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COVID-19: Guinea's compulsory mask wearing order takes effect


<p>A compulsory face mask order kicked into effect in Guinea over the weekend (April 18) as part of government’s efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. </p> <p>In the capital, Conakry, police officers conducted checks at major intersections and imposed a fine of 30,000 Guinean francs equivalent to 3 euros on offenders. In the inner suburbs, the majority of inhabitants respected this new measure which they considered useful.</p> <p>Taxi driver, Alhassane Camara, said: “If you protect yourself you’re not going to get (the virus), if you don’t protect yourself, you’re going to get it too.”</p> <p>But more than anything, the order has turned out to be a boost for many seamstresses and tailors, as the demand for masks have spiked since President Conde issued the order last week.</p> <p>Fatoumata Mbo, a seamstress confirms the boom: “I get a lot of calls for orders. Businesses, people of good will who call us and say “I want 50 or 150” masks.”</p> <p>Guinea as of April 20, had registered 579 <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases with five deaths. Amongst the dead are the head of the elections body, Amadou Salif Kebe and Secretary-General of the government Sekou Kourouma.</p> <p>Over the weekend, the death toll from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Africa surpassed 1,000 as the number of confirmed cases hit 20,000 as of Saturday, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Guinea?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Guinea</a> hat trick of high-profile <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> deaths<br /> <br /> - Latest is of sec-gen of govt Sekou Kourouma, died on April 18<br /> - On 17th, elections commission boss Amadou Salif Kebe succumbed<br /> - Before him ex-<span class="caps">INTERPOL</span> Guinea head, Victor Traore<br /> <br /> Guinea file: 579 cases, 5 deaths, 87 recoveries <a href="https://t.co/gWbxyBLi11">https://t.co/gWbxyBLi11</a></p>— Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban #StayHome (@AlfaAfrican) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlfaAfrican/status/1252156508638412800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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