Coronavirus: follow the evolution of the pandemic in Africa

Africa is increasingly affected by the new corona virus and must “prepare for the worst” according to. Forty countries on the continent are now polluted by -19, with a sharp increase in recent days in some countries in particular. In this regularly updated article, we review the evolution of the disease in Africa and how the states are organizing to meet it.

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  • The coronavirus pandemic “accelerates”. Africa is called to “wake up” and prepare for the “worst”.

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  • Some countries on the continent are taking drastic measures to counter the coronavirus epidemic.
  • More than 2,400 confirmed cases in 46 countries for 66 deaths in Africa
  • Total Cures: 190 people => Egypt (80), Algeria (65), South Africa (12), Senegal (9), Burkina Faso (7), Morocco (6), Cameroon (2), Ivory Coast (2), Nigeria ( 2), (2), Namibia (1), Togo (1), Tunisia (1)

Number of deaths in Africa

Egypt : 20
Algeria : 19
Morocco : 5
Burkina Faso : 4
Tunisia : 4
mauritius: 2
: 2
Ghana : 2
sudan : 1
Gabon : 1
gambia : 1
Nigeria : 1
zimbabwe : 1
Cameroon : 1
Cape Verde : 1
niger : 1

Affected countries in Africa

South Africa : 709
Egypt : 402
Algeria : 264
Morocco : 170
Burkina Faso : 114
Tunisia : 119
senegal : 99
Cameroon : 70
Ghana : 68
: 48
mauritius : 48
Nigeria : 46
rwanda : 40
Kenya: 25
Togo : 23
Madagascar : 19
uganda : 14
tanzania : 12
Ethiopia : 12
Zambia : 12
djibouti : 11
Equatorial Guinea : 9
Seychelles : 7
namibia : 7
niger: 7
Gabon : 6
Congo : 6
benin : 6
Eswatini : 4
guinea : 4
: 4
Liberia : 4
Cape Verde : 4
zimbabwe: 3
chad : 3
Sudan : 3
gambia : 3
angola : 3
moçambique : 3
Mauritania: 2
mali : 2
somalia : 1
eritrea : 1
Libya : 1

-19: new cases, new deaths, state of emergency, chloroquine residue

Coronavirus continues in Africa. In the Ivory Coast, 48 new cases were registered on Tuesday, making a total of 73 people affected by -19. In Nigeria, two cases have been reported by health authorities. There are a total of 44 cases.

As for the dead, Cameroon recorded its first death linked to corona virus, while the country with the Indomitable Lions and all of Africa had not yet recovered from the pain caused by the disappearance of the Afro-jazz icon, Manu Dibango died on Tuesday morning.

But for the great evils that promise to be unsustainable, great cures. For African states, chloroquine is now presented as deus ex machina. The case with and Morocco who believe that the antimalarial can do the trick.

“It is really urgent to produce an industrial amount of chloroquine, which seems to have shown its effectiveness so far in some countries,” explained the president of Félix Tshisekedi in a televised speech presenting new measures before the pandemic, including the “emergency” and the isolation of Kinshasa. from the rest of the country.

Manu Dibango is dead

Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend is the first celebrity in the world to die of the virus. “The funeral will take place in strict familial intimacy, and a tribute will be paid to him as soon as possible,” one can read on the singer’s Facebook page, which is held by his entourage.

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Football players go up

In Cameroon, the education sector plans to use digital technology

Governments and institutions continue to raise awareness

Morocco is leaving army to enforce health conditions

The country declared an emergency on Friday night and deployed police to check the abusive offsets. Airports are closed, public transport is very limited, travel between cities is tightly controlled.

National security () announced on Sunday evening in its twitter account the arrest in Tangier of two people who were charged with “collective call for disobedience”.

In Morocco, as elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, mosques are closed and the religious authorities’ words are: “Pray at home”.

The armored vehicle was broadcast on the streets of Rabat on Sunday, a reporter noted, as in other cities, according to local media, to enforce mandatory containment until April 20 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The number of officially declared cases in Morocco reached 115 on Sunday, with four deaths and 3 referrals.

Quarantine President of Botswana

The head of state of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, was quarantined after visiting Namibia, a country that has registered three cases of the new coronavirus.

Mokgweetsi Masisi was present in Windhoek on Saturday to defeat his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob, who was re-elected in November.

