The President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, is considering closing the borders to deal with a third wave of Covid-19 contamination. The country is beating the record for contamination in recent days. The authorities want to return to strict compliance with barrier measures and the obligation to wear masks in public places. The closure of the borders could thus be considered to curb the spread of the virus in the country, which continues to gain ground.
The President of the Republic, Macky Sall, has decided to take the necessary measures to curb the chain of contamination linked to the coronavirus. The Head of State does not exclude to close the borders and to resort to all necessary restrictive measures if the number of cases per day does not decrease. The announcement was made during a televised address on Friday, July 16, when the country broke the daily contamination record with 1,366 cases.
Macky Sall urged citizens to remain cautious at a time when the more contagious and deadly Delta variant is dictating its law. He also asked the population not to travel to celebrate the tabaski scheduled for Wednesday, July 21. Dakar Dem Dikk, the national bus company in Senegal, had to suspend intercity traffic until further notice as of Saturday, 17 July. Wearing the mask is now mandatory in all public places.
However, the vaccination campaign has been launched since February 2021. But, Senegalese are always reluctant fearing side effects. Only 605,000 people out of 16.7 million were vaccinated. A worrying situation that prompted the Senegalese president’s reaction. I would like to say clearly that if the situation requires it, we will come back to the measures we have known in the past,” indicated the Head of State in his televised speech.