By Andrew I. Kazibwe
While it was detected in December last year when Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of its outbreak on December 31, this is definately when the Covid 19 had already been cited earlier on, and it was going out of hand.
Then in a space of 2 months, over 170,000 cases had been registered and over 7,000 death cases by February 20, 2020.
To be exact, it is only in the last two and a half weeks, that Africa has been woken up and realised the seriousness of the Covid 19 scourge.
With most African economies tasting the deeper effects resulting for the lockdowns, where all activities are at a stand still. The situations leaves many at crossroads.
To African countries, just or not like several countries, this wasn’t predicted,which explains why the fracases and crackdowns have have escalated as total or parcial lockdowns were declared (since most citizens survive on a hand to mouth means), which won’t leave them back home at the comfort of the couches (for a few) while they ain’t sure of where the next meal is to come from. So we’ve witnessed police and military deployment onto most streets so as to effect the #StayHome #StayConfined policy, which has turned out into dramatic pain too- since humans learn the harder way!
Even those who have for long seemed shadowed by the comfort of a monthly earning are lately waking up (if at all they sleep) to the thought of whether a check is to come in.
For instance, if its a tours and travel company that heavily dependent on foreign guests, no assurance is guaranteed. With powerful entities like the Marriott International Associates (which oversees the Marriott Hotels globally) openly coming out in acknowledgedment of how harder its been hit so far, what will that nearby restaurant say?
Take a look at Arne Sorenson, the Marriott International Associates’ President and CEO’s Message
With the WHO declaring it a deadly pandemic, while countries like Italy have served as living cases to justify what may arise, and is certainly unbelivably already in most African backyards, many more country leaders have come out, and declared a total lockdown against the scourge.
#washYourHands #SafeStay #SelfQuarantine #StayHome #Sanitize #NoHandShake #SelfQuarantine #Covid19MustGo are all online and on ground campaigns that governments are pushing.
Did you know that WHO recommends the N95 as the facemask to use?! , but we use the ordinary dust masks!
With no cure, yet patients cases are still on rise daily, avoiding Contact, Staying hydrated, Avoiding crowded places, self isolation, staying home(self quarantine) are some of the safest measues.