Coronavirus: South Africa announces three-week lockdown

African authorities are preparing for the pandemic coronavirus to hit his home. We take a closer look at the situation in South Africa, where a three-week lockout has been announced. In Madagascar, the military applies strict containment measures. And in Senegal, the authorities in the capital Dakar have destroyed an informal market in order to curb the COVID-19 epidemic.

Although Africa has been less affected by COVID-19 than Asia or Europe, the number of cases is increasing. More than 1,600 people tested positive and south of the Sahara, seven countries registered deaths – the last being Nigeria, The Gambia and Zimbabwe.

A three-week lockout has been announced in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the measures will begin at midnight on Thursday, forcing people to stay at home except for essential reasons. The country has the highest number of recorded cases on the continent, with more than 400 people infected. Our Cape Town correspondent Jane Flanagan tells us more.

We also hear from our correspondent in Madagascar, where the military has been called in to apply strict containment measures, but where the authorities are faced with the challenge of ensuring that vulnerable people have enough food to stay in their homes.

Finally, the authorities in Senegal, the capital of Dakar, have destroyed an informal market in order to curb the epidemic of coronavirus. We report on the reactions of the inhabitants.