Senegal extends state of emergency amid virus surge

President Macky Sall declared night curfew in two regions on Jan. 6

Fatma Esma Arslan   | 19.01.2021
Senegal extends state of emergency amid virus surge

DAKAR, Senegal 

Senegal on Monday extended a state of emergency in parts of the country where coronavirus infections have reached alarming peaks.  

A night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be enforced in the regions of Dakar and Thies starting Wednesday, Interior Minister Felix Abdoulaye Diome announced in a televised address.

On Jan. 6, President Macky Sall declared a state of emergency in those two of Senegal's 14 regions. According to the president, Dakar and Thies account for “more than 90% of the cases in the country.”

Senegal’s case tally stands at 23,224, including 526 fatalities and 19,414 recoveries, according to the latest Health Ministry data.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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