WARNING: 5 African Countries Worst Hit By Coronavirus Crisis
March. 24, 2020
South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Monday that he will enforce a three-week lockdown. In a televised address to the nation, Ramaphosa said the 21-day lockdown will begin at midnight on Thursday.
Egypt: The number of people infected with coronavirus rose to 366 while the death toll hit 19 on Monday, Egypt’s Ministry of Health said in a statement. Ministry’s spokesperson Khaled Megahed said 96 patients had recovered. The Egyptian government closed schools and universities, suspended international flights to the end of March.
Tunisia: President Kais Saied on Monday ordered the army to be deployed in the streets to force people to respect a lockdown imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Tunisia has 89 confirmed cases of the virus and reported three deaths. The North African country imposed a curfew last week and a general lockdown from Sunday that keeps people in their homes except when they want to buy necessities.
Senegal: The country declared a state of emergency over the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Senegalese President Macky Sall said the state of emergency would start on Tuesday midnight, accompanied by a curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am local time. President Sall acknowledged that the country was struggling to contain the spread of the virus that has infected 79 people. Eight people have recovered from the illness.
Algeria: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered all state institutions on Sunday to increase their level of vigilance to the maximum level in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. The country has reported 230 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 17 people have so far been killed by the respiratory illness.
~ The Standard