Nigeria set to begin lockdown of its two main cities
THE SOUTHERN African nations of Lesotho and Zimbabwe began 21-day lockdowns on Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus, heavily enforced by police and army.
While both countries currently have low infection numbers, they both border South Africa, the African nation hardest hit by the virus, with 1 280 confirmed cases and two deaths.
Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, was meanwhile set to begin a lockdown of its two main cities – the commercial metropolis Lagos and the capital Abuja – late on Monday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered “the cessation of all movements” and closure of all businesses during the lockdown, for an initial period of 14 days.
Nigeria had recorded 111 Covid-19 cases and one death by Monday.
Ethiopia said it reached 23 confirmed coronavirus infections on Monday, while Malian health authorities announced five additional cases of Covid-19 infection, bringing the country’s total case load to 25.
There are more than 4 000 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Africa, with nearly 130 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.