Chadian government announced that the airports would be closed to all airlines, except cargo, for two weeks starting Thursday, according to a statement signed by the Secretary-General of the Chadian presidency, Kalzeubé Payimi Deubet, who chairs the Monitoring and Health Security Unit.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 27 African countries have recorded 447 cases of coronavirus, the latest being Benin, Liberia, Somalia, and Tanzania.
“We must, by all means, obstruct this virus, which to date has not yet crossed the Chadian borders, and if it manages to infiltrate, contain it and stop its spread,” Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno said on Wednesday during the traditional monthly health meeting, this time devoted exclusively to the coronavirus.
It’s also noted in the statement that the ban does not apply to aircraft carrying goods. The government called “Chadians living abroad who wish to return to the country to do so within the required time”.
“Land borders remain open apart from those with Sudan and the Central African Republic,” he added in a statement. Borders with the two conflict-affected countries were closed before the deadly virus appeared in China in December.
The government also said it would “strictly limit travel outside the refugee camps”, which is home to 465,000 refugees.
South Africa, Morocco, Somalia, Senegal, Togo, Madagascar, and other African countries have taken measures to limit theft, among other measures, to prevent the spread of the virus. Countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Italy, the United States, Israel, India, and Uganda have restricted travel to their countries from countries considered to be at high risk.
There are more than 118,000 people infected worldwide, and more than 6,000 deaths registered.