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President Faure Gnassingbe of Togo has declared a three-month “state of emergency” and curfew aimed toward stopping the unfold of coronavirus.
The tiny West African nation of eight million has thus far recorded 36 confirmed infections and two deaths from the illness.
Gnassingbe mentioned in a televised tackle late Wednesday that the unprecedented transfer was “proof of the gravity of the situation that we face”.
He mentioned a curfew could be in place for an indefinite interval from Thursday between 7pm and 6am.
A 5,000-strong unit of safety brokers was being set as much as deal with the pandemic and a fund value $650 million (600 million euros) was aimed toward cushioning the financial system from the affect of the disaster, the president mentioned.
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Gnassingbe’s household has dominated Togo for over 5 many years.
The present chief took over after the dying of his strongman father in 2005.
Gnassingbe, 53, claimed a fourth-term at an election in February that the opposition claimed noticed widespread vote-rigging.