Coronavirus: France 24 speaks to Africa’s leading virologist

There are now more than 3,000 cases of coronavirus in Africa. Forty-six of the continent’s 54 countries are infected with the virus.

Eye on Africa has an exclusive interview with one of the greatest African virologists, Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe, now in charge of his country’s response to the new coronavirus. .

There has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa this week – with 11 new countries confirming cases, according to WHO.

There is growing concern about the continent’s ability to contain the epidemic and protect its people.

Our correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Clément Bonnerot, has an exclusive interview with a renowned virologist.

Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe.

Professor Muyembe was part of the team that first discovered Ebola in the 1970s, and explains how the lessons learned from the recent epidemic will be used to fight COVID-19.

We also look at how South African small businesses have prepared for the impending three-week lockout.

Still on the program, Mali should continue its legislative elections despite the installation of a curfew to fight the coronavirus epidemic – and the apparent kidnapping of the main opposition candidate.

Finally, Somalia has received the green light for debt relief from the IMF and the World Bank. After 30 years outside the international financial system, the institutions agree that the government has taken the necessary steps to start receiving debt relief.

Produced by: Tommaso Mazzanti