Coronavirus: Follow The Evolution Of The Pandemic In Africa
Africa has increasingly been affected by the new coronavirus and must “prepare for the worst” according to the WHO. Forty countries on the continent are now contaminated with COVID -19, with a sharp increase in recent days in some countries in particular. In this article which is regularly updated, we take stock of the situation on the evolution of the disease in Africa, and how the States organize themselves to face it.
The essential information
- The coronavirus pandemic “accelerates”. The WHO called Africa “wake up” and prepare for the “worst”.
- Drastic measures are taken by certain countries on the continent to stem the epidemic of coronavirus.
- Over 1,400 confirmed cases in 43 countries for 60 deaths in Africa
- Total healings: 134 people => Algeria (65), Egypt (42), Burkina Faso (7), Senegal (8), Morocco (3), Cameroon (2), South Africa (2), Ivory Coast (2), Nigeria (2), DRC (1)
Number of deaths in Africa
Burkina Faso: 4
Affected countries in Africa
South Africa: 554
Burkina Faso: 114
Ivory Coast: 73
Equatorial Guinea: 9
Cape Verde: 4
COVID -19: new cases, new deaths, state of emergency, chloroquine rush
The coronavirus is continuing on its way in Africa. In Côte d’Ivoire, 48 new cases were registered on Tuesday, making a total of 73 people affected by COVID -19. In Nigeria, two cases have been reported by health authorities. This makes a total of 44 cases.
Regarding the dead, Cameroon recorded its first death linked to the coronavirus, while the country of the Indomitable Lions and all of Africa had not yet recovered from the pain caused by the disappearance of the icon of the Afro-jazz, Manu Dibango died Tuesday morning.
But for the great evils that promise to be untenable, great remedies. For African states, chloroquine is now presented as deus ex machina. The case of the DRC and Morocco who believe that the antimalarial could do the trick.
“It is urgent indeed that an industrial quantity of chloroquine be produced, which seems to have shown its effectiveness to date in certain countries”, declared the president of DRC, Félix Tshisekedi in a televised address detailing new measures faced to the pandemic, including “the state of emergency” and the isolation of Kinshasa from the rest of the country.
Manu Dibango is dead
The Cameroonian afro-jazz legend is the first world celebrity to die from the virus. “The funeral will take place in strict family intimacy, and a tribute will be paid to him as soon as possible”, one can read on the singer’s Facebook page, held by his entourage. Morocco deploys army to enforce a state of a health emergency
Morocco deploys army to enforce a state of a health emergency
The country declared a state of health emergency Friday evening and deployed the police to control the derogatory displacements. Airports are closed, public transport is very limited, inter-urban travel is tightly controlled.
The national security ( DGSN ) announced Sunday evening on its twitter account the arrest in Tangier of two people prosecuted for “collective incitement to disobedience”.
In Morocco, as elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, mosques are closed and the watchword of the religious authorities is: “Pray at home”.
The armoured vehicles were deployed on the streets of Rabat on Sunday, noted an Nigeria News journalist, as well as in other cities, according to local media, to enforce the compulsory confinement imposed until April 20 to curb the spread. coronavirus.
The number of officially declared cases in Morocco reached 115 on Sunday, with 4 deaths and 3 remissions.
President of Botswana quarantined
The head of state of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, was placed in quarantine after visiting Namibia, a country that has recorded three cases of the new coronavirus.
Mokgweetsi Masisi was present in Windhoek on Saturday for the swearing-in of his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob, who was re-elected in November.
No cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed to date in Botswana.
The Presidency explained that Mokgweetsi Masisi’s trip to Namibia had been an opportunity to discuss with regional leaders the “crucial measures taken vis-à-vis Covid-19 by the countries bordering Botswana”.
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Drastic measures in Rwanda
Rwanda announced on Saturday the containment of its population and the closing of borders to stem the epidemic of coronavirus, among the most drastic measures taken in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with a fragile health system where the number of infections continues to increase to climb.
The World Health Organization ( WHO ) has expressed its concern on several occasions to the latter about a surge in the pandemic on the African continent, whose health systems are sorely under-resourced.
Six deaths have been recorded so far 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 the bans on assemblies, the closings of schools, bars, restaurants, restrictions on air transport in particular, in force in many countries south of the Sahara, the epidemic continues to advance.