No cases of Covid-19 have so far been confirmed in Botswana.

The Presidency explained that Mokgweetsi Masisis’s trip to Namibia was an opportunity to discuss with regional leaders “decisive measures taken against Covid-19 by the countries bordering Botswana”.

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Drastic measures in Rwanda

On Saturday, Rwanda announced the containment of its population and the closure of borders to counter the coronavirus epidemic, among the most drastic measures taken in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with a fragile health system where infections continue to climb.

The World Health Organization () has repeatedly expressed concern to the latter about a sharp increase in the pandemic on the African continent, whose health system is severely under-resourced.

Six deaths have so far been recorded in sub-Saharan Africa: three in Burkina Faso, one in Gabon, one in Mauritius and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa.

And despite bans on parishes, school closures, bars, restaurants, restrictions on air transport, especially in force in many sub-Saharan countries, the epidemic continues.

More than 500 pollutants had been reported from March 20 in sub-Saharan Africa, according to authorities in various countries, including 201 in South Africa, the largest number of cases on the continent.

With 17 people infected with the virus, Rwanda took another step in the fight against the epidemic on Saturday. Now all non-essential travel and out-of-home visits are prohibited, the government announced, with the exception of trips to get supplies, get medical treatment or go to the bank.

This drastic election is accompanied by the closure of all the country’s borders, with the exception of freight traffic and Rwandan citizens returning to the country.

Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso are closing their borders

Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso both announced Friday, March 20, that their borders will be closed to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

“After evaluating the pandemic” and fighting the “spread of the disease”, “the government has decided to close the borders between land, sea and air for all human trafficking”, from Sunday at midnight, according to a press release signed by the Ivorian Defense and Security Ministers .

Freight traffic remains authorized, and “humanitarian as well as security corridors will be opened to meet the specific pandemic management needs,” it states.

Burkinabe President Roch Mar Kaboré set up a curfew elsewhere that was valid from 7am to 5pm. The country registered seven new cases on Friday, including three government members, the Ministers of Education, Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs.

Algeria takes new security measures

Algeria, where the spread of the new corona virus is increasing, announced Thursday evening that it had taken new measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic, including the closure of cafes and restaurants in major cities.

In particular, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has decided to discontinue “all funds for public and private public transport within cities and between wilayas (prefectures) as well as rail traffic”.

These new measures also provide for “demobilization of 50% of employees and maintenance of necessary service employees, with maintenance of wages” and “demobilization of working women with young children”.

The measures will take effect on Sunday and will last until April 4, according to a statement. They are likely to be extended.

Senegal: mosques are closed

Al Hassan Sall, the governor of the Dakar region, on Thursday decided to close the mosques on Friday – the day of the big weekly prayer – for a period of four weeks.

The mosques in the Senegalese capital (3.5 million inhabitants) and its suburbs such as Pikine and Rufisque will be closed “for the time being” due to “the rate of spread of coronavirus disease in the region of Dakar”, according to the text.

This decision follows the Senegalese government to ban large public gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.

Dead cities

Tunis and Tripoli were turned into desolate cities the day after the authorities imposed a curfew. Although the country in Libya has not yet been affected by the disease, the population seems to respect security measures.

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First case diagnosed in Niger

Niger registered its first case of coronavirus on Thursday: a man who arrived in Niamey from Togo, passing through Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, the health minister announced.

The patient’s condition is “stable”, according to the minister, who said “all measures are taken to contain the pandemic”.

Niger closed its education facilities on Tuesday, its country bordering its seven neighbors and the airports of Niamey and Zinder (south) to avoid being affected by the virus.

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The Gambia announces the first case of coronavirus in its territory

The Gambia has registered its first case of coronavirus, its health minister announced Tuesday following the government’s announcement of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Health Minister Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said in a TV address that authorities in the small West African country had discovered a young woman who had recently returned from the UK, infected with coronavirus.

She isolated herself after feeling feverish, before testing positive for Covid-19. “All passengers arriving on the same flight or in contact with the confirmed case will be found and placed in isolation,” the minister assured.

Earlier in a televised address, President Adama Barrow announced a ban on public gatherings and school closures for three weeks starting Wednesday. In addition, travelers coming from countries affected by quarantine quarantine for two weeks

Several countries have taken a series of safeguards

Tunisia generalizes quarantine

Tunisia has closed its maritime boundaries and severely restricted air traffic to Europe and Egypt, requiring all travelers from abroad to isolate themselves for 14 days on arrival to slow the spread of the new corona virus.

