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Coronavirus Cases Mount in Africa as Governments Turn to Repressive Measures

HeadlineMar 30, 2020

A U.N. body says the African continent is two to three weeks away from its peak of coronavirus cases and needs an emergency economic stimulus of $100 billion to ensure its healthcare systems can cope with the oncoming onslaught.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous county, has ordered residents of Lagos and Abuja to stay at home. Nigeria has registered over 100 cases, but testing remains very limited.

In Kenya, security forces in Mombasa deployed tear gas and hit crowds with batons as they tried to board a passenger ferry ahead of a 7 p.m. curfew.
In South Africa, police and military forces fired rubber bullets at shoppers gathered outside a Johannesburg supermarket amid a nationwide lockdown. Nearly 1,300 cases have been recorded in South Africa — the highest number on the continent.

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