West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

Burkina Faso

Curfew is still in force in a very tense security environment

  • First case: 9 March 2020

  • Total cases: 847 (as of 29 May 2020)

  • Total deaths: 53

  • Schools: Closed

  • Borders/flights: All borders closed.

  • Containment measures: Quarantine measures announced in March were adjusted and partially relaxed in early May. Curfew introduced from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. is still in force.

Situation: As of 29 May 2020, Burkina Faso has confirmed 847 cases and 53 deaths. Ouagadougou remains the epicentre, but nine out of 13 regions are impacted. The further spread in communities affected by the ongoing crisis, particularly the displaced population, could be catastrophic. Quarantine measures announced in March were adjusted and partially relaxed in early May. Land and air borders remain closed and restrictions may further affect supply chains.

Burkina Faso has minimal capacity to hospitalize and manage COVID-19 cases. In the northern and eastern regions, 1.6 million people have limited or no access to healthcare services. The adverse economic impacts will have consequences across all sectors, particularly in areas affected by insecurity and displacement. Increased food insecurity will lead to higher mortality and morbidity. Distance learning remains inaccessible to most children, especially in rural areas and for displaced and refugee children. The pandemic has put vaccination campaigns on hold, which could lead to further outbreaks, including of life-threatening diseases such as measles. Protection concerns are on the rise.


A National Pandemic Crisis Management Committee of COVID-19 has been set up in Burkina Faso.

The World Bank approved $21.15 million in financing, of which 50% grant and 50% credit from the International Development Association to help Burkina Faso respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Burkina Faso COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project will strengthen the public health systems’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. It will increase emergency funding up to $4 million for the Health Services Reinforcement Project (PRSS), which supports efforts to protect health care workers and trace people who have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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