Coronavirus: Government Lifts Curfew, Issues Warning As Churches Reopen In Niger

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Coronavirus: Government Lifts Curfew, Issues Warning As Churches Reopen In Niger


Niger Republic has lifted night-time curfew on the capital Niamey and has reopened places of worship.

It should be noted that churches and religious gatherings were closed since late March as part of measures to curtal the spread of coronavirus .

Meanwhile, the government has decided to reopen churches after seeking advice from COVID-19 expert committee.

The statement read in part: 

“The government, after receiving proposals from religious leaders and after consultation with the Covid-19 experts’ committee, and in the light of the favourable trend of Covid-19 disease development, has decided to reopen places of worship as of Wednesday.”

The religious leaders has however been directed to disinfect places of worship before prayers, observe strict wearing of mask and maintaining physical distancing of at least a metre.

the statement added.

“In the event of any deterioration of the COVID-19 pandemic in connection with the reopening of places of worship, the government reserves the right to reconsider this decision,” 

Niger since the outbreak of coronavirus has recorded 854 cases with 47 deaths.

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