More than 500 infections had been reported as of March 20 in sub-Saharan Africa, according to authorities in various countries, including 201 in South Africa, the highest number of cases on the continent.
With 17 people infected with the virus, Rwanda took another step on Saturday in the fight against the epidemic. Now all non-essential travel and visits outside the home are prohibited, the government announced, except for outings to get supplies, to get medical treatment or to go to the bank.
This drastic choice is accompanied by the closure of all the country’s borders, except for the traffic of goods and for Rwandan citizens returning to the country.
Ivory Coast and Burkina close their borders
Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso both announced on Friday, March 20, that their borders will be closed to help fight the coronavirus epidemic.
“After assessing the pandemic” and to fight “against the spread of the disease”, “the government has decided to close the land, sea and air borders to all trafficking in persons”, from Sunday at midnight, according to a press release signed by the Ivorian ministers of defence and security.
The traffic of goods remains authorized, and “humanitarian as well as security corridors will be opened to face the specific needs of management of the pandemic”, it is specified.
Burkinabe President Roch Mar Kaboré elsewhere instituted a curfew in force from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The country recorded seven new cases on Friday, including three members of the government, the ministers of education, the interior and foreign affairs.
Algeria takes new security measures
Algeria, where the spread of the new coronavirus is accelerating, announced Thursday evening that it had taken new measures to stem the spread of the pandemic, including the closure of cafes and restaurants in major cities.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has notably decided to suspend “all means of public and private-public transport within cities and between the wilayas (prefectures) as well as rail traffic”.
These new measures also provide for “the demobilization of 50% of employees and the maintenance of necessary vital service employees, with the maintenance of wages” and “the 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 to be closed
Al Hassan Sall, the governor of the Dakar region decided on Thursday to close the mosques on Friday – the day of the great weekly prayer – for four weeks.
The mosques of the Senegalese capital (3.5 million inhabitants) and its suburban cities like Pikine and Rufisque will be closed “until further notice” due to the “pace of the spread of coronavirus disease in the region of Dakar “, according to the text.
This decision follows that of the government of Senegal to ban large public gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease.
Tunis and Tripoli turned into deserted cities the day after the authorities instituted a curfew. Even if in Libya, the country has not yet been affected by the disease, but the population seems to respect security measures.
The first case diagnosed in Niger
Niger recorded its first case of coronavirus on Thursday: a man who arrived in Niamey from Togo, passing through Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, announced the Minister of Health.
The patient’s condition is “stable”, according to the minister, who said that “all measures are taken to contain the pandemic”.
Niger closed its educational establishments on Tuesday, its land borders with its seven neighbours and the airports of Niamey and Zinder (south) in order to avoid being affected by the virus.
Presidents and sports personalities launch # ChallengeCOVID19 on social networks
Dear President @PaulKagame, I accept the challenge and encourage all people from Senegal and all contaminated countries to do as well against #COVID19 #SafeHands
What about you? pic.twitter.com/1ga1ZCwYfb
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) March 17, 2020
I joined @WHO #SafeHands challenge. Handwashing is key to preventing the spread of #COVID19. I challenge President Kenyatta @StateHouseKenya, @Macky_Sall, @MagufuliJP, President Tshisekedi @Presidence_RDC, @CyrilRamaphosa, @BorisJohnson, @KGeorgieva to join in by sharing a video pic.twitter.com/udaVPCexCJ
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) March 15, 2020
Raising awarness is 🔑 to fighting the #COVIDー19
Nigeria's Vincent Enyeama with the #SafeHandsChallenge pic.twitter.com/nYo4ExgjGP
— #BSAFCON2022 (@CAF_Online) March 17, 2020
More and more participants in the #SafeHandsChallenge!
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— #BSAFCON2022 (@CAF_Online) March 18, 2020
Gambia announces the first case of coronavirus on its territory
The Gambia has registered its first case of coronavirus, its Minister of Health announced Tuesday after government announcements of measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.
In a televised address, Minister of Health Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said that authorities in the small West African country had detected the coronavirus contamination of a young woman recently returned from the United Kingdom.
She isolated herself after feeling feverish, before being tested 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”, assured the Minister.
