There are now more than 2,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Africa, and there have been more than 60 reported deaths. Many governments on the continent have adopted strict measures to slow the spread of the pandemic, closing the borders and asking their citizens to stay at home. But for people living in close neighborhoods, social distancing or self-isolation are not possible.
We are examining the difficult situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where the authorities know that social isolation in working-class neighborhoods will be difficult, if not impossible.
Our reporter in DR Congo explains to us how the country copes after the border closure by President Tshisekedi and declared a state of emergency to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The capital Kinshasa is now cut off from the rest of the country.
In addition, nearly 100 Chadian soldiers were killed by Boko Haram in the group’s deadliest attack on the country’s armed forces. Islamist activists have intensified their attacks in the region in recent months.