These drastic measures were announced on Friday night by Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh during a televised speech, while Tunisia has 16 confirmed cases, mainly people infected abroad.

All shipping services, as well as air services, are discontinued to Italy. A daily flight is maintained to France and a single weekly flight to Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and Egypt.

These measures apply from Saturday to April 4.

All travelers coming from abroad must isolate themselves for 14 days at home. Earlier on Friday, the Ministry of Health said it would not be allowed to leave Tunisia’s territory under quarantine.

There will be no more collective prayers, including Friday, while bars, cafes and restaurants will close at 4pm (3pm), added Fakhfakh.

Meetings are prohibited, all cultural events canceled and sports competitions, including football matches, will be held behind closed doors.

The schools, which had been closed this week a few days before the Tunisian holidays began, will not open until March 28.

“We can control this pandemic by respecting the instructions,” Fakhfakh said, claiming the situation was “under control” at the moment.

Three new cases were confirmed on Friday night in Tunisia, says the Ministry of Health, which gives 16 the number of identified patients, one of whom returned to France.

Libya: “preventive” closure of schools

On Friday, rival Libyan authorities announced the closure of all educational institutions for two weeks as a “preventive measure” against the new corona virus.

All schools, public and private, will be closed from Sunday, the two competing governments said in two separate press releases, but still say they have so far not identified any cases of new coronavirus in Libya.

Two authorities are fighting for power in Libya: the government of national unity (), based in Tripoli and recognized by ‘, and a parallel government based in the eastern country controlled by Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Hundreds of schools have already closed since Marshal Haftar’s offensive against the Libyan capital in early April.

Collisions south of Tripoli have left more than 1,000 dead and more than 150,000 displaced from their homes.

Analysts believe that spreading Covid-19 disease can have disastrous consequences in Libya during wartime, where the health sector is among the least developed in North Africa.

Guinea too

The first case of infection with the new coronavirus was discovered in Guinea, in a Belgian, on Friday informed the Guinean authorities that “all preventive measures have been taken” in this West African country affected there. six years ago of an Ebola epidemic.

“We have registered the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Guinea,” Guinea’s President Alpha Condé said on Twitter, adding that a meeting is underway between “the highest health inspectors and government members.”

“All preventive measures had been taken and are already in effect,” he said.

The health minister, Doctor-Colonel Remy Lamah, had previously claimed to have learned that “there is a confirmed case of coronavirus found in the Nongo Infectious Disease Treatment Center,” in the suburbs of Conakry.

“She is a Belgian citizen who arrived in Conakry between 4 and 5 days ago and who developed symptoms yesterday (Thursday),” said Lamah, contacted by phone, without further information.

The information was then confirmed by a doctor at the center, created during the epidemic of hemorrhagic ebola, which began in December 2013 in southern Guinea.

The first confirmed the case in Kenya

The first case of a new coronavirus has been diagnosed in Kenya, involving a Kenyan student returning from the United States via London, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced on Friday.

It is also the first confirmed case of a new coronavirus in East Africa.

“The case concerns a Kenyan citizen who returned to Nairobi from the United States via London to the United Kingdom on March 5, 2020,” the minister said.

The student “is stable and behaves normally,” he said, adding that she ate well and had a good time.

The first two cases of coronavirus in Ghana

Two cases of coronavirus have been identified in Ghana, the health authorities announced on Thursday, adding that the infected arrived from Norway and Turkey, that they were in “stable condition” and that the situation was “under control”.

“The two patients are kept in isolation and their condition is stable,” the health minister said at a press conference. The process of identifying those who have been in contact with them is ongoing, he added.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a $ 100 million plan on Wednesday to help the country deal with the pandemic, including “equipping, preparing infrastructure and raising public awareness.”

All Ghanaian officials are expressly prohibited from traveling abroad.

First case in Gabon

A first case of a patient suffering from the new coronavirus was announced Thursday in Gabon in a government statement: a Gabones returning from Bordeaux, France.

“He is a 27-year-old compatriot living in Gabon who has stayed in Bordeaux,” the press release states.

“When he arrived in Libreville on March 8, he was thermoshed and showed no symptoms,” according to the press release.