Earlier, in a televised address, President Adama Barrow announced a ban on public gatherings and the closure of schools for three weeks starting Wednesday. Also, travellers arriving from countries affected by the pandemic will be quarantined for two weeks
Several countries have taken a series of protective measures
Tunisia generalizes quarantine
Tunisia has closed its maritime borders and severely restricted air services with Europe and Egypt, forcing all travellers from abroad to isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
These drastic measures were announced Friday evening by Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh during a televised address, while Tunisia has 16 confirmed cases, mostly people infected abroad.
All maritime services are suspended, as well as air links, to Italy. A daily flight is maintained to France, and a single weekly flight to Spain, Great Britain, Germany and Egypt.
These measures take effect Saturday until April 4.
All travellers arriving from abroad must isolate themselves for 14 days at home. The health ministry said earlier on Friday that it would not be allowed to leave Tunisian territory during quarantine.
There will be no more collective prayers, including Friday, while bars, cafes and restaurants will close at 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT ), added Fakhfakh.
Meetings are prohibited, all cultural events cancelled, and sports competitions, including soccer matches, will be held behind closed doors.
The schools, which had been closed this week a few days before the start of the Tunisian holidays, will not reopen until March 28.
“We can control this pandemic by respecting the instructions,” said Fakhfakh, arguing that for the moment the situation was “under control”.
Three new cases were confirmed Friday evening in Tunisia, said the Ministry of Health, bringing to 16 the number of identified patients, one of whom returned to France.
Libya: “preventive” closure of schools
Rival Libyan authorities announced Friday the closure of all educational institutions for two weeks as a “preventive measure” against the new coronavirus.
All schools, public and private, will be closed from Sunday, said in two separate press releases the two rival governments who say they have not yet identified any case of new coronavirus in Libya.
Two authorities are vying for power in Libya: the government of national unity ( GNA ), based in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, and a parallel government based in the east of the country controlled by Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
Hundreds of schools have already been closed since the launch in early April of Marshal Haftar’s offensive against the Libyan capital.
Clashes south of Tripoli have left more than 1,000 dead and more than 150,000 displaced from their homes.
Analysts believe that the spread of Covid-19 disease could have catastrophic consequences in wartime Libya, where the health sector is among the least developed in North Africa.
The first case of infection with the new coronavirus has been detected in Guinea, on a Belgian, announced on Friday the Guinean authorities, according to which “all preventive measures have been taken” in this West African country affected there. six years ago by an Ebola epidemic.
“We have registered the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Guinea,” said Guinean President Alpha Condé on Twitter, adding that a meeting was underway between “the highest health officials and members of the government”.
“All the preventive measures had been taken and are already in force,” he said.
The Minister of Health, doctor-colonel Remy Lamah, had previously told Nigeria News that he had learned “that there is a confirmed case of coronavirus which is in the treatment centre for infectious diseases of Nongo”, in the suburbs from Conakry.
“It is a Belgian national who arrived in Conakry between 4 and 5 days ago and who developed symptoms yesterday (Thursday)”, explained without further details Mr Lamah, contacted by phone.
The information was then confirmed by a doctor from this centre created during the Ebola haemorrhagic fever epidemic which started in December 2013 in southern Guinea.
First confirmed case in Kenya
The first case of a new coronavirus has been diagnosed in Kenya, which concerns a Kenyan student who returned from the United States via London, Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe announced Friday.
It is also the first confirmed case of 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,” said the minister.
The student “is stable and behaves normally,” he said, adding that she ate well and was well.
First two cases of coronavirus in Ghana
Two cases of coronavirus have been identified in Ghana, health authorities announced on Thursday, adding that the infected people were arriving from Norway and Turkey, that they were in “stable condition” and that the situation was “under control”.
“The two patients are kept in solitary confinement and their condition is stable,” said the Minister of Health at a press conference. The process to identify those who have been in contact with them is underway, he added.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a $ 100 million plan on Wednesday to help the country cope with the pandemic, including “equipping, preparing infrastructure, and raising public awareness.”
All Ghanaian officials have a formal ban on travelling abroad.
The first case in Gabon
The first case of a patient suffering from the new coronavirus was announced Thursday in Gabon in a government statement: a Gabonese returning from Bordeaux, France.
“He is a compatriot aged 27, living in Gabon having stayed in Bordeaux”, we read in this press release.
“When he arrived in Libreville on March 8, he was thermoflashed and showed no symptoms,” the statement said.
“The next day, complaining of cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing, he was admitted to hospital,” the text continues.
