World Coronavirus: Africa facing the pandemic on Tuesday, June 2

23:00  02 june  2020
23:00  02 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Les élèves maliens en classes d'examen ont repris les cours le mardi 2 juin 2020. © MICHELE CATTANI / AFP Malian students in examination classes resumed classes on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Africa counted on Tuesday, June 2, 153,325 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The Covid-19 has already claimed the lives of 4,356 people on the continent, according to the African Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The countries most affected by the epidemic are South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria.

Pupils from Mali and Congo-Brazzaville head back to school

Pupils in the exam class at Mali return to school on Tuesday. The others must reach September 1 before resuming classroom lessons. But the start of the new school year was disrupted by a boycott call launched by a collective of teachers' unions. “We decided to boycott the start of the school year for the diploma classes from Tuesday to Friday (for the week, note). There are two reasons for this: the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the non-compliance with article 39 of law 007 on the status of teachers. This article concerns the salary increases that are not perceived, "said Adama Fomba, spokesperson for the collective.

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At Congo-Brazzaville , students in exam classes also resume classes on Tuesday, after just over two months of forced vacation due to the coronavirus. Before the start of the school year, the Ministry of Education organized a screening campaign for teachers working in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the two localities which concentrate the vast majority of Covid-19 cases in the country. In Congo, 618 cases of coronavirus and 20 deaths have been recorded since the start of the global pandemic.

In Senegal and in Uganda on the other hand, the opening of schools is postponed

Coaster pedaling of the Senegalese government: the return to school for the exam classes will not take place this Tuesday as planned. The announcement was made public last night at the last minute by a statement from the Ministry of Education. The resumption of classes, which was to concern CM2, 3rd and 12th grade, is finally postponed sine die , after the discovery of ten cases of patients among the teaching staff of Ziguinchor in the region of Casamance, in the south of the country.

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In Uganda, students in the final year were due to resume lessons this Thursday as well, but President Yoweri Museveni has decided to postpone the reopening of schools for a month. The head of state has announced the launch of a major television distribution campaign so that children can follow classes remotely. "Two televisions per village must be distributed, or 140,000 televisions throughout the territory," he said.

Burkina Faso lifts its curfew

In Burkina Faso, the curfew in force since mid-March between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. will be lifted this Wednesday, according to a presidential decree issued yesterday evening. This weekend, night workers, including managers of nightclubs or movie theaters, demonstrated in the country's second city, Bobo-Dioulasso. Police dispersed the protesters with tear gas, according to local media. According to the latest reports, 53 deaths and 883 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Burkina Faso.

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Equatorial Guinea requests the departure of the WHO representative

The authorities of Equatorial Guinea demand the departure of the representative of the World Health Organization in the country. Prime Minister Francisco Pascual Obama Asue accused her last Friday of "falsifying the data of people contaminated" by Covid-19. "We have no problem with WHO, we have a problem with the WHO representative in Malabo," he said. Equatorial Guinea stopped publishing daily statistics on the progress of the pandemic in late April, updating the figures irregularly. The data put forward by the WHO has sometimes exceeded that published by the government, even if it is now the same again.

New phase of deconfinement in Nigeria

The majority of Nigerian territory enters this Tuesday in the second phase of deconfinement. Hotels can reopen, as can places of worship. But the latter remain subject to certain restrictions: the faithful must respect social distancing, and only standard religious gatherings are accepted. Banks and financial institutions can reopen at full capacity, and the curfew is shortened between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Schools, bars and parks remain closed for the time being, and domestic flights cannot resume until June 21.

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The state of Kano, in the north of the country, placed in total containment at the beginning of May, for its part begins the first phase of deconfinement. Only government offices, markets and banks can now reopen with limited hours.

New easing of restrictions in Benin

New easing measures come into effect this Tuesday in Benin. Bars and places of worship, which have been closed since March as part of the response to the Covid-19 epidemic, are allowed to reopen. However, barrier measures, wearing a mask in public places, respecting social distancing, washing hands, must always be respected. Public transport, also stopped since March, can run again by imposing all these rules on their passengers.

Minister of Health in Tanzania says pandemic is declining

Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health in Tanzania, said at a rally on Monday that the coronavirus epidemic was in decline in the country . According to her, only four cases are still active in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. However, she asked the population to continue to respect barrier gestures. The Tanzanian government no longer publishes statistics on the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths recorded since the end of April. The latest assessment reports 509 positive tests and 21 deaths.

Tunisia will reopen its borders at the end of the month

In a press release, the Tunisian authorities announced the reopening of the sea, land and air borders for June 27. Travel between the different cities, banned since the start of containment, may resume on Thursday. In Tunisia, tourism has stopped since the start of containment in March. The sector, which accounts for 14% of the country's GDP, is already suffering from a shortfall of two billion euros due to the coronavirus. 400,000 jobs would be threatened.

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The press release also indicates new measures concerning Tunisians repatriated from abroad. Currently under quarantine upon arrival at government expense, they will now have to spend seven days in isolation in a hotel at their own expense.

Concerns in Mozambique over discrimination against coronavirus patients

Mozambique's health authorities are raising the alarm against discrimination against patients with Covid-19. In the port city of Beira in particular, in the center of the country, reports mention threats of lynchings against the sick. Doctors are concerned that people with symptoms corresponding to those related to coronavirus will no longer show up at hospitals for testing.

New stage of deconfinement in Namibia

Namibia passes this Tuesday in phase 3 of deconfinement. Schools and restaurants can reopen, and gatherings of less than 50 people for weddings, funerals or other events are again allowed. However, nightclubs and casinos remain closed. All truck drivers arriving in the country continue to be tested and quarantined for two weeks.

The easing of measures does not concern the port city of Walvis Bay, which remains isolated from the rest of the country until June 8. Three cases of Covid-19 were recorded there at the end of last week, bringing the national assessment to 25 confirmed cases and no deaths. The city’s airport was closed for one week on Sunday evening.

At CAF, two possible scenarios for the resumption of matches

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has worked on different recovery scenarios, with regard to the Champions League and the Confederation Cup, two competitions interrupted by the global health crisis.

As a reminder, the championships stopped a few games before the end of the season. For the Champions League, the two Casablanca clubs, WAC and Raja, were to oppose the two Cairo giants, Al Ahly and Zamalek, for the semi-finals. Horoya de Conakry is waiting to learn more about his match against other Egyptians, those of Pyramids, in the Confederation Cup. The other half will see the Moroccan clubs of Berkane and Agadir do battle. Competitions could resume at the end of July for the first leg, early August for the return leg, and late August for the finals. Another scenario would force supporters to be more patient: the semi-finals would take place in early September and the finals would be held at the end of that month.

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