Covid-19 pandemic stabilizes in Togo

Thursday, 16 July 2020 15:39
Covid-19 pandemic stabilizes in Togo

(Togo First) - The latest updates on the Covid-19 in Togo reflect relative stability in the contagion rate and improvements regarding recoveries. The figures were disclosed on July 15 during the weekly press conference of the national team that coordinates the response to the pandemic (CNGR). 

“Last week, from July 1 to 7, we confirmed 39 new cases and 65 recoveries. This week, from July to 14, we confirmed 42 cases and 61 recoveries, and still 15 deaths,” reported the CNGR’s head, Col. Djibril Mohaman. 

Therefore, until yesterday, the number of confirmed cases was 731, against 528 recoveries (72%). Looking at these figures, there is a stabilization in their progress. While the CNGR has expressed satisfaction regarding this development, it urged populations to follow safety measures even more rigorously to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Economy slowly reopens

The current conditions thus seem to favor the reopening of the economy and “restrictive measures are being lifted gradually.” 

For example, authorities are taking steps to reopen the airport and borders. This is after allowing primary, secondary, and tertiary schools to resume partially. 

What about religious venues? 

Meanwhile, the government is thinking of allowing a small number of religious venues to resume activities and then monitor how the leaders and worshippers will behave regarding the respect of safety measures. 

“There are around 9,000 religious venues across the country, all denominations combined. Letting all of them reopen would be challenging given the situation,”  declared Lt. Colonel Bediani Béléï, who is in charge of religion. 

“If everything is fine and the disease is stabilized, and if people understand the importance of following safety measures to contain its spread,” Béléï continued, the size of the sample of these religious venues will be gradually increased until they all resume their activities. 

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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