Senegal: new one-month extension of the night curfew

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The Senegalese government announced on Saturday a new extension for a period of one month of the night curfew, in force since early January in two regions, including Dakar, to stem the spread of Covid-19.

The state of emergency accompanied by a night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. was introduced on January 5 for the regions of Dakar and Thiès (west), two of the 14 regions of the country, where the vast majority of contamination is concentrated. . The measure was renewed for one month on January 20.

“The situation remains worrying in the regions of Dakar and Thiès. The measures remain in force until March 20, ”Interior Minister Antoine Félix Abdoulaye Diome told reporters on Saturday.

Senegal received 200,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm on Wednesday and planned to launch a vaccination campaign for people at risk on Tuesday. The country, which has more than 16 million people, has reported 32,630 cases for 795 deaths.