The epidemic of Covid-19 appears to be gaining momentum. As of Tuesday March 24, there were 2,137 confirmed cases across the continent and 62 deaths. 43 African countries are hit on Wednesday. South Africa has 709 cases of contamination. The number could triple over the next two weeks, fears the South African health minister. One of the last infected countries is Mali with two cases.
The most affected country, South Africa has taken containment measures for three weeks with the deployment of the army to enforce it. In Burkina Faso, a night curfew has been decreed. Schools, restaurants, bars, places of worship and airports are closed. The two main cities could be quarantined. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is a state of emergency with the isolation of the capital Kinshasa from the rest of the country. In Côte d'Ivoire, there is also a night curfew. Ethiopia has closed its borders. NGOs call for international solidarity.
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