West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
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Niger

WHO donates 100,000 masks

  • First case: 19 March 2020

  • Total cases: 1,113 (as of 22 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 69

  • Schools: Reopened on 1 June

  • Borders/flights: Air borders will reopen on 1 August.

  • Containment measures: On 8 May, the National Assembly of Niger renewed the state of emergency measure already in place in the regions of Diffa, Tillabéri and Tahoua for a period of three months starting 10 May.

Situation:

On 15 July, the Ministry of Health reported 1 new case of COVID-19 out of 64 tests. Since the first case was detected on 19 March, 1,100 cases have been confirmed including 993 recoveries, 38 patients and 69 deaths. So far, 8,961 people have been tested. On 22 May, taking into account the decrease in the pandemic’s transmission rate, the government decided to lift the ban on workshops and seminars, to reinstate usual working hours and to lift the measure on the strict minimum staff reduction in vigour in the public administration, from 25 May. On 12 May, the Government announced the end of the curfew in Niamey and the reopening of places of worship from 13 May.

On 8 May, the National Assembly of Niger renewed the state of emergency measure already in place in the regions of Diffa, Tillabéri and Tahoua for a period of three months starting 10 May. For Tillabéri region, the implementation of this measure mainly concerns 11 departments out of the 13 in the region, while in Tahoua region, only the departments of Tillia and Tassara are concerned.

As a result of the state of emergency, humanitarian operations are carried out in limited areas of the Country.

Response:

On 8 July, WHO supported government efforts in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 by facilitating the production of 100,000 non-medical masks. The masks are being produced by local factories and vocational training schools. During the first half of 2020, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$ 18.6 million to support ongoing humanitarian assistance in the country and address increasing needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This highly needed funding will enable UN agencies (UNHCR, IOM, WHO, WFP, UNHAS, UNFPA, FAO and UNICEF) and their implementing partners to provide multisectoral assistance to about 284,860 vulnerable people including IDPs, refugees, returnees and host communities. Priority sectors consist of nutrition, protection, food security, health, WASH, shelter/NFIs and education. Projects will be implemented over a nine-month period in the regions of Tahoua, Tillabéri, Maradi, Diffa, Agadez, Dirkou, Zinder and the nation’s capital city, Niamey.

On 15 April the World Bank approved a $13.95 million to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by the COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Niger. The Niger COVID-19 Emergency Response Project will support the government’s plan with rapid procurement of critical medication and equipment needed for treatment of coronavirus infections. In addition, the project will support the government’s campaign to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by raising awareness throughout the country on how to prevent the spread of the disease. The project will focus on strengthening preparedness through early screening, detection and treatment of patients; as well as improved laboratory capacity and surveillance.

Useful links: Dispositif National de Prévention et de Gestion des Crises Alimentaires: Plan de soutien aux populations vulnérables actualisé COVID-19

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