African states impose restrictions amidst coronavirus pandemic

Several African states have imposed restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus across the continent.

Kenya has imposed sweeping travel restrictions whilst South Africa has announced a ban on travel from the worst-affected countries such as Italy. They have also banned citizens from the US and the UK entering.

Liberia, where more than 4,800 died during the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015, has become the latest African nation to report a case of coronavirus.

In total, more than 300 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Africa. Six deaths have been reported.

Most of the cases involve people arriving from Europe and North America.

At least 27 African states have so far been affected by the virus.

South Africa has imposed the toughest restrictions on it’s citizens.

In an address to the nation on Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster as the number of cases rose to 61.

“Initially, it was people who had travelled out of the country, especially from Italy, who had positively tested for the virus,” he said.

“It is concerning that we are now dealing with internal transmission of the virus,” Mr Ramaphosa said.

He said he would chair a government command council that would “coordinate all aspects of our extraordinary emergency response”.

South Africa has closed half of it’s border crossings across it’s 1.2 million squared km of territory.

It has shut schools with immediate affect until the end of the East Holidays and banned all gatherings of more than 100 people.

Keyna have banned any travel to and from any countries with coronavirus cases with any Kenyan citizen or foreigner having to be places in quarantine if arriving from an infected country.

All schools have been closed in Kenya.

Morocco and Djibouti have banned all international flights whilst Tunisia has closed all borders and barred people from prayer in mosques.

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