“The next day he complained of cough, sore throat and breathing difficulties, he was hospitalized,” the text continues.

“Samples were taken immediately (…). The results obtained today (…) are positive at Covid-19 ”, according to the government, which added Thursday evening:

“The patient’s condition is gradually improving and the identification of contacts is ongoing”.

First death in Algeria

Algeria has registered its first death from the new corona virus, Algeria’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

The press release, quoted by the official agency, does not provide details on the death.

In addition, five new cases of Covid-19 have been identified, giving 24 the number of cases confirmed in Algeria’s territory according to the ministry.

A 25th case – the first recorded in Algeria – concerns an Italian citizen who was positively diagnosed in February, who has since returned to his country.

Among the five new cases announced Thursday, include two Algerians who stayed in France. They were hospitalized, one in Wilaya (prefecture) in Souk-Ahras (east of the country) and the other in Wilaya in Tizi-Ouzou, east of Algiers.

The other three are being treated at a hospital in the province of Blida, southwest of Alger, according to the Ministry of Health.

Seventeen members of the same family from Blida have already been infected in connection with confirmed cases in Algerian citizens in France.

To reduce the risks, the Ministry of Health recommends Algerian citizens who must go to countries where the epidemic is active to postpone their travel, and Algerian citizens who are established in countries where the epidemic is active to postpone their family visit if not absolutely necessary. ” .

Mali: systematic self-insulation

People arriving in Mali from countries most affected by the new corona virus will have to undergo a “systematic self-isolation” of 14 days, the Malian government spokesman said Wednesday, without listing the countries concerned.

“The Malian government shows its solidarity with the countries affected by -19 and does not prevent the arrival of people who have remained in these countries,” said Communications Minister and Government Spokesman Yaya Sangaré on Twitter. .

“But all passengers are subjected to systematic screening upon arrival at airport and land borders,” he added.

Before clarifying that “the 14-day systematic investigation and self-isolation measure taken by the Malian government concerns all passengers from countries affected by the disease at -19”. He did not specify which countries it was.

No case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Mali. Neighboring Senegal states have five (including two declared cured) and the Ivorian government announced the first case on Wednesday.

The disease is gaining ground in Senegal

A fifth case of coronavirus was declared on Wednesday in Senegal. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient was identified in Touba, the holy city of Mouride’s Muslim Brotherhood, in central Senegal, where a large religious gathering is scheduled for March 22.

The new patient is a Senegalese resident of Italy who returned to Senegal on March 6. He consulted in Touba on March 10, the day after the first symptoms appeared, and then isolated, ministry officials said in a news conference.

His infection with the new coronavirus was confirmed on Wednesday by Institut Pasteur in Dakar and he is currently being treated in Dakar, the sources said.

Touba is the second largest city in Senegal with a population of 1.5 to two million.

It does not want to put off the threat of the corona virus

African football competitions will not be covered by the law of the new corona virus. The African Football Association () does not intend to change the programming of its sports activities for 2020.

The top soccer body in Africa maintains “the programming of all its competitions”. Among these sporting events, the Sixth African National Championship () was scheduled from April 4 to 25 in Cameroon.

Therefore, a medical team should set foot on Cameroon’s ground next weekend to evaluate the response system set up by Yaoundé, the national TV channel reports on its Twitter page.

Its counterparts, which in Europe must make significant changes to their timing. This is the case with the Champions League, many of which are now played behind closed doors.

In Africa, Algeria is one of the few countries that has taken a similar step because of the new corona virus.

Announced in China at the end of 2019, the 19th century has already killed 103 people and killed two others in twelve countries on the continent. Globally, the latest figures show 121,564 people infected and 3,151 dead.

Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s country too

A case of a new coronavirus was identified on Wednesday in Ivory Coast by the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Eugène Aka Aouélé.

Coming from Italy, the second focus of the disease after China, the patient is a 45-year-old Ivorian. It tested positive in the Adjamé-Plateau-Attécoubé health district.

He is in charge of infectious and tropical diseases in Treichville. But his condition is “stable,” according to Minister Aka Aouélé, who urged his countrymen not to panic.

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RDC: premier cas

A premier case of the new coronavirus and a diagnostic and republic of the Congo dance of the capital of Kinshasa, plus the grandson of the French francophone, and an announcement by the Minister of State, Doctor Eteni Longondo.

