Residents In Ivory Coast Destroys Coronavirus Testing Centre in Residential Areas
Residents of the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Sunday destroyed a coronavirus testing centre that was under construction.
The incident happened in the Yopougon district of the city of five million inhabitants, which is the Ivory Coast’s commercial capital.
It is said locals had demonstrated against the coronavirus centre because they thought it was too close to their homes and at the middle of a residential district, one police officer told AFP.
The building was still under construction and had never been intended as a treatment centre for virus patients – only as a testing centre, said a health ministry official.
At the moment Ivory Coast has 261 number of cases at 261, with three deaths so far.
Nevertheless, the authorities are taking proactive steps trying to increase their capacity to treat the coronavirus outbreak.
Abidjan has already been placed under quarantine with a nationwide overnight curfew which is in force. The curfew also affects schools, churches and non-essential shops and they have been closed and gatherings also banned.
On Saturday, senior health officials recommended that people wear masks in public places to try to slow the spread of the virus.
Last Tuesday, the government announced a 2.6-billion-euro plan ($2.8 billion) to tackle the economic and social effects of the pandemic, which is forecast to halve the country’s growth rate to 3.6 percent in 2020.