On Tuesday, July 5, 2021, the President of the Republic, Macky Sall, reiterated the need to respect barriers in order to face this third wave of Covid-19. A decision that comes after its economic tour, which looked like an election campaign, which took place from June 12 to 19, 2021. A tour that was held without any respect for preventive measures related to the health crisis.
Back to square one! In response to the third wave of Covid-19, President Macky Sall called on Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, Minister of Health and Social Action, to enforce the barriers at rallies. with the systematic wearing of masks and respect for physical distancing. “The Head of State invited the Minister of Health to emphasize the advocacy on the systematic wearing of the mask, the limitation of gatherings, as well as the sustained deployment of the vaccination campaign”, reads the communiqué of the Council of Ministers held on Tuesday, 5 July 2021 at the Palais de la République.
Macky Sall also intends to avoid gatherings in order to face a third wave that may be difficult to control. It will now do without all the administrative, political or social gatherings. “The Head of State has decided, given the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, to hold official demonstrations and events in the sobriety and strict respect of the barriers measures”, says the document at the end of the government meeting.
It remains to be seen whether the Senegalese people will respond favourably to this call from the President of the Republic, whose so-called economic tours had been strongly denounced because of the spread of covid-19. The other problem is in the vaccination campaign. How to convince Senegalese citizens to get vaccinated against the coronavirus? Indeed, only 556,876 Senegalese received their vaccination dose out of the 16 million inhabitants of the country.