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Covid-19: Senegal puts ambitious measures, declares state of emergency

Mar 25, 2020, 12:36 PM

President Macky Sall of Senegal on Monday addressed the Nation for the second time on covid-19 as he declared a state of emergency, saying the situation was alarming.

On Tuesday Senegal registered 7 new cases making a total of 86.

Mr. Sall said that preventive measures should be taken to fight the worst enemy (covid-19) as he outlined major decisions such as; state of emergency; curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.; financial measures for private enterprises (big businesses); 1650 persons in touch with patients be confined in hotels; special fund of 1000 billion CFA to help households, diaspora and businesses; tax reduction up to 200 billion CFA for private sector; 50 billion CFA to buy food to help low income families and financial help to be evaluated and given to press and media to support in present context because of change in their normal programming and contents - these are roughly all measures taken.

People are asked to confine within their respective regions. Public gatherings in all forms are banned.

President Macky Sall yesterday also met main opposition leaders at State House who have representatives in the National Assembly to discuss about how to eradicate covid-19  in Senegal.

They were: Idrissa Seck, Ousman Sonko, Khalifa Sall, ex-mayor of Dakar, Malick Gakou and Serign Modou Kara Mbacke.