “ First, breaking off work at hours arranged by employers, without breaking the curfew for non-essential activities. Second, the removal of derogatory travel authorizations and certificates, as well as passes for personal vehicles. Third, the free movement of personal vehicles carrying no more than four people. Fourth, the resumption of intra-urban public transport, the resumption of passenger air transport between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, is postponed to a later date. ”
- Kenya closes borders with Tanzania and Somalia
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Saturday the closure of the land borders with Tanzania and Somalia and extended the main measures implemented in the country to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in a televised address to the Nation.
“ If we do not take additional measures and if we do not respect more seriously those already in force, the number of people who will fall ill and die will increase sharply “, He warned.
The interruption of all movements of people or vehicles, except goods, “ will take effect today at midnight At the borders with Somalia and Tanzania, said the Kenyan president.
“ Of the positive cases recorded this week in the country, 43 had recently crossed the border with Somalia or Tanzania “, Or nearly a quarter of 166 cases recorded over the same period, justified the Kenyan president.
President Kenyatta also announced the extension until June 6 of the national night curfew (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and the ban on entering or leaving the metropolis of Nairobi and the counties of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Mandera. To date, Kenya has recorded 830 positive cases, including 50 deaths and 301 recoveries.
- WHO doctors in Burundi leave the country
The four WHO officials, declared persona non grata by the government and ordered to leave the country before Friday, finally left Bujumbura this Saturday afternoon, according to airport sources.
They took place on a plane chartered specially by Monusco, whose final destination is Entebbe in Uganda, according to a source from the UN Mission in the DRC.
Gitega has decided to expel the four WHO officials in Burundi including the representative and the entire response team against the Covid-19, while the country is accused of hiding these positive cases a few days before the triple ballot of Wednesday, including a presidential election.
- Idriss Déby takes control of crisis management
Strongly criticized for its management of the crisis, the Security and Health Watch Committee in charge of the fight against the coronavirus was dissolved Friday in the Chadian Parliament.
A new structure, lighter and directly under the authority of the President of the Republic, Idriss Déby, has been put in place. The Health Crisis Management Committee (CGCS) is responsible for defining and implementing the national management strategy for the Covid-19 pandemic. Out of 488 officially declared cases, 48 people died.
- Young man killed in Angola by soldier
A teenager was killed in Luanda by a soldier who enforced restrictive measures to try to stop the coronavirus epidemic in Angola, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
The 17-year-old boy was “ the victim of a gunshot “Shot by a soldier while demonstrating” allegedly “Against the army responsible for enforcing the wearing of the mask and the curfew imposed in the Angolan capital, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry considers the soldier’s deadly shot to be “ a homicide And opened an investigation. Angola has so far officially identified 48 cases of coronavirus, two of which have been fatal.
- An application to fight against the virus in Burkina Faso
The Ministry of Health has just launched a digital tool as part of the fight against the coronavirus. It is an intelligence platform for the management, prevention, diagnosis and real-time monitoring of the spread of coronavirus disease through WhatsApp and Facebook.
This data collection will be used to feed a dashboard and a map of the pandemic in Burkina Faso. According to the Minister of Health, this platform, which brings together four digital solutions, will be used to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus.