The President of Senegal, Macky Sall on Tuesday 23rd met with opposition leaders in the West African nation to strategize means of combating the spread of coronavirus. This came just a day after the President declared a state of emergency in the COVID-19 hard-hit Senegal. This is the first time in 32 years since a state of emergency was declared in Senegal.
Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on the 2nd of this month, most of the cases are reported from Touba, the second-most populous city in the country.
Business and other economic activities have been brought to a standstill with fear of the continuous spread of the virus due to disregard of measures issued by the government to combat the virus, especially by religious leaders.
Few religious leaders have been arrested for disregarding government orders against public gatherings. All forms of gathering have been banned including religious houses and schools.
The unity manifested by the government and opposition in Senegal will help in sharping the country for a better stand against the virus, commentators say.
The world health organization have earlier warned that the sub-Sharan African could face the worst in the spread of the virus compared to other regions of the world. Following this warning, must African states including Senegal have taken stricter measures to limit the spread of the virus in their respective countries.
No statement have been released regarding the meeting between the leaders and the government at the time of going to press.