Four years after Ebola crisis, Liberia braces for coronavirus

Governments across Africa are working to increase their capacity to cope with an expected increase in COVID-19 cases. Several countries emphasize the acceleration of detection and prevention measures. Let’s take a closer look at Liberia: the West African country faced a devastating Ebola epidemic that ended just four years ago. Have lessons been learned and is its health infrastructure ready for another potential crisis? Finally, we report on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe.

With far fewer cases than in China or Europe, Africa is fighting to keep the coronavirus at bay. But as the number of infections increases daily across the continent, many countries warn that they lack the tools and resources to deal with a potential epidemic. Access to drinking water is a key problem.

We hear from our sister radio RFI’s correspondent on the situation in Liberia, who has confirmed a second case of coronavirus. The country was severely affected by the epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in 2014-16.

Meanwhile, Côte d’Ivoire is taking firm measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the number of confirmed cases remains low, schools have been closed and public gatherings of more than 50 people should be banned. FRANCE 24 reports how residents are reacting in Abidjan.

Finally, in Zimbabwe, the country’s defense minister said on Monday that the coronavirus was a “natural disaster against the West”. He was later contradicted by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who said that the virus has a scientific explanation and knows no boundaries.