Senegal has announced a night-time curfew on two regions including the capital Dakar to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
President Macky Sall, in a television announcement late Tuesday, January 5, 2021, said a 9pm-5am curfew would be imposed on Dakar and Thies; adding that the measure would take effect from Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said the two highly-populated regions “account for nearly 90 percent of coronavirus cases” in the West Africa nation.
Senegal has recorded 19,803 cases of coronavirus since March 2021, of which 424 have been fatal, according to figures as of Tuesday.
It was reported that after a slowdown lasting several months, it began to be hit by a second wave of infections in mid-November.
The Government has warned against public fatigue with anti-COVID measures such as: the requirement to wear a mask in public buildings and transport, and a ban on gatherings in public areas, including beaches.