More African governments ban official travel in bid to halt COVID-19 spread
London, March 12, 2020 (AltAfrica)–Ghana and Gabon both announced temporary bans on official travel because of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
A statement from Ghana’s presidency said only essential official travel will be okayed for the moment The notice applied to all government ministries, departments and agencies.
In Gabon, parliament speaker Faustin Boukoubi announced the suspension of all foreign trips by lawmakers.
A memo sent to the lawmakers said all travel on behalf of the assembly had been suspended until further notice.
Gabon’s neighbor Cameroon has two recorded cases of the virus, Libreville closed their common border over the weekend as a precautionary measure.
The Kenyan Ministry of Sports banned Kenyan athletes from traveling to any international Sports events for the next 30 days following the global outbreak of Covid-19
In a letter sent to all sporting organizations, local sportsmen and sportswomen will not be permitted to travel to international competitions for the “safeguard of the public and the country at large.”
“Following the global outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the government has put in place measures to deal with the situation to safeguard the public and the country at large,” a statement from Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage said.
“In this regard, the Ministry wishes to inform you that there will be no more travel for international events until further notice and notably for the next one (1) month
There are clear indications that more African countries will follow suit as many parliaments and notable politicians call on their government to ban foreign travel to prevent more people getting infected
As at now, eleven African countries have reported cases of the deadly coronavirus with total number of confirmed cases so far surpassing 100.
Burkina Faso and DR Congo were the latest African countries to report of the virus with two cases.
The patients in Burkina Faso are a couple, one of whom recently returned from France.
They are currently quarantined in hospital. Burkina Faso becomes the 6th sub-Saharan African country to report positive cases of coronavirus
In DR Congo officials said the patient is a Belgian national who had been under quarantine at the main airport in the capital, Kinshasa.
The countries with reported cases as of Wednesday, according to the World Health Organization, include Egypt (59), Algeria (20), DR Congo (1), Nigeria (2) Tunisia (5), Togo (1), Cameroon (2), Morocco (2), Burkina Faso (2), South Africa (7) and Senegal (4) are the cases so far.
The continent has also recorded its first Coronavirus death in Egypt, where the first case on the continent was also confirmed.