Egypt: 25 tests tested for evacuation of a bateau in Louxor

Vingt-cinq person’s initial test tested positive for the new coronavirus on a cruise ship in Louxor, ahead of the evacuees, on the final test of negatives, and an announcement by the Minister of State of Hala Zayed.

“Aujourd’hui, il y 25 people, up to 45 contaminants on the bateau, not tests or negatives,” and a statement by the Minister of Mardi soir to the conference of the press in Caire.

The person’s devout toutefois attendant to the finer period of the quarantine avant to the pouvoir sort of the hospital or to their current act.

Quarantine is the infection that detects and detects the semen of the “A-Sara”, as well as the cruise ship of the Amarré at a quai in Louxor. Read 33 passengers and 12 members of the team on the contract of the Maladie Covid-19 avant-garde with the evacuees from the Versailles Hospital Marsa Matrouh, in the north of Egypt, by the authorities.

Maroc: a premier mort

Le Maroc and the announcement of a premier decision to read the new coronavirus, a femme of 89 and about the maladies chronicle, the Ministry of Health.

Cette Marocaine is a resident of Italy and “souffrait of maladies chronicles at the level of the respiratory and cardiovascular system”, and a precise minister of dance in the community.

Elle était rentrée au Maroc fin février, avant d‘être diagnostiquée positive au nouveau coronavirus et transférée à un hôpital de Casablanca (ouest) sous surveillance médicale. Son cas avait été alors jugé “critique”.

Egypte : un premier décès

L’Egypte a annoncé dimanche le premier décès en Afrique lié au nouveau coronavirus dans le sud-est du pays, tandis qu’un bateau de croisière sur lequel 45 cas avaient été détectés était évacué à Louxor dans le sud.

“Un ressortissant allemand âgé de 60 ans (…) admis à l’hôpital public de Hourghada le 6 mars” et testé positif au nouveau coronavirus le lendemain est mort dimanche, a indiqué Khaled Megahed, porte-parole du ministère de la Santé dans un communiqué.

Togo : un premier cas

Un premier cas de coronavirus a été identifié au Togo, a annoncé vendredi le gouvernement togolais, précisant que la “patiente de 42 ans” était arrivée du Bénin voisin par la frontière terrestre.

“Du 22 février au 2 mars, elle a cependant séjourné successivement au Bénin, en Allemagne, en France et en Turquie, avant de regagner le Togo via le Bénin, par la frontière terrestre de Sanvi Condji le 2 mars 2020”, a-t-il précisé.

La patiente été placée en isolement et son état de santé ne “suscite aucune inquiétude majeure”.

Son identité n’a pas été dévoilée, mais plusieurs sources proches du gouvernement ont fait savoir à l’ qu’il s’agit d’une ressortissante togolaise.

Le Cameroun confirme un premier cas

Le Cameroun annonce un premier cas de Covid-19 sur le territoire. Il s’agit d’un Français de 38 ans aarivé dans la capitale Yaoundé le 24 février 2020. “L’intéressé a été mis en isolement dans le Centre de Prise en Charge de l’hôpital Central de Yaoundépour une prise en charge”, affirme le ministre de la Santé Publique. Il rassure par ailleurs que “toutes les mesures sont prises par le gouvernement pour contenir les risques éventuels de la
propagation du virus”.

Algérie : 16 membres d’une même famille contaminés

Seize membres d’une même famille de la région de Blida, près d’Alger, ont été contaminés par le coronavirus à la suite de contacts avec des ressortissants algériens résidant en France, a annoncé jeudi le ministère algérien de la Santé.

“Le nombre total de personnes atteintes par le coronavirus s’élève à 17 cas dont 16 issues d’une même famille”, a précisé jeudi au cours d’un point presse le directeur général de la prévention au ministère de la Santé, Djamel Fourar, cité par les médias algériens.

L’enquête épidémiologique a permis de remonter la trace de la contamination à un Algérien de 83 ans et à sa fille résidant en France – qui ne figurent pas parmi ces 16 cas. Cet homme et sa fille ont séjourné du 14 au 21 février dans leur famille à Blida, à 50 km au sud d’Alger, selon le ministère de la Santé.

Tous deux ont été confirmés positifs au coronavirus après leur retour en France le 21 février.

