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The knock-on effect of coronavirus across Africa

Liquor stores won't stay open in South Africa's lockdown

More than 2,700 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in 46 African countries as of Thursday morning.

There have also been 72 reported deaths while 210 people have recovered.

Here’s how it is playing out in some countries across Africa:

South Africa

The country has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa, currently at more than 700.

A total lockdown takes effect on Thursday night in South Africa.

During the lockdown, people will not be allowed to go out to even jog or walk dogs.

The sale of alcohol will not be permitted – and only shops selling food and medicine will remain open.

The military is being deployed to the streets to ensure the country adheres to the three-week lock down.

President Cyril Ramaphosa took a test for the virus, which the government announced turned out negative.

Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari’s coronavirus test also returned a negative result, according to Nigerian authorities.

A senior member of staff at the presidency got infected, prompting self-isolation and testing by people he had come into contact with.

Somaliland

The self-declared republic of Somaliland has announced a border shutdown with all its neighbours.

Angola

Angola has declared a state of emergency for 15 days, starting on Friday.

Uganda

Uganda has banned public transport for two weeks.

Malawi

Malawi – which so far has no confirmed case – has stopped issuing visas on arrival.

Ghana

In Ghana, voter registration has been suspended.

Mali

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta says legislative elections will go ahead this Sunday. The country declared a state of health emergency, closed land borders, and imposed a nighttime curfew.


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