CLOSURE OF PLACES OF WORSHIP IN TOGO
The Togolese government has decided to close churches, mosques and voodoo temples for a month from this Friday, “in the face of the worrying outbreak of the pandemic” of Covid-19 in the African country, according to a statement.
“The number of deaths is only increasing. In June we had 4 deaths, in July 22 deaths and in August 33 deaths. There is a fourfold increase in the number of sick”, had underlined Wednesday, Didier Koumavi Ekouévi, Chairman of the Scientific Council, after a meeting with the Prime Minister.
“A patient who today presents a serious form, will not find a place, as long as a patient is not released or died”, he specified, adding that most of the new contaminations and deaths concern unvaccinated people.
Thus, the Togolese authorities have taken a series of measures such as banning the celebrations of civil, religious and traditional marriages and all cultural, sporting and political events for the same period. Funerals are also prohibited and large bars, discos and nightclubs must close their doors.
Togo, which launched its vaccination campaign on March 10, has 23,264 cases including 203 deaths, according to official figures released this Thursday evening.