Covid-19: Togo declares immediate state of emergency

Faure Gnassingbé, Togo’s President

Faure Gnassingbé, Togo’s President

LOME, April 3 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbé has declared an immediate three-month state of emergency to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He said the seriousness of the situation warranted the measures, which include the immediate start a curfew from 19:00-06:00 local time.

A 5,000-strong unit of security agents was also being set up to tackle the pandemic as well as a $650m fund to help cushion the economy, the president said during a televised address.

During the state of emergency water and electricity is to be supplied free of charge.

The West African nation has so far recorded 36 confirmed coronavirus infections and two deaths from the disease. — NNN-AGENCIES