BURKINA FASO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE
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Update 27th March 2020
- Declaration of health alert status
- All cities and towns quarantined with a recorded case of COVID 19
- Schools will now resume on April 14, 2020
Update 24th March 2020
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Update 23rd March 2020
The Government has announced
- The closure of the airports of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso to commercial flights for a period of two weeks, renewable, from 21 March 2020 at midnight, except for domestic and military flights and freight;
- The closure of land and rail borders, for a period of two weeks, renewable, starting at midnight on 21 March 2020, except for freight;
- The prohibition of any gathering of more than 50 people;
- The measures of restriction concerning drinking establishments, cinemas, gambling and entertainment halls, markets and bars restaurants, will be taken by the competent authorities;
- The introduction of a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. throughout the territory, starting at midnight on 21 March 2020.2
Source: President of Burkina Faso
Update 20th March 2020
The Airport is open without limitations for aircraft / cargo entering or leaving the country.
Burkina customs are on strike for 120 hours but this should end today 20th March.
Last updated 18th March 2020
EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE – BURKINA FASO / NIGER
Subject: New guidelines for combating Covid-19.
On March 12, 2020, we sent you instructions to fight against the Coronavirus and thank you for the good reception they have received from you. The rapid evolution of the situation may have made these measures insufficient, but not useless. We must therefore continue to observe them.
Following with attention the spread of the infection and the disease in Covid – 19 in the world and in our country, we, your Fathers the Bishops, wish to assume our responsibility to protect the People of God and the citizens by collaborating with the Government of Burkina Faso. This is not a time for polemics or psychosis, but for strict observance by all of the instructions given to us by the competent authorities in our country.
In order to do so, we decide that :
- Public Masses (Sunday, precept and daily) are suspended.
Therefore, the faithful are exempted from the precept of Sunday and feast days, as well as from participation in the daily Mass. They can be helped by broadcasting celebrations (Masses, Stations of the Cross) on radio or television.
Priests will continue to celebrate the Eucharist every day in teams or in religious communities, respecting all the health instructions indicated by the competent authorities.
In addition, the faithful are invited to personal and family prayer (meditation on the Word of God, Rosary, Way of the Cross and other devotions).
Finally, the local Ordinaries will ensure that the churches remain open during the day for individual devotions.
- Catechesis classes, baptisms and other preparatory courses for the sacraments are also suspended.
- The celebration of the funeral must scrupulously respect the instructions of the State. In a more restricted family setting, the priests can ensure the absolution.
- The Major Seminarians and their formators remain confined to the respective Major Seminaries. The participation in the services by the faithful coming from outside the Major Seminary is suspended. The Rectors may take other necessary measures in the specific case of a house of priestly formation.
- The Major Superiors are invited to take similar measures for the houses of formation under their authority.
- In dioceses, modalities should be studied for the administration of certain sacraments such as Penance and the Anointing of the Sick.
The present directives that you are giving today, take effect from March 19, 2020 until April 4, next. They could be maintained for a further period of time.
Source Bishops of the CEBN
Last updated 14th March 2020
Ouagadougou, March 14, 2020 (AIB) – The government of Burkina Faso, in a statement received by the AIB Saturday evening, announces the closure of schools and universities from March 16 to 31, due to the coronavirus pandemic .
According to the government press release, it was “in view of the evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic (CIVD 19) in Burkina Faso” that the government decided to “close the preschool, primary, post-primary and secondary, professional and university, from Monday March 16 to Tuesday March 31, 2020 throughout the national territory ”.
The press release dated March 14 and signed by the Minister of Communication, Government spokesperson, Rémis Fulgance Dandjinou, specifies that “the resumption of educational activities is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020”.
The same text notes that “nevertheless, the evolution of the health situation could, after evaluation, require new decisions”.
Through the press release, the Burkina government invites people to respect the prevention and hygiene measures against COVID 19 indicated by the Ministry of Health.
The Coronavirus, which appeared in China in December 2019, now affects more than 110 countries around the world with nearly 130,000 people infected, and more than 5,000 deaths, according to figures published on Friday.
Burkina Faso recorded its first two confirmed cases on Monday March 9.
Two days later, on Wednesday March 11, the Burkina government decided in the Council of Ministers to suspend certain major events until the end of April because of the risk of the pandemic spreading.
Source: Govt Burkina Faso
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