West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report


Government announced lifting of state of emergency and upcoming resumption of international flights

  • First case: 2 March 2020

  • Total cases: 14,568 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 299

  • Schools: Reopened on 25 June (for examination classes)

  • Borders/flights: Air borders reopened on 15 July and international flights will resume according to a defined health protocol. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice. Access to Senegalese territory by air remains limited to holders of a Senegalese passport or residence permit.

  • Containment measures: The state of emergency and night curfew declared on 16 March have been lifted on 30 June. It is now possible to travel between the different regions of the country but in compliance with individual and collective protection measures. The rules are particularly strict for inter-city public transport. Wearing a mask is compulsory in all public administration services, the private sector, places of business and means of transport (including private vehicles). Prohibition of gatherings at beaches, sports grounds, public spaces and theatres a ban on all demonstrations on the public highway, especially in the Dakar region.


Senegalese President Macky Sall announced on 29 June the lifting of the curfew and state of emergency established against the Covid-19 pandemic, from 30 June at 11p.m., as well as the resumption of international flights from 15 July despite the continued progression of the disease in the country. Mr. Sall spoke of the impact that the pandemic and restrictions had on the economy and affirmed the need to resume all productive activities to get it back on track. Air borders will be reopened from 15 July and international flights will resume according to a defined health protocol. Land and sea borders will remain closed until further notice. Compulsory wearing of masks in public places and other restrictions are maintained among all those imposed since the first confirmed case of Covid-19 on 2 March.

The restrictions imposed on Senegalese territory were increasingly challenged. On the nights of 2 and 3 June, violent demonstrations broke out in several cities of the country against the curfew instituted on 23 March to stem the pandemic. More than 200 people were arrested.

On 2 June, the Senegalese authorities decided to postpone the return to school just a few hours before the deadline on 2 June for hundreds of thousands of students. Classes have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The resumption was postponed until 25 June.


The United Nations System in Senegal presented on 8 May its Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan to the Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation. In line with the recommendations of Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN's response at the global level, the Plan takes into account the three global priorities of the UN, which are the suppression of the virus for the control of the pandemic; the safeguarding of lives and livelihoods; and post-COVID-19 construction. The Plan calls for $203.8 million in funding of which $157 million has already been mobilized by the various United Nations entities in Senegal.

The IMF approved emergency financing of US$442 million to provide much-needed liquidity to support the authorities’ response to the crisis.

UNESCO is providing the government with $1 million to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on education. This support will involve the deployment of a range of distance learning solutions to adapt to different contexts and conditions, in particular to the learning needs of most marginalized children and young people.

Official links:


Plan de préparation et de réponse au COVID-19 du Système des Nations unies au Sénégal