African countries begins lift on Lockdown!!
Since the start of the novel corona virus, measures has been taken. One which includes country lock down allowing no outsider in and no insider out. Various countries are lifting it’s lock down with the idea and aim of taking cautious and preventive measures to battle the novel virus thereby allowing citizens to return to their normal life style or somewhat close to their lifestyle. Some of the countries which has taken such bold step include:
In Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos, the notorious traffic jams were on Monday absent as most people chose to remain indoors.
Most bus stops, normally bustling with commuters, had a few stranded passengers and the popular yellow minibuses were missing.
With increasing numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths that have climbed more than 20-fold since the lockdown was announced, there are concerns that the decision to ease restrictions in Nigeria has come too soon.
The country’s medical associations have warned that there could be consequences and most people were not eager to leave their houses on Monday.
For many, the decision to ease restrictions was more an economic one that had little to do with health reasons.
Many employers in Lagos have asked their workers to continue working from home and some business owners, unsure about the government’s decision, say they are in no rush to reopen their doors.
But as President Muhammadu Buhari said, the lockdown had come “at a very heavy economic cost” and that many citizens have lost their means of livelihoods.
“No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines or cures,” he said.
This was a tussle between saving Nigeria’s fragile economy and an ailing health sector battling a deadly virus.
It seems the government has hedged its bets on the economy
People in Uganda have contributed a total of about $6m (£4.8m) to help the government finance the provision of cars and medical supplies, to support efforts to fight coronavirus.
Many African countries have weak and underfunded health systems but Uganda is relying on preventing the spread of the pandemic by drawing on lessons learned from containing outbreaks like Ebola.
Covid-19 threatens not only people’s health, but the national lockdown has caused food insecurity and that shortage of basic supplies prompted ordinary Ugandans to start giving food donations.
The efforts to provide food were commended by President Yoweri Museveni which then encouraged donations of money, vehicles and medical equipment such as protective clothing needed by doctors and nurses.
Ordinary citizens and companies have given the government more than 50 4×4 cars and ambulances, which the authorities now intend to expand into an emergency fleet of 1,300 vehicles, spread around the country.
As the money donated increases so the extra funds will be used to purchase more vehicles.
The first working day of eased restrictions in South Africa has seen taxi ranks resume operations as commuters queued to board vehicles to work.
The country begun what it has termed as level-four lockdown.
People have been allowed to return to work but they still have to keep their distance from each other, wear masks and wash their hands.
Under the level-four lockdown, public transport is allowed to operate but adhering to set guidelines of carrying less passengers.
The government is still advising those who can work from home to do so.
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé was sworn for a fourth term on Sunday at a subdued ceremony in the capital, Lome.
Mr Gnassingbé won re-election in February but opposition leader Agbéyomé Kodjo has rejected the results. The president’s office denies allegations of widespread fraud.
He has led Togo’s population of eight million people since 2005 after taking over following the death of his father Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled for 38 years.
French public broadcaster RFI reports that Sunday’s event was attended by government officials and diplomats.
President of the Constitutional Court Abdou Assouma, who was present, warned against any challenge to the election results, according to RFI.