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Angry youths protest in Senegal over COVID-19 curfew 

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Youths protesting a coronavirus curfew clashed with security forces overnight in the Senegalese capital, burning tyres and erecting barricades as police fired tear gas in Dakar’s Ngor district, an AFP photographer reported.

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Incidents were also reported in other parts of the capital overnight Wednesday.

President Macky Sall called a state of emergency on Wednesday as he imposed a curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in Dakar and one other region of the West African country.

Dakar and the Thies region account for nearly 90 percent of Covid-19 infections, according to health authorities.

Sall’s cabinet justified the curfew by a surge in deaths and new infections including severe cases.

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The pandemic had abated in Senegal before a second wave struck.

As elsewhere in Africa, Senegal’s numbers are far from the levels reached in the West, with more than 20,000 cases and 433 deaths.

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But the outbreak has put a strain on the poor country’s healthcare system.


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