L’Afrique du Sud touché

L’Afrique du Sud a annoncé jeudi avoir identifié un premier cas du nouveau coronavirus sur son territoire, un homme de 38 ans qui a récemment séjourné en Italie.

Cet homme et son épouse faisaient partie d’un groupe de dix personnes qui est rentré en Afrique du Sud dimanche, a précisé le ministre de la Santé Zweli Mkhize.

Il a consulté un médecin généraliste dans la province sud-africaine du KwaZulu-Natal (nord-est) le lendemain à cause de fièvre, maux de tête, maux de gorge et toux, a précisé M. Mkhize dans un communiqué.

“Le patient est à l’isolement depuis le 3 mars”, a assuré le ministre en ajoutant que son médecin l‘était également.

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Maroc : huis clos pour tous les matchs de football

Tous les matchs de football, pour toutes les compétitions et toutes les catégories, se joueront désormais à huis clos de manière préventive en lien avec l‘épidémie mondiale du coronavirus, a-t-on appris jeudi auprès de la Fédération royale marocaine ().

Cette décision vise à “veiller à la sécurité des joueurs, des entraîneurs et des supporteurs”, selon un communiqué de la publié sur son site internet.

L’Egypte interdit d’entrée les citoyens qataris

Le Caire a décidé mercredi d’interdire l’accès au territoire égyptien aux ressortissants du Qatar, qui a pris des mesures similaires dimanche, dans le cadre de la lutte contre la propagation du Covid-19.

Depuis dimanche dernier, Doha impose “une restriction d’entrée temporaire” à toutes les personnes provenant d’Egypte, y compris les Egyptiens résidents sur le sol qatari, en raison du virus.

Doha avait pris cette décision à la suite de l’annonce par la France en fin de semaine dernière de six nouveaux cas de Covid-19 ayant affecté des personnes qui avaient voyagé en Egypte.

En réponse, l’Egypte a décidé “d’appliquer le principe de réciprocité et d’interdire l’entrée (en Egypte) aux citoyens qataris”, à partir du 6 mars, a indiqué Nader Saad, le porte-parole du conseil égyptien des ministres, réuni mercredi.

Le coup d’envoi de Ligue africaine de basket reporté

La saison inaugurale de la Ligue africaine de basket (), qui devait débuter le 13 mars à Dakar, a été reportée à une date ultérieure en raison de la propagation du coronavirus, a annoncé mardi la , partenaire de cette nouvelle compétition.

“Suite à la recommandation du gouvernement sénégalais, concernant l’escalade des problèmes de santé liés au coronavirus, la saison inaugurale de la est reportée”, a indiqué son président, Amadou Gallo Fall, cité dans le communiqué de la .

“Je suis déçu que nous ne soyons pas en mesure de donner le coup d’envoi de cette ligue historique comme prévu, mais nous nous réjouissons du lancement très attendu de la à une date ultérieure”, a-t-il ajouté, sans donner plus de précision.

Cette annonce intervient au lendemain de la confirmation par le Sénégal de son premier cas d’infection au nouveau coronavirus.

Maroc : le Tour cycliste et le le Grand Prix de Rabat annulés

Le Tour du Maroc cycliste 2020, initialement prévu du 9 au 18 avril prochain, vient d’être annulé par la Fédération à cause du coronavirus. Cette décision intervient 24 heures après l’annonce du premier cas confirmé du coronavirus au Maroc. Elle serait liée aux mesures de sécurité mises en place par les autorités locales qui recommandent la restriction des grandes manifestations et rassemblements de masse. Raison pour laquelle, le Grand Prix de judo de Rabat, qui devait se dérouler du 6 au 8 mars dans la capitale du Maroc, a été tout simplement annulé.

Le Sénégal de nouveau touché

Le Sénégal a annoncé mercredi deux nouveaux cas de coronavirus, sur une Française et une Anglaise arrivées fin février, ce qui porte à quatre le nombre de personnes contaminées dans le pays.

L’un des nouveaux cas concerne une femme de 68 ans, épouse d’un patient de 80 ans testé positif mardi, a indiqué le ministère de la Santé dans un communiqué. Résidant en France, elle est arrivée au Sénégal le 29 février avec son mari.

Le second est celui d’un Anglaise de 33 ans, venue de Londres et arrivée à Dakar le 24 février.

Deux premiers cas coronavirus avaient été annoncés lundi et mardi, sur deux Français.

