Covid-19: two years later, life in Togo resumes

(First Togo) – Two years after the first case of Covid-19 in Togo, life in the country is coming back to life. This return to normal follows the easing of lockdown measures and the resumption of economic activity amid declining infections.

On March 6, 2020, after the first case of Covid-19 was registered, restrictive measures were taken by the authorities, including imposing curfews, closing cities, closing places of worship, and banning gatherings of more than 15 people. people or even a ban on cultural and sporting events to break the chain of infection.

In addition to these measures taken in April 2020, the government of Togo later on October 10, 2021, introduced new measures, such as presenting a vaccination pass or a negative PCR test 72 hours before any access to public buildings. . At the same time, at Lome Airport, authorities introduced mandatory quarantine of passengers from 7 countries after the introduction of new variants of Delta and Omicron.

Reduced pollution incidents

According to the Scientific Council established as part of the fight against the pandemic, the infection rate has dropped significantly since the beginning of February 2022.

Recently, the number of cases of coronavirus infection has decreased significantly, and no cases of infection have been recorded in recent days. From mid-December 2021 to January 2022, we started with 3,000 cases per week and reached 81 cases by early February. From February 23 to March 1, we recorded 4 cases with days when we had only one case. As a result, the number of deaths has decreased.said Jibril Mohaman, No. 1 of the National Covid-19 Response Management Coordination (CNGR).

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At the same time, several cases of healing were recorded at the Regional Hospital Center (CHR) of the municipality of Lomé, where Covid-19 patients are cared for. “We also recorded healings that are estimated at 99%.“, – said Colonel Jibril.

This ” drop in positivity rate and new Covid-19 infections “can be attributed to”strong mobilization of the population around vaccination “, – we estimate. According to the latest official data, more than 2.6 million doses of the vaccine have been administered to the population of Togo.

Relaxation of restrictive measures

Faced with this observation, on February 22, the government decided to reduce the duration of isolation for people who test positive for Covid-19 to 7 days for those who are vaccinated and 10 days for those who are not vaccinated. It also authorized the full reopening of state-recognized places of worship, the resumption of all sporting and cultural events with public participation, and allowing access to the beach.

However, it does condition admission to these various locations on proof of vaccination and recommends that vaccination devices be installed near these locations.

Resumption of economic activity

Following these announced cutbacks, life in Togo almost returned to normal, and several cultural events were immediately announced at several locations in the capital.

However, it should be noted that economic activity has resumed for several months. According to the National Credit Council (CNC), which met on October 7, 2021 for its 3rd meeting, “ After nine months of activity, economic indicators point to a stronger-than-expected recovery in activity in the tertiary sector, which is showing greater resilience in the face of the negative effects of Covid-19. “.

The Council also adds that the average inflation rate at the end of August 2021 was 3.9%. It was 5.7% year-on-year in September, up from 6.8% in July and August.”

Note that as of March 3, Togo has 122 active cases, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

Isaiah Edoh