“Immediately, samples were taken (…). 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 contact persons is in progress”.
The first death in Algeria
Algeria has registered its first death from the new coronavirus, the Algerian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.
The press release, quoted by the official agency APS, gives no details on this death.
In addition, five new cases of Covid-19 have been identified, bringing to 24 the number of cases confirmed on Algerian territory according to the ministry.
A 25th case – the first recorded in Algeria – concerns an Italian national diagnosed positive 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 the wilaya (prefecture) of Souk-Ahras (east of the country) and the other in the wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou, east of Algiers.
The other three people are being treated in a hospital in the province of Blida, southwest of Algiers, 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 nationals in France.
In order to reduce the risks, the Ministry of Health “advises Algerian citizens who have to go to countries where the epidemic is active to postpone their trip, and Algerian nationals established in countries where the epidemic is active to also postpone their family visit unless absolutely necessary “.
Mali: systematic self-isolation
People arriving in Mali from countries most affected by the new coronavirus will have to undergo a “systematic self-isolation” of 14 days, said Wednesday the spokesman for the Malian government, without specifying the list of countries concerned.
“The Malian government shows its solidarity with the countries affected by COVID -19 and does not prevent the arrival of people who have stayed in these countries”, said Minister of Communication and government spokesman Yaya on Twitter Sangaré.
“However, all passengers submit to systematic screening upon arrival at airport and land borders,” he added.
Before clarifying that “the systematic examination and self-isolation measure of 14 Days taken by the Malian government concerns all passengers from countries HIGHLY affected by the disease at COVID -19″. He did not indicate which countries it was.
No case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Mali. Neighbouring Senegal has five (including two declared cured) and the Ivorian government announced the first case on Wednesday.
The disease is gaining ground in Senegal
The fifth case of coronavirus was declared Wednesday in Senegal. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient was identified in Touba, a holy city of the Muslim Mourides brotherhood, in central Senegal, where a large religious gathering is scheduled for March 22.
The new patient is a Senegalese resident in Italy, who returned to Senegal on March 6. He consulted in Touba on March 10, the day after the onset of the first symptoms, and was then isolated, ministry officials said during a press briefing.
His infection with the new coronavirus was confirmed on Wednesday by the Institut Pasteur in Dakar and he is currently being treated in Dakar, according to the same sources.
Touba is the second agglomeration of Senegal with a population of 1.5 to two million inhabitants.
The FCA does not refer to the threat of coronavirus
African football competitions will not be subject to the law of the new coronavirus. The African Football Confederation ( CAF ) does not intend to modify the programming of its sports activities for 2020.
The apex body of football in Africa maintains “the programming of all its competitions”. Among these sporting events, the 6th African Nations Championship ( CHAN ) scheduled from April 4 to 25 in Cameroon.
Thus, a medical team should set foot on Cameroonian soil next weekend to assess the response system set up by Yaoundé, reports the national television channel CRTV on its Twitter page.
His counterparts like UEFA in Europe had to make significant changes to their timing. This is the case with the Champions League, many of whose matches will now be played behind closed doors.
In Africa, Algeria is one of the few countries to have taken a similar step because of the new coronavirus.
Declared in China in late 2019, COVID -19 has already affected 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 Côte d’Ivoire 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 was tested positive in the Adjamé-Plateau-Attécoubé health district.
He is taken care of in the service of infectious and tropical diseases, at the CHU of Treichville. But his condition is “stable”, according to Minister Aka Aouélé who called on his compatriots not to give in to panic.
DRC: first case
The first case of a new coronavirus has been diagnosed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the capital Kinshasa, the largest city in French-speaking Africa, Health Minister Dr Eteni Longondo announced on Tuesday.
Egypt: 25 cases tested negative after the evacuation of a boat in Luxor
Twenty-five people initially tested positive for the new coronavirus on a cruise ship in Luxor, before being evacuated, were finally tested negative, announced Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed on Tuesday.
“Today there are 25 people, among the 45 infected on the boat, whose tests are negative,” the minister said Tuesday evening at a press conference in Cairo.
However, these people will have to wait until the end of their quarantine period before they can leave the hospital where they are currently.
Forty-five cases of infection were detected at the end of last week on the “A-Sara”, a cruise ship now moored at a quay in Luxor. The 33 passengers and 12 crew members who contracted Covid-19 disease were evacuated on Saturday to hospital in Marsa Matrouh, in northern Egypt, according to authorities.
