There are now more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus across Africa, and there have been over 60 reported deaths. Many governments on the continent have enacted strict measures to slow the spread of the pandemic, closing borders and asking their citizens to stay home. But for people living in close quarters, social distancing and self-isolation are not possible. .
Our correspondents report on the difficult situation in Ivory Coast, where authorities know that social distancing in poor areas will be difficult if not impossible.
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Coronavirus: South Africa begins three-week lockdown — BBC
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Egypt reports 39 new coronavirus cases, three deaths — Reuters
Zimbabwe doctors join nurses on strike over lack of virus protection — AFP
Unanswered questions as Nigeria braces for coronavirus lockdown — Al Jazeera
Tunisia workers isolate in factory making anti-virus gear — AFP
Opinion: Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown — a death trap of another kind for the poor — DW