According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University , 3,017,806 cases have been detected worldwide, with 208,131 deaths and 885,302 people now recovered.
Nigeria: 1,273 cases / 40 deaths
South Africa: 4,546 cases / 87 deaths
Ghana: 1,550 cases / 11 deaths
Kenya: 363 cases / 14 deaths
Congo traders concerned
Traders in the Republic of Congo have expressed concerns about the state of emergency and containment being extended for another 20 days from 21 April, with informal workers those expected to be the hardest hit.
Macosso Lovely, a trader, told AfricaNews “In this time of confinement, business is bad. I don’t even have anything at home. I have three mouths to feed. Out of the 20 days, 3 days of sale in the week is not much for us.”
Republic of Congo has 200 confirmed cases of Covid-19 so far, registering 6 deaths. 19 people have recovered from the disease and Nigeria easing in parts
Nigeria will begin a “phased and gradual” easing of more than four weeks of lockdowns on May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said in an address on Monday, via Reuters.
Lagos and Ogun states and the federal capital territory of Abuja entered lockdowns to tame the spread of the new coronavirus on March 30.
Confirmed cases of the new virus have roughly quadrupled since a lockdown extension was announced on April 13, to 1,273 cases and 40 deaths, most concentrated in Lagos and Abuja.
But Buhari said the lockdowns had come at a “very heavy economic cost,” stripping many citizens of their livelihoods.
“No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines,” Buhari said.
He also announced that face masks are now mandatory in public places, and that the federal government will ban non-essential travel between Nigeria’s 36 states, both measures the governors’ forum had requested.