By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020.
The West African country of Burkina Faso has announced, March 14, 2020, it’s shutting down schools, citing needs to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
According to a press release made public by the Burkinabè government spokesperson, Remis Fulgence Dandjinou, a copy of which National Telegraph has obtained, primary, secondary, university and professional schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020.
This measure is due to the evolution of the COVID-19 in Burkina Faso, according to the government. The press release furthers that classes will resume on April 1, 2020.
The Minister of Communication, Remis Dandjinou, however, specifies schools can start before this date if the situation is contained positively. The government invites people to observe the hygiene rules prescribed by the Ministry of Health to avoid being contaminated.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Guinea announced their first confirmed cases of coronavirus and Cameroon again confirmed another case this weekend, bring the total to three in the Central African country according to its Health Ministry.
Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Gabon are among African countries confirmed with the COVID-19. At least 5000 persons have already died from the virus worldwide while thousands are infected.