The Togolese government has decided to extend the state of health emergency for six months, in order to “take new necessary measures or readjust existing ones against the Covid-19 pandemic”, announced Prime Minister Selom Komi Klassou.
“Taking into account the new situation with the month of August which saw the greatest peak, the government, in the obligation to further protect the populations, requested from the National Assembly the extension of the state of emergency sanitary for six months “, he said Tuesday night on national television.
“With this extension, we have 180 days to further protect our compatriots, protect their jobs, their purchasing power, to safeguard the school career of our child learners, and to reinvent our ways of living by pursuing our economic and social development. “, Mr. Klassou added.
The deputies unanimously approved the government’s request. The state of health emergency declared in April had already been extended in early July by three months.
On March 30, the National Assembly passed a law allowing the authorities to take measures by ordinance falling within the scope of the law for a period of 6 months.
Togo has 1,595 cases, including 40 deaths and 1,219 patients cured according to official figures released Tuesday evening.
In the space of two weeks, the country, which reopened its air borders on August 1, recorded 179 new infections and 12 deaths.
Sources of contamination were discovered in certain localities in the center of the country, which prompted the government to seal off certain towns and to impose a curfew on August 24 in three prefectures (Tchaoudjo, Tchamba and Sotouboua).
In addition, all the traditional festivals – about twenty each year – have been canceled. Only small ceremonies are allowed, but with a very small number of traditional leaders. Bars are closed during these ceremonies and localities are cordoned off.
The World Bank announced last week the release of 70 million dollars in favor of Togo to recover its economy, whose growth is expected to fall from 5.3% in 2019 to 1% in 2020.