Des événements reportés

Au Sénégal, le ministre de l’Intérieur a décidé mardi “de reporter jusqu‘à nouvel ordre” un évènement culturel de trois jours, prévu à partir du 6 mars dans la commune de Linguère (nord), dont il est le maire.

Le report est destiné à “faire face à la propagation du coronavirus récemment enregistré au Sénégal”, a annoncé le ministre sur Twitter. L‘évènement devait inclure un concert du très populaire Wally Seck, un gala de lutte, sport très prisé au Sénégal, et une journée de nettoiement populaire.

C’est le premier report officiel d’un événement depuis l’annonce du coronavirus sur le continent.

Ailleurs, au Nigeria, le Parlement a approuvé mardi à l’unanimité un congé de deux semaines pour tous ses élus, pour garantir leur “sécurité” face au coronavirus dont un cas a été déclaré la semaine dernière à Lagos.

Le Maroc, dernier pays touché

Le royaume chérifien a annoncé dans la soirée de lundi son premier cas de coronavirus virus. Il s’agit d’un ressortissant marocain revenu il y a peu d’Italie. Après des analyses à l’Institut Pasteur-Maroc, l’homme a été confirmé comme porteur du virus. Quoique, son état de santé « est stable et ne suscite pas d’inquiétudes », a rassuré le chef du gouvernement marocain Saad Eddine El Othmani, qui donnait une conférence de presse dans la soirée de ce lundi en compagnie du ministre de la Santé Khalid Ait Taleb.

La Tunisie dans la boucle

Toujours ce lundi, la Tunisie a elle-aussi annoncé son premier cas du nouveau coronavirus. Il s’agit du premier cas confirmé dans le pays. “La Tunisie a enregistré un premier cas”, a indiqué le ministre de la Santé tunisien, Abdellatif Mekki, précisant qu’il s’agit d’un Tunisien, “un quadragénaire arrivé par la mer d’Italie”, troisième pays le plus touché par la contamination du virus, après la Chine et la Corée du Sud.

“Nous allons prendre les mesures sanitaires et humaines concernant la famille du malade et les personnes à bord du bateau”, a assuré M. Mekki, entré en fonctions vendredi. Quelque 254 personnes se trouvaient à bord du bateau arrivé en Tunisie le 27 février, a précisé le ministre à une radio locale. Les autorités avaient, selon lui, demandé aux passagers de l’embarcation de s’isoler par eux-mêmes et d’alerter les secours en cas de symptômes, ce que le malade a fait, permettant de détecter ce premier cas.

L’Afrique du Nord la plus touchée

Avec le Maroc et la Tunisie, l’Afrique du Nord devient la région africaine la plus touchée par le virus. Les premiers cas sur le continent avaient pour rappel été détectés en Egypte, puis en Algérie. Dans la matinée de ce lundi, l’Egypte avait du reste annoncé un deuxième cas de coronavirus. Des annonces qui viennent mettre à mal l‘économie de ces pays alors que la saison touristique s’y ouvre, notamment en Tunisie ou encore en Egypte.

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L’Afrique subsaharienne au ralenti, non sans risque

Après le Nigeria, le Sénégal est devenu ce lundi le second pays d’Afrique subsaharienne à faire l’expérience du -19. Dakar a enregistré un premier cas confirmé tandis que Lagos y faisait face dès le vendredi. Mégapole de plus de 20 millions d’habitants, Lagos inquiète avec l’arrivée du nouveau coronavirus dans ses murs. Le Nigeria est considéré comme très vulnérable à la propagation virale en raison de son système de santé faible et de sa forte densité de population.

La communication comme principale arme de lutte

Avec l’ampleur de l‘épidémie qui touche désormais pas moins de 70 pays à travers le monde, les Etats africains ont pris des mesures pour contenir au mieux la maladie. Déjà, dans les aéroports internationaux de plusieurs pays, des contrôles stricts sont assurés en vue de détecter des cas suspects. Des centres d’analyse et de traitement – une trentaine au moins – ont éclos au fur et à mesure que prospérait la maladie. Enfin, des campagnes de communication ont été initiées en vue d’informer les populations sur les moyens les plus sûrs d‘éviter la contamination. Sur les réseaux sociaux, sur les sites des ministères de la Santé, des numéros verts de même que des messages éducatifs à la maladie sont diffusés.

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