Protests erupt in Dakar as Senegalese president imposes coronavirus curfew

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Senegalese security forces clashed with youths in the country’s capital, Dakar Wednesday night.  The youths were upset over President Macky Sall’s decision to impose a 9 pm-5 am curfew in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

An AFP photographer says protesters burned tyres and erected barricades as police fired tear gas in Dakar’s Ngor district.

Incidents were also reported in other parts of the capital overnight Wednesday.

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Dakar and the Thies region account for nearly 90 percent of COVID-19 infections, according to health authorities.

The pandemic had abated in Senegal before a second wave struck.

As elsewhere in Africa, Senegal’s numbers are far from the levels reached in the West, with more than 20,000 cases and 433 deaths.

source: cgtn/ Africa