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Seychelles to begin 21-day lockdown

Yasine Mohabuth

Port Louis, Mauritius

President Faure (Courtesy: State House)
Seychelles State House

Seychelles will from midnight on Wednesday shut down non-essential services and restrict the movements of people for 21 days to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The announcement comes after a 26-year-old Seychellois man, who works as a ground handling staff at the ' international airport, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, bringing the nation's total cases to 11.

The airport will remain closed until the end of April while new maritime surveillance will be applied in the island nation, President Danny Faure said in an address on Monday.

The first Seychellois patient who tested positive for Covid-19 on 14 March, and a Dutch woman who tested positive the following day, have rboth ecovered from the disease, the president said.

Seychelles, a country of 96,000 people, is a popular tourist hot spot located off the east coast of Africa.

Coronavirus cases climb to 400 across Africa

Chi Chi Izundu

BBC News, Lagos

There are now more than 400 known cases of coronavirus across the continent, with nations imposing a range of measures to try to prevent the spread.

According to the latest data, the breakdown is as follows: Algeria - 60; Benin - 1; Burkina Faso - 15; Cameroon - 5; Central African Republic - 1; Congo-Brazzaville - 1; DR Congo - 2; Egypt - 126; Eswatini - 1; Ethiopia - 5; Equatorial Guinea - 1; Gabon - 1; Ghana - 6; Guinea - 1; Ivory Coast - 3; Kenya - 3; Liberia - 2; Mauritania - 1; Morocco - 37; Namibia - 2; Nigeria - 3; Rwanda - 7; Senegal - 26; Seychelles - 4; Somalia - 1; South Africa - 62; Sudan - 1; Tanzania - 1; Togo - 1; Tunisia - 24.

While many countries are closing schools, banning large gatherings and shutting borders, in Kenya telecom companies have slashed the cost of mobile money transfers in a bid to encourage people to go cashless.

An anti-corruption court in Nairobi has relocated and set up outside the capital.

There is increasing concern about the potential economic impact in Africa.

People working in other parts of the world are likely to have less money available to send to their families back home so there is likely to be a drop in these remittances.