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Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans


Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000By BASHIR ADIGUN, SAM MEDNICK and CARA ANNA Associated PressMarch 21, 2020, 9:46 PM5 min readABUJA, Nigeria — Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one…

Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

Lockdowns have started in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000



March 21, 2020, 9: 46 PM

5 min read

ABUJA, Nigeria–
Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday revealed it is closing airports to all incoming worldwide flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.

Rwanda stated all unneeded movements outside the house are prohibited for 2 weeks since midnight other than for vital services such as health care and shopping. The East African nation, which has 17 cases, talked public and personal employees to work from house. Tunisia earlier enforced a lockdown as well.

On the other hand, 2 African heads of state appeared to defy their own travel constraints to attend another president’s inauguration.

Uganda, Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected. Congo and Ghana reported their first death; Burkina Faso reported two new ones. Uganda is closing its borders to all but freight. Ethiopia stated all getting here passengers will deal with mandatory quarantine since Monday. Republic of Congo and Ghana are closing their borders. However Somalia is raising its restriction on global flights for 2 days so stranded residents can get home.

Nigeria’s international flight ban came a day after Africa’s busiest airport, in Johannesburg, obstructed foreigners from disembarking and two major airline companies— Ethiopian Airline Companies and South African Airways– announced sweeping cancellations of international flights.

Nigeria’s announcement followed its very first cases in the capital, Abuja.

The Nigerian Civil Air travel Authority said “emergency situation and essential” flights are exempt from the ban that begins Monday. A consultant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, said Nigeria also prepares to suspend guest rail services starting then.

While Angola closed air, land and sea borders this week, President Joao Lourenco went to Saturday’s inauguration of Namibian President Hage Geingob. Also there was President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, which this week suspended global travel by all civil servant. Namibia has 3 cases.

” My conscience informs me … I did not offer a bad example to Angolans,” Lourenco told state tv, stating his earlier decree left room for remarkable scenarios, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa likewise existed. On Saturday, his country revealed the very first case in the capital, Harare.

Africa now has more than 1,100 cases, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Burkina Faso now has the most virus deaths of any nation in sub-Saharan Africa and the most cases in West Africa with64

A number of federal government ministers there have tested positive. On Friday, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore revealed the country’s 2 international airports would close for two weeks with exceptions for military and cargo.

Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s most vulnerable states with a growing humanitarian crisis triggered by attacks connected to Islamic extremists. More than 130 university hospital have actually closed, the federal government and aid groups say.

According to a federal government action strategy seen by The Associated Press, emergency situation groups aren’t trained for a respiratory disease break out and don’t have appropriate protective equipment.

There’s likewise insufficient screening at borders. Of Burkina Faso’s 44 high-flow entry points, only 23%have coronavirus screening devices.

Jerry-Jonas Mbasha, cluster organizer for the World Health Company in Burkina Faso, said he was “much worried about what might occur in the next one week, two weeks from now.”

Many people just experience small flu-like signs from the coronavirus and recover within a couple of weeks, but the infection is highly contagious and can be spread by those who appear well. It can trigger extreme illness, including pneumonia, in some patients, particularly those with underlying illness.

More than 275,000 cases have actually been validated worldwide, consisting of over 11,000 deaths, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. At least 88,000 individuals have recuperated.

In Nigeria, which simply three weeks ago announced the very first coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa, authorities stated that very first client, a man who had taken a trip from Italy, was now fit to go house.

In Kenya, health officials disinfected crowded markets in the capital, Nairobi.

” It’s for the sake of us, it’s for the sake of the nation,” stated Simon Kimani, public health council chairman.


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Mednick reported from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Anna reported from Johannesburg. Francis Kokutse in Accra, Ghana; Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda; Farai Mutsaka in Harare, Zimbabwe; Abdi Guled in Mogadishu, Somalia; and Idi Ali Juma in Nairobi, Kenya contributed.


The Associated Press gets support for health and science protection from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely accountable for all content.


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