Morocco: first death
Morocco announced on Tuesday the first death linked to the new coronavirus, an 89-year-old woman who suffered from chronic diseases, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Moroccan, who usually lived in Italy, “suffered from chronic diseases, particularly in the respiratory and cardiovascular systems,” the ministry said in a statement.
She had returned to Morocco at the end of February, before being diagnosed positive for the new coronavirus and transferred to a hospital in Casablanca (west) under medical supervision. His case was then deemed “critical”.
Egypt: first death
Egypt announced on Sunday the first death in Africa linked to the new coronavirus in the south-east of the country, while a cruise ship in which 45 cases had been detected was evacuated to Luxor in the south.
“A 60-year-old German national (…) admitted to Hurghada public hospital on March 6” and tested positive for the new coronavirus the next day died on Sunday, said Khaled Megahed, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in a communicated.
Togo: a first case
The first case of coronavirus has been identified in Togo, the Togolese government announced on Friday, adding that the “42-year-old patient” had arrived from neighbouring Benin by a land border.
“From February 22 to March 2, she, however, stayed successively in Benin, in Germany, in France and in Turkey, before returning to Togo via Benin, by the land border of Sanvi Condji on March 2, 2020”, a-t -He specifies.
The patient was placed in solitary confinement and her state of health “does not give rise to any major concern”.
Her identity has not been revealed, but several sources close to the government have told Nigeria News that she is a Togolese national.
Cameroon confirms first case
Cameroon announces the first case of Covid-19 on the territory. This is a 38-year-old Frenchman who arrived in the capital Yaoundé on February 24, 2020. “The person concerned was placed in isolation in the Care Center of the Central Hospital of Yaoundé for treatment”, says the Minister of Public Health. He also reassures that “all measures are taken by the government to contain the possible risks of the
spread of the virus”.
Algeria: 16 members of the same family infected
Sixteen members of the same family from the Blida region, near Algiers, were infected with the coronavirus following contacts with Algerian nationals living in France, the Algerian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.
“The total number of people affected by the coronavirus amounts to 17 cases including 16 from the same family”, said Thursday during a press point the director-general of prevention at the Ministry of Health, Djamel Fourar, quoted by the Algerian media.
The epidemiological investigation made it possible to trace the contamination to an 83-year-old Algerian and his daughter residing in France – who are not among these 16 cases. The man and his daughter stayed with their family from February 14 to 21 in Blida, 50 km south of Algiers, according to the Ministry of Health.
Both were confirmed positive for coronavirus after their return to France on February 21.
South Africa affected
South Africa announced Thursday that it has identified a first case of the new coronavirus on its territory, a 38-year-old man who recently stayed in Italy.
The man and his wife were among a group of ten who returned to South Africa on Sunday, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.
He visited a general practitioner in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal (northeast) the next day due to fever, headache, sore throat and cough, Mkhize said in a statement.
“The patient has been in solitary confinement since March 3,” said the minister, adding that his doctor was too.
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Morocco: behind closed doors for all football matches
All football matches, for all competitions and all categories, will now be played behind closed doors as a preventive measure in connection with the global coronavirus epidemic, we learned on Thursday from the Royal Moroccan Federation ( FRMF ).
This decision aims to “ensure the safety of players, coaches and supporters”, according to a press release from the FRMF published on its website.
Egypt bans Qatari citizens from entry
Cairo decided on Wednesday to deny access to Egyptian territory to nationals of Qatar, who took similar measures on Sunday, as part of the campaign to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Since last Sunday, Doha has imposed a “temporary entry restriction” on all people from Egypt, including Egyptians resident on Qatari soil, due to the virus.
Doha decided following the announcement by France late last week of six new cases of Covid-19 that affected people who had travelled to Egypt.
In response, Egypt decided to “apply the principle of reciprocity and prohibit entry (to Egypt) to Qatari citizens”, starting March 6, said Nader Saad, spokesman for the Egyptian council. of ministers, meeting Wednesday.
African Basketball League kickoff postponed
The inaugural season of the African Basketball League ( BAL ), which was due to start on March 13 in Dakar, has been postponed to a later date due to the spread of the coronavirus, announced Tuesday the NBA, partner of this new competition.
“Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalation of health problems linked to the coronavirus, the inaugural season of BAL is postponed,” said its president, Amadou Gallo Fall, quoted in the NBA press release.
“I am disappointed that we are not able to kick off this historic league as planned, but we look forward to the much-anticipated launch of BAL at a later date,” he added, without giving more precision.
This announcement comes the day after Senegal confirms its first case of infection with the new coronavirus.
Morocco: Cycling Tour and Grand Prix of Rabat cancelled
The 2020 Cycling Tour of Morocco, initially scheduled for April 9 to 18, has just been cancelled by the Federation because of the coronavirus. This decision comes 24 hours after the announcement of the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Morocco. It is said to be linked to the security measures put in place by the local authorities, which recommend the restriction of large demonstrations and mass gatherings. The reason why, the Judo Grand Prix of Rabat, which was to take place from March 6 to 8 in the capital of Morocco, was simply cancelled.
Senegal hit again
Senegal announced on Wednesday two new cases of coronavirus, on a French and an English arrived at the end of February, which brings to four the number of infected people in the country.
One of the new cases concerns a 68-year-old woman, wife of an 80-year-old patient who tested positive on Tuesday, the health ministry said in a statement. Residing in France, she arrived in Senegal on February 29 with her husband.
The second is that of a 33-year-old Englishwoman, who came from London and arrived in Dakar on February 24.
Two first coronavirus cases had been announced Monday and Tuesday, on two French.
In Senegal, the Minister of the Interior decided Tuesday “to postpone until further notice” a three-day cultural event, planned from March 6 in the commune of Linguère (north), of which he is the mayor.
The report is intended to “deal with the spread of the recently registered coronavirus in Senegal,” the minister announced on Twitter. The event was to include a concert by the very popular Wally Seck, a wrestling gala, a popular sport in Senegal, and a day of popular clean-up.
It is the first official report of an event since the announcement of the coronavirus on the continent.
Elsewhere in Nigeria, parliament unanimously approved a two-week leave for all of its elected officials on Tuesday to guarantee their “safety” from the coronavirus, a case of which was reported last week in Lagos.
Morocco, the last country affected
The Cherifian kingdom announced in the evening of Monday its first case of coronavirus virus. He is a Moroccan national who recently returned from Italy. After analyzes at the Pasteur-Morocco Institute, the man was confirmed as carrying the virus. Although his state of health “is stable and does not cause concern”, reassured the head of the Moroccan government Saad Eddine El Othmani, who gave a press conference in the evening of Monday with the Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb.
Tunisia in the loop
Also on Monday, Tunisia announced its first case of the new coronavirus. It is the first confirmed case in the country. “Tunisia has registered the first case,” said Tunisian Minister of Health, Abdellatif Mekki
“We are going to take health and human measures concerning the family of the patient and the people on board the boat,” said Mekki, who took office on Friday. Some 254 people were on board the boat that arrived in Tunisia on February 27, the minister said on local radio. The authorities, he said, asked the passengers in the boat to isolate themselves and alert the emergency services in case of symptoms, which the patient did, allowing the first case to be detected.
Most affected North Africa
Along with Morocco and Tunisia, North Africa is becoming the African region most affected by the virus. The first cases on the continent had as a reminder been detected in Egypt, then in Algeria. In the morning of Monday, Egypt had also announced the second case of coronavirus. Announcements that come to hurt the economy of these countries while the tourist season opens there, especially in Tunisia or even in Egypt.
Sub-Saharan Africa in slow motion, not without risk
After Nigeria, Senegal became the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to experience COVID -19 on Monday. Dakar recorded a first confirmed case while Lagos faced it as of Friday. A megalopolis of more than 20 million inhabitants, Lagos worries with the arrival of the new coronavirus within its walls. Nigeria is considered to be very vulnerable to viral spread due to its weak health system and high population density.
Communication as the main weapon of struggle
With the scale of the epidemic now affecting no less than 70 countries around the world, African states have taken steps to contain the disease as best as possible. Already, at international airports in several countries, strict controls are ensured in order to detect suspicious cases. Analysis and treatment centres – at least 30 – have hatched as the disease flourished. Finally, communication campaigns have been launched in order to inform the populations on the safest ways to avoid contamination. On social networks, on the websites of ministries of health, toll-free numbers, as well as educational messages about the disease, are disseminated.