COVID-19 Updates in Africa

COVID-19 Updates in Africa

On February 27, Algeria has reported their country’s and entire Africa’s first case of COVID-19. As of April 24, there are 27 495 cases in the continent, placing Egypt, Algeria, and South Africa at the top priority of the World Health Organization (WHO).

On April 23, the Washington Post reports that there have been wider issues of a lack of food supplies and more malaria cases.

This is due to strain on public health services, following a 40% spike up of COVID-19 cases across Africa.

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To help developing countries, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has proposed canceling a debt of around $1 trillion.

In addition to this, Algeria will ease lockdown measures for Ramadan by shortening a night curfew. Moreover, lifting a full lockdown for the Blida province near the country capital, Algiers.

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Instead of a lockdown, Blida will undergo a curfew from 2 pm to 7 am to make way for the celebration of Ramadan.

Ramadan 2020 is set to happen from April 23 up to May 23 as a month of prayer, fasting, reflection, and community among Muslims.

The prime minister of Algeria states that “the government reiterates its call for citizens to remain vigilant. Changing or keeping the confinement measures will depend upon the evolution of the epidemiological solution.”

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