Senegal president threatens to close borders as COVID cases soar

DAKAR, July 16 (Reuters) – Senegal’s President Macky Sall threatened to close borders and re-impose a state of emergency on Friday after the country registered a new record number of daily COVID-19 cases for the third time in a week.

While Senegal has seen relatively few coronavirus cases and deaths so far, a third wave of the virus means it doesn’t have enough doses to vaccinate widely.

The Ministry of Health reported 738 new cases on Friday, up from the previous record of 733 on Wednesday and 529 on Sunday.

“I want to be very clear that if the numbers increase further, I will take all necessary measures, even if it means a return to the state of emergency or the closing of borders or the ban on movement,” said Sall in a televised address.

Since the pandemic began, 49,008 infections and 1,209 deaths related to the coronavirus have been reported in Senegal.

Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Aaron Ross Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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