Africa prepares for lockdown as COVID-19 situation worsens

Africa prepares for lockdown as COVID-19 situation worsens

Wearing masks may increase your risk of coronavirus infection, expert says Essential services remain unaffected The lockdown would not affect supplies of medicines and food, and people would be able to leave homes to visit the healthcare facilities. Pharmacies, petrol stations, laboratories, banks, financial services, hospitals, and health care facilities, law and order, and security establishments would be spared from the lockdown. To ensure that the lockdown is effective, the South African National Defense Force would be assisting the South African Police Service, said Ramaphosa. He said, “We are a nation of one, and we are surely going to prevail.” He has declared this a national state of disaster. Other nations Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has announced the closure of all its borders to movement except persons returning home. This step was taken after the country reported its first death due to COVID-19. The government has stopped schools and public gatherings until further notice. Wilkins hospital in Harare is one of the designated isolation centers of the nation. Nigeria Nigeria is one of the most populated nations in Africa. Nigeria has closed its borders to all other nations for the time being. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported the first death due to COVID-19 in the nation on the 23 rd of March. This was of a 67-year-old man who came back to the country from the UK says the NCDC. On the same day, Nigeria reported a total of 36 cases. All of these cases are detected in individuals who have returned from the UK, Canada, and the United States says the NCDC. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority has also stopped all international flights to and from the nation. This includes all nations which have over 1000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, says the agency. Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal Ethiopia, also, has taken a similar decision. Kenya has recorded 16 new cases that rose from a single case a week back, said Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagw. He added that a total of 646 contacts were traced for one of the eight new cases of COVID-19. While 96 were released after a mandatory 14 day quarantine period, 550 are being followed up. Senegal reported 79 cases that rose from 12 last week. $100 billion stimulus package and suspension of debts have also been on the cards. Schools, universities, and public gatherings have been shut down to prevent local transmission of the infection. All offices and employees have been asked to work from home. Ghana Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has released a statement saying that there have been two deaths and 25 confirmed cases. Of the 25, 20 were Ghanaians who had returned from foreign travel from nations that are affected. Seven patients were foreigners belonging to China, France, Norway, Lebanon, and the UK, says the GHS. Sources:



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